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Sound Card Gone?

by charlie-foxtrot / September 4, 2009 1:30 AM PDT

Windows XP is no longer recognizing my sound cards. I have three sound cards installed in a PC that is being used to record multiple audio inputs and stream them online. The system was working fine, until an unscheduled reboot. Now, after rebooting, nothing recognizes the sound cards.

I've tried rolling back the drivers, as well as updating them to the most recent version. While the sound cards still show up in the devices list, I can't seem to get any of them to work with Windows. They simply aren't recognized in the audio preferences.

At once point, they showed up in the volume control screen, but the option for "Recording" was grayed out. Now, they don't show up there at all. Here's a current screenshot.

Is there anything else that I can do? Is there a software that might work better than the integrated windows volume control software?

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Start over.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2009 1:41 AM PDT
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Wipe the drives and do exactly what you did before to get it to work.

Remember that Windows has been twitchy for years about multiple sound card support. You are in "the unsupported land" so I don't expect MSFT to tell you what to do to fix a dinged or damaged OS.

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Sorry to hear about your loss,

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Say, why is RDP there?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2009 1:42 AM PDT
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"Remote Desktop" would create no end of trouble here.

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"unscheduled reboot"
by Kees Bakker / September 4, 2009 1:50 AM PDT
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a) the system manager (you?) had nothing to do and decided to do a extra manual reboot (there is a scheduled automatic one each sunday morning at 4:00 PM) Thursday at 1:45 AM, just to see what would happen (seems to remind me of Chernobyl, seeing what happened)
b) the system (Windows) had a fatal error, so rebooted (that's the default behaviour after a BSOD)

a or b?

In case of b, what does the event log say about the cause? It could be the missing clue.


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Sound Card Gone?
by alias Winston Smith / September 5, 2009 12:23 AM PDT
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Before getting too drastic it would probably be a good idea to remove the all the sound cards from Motherboard, reboot and remove drivers/codecs from Device Manager.
Turn off, re-fit cards and let Windows auto detect 'new' configuration (if you have different manufacturer's cards put them into different slots)
You have less to loose except some time.
You should also look in bios to make sure spontaneous re-boot didn't 'damage' something there.

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