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audio hardaware issue...

by cmk325i / April 2, 2007 4:16 PM PDT

i reccently installed a clean xp pro installation on my pc, but after a month or so of using it it started to not have audio on GTA:VC and the game said there was no hardware so it couldn't play the audio, i said myself "it may be a game issue, check it later"
after a week of that suddenly i woke up and turn on the machine one saturday it did not make any sound (only system sounds that I hate)
i checked the device manager and it says there's no hardware for the sound
but my pc is intact as when I reinstalled XP
can anyone help me?
oh and other dell optiplex pc i have here havs the same issue (my nephew said that), and one of my friends has the same problem
it makes me feel angry cuz i am a music lover and i can't hear anything!!!!


please help
by the way

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audio hardaware issue...
by Stan Chambers / April 3, 2007 3:42 AM PDT

It's likely not a hardware issue, but rather software. After a format and clean install of the OS, you need to install the motherboard drivers for your particular motherboard.

If the soundcard is a pci card, you install the driver for that card. If the soundcard is integrated in the motherboard, go to the motherboard manufacturers website to download the drivers for that motherboard.

Windows will sometimes have the correct driver already installed, but many times they do not. It's left to you to find and install the right one.

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deatils details
by cmk325i / April 3, 2007 7:17 AM PDT

the matter is that i already have done a clean reinstall in the same machine (about every 6 months) and this is the first time this happened, and there were sounds and all, but suddenly stopped to work =/

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details details
by Stan Chambers / April 3, 2007 9:42 AM PDT
In reply to: deatils details

From the control panel, open Sound and Audio Devices to see if your device is listed there and that the volume is turned up.
Open the volume icon in the startup on the taskbar and check that the volume isn't muted.
Another solution may be to run System Restore to a time when it was working.

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by cmk325i / April 3, 2007 2:23 PM PDT
In reply to: details details

actually I tried a lot of solutions but i did found one really simple,
I just uninstalled manually the hardware then reinstalled the driver and hardware.
thnx everyone for the help.

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I have a few things for you to check, on the hardware side
by TechX86 / April 3, 2007 2:32 PM PDT
In reply to: deatils details

One, if your sound card is an expansion card; take the card out and re-seat the card. Also, check the contacts for oxidation, clean the contacts with an electronic contact cleaner; Obiviously, do this with the system unplugged from the electrical outlet, and allow some time to dry, before turning it on.

The other possiblity, is your using the "correct software drivers"; however if a firmware update was done to the card, it will need the lastest software drivers to work correct or again at all.

Creative Lab cards often do this updating for you automaticly, if you allowed the updates to be done. However they should have also done the newest drivers too, something may have gone wrong in updating one or both.

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