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Can anybody vouch for a Z97 Mobo (preferably Asus) operating a discrete Sound card simultaneously with on-board sound?

FirstXbuilder
  • 72 months ago

I'm a musician getting ready to buy a specific PCIe sound card to use with my DAW software. I hope my Asus Vii Hero motherboard will allow its on-board sounds to run alongside the semi-pro discrete sound card, at the same time.

The Asus AI BIOS UEFI suite is way overwhelming with menus and options, but I did find the on-board sound options and there are two:

1) Enable/Disable on-board sound, and 2) Hi-Def/AC97

So perhaps if after installing a PCIe sound card, the BIOS turns off on-board sound when it sees a new sound card, maybe I can turn it back on by enabling it here.

Does anybody have personal experience with this?

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero mobo and a XONAR DX sound card. I run music sound out of the sound card itself by using the jack on the card itself. This runs in to a set of Corsair SP 2500's. For gaming, I have a Logitech G510s keyboard. I run gaming audio out of that by plugging my headset into the keyboard itself.

Short answer. Yes you can do it. I just use device manager to enable and disable stuff then disable on board audio in the bios just to be safe. It's not exactly as easy as falling off a log, but it's not too much trouble once you get the routine down.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Berzerker for letting me know. Mine is the Hero, too.

Why though do you choose to disable sound in the BIOS? To be safe from what?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think its just habit really. The justification would be that you don't want any drivers conflicting. Sometimes I have to mess around a bit before I remember which settings to use, and I always start by disabling the onboard sound in the bios.

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