Avid Technology publishes a list of supported computers that will work correctly with the latest version of software. Unfortunately, there is always a risk when using an un-tested computer. Most common problems related to running Avid Media Composer on an unsupported machine are related to the graphics card or audio card that is installed on the system. In one example, I attempted to run Media Composer on a Dell 7700 workstation. Unfortunately, the on-board audio did not work with the Media Composer software.
If you run into a problem where your brand new Avid software does not support your computer's graphics card, all is not lost. Here's a quick tip for avoiding the 'Can't find any audio cards in your system' error message.
A quick visit to your nearest Radio Shack may be your solution.Â The work around is to purchase a small usb audio device made by Gigaware.Â Specifically i'ts the 'Gigaware HeadPhone to Stereo USB Adapter with Microphone'
This device plug's into any USB socket and provides audio I/O functionality.Â If you can't find it at your local Radio Shack store, you can purchase it online for $20.00.
Â If you plan on using this device I reccomend that you disable the on board sound card by using the Windows Device Manager.Â
Disabling the original on-board audio device will force Windows to use the new USB audio device.
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