NO sound on PB would a usb headset/sound card solve problem?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by joska90, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. joska90 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2006
    I fear that the sound card in my PB has died . I have a Powerbook G4 Titanium 1GHz. First the speakers went ,then no sound was being out putted through the headphone jack . I have checked my system preferences and also repaired permissions, reinstalled tiger and have updated to 10.4.3. I have also flushed the P ram with no joy. I am working in China at the moment and I took it to the one Apple shop I found. My Chinese is not very good and was sightly confused with there diagnostics. Which was that liquid had got in somehow through the speakers and shorted the sound card . It was going to cost in the region of £400-£450 to replace , it is so expensive as it is attached to the logic board and thats is what needs replacing.

    My question is would buying a usb headphone or sound-card like the ones M-audio make maybe get around this problem? I have had no other problems with any programs I run except the lack of sound... which is i am sure you would agree very irritating.

    Appreciate any feedback on this one.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    A USB, FireWire or PCMCIA soundcard with Mac drivers (very important) should completely bypass the built in "soundcard" (actually part of the core logic chipset I think) and work fine. Certainly a cheaper option than a new logic board!
  3. joska90 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2006
    Thanks for your speedy and positive reply! Going to have a look at whats my best option and find out more about PCMCIA soundcards. Cheers
  4. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    I know those cheapass C-media USB sound dongles are supported.

    Maybe a SB Extigy would work.

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