Updating asus mother board from vista

11 Oct

Integrated audio Arguably, the changes in the PC audio market go back much further.

There have been sound chips on mobos since the first PCs, but it wasn't until 1997, with the introduction of Intel's AC97 codec that it became feasible to drive game audio and music apps with an onboard chip:"Integrated audio is a reality.

In Vista, this functionality was radically altered so that Direct Sound ran in emulation mode instead, as a software process.

Or there's the Mesh's Matrix Pro PII 955, it's great for gaming with 8GB of memory and 512MB ATI Radeon graphics but with 7.1 audio built into the Asus multimedia motherboard. The ability to upgrade PC hardware has long been one of the platform's most appealing aspects. Even CPU upgrades are no longer the rocket science they once were. To confirm our speculation, we spoke to a panel of industry experts; bigwigs in the world of PC audio production.

They paint a picture of an industry that's very far from being sent to the knackers' yard. For some, the shift in attitude towards PC audio can be traced back to the release of Windows Vista and Direct X 10 in 2006.

You'll find a handful of cards pitched at pro-gamers, a couple of USB interface devices and lots of speakers. Aisles of them stretching as far as the eye can see, like that bit in . Check out a cross section of ready built systems aimed at Joe Public; like Dell's Studio XPS range. The switch from XP to Vista then Windows 7 seemed to play its part.

They're high performance desktop PCs aimed at power users, shipping with Windows 7 Ultimate and up to 16GB of dual channel memory, but with integrated audio by default. Integrated audio is looking pretty good these days, too.