First post, by CHiLL72
Today I had a day off and I finally started going through the collection of (mostly ISA) soundcards I have collected over the past 15 years or so. Besides a whole box full of Creative Sound Blaster cards (ranging from SB 1.5 to SB AWE64) there were a few Aztech cards and also the card in the photos. I have never been able to find much useful information about it and I don't have any drivers, but I thought I'd put it in a PC and give it a go.
That was a bit of a mistake and it could have done some major damage.... The second I pressed the power button on my (perfectly fine) Intel BX system, there was a flash, a pop, a bit of fire, and some smoke. I turned off the power immediately and hoped that at least the card in the adjacent ISA slot had survived, because that was a Roland MPU-401/AT with a Roland SCB-7 attached to it. Fortunately, there was no damage, other than to the Viva soundcard. One of the small capacitors had given up and exploded, the one marked DC3 in the photo, which looked identical to ones marked DC1 and DC2 before the 'accident'.
Do you think this soundcard is worth salvaging? Does anyone have any useful information about it? Or is it worthless junk and I should throw it away?
If someone wants to rescue this card, please let me know. I'd be happy to send it to someone willing to fix it.
Most of the other soundcards I tested today were still fine and I will start selling off most of them, either through my webpage and/or Amibay.
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