Helmi wrote: mr_smartepants wrote:
I'm making progress though. But I think we're going to have to restrict the DP to only using one control panel and one front audio option for now.
Either that, or introduce another user choice in the BASE Ã la ATi CP/CCC.
I would recommend using the Sigmatel CP as the only option. The installer is less than half the size of the Intel CP, and it's used by many motherboard manufacturers, instead of just Intel.
As for the front panel, I'm not even sure how to differeciate between the two...
Isn't that just a break-out box for the connector found on the mobo anyway?
So, one would assume if the on-board SC was HDA, so would be the FP somehow...
This is an excellent question. Both standards, AC97 (in 1997) and HDA (in 2004), were created by Intel, but used by everyone, including AMD-based systems. Even now, a newly purchased motherboard or case can come in either standard. However, if it's a pre-built mass-produced system, you can expect them to be matched up properly. The shape of the connectors are the same, which allows some cross-compatibility (as well as a lot of confusion). You can often use a HDA motherboard in a AC97 FP case, especially if the motherboard's BIOS has an "legacy front panel" setting enabled in the BIOS. The opposite will not work. Motherboards are usually pretty easy to figure out, if you're looking to buy, it'll be listed in the features or on the box, and if its an existing system, you can either look in the device manager, or check what drivers are distributed with it. Cases on the other hand can be difficult. I deal mostly with In-Win cases, and their website used to have these great tables clearly showing which cases had which, but alas its gone. The two use most often: Z589T is AC97, and S605T2 is HDA. From what I recall, it was about a 50/50 split. I'm fairly certain that if you were electronically-savvy, you could use a multimeter and this specification guide to figure it out.
Intel should certainly have some sort of guide on how to tell, I for one definitely cannot by the outward looks of it.
Well there's the guide I mentioned above (which is over my head). You can compare the pinouts in this article. But the most useful thing for me is this troubleshooting page, namely the last section.