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BIG Yellow Question mark

by bevrich1012 / July 13, 2007 11:59 PM PDT

can someone please tell me what a yellow question mark in front of multimedia devices on device manager means?? does it mean i need a new sound card???


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It means the sound isn't installed properly
by glb613 / July 14, 2007 5:09 AM PDT

You can try installing the latest drivers from your computer's web site or from the sound card manufacturer's web site. If that doesn't fix the problem, it could mean the sound card as failed.

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You can also use the device manager to
by retired / July 14, 2007 6:30 AM PDT

Uninstall the sound card and reboot, This will reinstall the driver, Does not always work but it's worth a try.

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by bevrich1012 / July 15, 2007 11:22 AM PDT

thanks for the help...i'll give those a try

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try searching
by SleepyChoco / July 30, 2007 5:14 PM PDT
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Search for your sound card's name on google. You should be able to find the company that made your card and they should give you drivers for it.

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Could be a conflict.
by Dango517 / August 1, 2007 2:13 PM PDT

If your graphics card isn't disabling your motherboard chip set they could be in conflict. In properties see resources if it's in conflict it will tell you there. If it is, disable the chip set it should be listed with your graphics card. If this does not fix the problem make sure your new graphics card is compatible and will over shadow the chip set.

Had this problem with two modems once. One was external the other internal. I didn't know the internal one was installed. I was given the machine as a gift.

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