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Can't get Audio no matter what

By Fragrant Coit ยท 4 replies
Jun 22, 2007
  1. I'm at my wits end - it didn't take long!

    Fixing up an old Intel 845EPT2 for a neighbor. I did a Reinstall of XP, installed all Drivers straight off the Intel Website, and no matter what, there's no Audio.

    "No Device Installed" even though the Soundmax appears in System / Devices.

    I have double checked Audio is enabled in the BIOS.

    I even threw in an old Soundblaster Live!, turned off Audio in the BIOS, installed Drivers and it did the same thing.

    I'm running an SFC / SCANNOW .

    The weird thing is that it had Audio before {along with a million viruses, which is why I re-installed}

    Any ideas, except a litre of Petrol and a Lighter?
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,380   +53

    uninstall all your drivers in device manager, go to your C drive and program files, make sure all files related to the drivers, software is deleted, also, do a add remove any software that may use those same sound drivers that you previously uninstalled. turn off machine, take your card out, if you're using onboard, disable in bios, start up, let windows load, if its a sound card installed in a pci slot a "new hardware" window should pop up, install drivers through that dialog box. If its an onboard sound device just simple restart after windows has started up and recognized no sound devices or drivers installed, go back to bios, enable sound, start up, reinstall drivers and software....I hope this helps as I just had this problem last night and had to figure out how to fix it, GL :)
  3. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 345

    Thanks, but I've done all that - more than once!

    I'm doing a quick install of XP on the 2nd Partition and I'll see how that goes.

    Otherwise I'm going out to the Shed to get a tin of fuel :hotouch: :hotouch:
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,610   +6


    To install drivers from the internet:

    go into Windows Explorer, left click on Desktop, then File, then New and then Folder - name the folder XXXDrivers (where XXX = type, eg, AudioDrivers)

    go to the site for your driver, find the RIGHT one for your mobo and OS,(click on the nearest site to you if appropriate) and then download button - when asked where to 'save' the download specify your desktop folder XXXDrivers and wait until the download is complete.

    Once it is done, clear your screen and click on the desktop folder and then on the file inside - if it is a zip or rar file it will need to be unzipped or unpacked - make sure if you are asked to specify where to unzip/unpack to tell it to do so to the XXXDrivers folder.

    Once you are done that, uninstall the old drivers for the device and then select the device and specify update drivers and direct the search to the folder you made (don't let Windows do it).
  5. wasewell

    wasewell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    A possible simple solution?

    You might want to try this.

    This is on Windows XP and it has caused a lot of frustration and annoyance for many people. If it doesn't solve your problem this time, you may want to jot it down for the future.

    Go to >Control panel>Sounds and audio devices>Volume>Device Volume>advanced>Play control>advanced >Other controls and then check "Digital Output Only"

    Hope this helps somebody.

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