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No Sound Events in Sounds and Audio Devices

by chow_yee / June 30, 2004 8:23 PM PDT

Hi. I have Windows XP in my computer, and after upgrading my computer with a new motherboard and processor (AMD Athlon XP 2000+), I did an repair install, as my Windows XP won't boot sucessfully.

After the repair install, everything was fine, except there is no Sound Events in the Sounds and Audio Devices. In the Sounds tab there, I can see that the Sound Scheme is set to Windows Default Scheme, but the list box under Program Events is empty. Prior to this repair install, I will get sounds during startup, shut down and also errors, but now, I get nothing at all.

Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

Further info: Before the motherboard upgrade, I was using Creative Vibra128 sound card. Now I am using the built in sound card of the Asus motherboard (SoundMax). Is it wise to use the built in sound card instead of the Creative Vibra128 sound card, assuming that I don't mind wasting a PCI slot for it?

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I don't see that you installed drivers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 10:52 PM PDT

Microsoft has yet to offer an OS that installs latest BIOS, sets the BIOS, finds and installs the latest drivers for us.

I didn't read if you've finished the XP install.


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Yes, drivers are installed.
by chow_yee / June 30, 2004 11:28 PM PDT

Hi Bob,

Sorry I forgot to mention that I've installed the SoundMax drivers given on the Asus CD, and Windows Media Player plays my MP3s, CDs, VCDs fine. The only thing missing is the sound events.

Any suggestions? Thanks a lot.

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I may have missed it...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 11:38 PM PDT

Did you associate some sounds with an event?

Do they play when you are in the toolbox that does this association?

Remember that we only know what you reveal.


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There's no sound events except...
by chow_yee / July 1, 2004 12:08 AM PDT

Hi Bob,

In the Sound and Audio Devices in Control Panel, in the Sounds tab, the sound scheme is set to Windows Default Scheme, and under the Program Events, there's currently only Windows Messenger (nothing else).

I don't see any ways to add sound events to the Program Events. Even if I can add sound events 1 by 1, I do hope I can get back the whole set of sound events that I normally get when I install a fresh copy of Windows XP. Of coz, I don't want to install a fresh copy of Windows XP Happy

What should I do? Once again, thanks a lot.

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Add one and test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 12:23 AM PDT

In short, you need to see if it's just some sound scheme you need to work out or that some hardware error is at play.

What's wrong with making your own scheme?

You didn't answer if the sound plays in the control panel tool.


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by chow_yee / July 2, 2004 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Add one and test.

Hi Bob,

In the Sounds tab, there's nothing I can do. The only sound scheme available is Windows Default Scheme, and in the Program Events, there is only Windows Messenger. The only thing enabled is "Save As" below the Sound Schemes, everything else is grayed, including the "Delete" button under Sound schemes. That means I can't do anything at all.

What should I do? Thanks!

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Try IEFIX...then...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2004 2:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't...

IEFIX is a nice automated tool to run SFC and more. I will not tell you how easy it is to find with Google or how to use it.

Its clear to me that the motherboard change is bothering Windows. Sadly, Microsoft doesn't offer any support for this move and you should get ready for a clean install if no fix is found.


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Re: There's no sound events except...
by Cursorcowboy / July 1, 2004 2:08 AM PDT

This "Windows XP Sound" procedure tells you how to choose a sound scheme through the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties in Control Panel. Are you saying the "Sounds" (click to see a screen shot) tab and that the selections isn't there?

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Anyway to remove Sounds and reinstall?
by chow_yee / July 2, 2004 7:18 PM PDT

Hi Bob,

I've tried IEFix but it didn't help the problem.

Of course, doing a clean reinstall will solve this, but I still prefer not doing so, as it is not really a big problem.

I'm still wondering, is there such a way to remove everything related to sounds, then reinstall it back, and hoping that it will be recovered? Is there a technique which is analogous to the technique of taking out a particular card, then plugging it back; or removing a piece of software, then reinstall to fix it? I've tried removing the SoundMAX driver then reinstall, but this doesn't solve the problem.

Any more ideas?? Thanks a lot.

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Re: Anyway to remove Sounds and reinstall?
by glb613 / July 2, 2004 7:57 PM PDT

It sounds like you don't have any program events listed to assign sounds. Picking a theme isn't going to fix that. I check in the control panel and there isn't anything in the add/remove programs listed for sounds. So, to get you event sounds back will probably take a repair or reinstall.

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