- Brand Name: StarTech
- Model Number: PCISOUND4CH
- Audio Output Mode: 4 channel surround
- Maximum Sample Rate: 48
StarTech.com 4 Channel PCI Sound Card with AC97 3D Audio Effects Sound Cards PCISOUND4CH
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- Dedicated hardware outputs for each pair of channels and a legacy Game/MIDI port for older systems and equipment
- Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support
- 4 channel audio output via 3.5mm mini-jacks
- Game/MIDI port
- Support for EAX, Karaoke Key and Echoing
- Full-Duplex operation for recording and playback
- Supports up to 48KHz sampling rate
- Legacy Audio SBPro compatible and DOS support
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In short, one set of drivers works fine except when you try to open the software utility that runs the card. On a fresh install of Win7 this creates a processing loop that hangs the computer and you have to force a reboot. Another set of drivers works fine except that the sampling rate is not correct, so any sound input via mic is distorted, making your speaking sound like a chipmunk during playback. So Skype, Ventrilo/Teamspeak, sound recording, etc are all unusable with this card. (Note, the most recent driver for this card is from 2008/Vista).
After months of trying to keep it working, the only method I found was using an older driver and turning off Windows automatic updates (because Windows keeps trying to update to the newest driver which is worse) and never trying to open the utility program. Keeping Windows updated is necessary though, so I've decided to remove the card and get a different one. I'm past the return date though so I can't get my money back.
So if you are a Windows7 user please think very carefully about getting this card. I wanted something cheap since my onboard sound hardware failed, but dearly wish I'd spent a little more money on something that the manufacturer states is compatible with Win7, since that at least would give me a leg to stand on if it doesn't work, in addition to having better driver updates going forward.
Oh, and for all the tech-savvy folk who were wondering, I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3.
Stay away. Far, far away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not comparable with a 64 bit system and the drivers are not easy to installPublished 21 months ago by dheeraj pinto
It is a great card for ~$12. I'm running both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual-boot setup. This card will run on Windows and Linux. I installed the drivers on Windows 7. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Matthew J. Matias
Bought for the church computer as motherboard audio is DOA. Does quite well, considering this machine was built in 2005 or so. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MASTER LUKE
the only bad part about this card was having to configure the full duplex capability. I was having to install the driver software for a second time then finally I could see newer... Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by gmb