Hi all! Here's the situation: My onboard died. i was using my mobo's built-in ALC655 codec with a set of 5.1 speakers. Recently, after moving around my pc room, it appears the jacks for the front and center speakers went kaput, and no sound comes from them any longer. So i was going to replace them iwith a discrete pci sound card. However, since this pc is at its end of life with me, (planning to build a new one in at most a month's time) I don't want to invest too much money in it, but since i'll donate it to my dad, i have to fix the sound at least. He doesn't use it for gaming, and AFAIK, not much music either, so a high-quality sound card is not a necessity. As for OS, this pc is pretty much sticking with XP (no Vista/7 support). I originally thoguht of buying some el-Cheapo CMI8738 PCI card off some local retailer, but the other day I came upon a dead-cheap Sound Blaster 5.1 VX. Now, apparently this is a somewhat new model, but I haven't for the life of me been able to find much on this card, other than the (mostly useless) info on Creative's website, and apparently that lots of linux users have it. So, has any of you heard about this card? Anyone has any experience with it? Or any other card in a similar price range you can reccommend (I'll be willing to invest about $20 tops)? Thanks for your help!