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C-media Sound Card Driver - Windows XP won't take em!

by stinapunan / July 21, 2006 4:28 PM PDT

Hey computer experts and the like. Its Zach here with another question. I am very familiar with computers- just not fixing them.

Well, after a huge fiasco with ending with me reformatting my hard drive, I've finally updated windows xp. I upgraded SP1 to SP2 most notably.

But after a while, I started noticing something- no sound. All except for the internal beep comming from my computer to replace the nice sounds that would usually come from the computer.
After doing windows update a few times I noticed that it was trying to install something called
"C-Media Electronics Incorporation - Sound - CMI8738/C3DX PCI Audio Device".
This, upon further research, appeared to be the sound drivers for my motherboard's internal sound chipset I guess.
I looked at the Device Manager and noticed that there was an sound device icon with an exclamation point beside it, reading "multimedia audio controller". This must be where the drivers are needed.
Since I still had my motherboard CD, I double clicked on the icon, and tried reinstalling the driver. I even checked on the CD if it had the right ones. It did, and I even tried using the setup that came along with it. But everytime I try installing the driver, this comes up:
I click continue anyway. It starts to load the drivers and the stops after a little while with this:

So obviously Windows XP (at least SP2 as far as I know) WONT eat my freakin' drivers. I should have installed them as soon as I reformatted my computer, but is there any way around having to formatting again to do this!?

PS. I noticed after a few web searches, Windows XP seems to have problems with C-media stuff, but I haven't read anything about this problem.


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Okay. Yeah.
by stinapunan / July 22, 2006 1:36 AM PDT
In reply to: have you tried google?

That is what I need. But I've downloaded it from other sites already, and it wouldn't take it... and since I got the official ones off the CD there definately has to be a problem with Windows XP taking the drivers, and not the drivers themselves.

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My solution.
by stinapunan / July 22, 2006 3:33 AM PDT

I have a feeling that if I back up my files and reformat windows again, I could install the motherboard drivers first thing- thats probably how they were first installed.

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Zach, does the list below look like yours?
by DarCLew2 / July 22, 2006 12:58 PM PDT

C-Media Game port
C-Media MPU-401 Driver (WDM)
C-Media CM8338 Audio Driver (WDM)
C-Media CM8738 Audio Driver (WDM)
C-Media CMI8738 Audio Driver (WDM)
I found these on and it is a small list and these say they have an 80% chance of installing for WINXP home & pro. you have to sign up and then follow the directions to download and in some cses requires a zip to open them unless they are .exe. Darrell Lewis

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I'm not sure that I communicated my first message fully :(
by stinapunan / July 22, 2006 4:30 PM PDT

CMI8738 is exactly what I said in my main message. I guess I'm the 20% then. And I have downloaded the driver off there already, but to no luck.

I have NO problem at all getting the driver. I downloaded it from both,, AND from my motherboard CD. Its INSTALLING the driver thats the problem.

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try uninstalling the driver that XP installed
by jonah jones / July 22, 2006 8:31 PM PDT

then installing the one from ******.com


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by stinapunan / July 23, 2006 12:07 PM PDT

Nevermind. I found the problem. And I have this to say.


What I did was uninstall SP2 and installed the drivers! HAH!

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audio driver
by ndhelp001 / October 28, 2008 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: FIXED

so if I install this driver for my Asrock P4VM800 motherboard, am I going to have problems. I installed XP PRo, and do not have sound, waiting to hear back from Asrock Tech support.


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