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.
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...