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Audio [physically] missing in Windows Media Center

I've had the audio go MIA recently on my 5+ year old PC running Windows XP. I opened Device Manager to Sound, Video, etc. and under Creative SB Audigy
it shows the item as "This device is working properly".& Location: PCI Slot 2 (PCI bus 3, device 10, function 0). But in Control Panel under Sound & Audio Devices it shows No item installed and all the controls are set to zero and they no longer are movable. This seems to have happened out of the blue as my PC is always left ON and everything was copacetic an hour or so previous.

My SB Audigy device is no longer supported on the Creative site as far as I can tell. I can't specifically ID my device's serial number from the info in the driver properties.

I did however buy Driver Detective and run that. It showed a download that it felt was proper for my device and after downloading and installing that I am still without sound and all previously described details remain the same.

Has anyone else experienced the loss of integral components with no rhyme or reason? Is there a cure for my situation? Any help would be most appreciated at this point.


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Always left on.

In reply to: Audio [physically] missing in Windows Media Center

Just a quick thought before others chip in.

That 'always left on'. Have you rebooted since you noticed this?


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Flummoxed by hinky audio death

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Yes, several times since first posting. I've also downloaded driver updates which seem to install fine yet nothing seems to repair the condition. Device Manager/Sounds/Properties says "enabled" and "working correctly" but using the Sound Blaster test implement indicates no MIDI or .wav output. I ran Fresh Diagnose and it detects no sound card period. The SONY site for Vaio has zero help for the Legacy audio driver they provided. Properties for Creative game port indicates, "PCI Slot 2 (PCI bus 3, device 10, function 1)" and Driver Details say Driver Version: Not Available and Driver Signer: Not digitally signed! I'm beyond flummoxed and am willing to buy the entire card and software if there's a chance I can get audio restored. I'd honestly like a card that I could record multi-tracked music with. I have Ableton installed but never plugged instruments into my sound card. Thanks for asking though,


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Last gasp tests and procedure.

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