First of all, Hello and thank you for being such a great site with such helpful people. Secondly, I just finished reformatting my Windows XP Pro after a mysterious crash that left it frozen at each start up. After having to wait the painful 59 minutes to reformat and run windows, I am faced with the annoyance of no audio. 'No biggy' I thought, snooped around techspot, tried downloading codecs, drivers, etc... Nothing worked, I faced all the problems everyone else did with no solutions. First the greyed out 'No Device' via Control Panel. Then the Realtek Ac'97 cannot start (code 10) Then finally while trying to resolve the problem I joined techspot looking for answers. I have no taskbar/menu volume controller, I know I have a sound card enabled in my tower, and I know it's worked in the past. I can't get Realtek or HD SoundMax to work after install/restart My specs are: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.40 GHz Motherboard: (No manufactuerer given) Model P4X400-8234 Chipset: VIA PT800 (VT8754) Rev 03 BIOS: Phoenix Technologies Ver. 6.00 PG 1.28 gigs of RAM 160 gig of HDD space Running Windows XP Professional Edition Clean install as of today! Thanks in advance, hope this helps and someone can help me!