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    I think I may have a sound card going out.

    The sound intermittently breaks up and stops. Is there an easy way to diagnosis a sound card? When I look in System > Hardware > Device Manager it show it working fine.

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    Marc

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    I woud try downloading a driver from the sound card manufacturer and try that. Updating drivers can fix many problems.
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    I carry a set of good quality headphones in my 'Kit' for troubleshooting sound problems.
    In my own experience, over 30 years, most sound problems are outside the computer.

    I've not replaced a sound card in more years than I can remember. The little sound jack
    on the card or mobo can get dirty and funky and cause intermittent sound. Racking the
    speaker plug in and out of the jack several times can clean the contacts and improve the
    sound performance. Just like turning the volume control on the speaker from + to - several
    times can clean the vol. control and stop the scratchiness when adjusting the sound level.

    Whether you're using a $200 deluxe sound system or a $7.95 el-cheapo speaker set, the
    above mentioned problems can bite you in the ***.

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    Thanks for all the input. Last night after I got home from work the computer was running very very slow. Now it doesn't even get it to stay on. It gets to Windows and shuts down and starts the cycle over again so there are other issues that I need to figure out. One is taking it apart and cleaning and checking all the contacts.

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    Once you have checked everything out for connections and cleanliness you might try booting to safe mode to see how things are working. It's hard to say yet whether this is a software problem or a hardware problem. Not enough information. If it actually gets to Windows, I would suspect a hardware failure, but who knows.
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    Ted that's what I thinking of now the problem is finding out which hardware failed and hoping that it just one. I'm thinking it's the video card, of all things. If I get into Windows sometimes there's my desktop image garbled in place of the borders and things like that.

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    I would suspect either the graphics card or the power supply. Perhaps you could remove the graphics card. Many MBs have graphics built in that is disabled with the addition of a graphics card. This might give you some indication where to go next.
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