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Sound Oh My Sound..

by DigitalFrost / July 3, 2007 2:21 PM PDT


Got a little sound problem here.

I reformatted my computer(WindowsXP) 2 days ago,And I got no sound anymore!

Thing is I dont have any sound card,I just use the Screen Speakers(So I just connect the wire from the Screen to the Comp,wich usually works) but now It dosent,My computer dosent even detect my headphones(I mean there no sound comming from it),Its pretty weird too cuz I went On ControlPanel==>System==>Device Manager and I got no Yellow "?"

Help plz ='(


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Install the drivers
by jackson dougless / July 3, 2007 3:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Sound Oh My Sound..

You either have a sound card or an audio chipset in your system that needs drivers to function. Install them, and you will not be living in silence.

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by DigitalFrost / July 4, 2007 3:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Install the drivers

Hmm dont remember my dad installing any Sound Card ina PCI slot in the computer,But WinXP could detetc it right?How?

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Onboard sound
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 4, 2007 5:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Rwply

Most motherboards will have some kind of onboard integrated sound. If yours did not have either that or an external sound card, you would not have been able to have heard any sound previously. But even with onboard sound Windows needs drivers to be able to use the device.

However Windows doesn't always do a good job with identifying which drivers are needed and we often have to find out for ourselves.

If you goto the Device Manager, (Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System, then Hardware tab, then Device Manager), is there any exclamation mark besides the entry for Sound? If so expand the entry by clicking the + sign, (it may already be expanded), and see what Sound you have. (Highlighting the Sound device, right clicking and selecting Properties will give more information). Then you can Google for drivers for that device.

That Properties window gives the option for updating the driver, but I wouldn't use that. Windows doesn't always make the best choice.


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Take a look at that
by DigitalFrost / July 4, 2007 10:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Onboard sound
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That PCI device could be your sound
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 4, 2007 7:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Take a look at that

There is no separate sound card under the Sound entry, so I bet the PCI device is your sound, although Googling PCI Device suggests it may be a chipset driver or video driver problem.

Is there any clue when you right click the device and select Properties? I somehow doubt there will be because it is "unknown".

I would download a utility called Everest to examine your system and give you a report of all the hardware and software it finds.
Install and start it. Then on the main window, select "Multimedia" from the left panel, then "PCI /PnP Audio". You should see your soundcard(s). Now you know what sound card(s) you got.

For the SM Bus Controller entry, what does it say when you right click and select Properties? This may mean the motherboard is missing some drivers. You say your father installed Windows on this computer originally. Did he have a separate CD with all the drivers on it? Is he available to ask? The site below may help;

It may be that fixing this will solve the onboard sound problem.

The Everest utility may even help for the SM Bus Controller problem.

I hope this helps a little.


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by DigitalFrost / July 5, 2007 5:20 AM PDT

I'm downloading ur Lavalys program,I'll let ya know the results ^_^

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wouldnt it be easier if
by mark04276 / July 6, 2007 4:13 AM PDT
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you give us the make and model of computer and we can look up the driver for you. It is definately a driver issue.
I thought you said in your first post you didnt have the yellow inside device manager?

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Got It!Thx!
by DigitalFrost / July 7, 2007 4:17 AM PDT


Thx Mark and all the one who helped me,the program Lavalys detected my sound driver,it was a Realtek ALC883^^I downloaded and all work fine now =D!

When I meant there was no Yellow "?" I meant any that were on the Sound section,it was actually called "PCI Device" wich had a Yellow "?"

Thanks Again,


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(NT) Well done. I'm glad you got it sorted.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 7, 2007 5:22 AM PDT
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