No sound after a win xp format and full re-install?

By truey ยท 6 replies
Oct 15, 2008
  1. Hi it seems a common thing as ive seen lots other similar quedtions about losing your sound and drivers after a format. But have not yet seen an easy answer to getting the sound back - i have trawled the sites for realtek drivers win xp sound drivers etc. etc. downloaded and installed a few and got absolutely nowhere ? so i ask is there anyone out there in the big world of computers and tech sites/forums who can answer this question in an easy to carry out way : Help i have no sound on my com why not ? and how do i get the sound back ?
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    You need to start with some specs. Download from here and run it
    - Click Reports->Report Wizard
    - Get a Custom Report report in plain text
    - Check these items to report on
    ==> Computer
    ==> Motherboard
    ==> Multimedia

    Generate another report by
    click Start->Run, enter dxdiag
    Notice progress in lower left window corner
    When done, click Save Information button

    In TechSpot, use the paper clip icon to attach the reports. (If you don't see icon you may need to first cick Advanced Reply)
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    this needs to be in the audio forum.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    OP is looking for a driver for their sound card. I don't follow.

    TechSpot Device Drivers

    Keep your system up-to-date and out of trouble, from videocards to printers and motherboard BIOS updates, this is a service you shouldn't be missing. For further assistance we recommend you to visit the TechSpot Forums, a usual stop for many TS readers. You can get driver help by posting in our board dedicated to that topic.
  5. jnjgoss

    jnjgoss TS Rookie

    Lose all drivers when you format

    Always do a backup of your drivers before formating drive.
    It saves alot of time and trouble if your system doesn't install them back when you reload your OS. Keep your board driver CD in a safe place if you have one for future problems. Do all of the updates like SP3 and the extras if WIndows XP or if Vista SP1 plus the extras.
    Sometimes with windows XP you install it and drivers do not load that ordinarily install.
    SO you go thru the whole process of adding hardware and searching out what has not been loaded yet by windows. When you findly get to the end of it presto it installs. It aggrevates you when windows doesn't do what it normally should do.
  6. truey

    truey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    JNGGOSS Thanks yeah youre dead right m8 i will NEVER format a drive again without making a full backup of the drivers. A lesson to be learnt by all who may read this. Thanks to all of you whom did offer advice.
  7. jnjgoss

    jnjgoss TS Rookie

    Download drivermax

    Drivermax is a free driver software that you can use to restore your lost drivers.
    It isn't the best one to use but it is free and it will get the job done.
    Hopefully you have still got your modem or ethernet drives working so you can get online. If not just find a PCI card that windows will automatically load and then you can go online to get drivermax. Hope this helps.
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