Last year, whenever there was a bump in the road, my phrase was, "It's always something." It still seems appropriate for this year, too.
I've never considered myself a total computer expert, however I completely missed this one. I recently purchased a nice, brand new HP. Windows 7 64 bit. Quad core. 1 terabyte HD. 6 gig of ram (upgradeable to 16). It works real nice, fast, the whole bit. I thought I had researched everything. So imagine my surprise when I open it up late Wednesday night to install my reliable M-Audio 2496 sound card from my old HP to find I couldn't because I have are 3 PCI Express x1 slots and no PCI 32 bit slots. Argh! Dumb mistake! Don't know how I missed that! So now I'm looking for a new sound card. I prefer to stick with a pro sound card of some type (preferably under $200). I know some who use Creative X-Fi cards and I've previously used a Creative Audigy card, but the 2496 has always been flawless and the support for ASIO was perfect. However, M-Audio doesn't offer an updated version of the 2496 that would work in a PCI Express x1 slot (at least none that I can find). Creative's cards seem more geared for gamers, IMO, but at the same time, they are more in my price range plus they offer support for soundfonts.
Sooooo....I'm asking for suggestions, guys. Anyone want to throw me a lifeline here?