The speakers are irrelevant as any speakers can be connected to the audio card and they will work.. What IS important is the type of audio card you have.. SoundMax devices are generally intergrated sound devices but the correct drivers will depend on the motherboard or possible the brand and model number of the specific computer.. Since you can't see the specific audio device listed in Device Manager, do you have a specific brand name and model number of the computer.. Or if a home-built machine, do you have the motherboard name and model number.
On the other hand, if you've got a separate sound card, opening the computer and checking the card make an model number should help you find the drive as well.
Or, if your computer came with recovery discs or a driver/resource CD, that also might contain the correct audio driver.
Incorrect drivers will frequently stall out as you've been seeing in your previous attempts to install the driver.
Hope this helps.
I recently and unwittingly uninstalled my SoundMax program that I assume was my sound driver. As such I can no longer receive audio from my speakers, and the speakers themselves are not recognized by XP.
The speakers themselves, by my judgement, are Logitech Z-3e speakers, bought several years ago and working perfectly until this point. They are connected correctly.
I am running Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3, with the latest updates.
WMP gives me the message: "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device"
In WMP, under Sync--->Options--->Speaker Properties, the speaker is listed as "Default DirectSound Device" and there is no other option.
In Audio Device Properties, there is apparently no audio device.
I visited the logitech site for a new sound driver, as XP Help reccomended, at the following site:
There are, however, no provided downloads.
I do not have a system restore point that will allow me to reverse these changes.
WHAT I HAVE TRIED:
In the device manager, there is no audio device listed, only codecs and Legacy Drivers.
I have tried scanning for new hardware, and my computer has "found" a new audio device, but also encounters an error before the speakers can be recognized.
Several attempts to re-download SoundMax from various safe sites have been unsuccessful - usually the installer encounters an error and simply quits.
How can I resolve this issue?