I really can't add much here as we excised XP (all versions) over a year ago BUT I want to add that Audio in XP can be a PITR.
For example, did you keep notes on how to clean install XP w/SP3?
I mean, I want to help you remember how we would install Microsoft's MSUAA to get it working? This varies from machine to machine and we CAN NOT RELY on Microsoft's Driver Update Buttons. You SHALL remember how to install this for your PC or you may have issues that no one may know how to fix.
That said, we did take similar Core2Duo machines all the way to W10 without much ado. To make them current and usable at the office we swapped out the HDDs for 240GB SSDs. Yes there are smaller drives but we don't want to incur any "Low Disk Space" issues. 240GB SSDs were had last week for 30 bucks so we're cheap about tech support. We run a business, not going to do IT much.
My master volume slider automatically resets to zero often muting, have searched the entire internet for an answer and found no solution to this nuisance. There is no pattern when this incident would occur and initiates at random. No videos can be watched nor listening to music; as this automatically allay the master volume sound and finally mutes the application. Bringing the volume slider to the maximum and on leaving the slider head, merely glides the same back to the minimum or zero level. Occasionally, the slider head may remain at the maximum for a variable span before it reverts to min. Tried to upload a video in .wmv format but was not permitted.
1) Have run my laptop with Avira antivirus with Malware bytes-anti malware and Super anti spyware with no luck. Later, online ESET antivirus program and Microsoft malicious removal software which too proved futile. Slider head usually stays stable for a variable period of time before it reverts, Am at the end of my tether.
2) checked for any faulty touch pad; In fact the touch-pad operates duly without issues. No mouse attached
3) Ran a check disk with no resolution whatsoever. The slider head glides down whenever likely.
4) Endeavor to reset the BIOS but there was no option to do so nor am I aware as to how to reset the same. I am a bit skeptical about this procedure as the same BIOS had the master volume running duly before the issue manifested. BIOS version is provided at the end of the message in the post-scrip-tum
5) Searched several forums and internet before I came here.
Any help regarding resolution to this misery is well appreciated and welcomed. This particular issue surfaced around a month back. Till date no resolution was found. I entreat anyone to provide me a concrete solution this impediment.
My Laptop's Details
MotherBoard: HP pavillion DV 6838NR
CPU Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU
T7700 @ 2.40GH
Memory: 2*2Gb memory cards DDR2
Bios Version: F59. 11/25/2008
Sound device card: Real Tech High Definition Audio
Video Card: Mobile intel® 965 Express chipset
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional version 2002
Service pack 3
Feel free to ask for more details regarding the Laptop details or any other.