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No Audio? - building first pc

by bbyk / May 16, 2009 8:20 AM PDT

Problem: When test for sound using CD music disk, Windows Media Player starts but then I get message that no sound card identified.

This is a new PC that I am trying to build. pc turns on; instlled Windows XP ok; Motherboard = GA-EP45-UD3P is supposed to have integrated (?) sound - or was told I didn't need separte sound card.

I did plug in the wire from the power supply (Carsair TX650W) to the F_Audio slot on the Motherboard using the "HD" wires (not the AC'97 or the single wires) which seems correct according to the motherboard manual showing the "HD" block being the default.

Don't know what to try to resolve this.

Also, maybe can use a workaround - for instance install a separte sound card - will this work as well?


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That's proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2009 8:40 AM PDT

XP on modern hardware is very hard on most. Let's start with this question.

-> Did the machine's part supplier give you instructions on how to install XP?

It matters since XP does not come with drivers for your machine and I find most can't tell me if they installed the MS UAA before the sound card drivers.

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No instructions from suppliers
by bbyk / May 16, 2009 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: That's proper.

I installed XP myself from a disk using defaults - no idea about "MS UAA" is that something I had to do? I didn't take any special step fro installing drivers, I thouhgt that would happen automatically during the full XP install.


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Hopefully you'll now do more research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 16, 2009 9:00 AM PDT

This is not an offer for me to find all your drivers or write your XP install procedure.

Ask those that you gave money to for that.

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by ahtoi / May 17, 2009 2:56 AM PDT

The AC'97 usually in on the motherboard disc, and that goes with the enhance audio driver as well (look there). Seem to recall that's how mine was. Good luck.

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RE: No Audio in 1st PC I built - Solved - DUH!
by bbyk / May 18, 2009 1:36 PM PDT
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It was just a matter of installing all the drivers from the motherboard setup disk!

Windows XP installation did not include the audio drivers.

Both he HD audio pin cluster or the AC'97 would have worked.
The experience of building aones own computer is very valuable - and basically easy - but the details, the tiny details can be SOoo frustrating.

Thank you all for your suggestions. They all added up to my finding the solution.


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