Hello everyone, I'm having a bit of a weird problem that involves my on-board VIA sound chipset of the AC'97 type. I have recently re-formatted my OS partition and upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP. All's working fine, except the audio, even though the proper driver from the Realtek site is installed. And this is where it gets wonky. When Windows starts after turning the PC on, there is no sound and no speaker icon in my task bar. Instead, the Realtek entry in the Device Manager reports a "Driver Error" by displaying the little yellow (!) warning next to it and detailing with "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware". Now, if I uninstall this driver, install the one I already applied *again* and reboot, the sound will (mostly) work; on some occasions, the Multimedia Audio controller will shove itself in between the sound detection and forces me to run the driver install file again, but after that, the sound works. I can reboot all I want now and the sound will work... Until I turn the computer completely off. In which case, there will once again be no sound and the same issue by the next time I turn it on. In clear text, this means I have to reinstall the drivers several times everytime I start up the computer, which is getting sort of annoying. Now, I tried installing the drivers in Safe Mode with no success and the same results I get in "Normal" mode. If I uninstall the drivers from the Device Manager and let it detect new hardware on it's own, it will find the "Multimedia Audio Controller" *AND* the "Realtek AC'97" audio. It will then proceed to automatically install the drivers for the Realtek Audio, then prompts me with the Windows Logo verficiation warning I also get when installing the drivers from file, and upon hitting "Continue Anyway", it tells me "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing". I'm back to where I was. Yay. Let's sum it up: The sound works just fine *if* I uninstall the initial drivers marked with (!) , keep installing the drivers and rebooting until it works and I get a speaker icon in my taskbar. Sometimes this can involve rebooting and installing up to 3 times. The drivers are the latest official and correct release from Realtek. If I turn my PC off, my drivers go whacky again. I am not having any other issues with the system, be they of memory or other nature. Here's the system, if it helps: ~ AMD Athlon 2800+ Albatron KT600 Mainboard A gig o' RAM Realtek AC'97 Audio device Radeon 9600Pro 256MB DDR ~ Thanks in advance for any help and hints you folks can give me!