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No Sound Card/Device/Cannot Start (code 10)

By dahnpratt ยท 5 replies
Apr 12, 2009
  1. First of all,

    Hello and thank you for being such a great site with such helpful people.


    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!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

  3. dahnpratt

    dahnpratt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much Tmagic, I went to the website but the link has been taken down/ or is no longer working, I will keep trying looking for an alternate link...

    Thanks again.
  4. dahnpratt

    dahnpratt TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Found the C Media pack I needed, unzipped it and double clicked set up, went through a little hitch but in the end I installed it properly

    Went to my favorite youtube video and clicked playing crossing my fingers!

    Thank you so much Tmagic, IT WORKS!

  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,243   +234

    Good work dahnpratt,
    glad we could help. Thanks for the "Model P4X400-8234" hint :)
  6. ZelenVR

    ZelenVR TS Rookie

    Where did you end up finding the correct downloads at? I have the exact same problem although with a different motherboard and XP Home. Thanks!
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