I've been having serious issues with the audio jacks on the P965 Neo-F board. I have actually tried two boards, convinced the first board was defective since my speakers worked fine on other computers. On both the current board and the last board, I did a complete clean XP install, formatting my hard drives and installing the latest RealTek HD drivers (126.96.36.19904 dated 4/23/2007, from MSI). The first board never so much as peeped, while the board I have now has made some sounds, although I honestly don't know why. On this board, I had a set of Altic Lansing 2.1 speakers, but because the speakers would pop and make static noises every now and again, generally only if I bumped one of the small stereo speakers or wiggled the cords on the back of it, I thought perhaps the problem was the speakers being old.
On the current board, I tested a monitor that has speakers in it, and there was no sound. RealTek's sound manager, which I have installed, did not recognize that there was anything plugged into the jacks even though I had a line in, microphone, and line out plugged in. When it did recognize the lino out, it also recognized the microphone. However, it only recognized them for no more than a minute. The new speakers (also Altec Lansing 2.1) made one squeak for less than a second; other than that, there has been no sound at all.
I've tried several different RealTek HD drivers from MSI, Microsoft, and RealTek, but none have made any difference. I've enabled and disabled only to re-enable the audio device through BIOS with no success. I've checked the volume, DxDiag, and played music--Winamp and iTunes are both making sound, but no sound is coming out.
I'm pretty much out of ideas here. The only thing I can think to do is get a sound card, but I don't see why I should have to do that when I'm not an audiophile and the board jacks should suit me fine. I am quite at my wit's end with this, and would appreciate any help I can get.