I mentioned earlier how my PAS broke when playing the end of ROTH... Well, yeah, it's broken on a hardware level and they cost far too much now. In fact, I think I've finally been priced out of this hobby, though as I own pretty much all I want I dont care so much past the point I think it is very unfair on newcomers and such. Especially the PAS as there were less for sale when I got mine, so there's no excuse guys, come on, lower your damn prices.
That aside, I took mine out to look at and upon first inspection I still couldn't find anything amiss. After a while I noticed my fingers felt greasy and then noticed a green pin on a chip, started wondering about that before I saw discolored solder by the amp. Lifting the edge of the large capacitors there is what I can only describe as "green fur" growing. Hopefully the caps are the problem and I have ordered more. The card sounds distorted, like really weird and it also starts making a pulsing sound after a noise plays in Windows - but only if it is a Windows sound, it doesn't do that when other applications have used it. This seems to subside a little if I press my finger on the board near the output, which further makes me think caps actually are the problem. I have ordered some Nichicon FW Audio Grade caps to replace them (Rated for 50V, so no worries running them on 12V).
If you want to hear the awful noises, I took a recording of the awful buzz and the dodgy sound quality. In the one with music you can hear where I pressed my finger onto the board at around 1:20. The 50Hz probably comes from the massive ground loop the cables running to my workstation have developed. Anyways, here; https://www.mediafire.com/?ue9niqm1cuv4rje
Yeah, I listen to awful music... Perhaps that's why the card doesn't work? It would rather suicide than have to play such music. Hopefully the caps fix it and with any luck they won't change the characteristics of the cards sound too much. Only problem, the tip on my iron fell off the other day, so I will have to cobble my old Hilka together for this job. I swear this Pentium is the bane of my existence, but it really does want to work, love it. I got everything else on the machine set up and working anyway, so if the card can be fixed it is a simple case of plug it back in and away we go.