Where's the sound? Help me please!

By dragon211988
Oct 25, 2005
  1. Okay here folks, for all those tech savvy guys and gals out there, here's my dilemma. Basically, I bought a new DVD burner and proceeded to install it. I already had a regular CD drive and a CD burner drive in, so I decided to disconnect the regular CD drive and plug in the burner. When I continued to turn on the computer and test this DVD burner I found the picture to be perfect. However, there was no sound whatsoever. At first I thought it might be a little glitch so I just restarted the computer. Then I came to realize that ALL my audio didn't work. When I tried to play some tunes on Winamp I ended up getting this message that read:

    Bad DirectSound driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration. Error code: 88780078

    So I proceeded to check my drivers and whatnot and look for updates. When I checked my system's hardware, it said everything worked fine. But it didn't. Then I took apart my computer again and put it back the way it was, without the DVD burner. It didn't seem to help though. So I checked the BIOS and the audio was set on AUTO. I then let Windows run and tried to manually download and install the driver for my soundcard (which is integrated into my motherboard). When I tried to install the driver, it said I had to enable audio on my BIOS. It was enabled when I checked it. I figured that my computer was just being difficult so I restarted my system and diabled audio in my BIOS, then I let windows run for about an hour. After that I restarted and turned the audio back on in my BIOS. Nothing has helped. I've googled this Bad DirectSound driver business and tried everything. I've uninstalled, re-installed, and updated my DirectX. I did the whole thing on Winamp where I right click > Options > Preferences > Input/Output > Driver. Nothing seems to work. Could it be possible that the integrated soundcard in my motherboard is fried? I really need sound on my computer. I'm a freakin' musician for cryin' out loud!

    Any type of help would be much appreciated.

  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

    Well, what comes to mind, is to reset the bios.
    Clearing the cmos, may need to remove the battery for a few
    minutes with the jumper in the clear cmos position.

    Depending on your system, since you are a musician, you may
    want to consider a separate sound card anyway.
    They take a big load off the cpu, they also deliver much better
    sound quality.

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