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by ReelDeal / April 6, 2005 11:44 AM PDT

I had a previous post advising I lost my sound on my Compaq 12XL400 Laptop - currently I restored system to out of the box from factory with recovery CD again and am running the original Millenium - here's what I have found - unit is now virgin - under SOunds & Multimedia properties/Devices Tab/ Audi devices - I see items(2) Audio for Via AC'97 Audio Controller (WDM)- they look like duplicates but 1 stated "Driver enabled but inactive due to an unknown problem" - the other states - under properties "driver is enabled and active" - But I am getting no sound - I went to system devices and remove AC'97 Audi Controller

I went to Compaq Site and down loaded the latest driver and burned to a CD - I tried to install new hardware and driver and during set up I got the following "VIA AC97 Audi Chipset is not enabled - Enable it in BIOS and then run set up"

I restarted and F10 - I got into Bios but there were a limited amount of selections - nothing regarding VIAAC97 Chipset - Can anyone tell me how to enable this chipset ?????????????

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If there is no "Defaults" selection, then a test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 11:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Bios Question

Go get a KNOPPIX CD and boot it. See if it can make the system produce sound. If not, I fear this may be like another failure I've seen (the motherboard failed) or another bum OS install.


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Knoppix CD
by ReelDeal / April 6, 2005 12:37 PM PDT

I will get one & give it a try - If I do produce sound is there a way to enable chipset under normal use ???

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Cross that bridge when you get there.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 6, 2005 10:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Knoppix CD

I do the test first since... so far when this happens the fallout is a hardware failure.


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In the BIOS
by chuckieu / April 7, 2005 2:54 AM PDT

the listing will probably be either "sound" or "onboard sound", not VIA 97. Should be set to auto. chuck

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