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Is this a driver problem or a Windows problem?

by philtinsley / December 8, 2008 6:59 PM PST

Hi. I have posted previously about a problem with an on-board soundcard (Asus M2N-VM DVI mainboard with HD audio codenamed Azalia) which worked when first set up. but stopped producing any sound after a couple of weeks for no apparent reason.

I tried everything from the newest chipset and audio drivers, to replacing them with the original CD drivers, but nothing would make the soundcard work again.

I can now update this issue with new info, in the hope that somebody can help me.

I put a blank HDD in and installed a clean version of Win XP SP2, and hey presto, the sound works fine. I updated Win XP to SP3 and updated everything except the chipset and sound drivers and it is all still working.

It would be nice to just use this new install but I really, really don't want to re-install all of my other apps (I use lots), not to mention the fact that the HDD I used for the new install is considerably smaller than my other one, and there are no IDE places left to use both.

So my question, and your mission should you choose to accept it, is: how do I get my soundcard working on my original Win XP installation?

My first thought is that it is something to do with the newer drivers not being replaced by older ones when I try and retro-fit them, or that the registry is not allowing me to go backwards, but I'm just guessing...


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The lesson is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2008 10:40 PM PST

it's not always possible to repair Windows. While I could write I boot to safe mode to remove all audio stuff in device manager some want me to write a step by step while I only offer a guide or direction.

Good luck,

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by helljack6 / December 9, 2008 11:22 PM PST

Unlike Bob who only gives vagueness in answers, I think you need to start with the drive that you recently installed a fresh copy of XP SP2 on and slowly start adding your programs back to that drive keeping an eye out on what you're installing and whether or not the sound works before and after that piece of software is installed. At least that way you'll know if it got changed because of software that you installed.

How is this relevant? SOME, not all, programs make system changes, or in other cases, weren't designed for some of the newer hardware in today's computer. Not saying they can't be ran, just that some of the hardware aspects might not have been topped off therefore when you do run software on foreign hardware, just because it can see the hardware doesn't necessarily mean it can use it correctly.

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If it's the only way...
by philtinsley / December 10, 2008 6:18 AM PST
In reply to: Hmmm

Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and re-instal. If I am able to get all of my software on to the new HDD with the sound still working, do you know any free apps which can then copy the entire drive's contents (remembering that it will also be housing the OS in use) onto my older (but much larger) HDD?

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To cascalonginus: post deleted.
by Kees Bakker / December 10, 2008 7:19 PM PST
In reply to: Hmmm

Sorry, but we don't allow links to a home page of a general help site. Only to pages that specifically point to a solution of the current problem. That's why I deleted your post.


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