The PCI sound card request looks to be sorted, thanks to asking for one on the local Freecycle at the same time as putting a couple of old graphics cards on it. It's fascinating to see how rubbish manufacturers are about doing Windows drivers for older bits of kit - it results in otherwise high quality working stuff being chucked or, as here, given away.
Before I fit the new card, the onboard sound has thrown up a most interesting issue. If I start a Skype call to the test service, the sound output is somewhat crackly. If I do nothing except move the Skype call window, it improves greatly(!?!) and stays fine. Weird.
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