Originally Posted by Computer_Potato
Yes with Vista (and every Linux distro made since 2006), but I don't want to take it apart so was hoping maybe it was close to being under the Keyboard. I will just stick with XP as the life cycle of this laptop could be reaching the end.
As memory serves, it is indeed right under the keyboard, and the silver tray beneath that. It would be (roughly) under your 12QW keys, and would have that pair of black and white wires heading towards the rear of the machine. It was the only type of 'add-on' card mounted in this area of the motherboard, so it was pretty easy to distinguish. Agreed about the life cycle issue. I actually took mine apart just to see if there was any hope of strengthening/restoring the connection between my AC jack and the motherboard, but there doesn't seem to be any. While I was in, I spied that card, guessed what it was, and tore the little bastard off. I was happy to have sound, but it's only a matter of time before this machine is completely dead because of the power issue. Alienware is willing to take the machine for 2-3 weeks and install a new motherboard for me for a prohibitively expensive price -- so looks like I'll get every last mile out of this box while I can, and buy something new. I keep reading about the new Acer Aspire 9920 and drooling, but fear the sticker shock when the price is announced. No idea yet what I'll get, but want something built around Santa Rosa, DirectX10, and the 8600M GT.