Question from Trevor H.: The integrated sound has gone out on my HP Pavilion Slimline s5680d desktop computer’s motherboard (model # MSI MS-7613).
Can you recommend a cheap replacement motherboard that’ll fit inside this computer’s case and work with its power supply?
I know you’re probably thinking I’d be better off just buying a new computer, and I know you’re probably right. But I really like this one. I just can’t use it without sound. I’d buy a sound card for it but all the slots are full.
Rick’s answer: Actually Trevor, I don’t recommend that you buy a new computer, and I don’t recommend that you buy a replacement motherboard either.
What I do recommend is that you buy a USB stereo sound adapter that you can simply plug into an open USB port. This one (#ad) should work quite nicely, and it’s very inexpensive. Amazon has sold thousands of this particular adapter and it has tons of excellent user reviews.
This would be a very cheap way to get your PC’s sound working again without spending a lot of money that (in my opinion) would be better spent on a faster, more capable machine.
Hopefully you’ll get another year or two of use out of your beloved Slimline s5680d, but when and if something else on the motherboard goes belly-up I would recommend that you just go ahead and buy a new computer at that point.
I hope this helps Trevor. Good luck!
Update from Trevor: Works for me Rick! Thanks for your help.
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