Last weekend I’d been listening to the Asus through my home hi-fi system. Whilst the sound from the NX-90 is very good, there is no way it can compete with the sound quality of my Teac mini hifi system with Tannoy speakers.
To connect to it, I used a flylead from the auxiliary of the system to the 3.5 inch jack on the side of the Asus. When I arrived back at the hotel it became apparent that the sound wasn’t coming through the speakers. Unfortunately, it had to be the hardware as even the “fanfare” that introduces the operating system was silent. When I play music the indicators show that it is playing the sounds through the speakers, but all is silent.
When I attach my heaphones to the Asus the sound comes out of them without any problems, so it looks like the problem is in the sound port hardware. Knowing something about this, I suspect the problem is that the switch built into the socket has failed in the open position – very sad.
So my new shiny Asus NX-90 is on its way back to eBuyer for a refund. Looks like I will be purchasing a new and different laptop in the near future. I’m contemplating a Rock laptop. I will add a final reference showing what I decide on and I may possibly start a blog on that. In the meantime if anyone has any history of Rock computers, good or bad, perhaps you’ll leave a comment.