Sound Card Questions.
So a few weeks ago I was running Skype with sounds and and mumble hitched up to my headset while raiding in WoW. The whole 3 hours Skype was doing it's notification blip but it was coming out of the speakers. I know this is a known issue with Skype (it's happened on my friends Macbook as well).
After that 3 hours of sound coming out of two sources the next day my system crashed. While my laptop was closed (Asus K72Jr) it was making like a computer's version of white noise. I essentially ended up just reformating and starting from scratch (Windows 7 Ultimate).
Well it's working better but now every so often during intense sound situations (25m raiding in WoW), the sound will come out with glitchy break-ups. Eventually my system starts to freak out and lag a bit and I restart and it's happy again.
Everyone I've spoken too thinks my card got fried thanks to Skype's shitty problem that it's had for years and I forgot to disable the sound on it.
Essentially what I want to know is:
can I replace the sound card on this?
is it something I can do myself?
is it something a tech can do? (I don't trust them but I have friends)
and if I can't well... time to save up for a new laptop.