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How Do I Know if My Computer Has a SoundBlaster Compatible Sound Card?

Posted By: tabitha on 2008-02-11
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I am new to this site, and I love it already!  It will definitely come in handy for starting up with my MT job again.... Its been about a year.

Just had a question for those of you that might be more computer savvy than I... which isn't hard.    For my new MT job, I need my computer to have a SoundBlaster Compatible Sound Card.

Say what?!

I have no idea how to know if my computer has this already or if I need to purchase it.  I don't wanna sound completely dumb before even starting the job fully by asking this question of them.... eek!

Plz help!  Thanks!

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Sounds like their sound card is not compatible with express scribe. (nm)
Has anyone disconnected the internal sound card and replace with another sound card?

I am having problems with my sound on one of my computers.  Several different ExText program have been on it so I don't think it is the program and the sound is just now as clear as on my other computer.  Has anyone switched (disconnected the internal sound care and replaced) to a new sound card?  Did it make a difference. 

Everyone on this board is so knowledgeable, I really appreciate you.  You have helped me many times. 

The sound is crystal clear. (meant Soundblaster)......
Although I googled video cards as my other computer's video card went out but the external boxes did not have good reviews, so hired a technician to come to my house and install the video card, $177.00, but I couldn't afford to mess w/my computer and be out of work, so I would certainly recommend the external sound box.
If you have a sound card..(sm)

you should have excellent quality.  If the sound card is within your computer, you should hook the ear phones directly up to the computer.  If not, you can install an external sound card and plug your ear phones into that.  I have the external and have absolutely wonderful sound quality.  On my lap tap I have an internal sound card and, again, have wonderful sound quality.  I have speakers, but don't use them.  If I unplug my ear phones, the speakers work, but I honestly can't say the last time I did that.  I always use my ear phones.

My cat just stepped on my keyboard...Now I have two of them sitting right in front of me.  Lovely, I guess they want my attention.

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sound card
Thanks so much - great ideas!
it depends upon what the sound card will be used for
If it's extremely important (i.e. speech recognition), go for the SoundBlaster Audigy. It sells for about $129. Otherwise, the plain old SoundBlaster is a good bet.
Adjust sound card sm
You need to go to control panel, select sounds and devices, then select the audio tab, then the advanced tab, and finally the speakers tab. Change setting under "speaker setup" to stereo headphones, then you should hear in both ears with your headphones.
I was having problems understanding certain doctors. I changed the sound card in my computer and what a difference that made. It spend around 70.00 to do this but my production line count went up and my errors went down. Also, invest in a good pair of head phones. I spent 50.00 on a pair of Sony earbud earphones (noise reduction type) at Best Buy. They are the best of the best. Good luck to you.
Once my sound card got changed somehow
So, I would check and choose the alternate one as mine would not produce any sound until I changed it back.

Also, do you have the latest version of Express Scribe downloaded? They have a newer one out that I wasn't aware of until about a month ago. It is improved.
Sound card recommendations?
Does anyone have recommendations for a good sound card? I currently have a Creative Audigy LS sound card and would like to replace it with a sound card that might provide stronger and more crisp sound for transcription. Thanks
A sound card is a piece of hardware.
You'll have to determine if a sound card is installed. If not, you can install one but that's probably not the answer you're looking for.

Is there another option/location where you can go to get this work done?

You really should have checked all of this out before you left home. I ALWAYS take my laptop with me because the one person I can rely on in most cases is me.

