First post, by Zipvoid
Hello everyone. I need advice on how to go about troubleshooting and hopefully fixing this seemingly dead sound card that I have. It's an ESS Audiodrive 1869f.
I found it in an old machine that I bought. The case was rusted very badly. The psu, cdrom, hdd were dead but the slot 1 motherboard, ram, gpu were fine. Sadly,
this card would not be detected by DOS or Windows 98 no matter what I tried.
How can I tell that the card is definitely dead? It looks to be in good condition but it shows no sign of life. Which component on the card is likely to be dead and
preventing the card from being detected? In fact, which component on a sound card sends a signal to the OS to tell it "I am here!"?
Should I replace all the capacitors? The amplifier chip which is a TEA2025B or the resistors? If the main ESS chip is broken, how did it break and how might it be
Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Here are pics of the computer it came out of- amazing that the motherboard (a Soyo SY-6KE) still works. Terrible how people treat these old computers.