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hp pavilion a1430n Sound problems under vista!

by Derickthegreat / June 30, 2008 3:41 PM PDT

OK, so this only happens sometimes, here's the computers specs:
AMD Athlon x2 3800+ Dual core Processor
2gb DDR 400 Ram
160GB, 250GB, 80GB Hard drives one sata two IDE
HP Lightscribe DVD+rw Drive
Upgraded from windows xp media center to windows vista home premium sp1
OK, it was doing this more often when the sound would be real crackly and Skippy like on a old scratched up CD, so i bought a cheap Sound blaster audigy PCI Sound card, problem kept going, this problem comes and goes from time to time, but if i'm playing a game like the sims 2 it makes the sound real bad quality! I know the says that under vista you need a video card that is a nvidia 6200 or better, this computer came with a 6150LE and works fine under vista, and works great with the sims, i haven't played any of my intensive games in this machine because i wanna buy a new card, but i just bought one for my old hp that has vista and does not share this problem! What do i do?

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That sounds like...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 10:32 PM PDT

The old DMA issues or someone didn't install motherboard chipset drivers. When you install Windows yourself from scratch or an upgrade you must find and install all the drivers (there are about 10) since Microsoft doesn't do this. Tell me about your post Windows driver hunt and install.

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Drivers where found!
by Derickthegreat / July 1, 2008 3:41 AM PDT
In reply to: That sounds like...

Before i upgraded i took a visit to and typed in the search box hp pavilion a1430n drivers and it gave me options for windows xp or windows vista 32bit and 64bit drivers, so i updated the onboard sound drivers, but the onboard did not work period with vista, so i put in a sound blaster audigy that has the drivers from their website, i did install all drivers before doing anything, i noticed that some of the drivers on hp's site say 1-2007, there over a year old. the computer works great with vista, just when playing games the sound is kinda bad, and i know its not the card because i put it in my other hp that i upgraded to vista, the other hp is a hp pavilion a735w desktop that's around 4 years older then this computer.

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Thanks for the model number.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2008 9:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Drivers where found!
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Drivers up to date!
by Derickthegreat / July 2, 2008 8:30 AM PDT

Thanks for the response's, but i went to nvidia's website directly and installed the drivers, then i went to creative to see if there was an update for the sound card, there was, i downloaded it and installed the updates and it seems that it kinda cured it, its still doing the same thing, but not as bad as it was the other day!

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One more thing. DMA...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2008 8:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Drivers up to date!
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Sound problem with vista
by juckds / August 28, 2009 5:45 PM PDT

I had the same problem as yours.
You received the following error message:

"no audio output device is installed"

You can find the solution at

I used their solution and it works perfectly.

Propose them your problem, they have many solutions for all sound problem with vista.

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Sound problem with vista
by juckds / September 13, 2009 1:50 PM PDT

This problem is due to the update. You lose sound and find a red x over your sound icon. Then you get the error message "no audio output device is installed"

I also had this problem. I did a search and I found the solution at
Hope it helps, they have many suggestions.

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Sound problem with vista
by juckds / September 17, 2009 1:43 AM PDT

You can find a solution for sound problm with vista at

I hope it helps, they have many suggestions.

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