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Soundmax Driver for Vista

by review_monster / February 17, 2008 2:52 PM PST

i have a year old toshiba satellite m40 which has is a intel pentium m 1.73Ghz, 1Gb Ram, 100Gb hard. i decided to upgrade its operating system from xp to vista. everything works fine except for sound! so i decided to download the sound driver from the manufater website and install it using the compatibility feature available in vista. after installation the sound works HOWEVER it lags pretty bad and it keeps breakingup. the sound is really terrible and u cant really hear anything. i also tried installing the realtek ac'97 driver for vista but no point. sound works but very bad quality. does any1 know why my sound lags and breaks up? is this a driver problem?

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Just a W.A.G. From Left Field but....
by tobeach / February 17, 2008 3:23 PM PST

try plugging/unplugging/rotating speaker jack where it enters back of computer & also at speaker end (if so equipped).

I thought my speakers were burned out or drivers bad but it was just accumulated dirt in the plug/receptacle interface which had never even been touched since set-up.
Worth a try?? Good luck. Happy

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Does it break up during dvd play, disk io?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2008 11:05 PM PST

If read you get a clue that if DMA isn't working proper this can happen. Another cause is the motherboard drivers.

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by review_monster / February 18, 2008 12:49 AM PST

no i don't have speakers. It's a laptop with built in speakers and i even tried headphones and the sound lags and breaks up. i am definately sure its beacuase of vista. but i am not sure what is causing this problem. sound is like slowed down by 20x and it keeps breaking up.


Manufacturer TOSHIBA
Model Satellite M40
Total amount of system memory 1016.00 MB RAM
System type 32-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 1
64-bit capable No


Total size of hard disk(s) 93 GB
Disk partition (C:) 81 GB Free (93 GB Total)
Media drive (D:) CD/DVD


Display adapter type Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Chipset Family (Microsoft Corporation - XDDM)
Total available graphics memory Not detected
Dedicated graphics memory 0 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 0 MB
Display adapter driver version
Primary monitor resolution 1280x800
DirectX version DirectX 9.0 or better


Network Adapter Marvell Yukon 88E8036 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
Network Adapter Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection

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