I am sorry about your situation.
Invest in a really good sound card - makes a huge difference
if you determined you do have a sound card, uninstall express scribe and reinstall. sm
i have had some computer issues recently and it seemed there were some quirks with downloading it. i had to reinstall to get mine functioning although i wasn't getting the exact same response as you, but issues. i would also update your drivers if you do have a sound card before buying another one. right click my computer icon, hit properties, hardware tab, device manager, look under sound, video, and game controllers and you will see a sound card there if you have one. also notice if there are any yellow triangles or anything as those signal a conflict. email me if you need to.
I use an external sound card and my ear phones plug into that on my Dell. I find this so much bette
of the computer and #2 because there is a volume switch in the sound card (Soundblaster about $50).
Plug a WAP into the router and make sure your computer has a wireless card
Just bought this computer so you never know if it is the ethernet card or mother board or Comcast.
I had this on another computer and it was the modem that time.
I don't have sound on my computer.. However,
I'm sure there are many reasons for a "growing gap", not just your liberal agenda. 
That is my COMPUTER sound goes bananas. Sorry. NM
Above is correct. Creative Labs manufactures the Soundblaster line and there is no such animal as "Soundblaster compatible." It's a Soundblaster or it's not. I always thought it was odd when I saw that in job postings. You'd think companies would know something about the hardware they require.
In a pinch I have played the cassette in front of my computer mic and recorded using the sound playe
Mine is located by going to the start menu, to accessories, to games, to sound recorder. As long as it is quiet in the room, the sound quality is excellent.
Oddly enough, if I don't use my bank card as a credit card in the billing cycle, I get charged fo
Debit card. They've got the credit card logo on them, so they
can be used anywhere a credit card can be used.
I used to send a card and gift card to my direct supervisor, but that's it. sm
She was the only one who knew me as more than an employee number, and the only one I had any respect for.
They are not compatible. nm.
Sorry, they are compatible.
It's very compatible with Word, and quite
similar to Autotext/Autocorrect.  That's why I like it better than IT.  Download the free 3-day trial offer to see how you like it.
SmartType compatible with DQS
Has anyone had any luck getting SmartType to work with MQ DQS?
No you don't have to buy it. If you don't have a compatible player - sm
that can play "PlayAll" files then they will supply the PlayAll XTRA player, though they do ask you send them a CD for it I believe. They supply the WP DOS 5.1, Stedman's Spellcheck via email. That is why I said don't let the question throw you, you don't have to buy anything.....unless you are new of course, then you will need a footpedal. Bytescribe is compatible with the sound files and that is what I use, I also have a copy of the PlayAll which I use to pull up the file information I need to transcribe, but it won't work if you have Bytescribe on your computer. I love my Bytescribe so it stays. They will train in in the use of WP 5.1 and they hire newbies too. I started to work for them with 2 months of experience....it will be 4 years in May since I began working for them. As I said good people, I appreciate them as much as they appreciate me.
Won't work, new IT Pro V is now compatible with
expander compatible
Shorthand runs with meditech
eScription isn't compatible yet . nm
bayscribe is compatible.
I don't know if Stedman's is compatible or not, but it
is considered the best and the most widely used I believe. 
Is Shorthand not compatible?

You have to have a program compatible
with whatever he has to download the voice files from his office.
Is Escription 3 compatible with

I have MS Word 2002 and I know that it is not compatible with Escription 8 which is what I am going to have to start using Monday.  I have a Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 disk that came with my laptop.  So....my question is.....will MS Word 2007 Home and Student work with Escription 8?    My next question is do I need to uninstall my MS Word 2002 before I install MS Word 2007 or will the Word 2007 overwrite the 2002?  Any help with this would be wonderful

I mean Escription 8 compatible with



Is it their computer? Why are they installing a firewall and autocorrect on your computer? That sm
is usually the responsibility of the transcriptionist, especially if an IC or SE.  Which company?
Are wav pedals compatible with all programs?
I'm looking to invest in one since I see a lot of jobs require you to have one.  I was wondering if there was a brand out there that is compatible with most programs.  I see some ads say they must have the Start-Stop one and so on.  Any information on this would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you! Do you know if DocQscribe is compatible w/ satellite? nm
.dss files are not compatible with wav players--sm
They need to be *converted* for WAV players to be able to play them. your wav player may have a conversion tool within it. If it has a *tool* button, open that. It will not automatically play them and saving your files in Word will not convert them to wav files. you have to do that manually. good luck.
MS Works and MS Word are NOT compatible. SM
If you do a document in MS Works and try to open it as an MS Word document all you will get is machine code.  So if you are transcribing for someone who wants the files and they have MS Word, they will not be able to do anything with them (except pull their hair out). 
The newest Stedman's is compatible.
Please let us know if your software is compatible with Vista and thank you.

It seems that companies would hurry up and get compatible with Vista, as they would have more choice in MT's in their hiring process.

Hoping companies will get their VPN, etc. compatible soon.
Vista is so smart and fast -- at least my computer is !
Vista is still not compatible with most platforms currently.
I have yet to see a platform compatible with MAC and if you look at the job ads when listing needed equipment they all say PC. 
Stedman's is compatible with Vista. I use it. nm
2007 not compatible with 2003--sm
but there is a file conversion tool available. Whether this would affect the normal.dot file, I have no idea. Better check with microsoft word on that one. go to MS website, they have a lot of info about 2007
What footpedals are compatible w/ Escription?
stedman's 8 is compatible with VISTA. nm
Word 2007 not compatible
I was so happy when a friend surprised me by buying me a version of Office 2007 so that I could have Word 2007 (I'd been slugging along using Word 2000 which was sooo slow).

But now that I'm actively job hunting, I'm seeing more and more ads stating that various platforms are NOT compatible with Word 2007!

Does anyone know why?