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Sound driver problems

D.H. Cesare
Did a complete new install of WinXP Home on a machine that previously had Vista. Always had sound before the new installation. The machine had an inexpensive set of HP speakers.

After the new XinXP installation there was no sound so I installed the Realtek AC 97 sound drivers and when that didn't help, I installed the HP audio drivers. That didn't help either.

Disconnected the little HP speakers that came with the machine and hooked up a set from a different machine, but that didn't work.

Went into the Device Manager, the Realtek was not listed and went into control panel to Sounds and it's all grayed out on the
general tab where the Realtek should be showing.

Don't know where to go from here.
What can I do to get this situation resolved?

Thank you.
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    tintoman

    I advise people about this kind of problem every day, one of the reasons I often give not to downgrade from Vista to XP is that more often than not, when a computer is designed specifically for Vista, it is near on impossible to get drivers for all the hardware to work with XP.
    The reality is there might not be any drivers in existence for your sound device. If it is a pc and the sound is integrated on the motherboard you could try the website of the motherboard manufacturer to get XP drivers for the sound. if it's a seperate sound card you could try the card manufacturer, otherwise your only option might be to fit a new xp type sound card

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    D.H. Cesare

    I consider XP an Upgrade from Vista. The machine I switched over is now working like a computer should work (excepte for the sound) where it was virtually useless with Vista.

    I didn't look to see if the sound was integrated while I was over there, but I'm willing to bet that's the problem.

    Thanx

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    ComputerCookie

    PC Wizard 2008 from CPUID http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php

    Run this on your computer and you will find out exactly what the sound device is.

    After the program starts click on the Music/speaker icon, then do a search for that driver.

    Any queries post back to this question.

    Jeff

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    another addition to my bottomless toolbox.

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    ComputerCookie

    I like it is because; when XP can't find the driver because it can't identify the device, PC Wizard does, great when want to upgrade an older computer.

    You often find yourself pulling them out of an non-working computer and you don't know what the part is. Some of those serial nos are hard to find or on and Asian langauge webpage that has no translation

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    OH Smeg

    And even if you do what drivers did you use the ones that came with the computer when Vista was on it? If so they would be Vista Drivers not XP Drivers.

    Look in Device Manager and see if there are any Unknown Devices these will be your Sound Device and you'll need to install XP drivers for them not Vista Drivers.

    If you know what type of Sound Device you have you need to download the XP Drivers for it preferably from the maker but failing that if you do a Web Search for the Correct Drivers you will find a source if there are any available.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    This is a complete new installation. Nothing was saved from Vista. So for all practical purposes, it was like a new HDD. Starting from scratch.

    It's a one year old Presario. When I did the reformat and repartition it removed everything related to Vista, so when I installed XP it should have picked up the sound device and installed the drivers.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Because Vista hardware tends to have Vista-hardware, reinstalling XP over the top cannot deny the fact that the hardware was designed to be used with Vista.

    Your problem is hardware-based.

    Therefore an installation of XP is only effective at the software level.


    <Edited for clarity>

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    D.H. Cesare

    I did not install "over the top" of Vista. I formatted and repartitioned the HDD so as not to leave anything Vista behind.

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    OldER Mycroft

    This is a complete new installation. Nothing was saved from Vista. So for all practical purposes, it was like a new HDD. Starting from scratch.

    The ONLY thing here that is now new, is the empty hard drive. However for all practical purposes you still have a machine that was intended to be run with Vista. As such, some of the chips/hardware may not have XP drivers available for them.

    It's a one year old Presario. When I did the reformat and repartition it removed everything related to Vista, so when I installed XP it should have picked up the sound device and installed the drivers.

    Strictly speaking: it removed everything software-related to Vista, BUT you've still got a Vista-intended machine - you can't simply reformat that.

    I'm with Smeg on this - what makes you think that you have properly identified the correct sound drivers?


    <Edited for typos>

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    D.H. Cesare

    I have no idea what the correct drivers are. There is no sound, so I had t do something. I checked my other machines and they had the Realtek AC 97 so I tried that.

    The computer is 8 miles from me and I'm trying to help through email and phone, with someone who knows NOTHING about computers. So before I make a trip over there, I would like to have the idea that I'm going to be doing the right thing.

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    OH Smeg

    To do the right thing you should have looked in Device Manager in Vista to see what the hardware was.

    You can not just pick drivers Willy Nilly and hope that they work as they will do much more harm than good.

    But as Vista is now a thing of the past here you need to identify the Hardware that isn't working and to do that you need a piece of software to identify the Hardware or you can join Drivers.com and pay them for their utility to identify the Hardware and then download the Driver for your OS.

    Windows doesn't by itself install drivers for much at all. At best you'll have a basic Install that will allow you to install the necessary Drivers once you have loaded Windows and have it running. Things like M'Board Drivers and Video Drivers quite often improve the performance of the computer over the Windows Installed Drivers.

    Where you are getting confused is that a Windows Install is not a Slipstreamed Install from a Recovery Disc. With the Recovery Disc's you only have the drivers for the Hardware that you bought in the already made system and even then the supplied drivers are only good for the OS that they where supplied for.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    I have no idea what the correct sound drivers are. That's what this is all about. I'm trying to have someone recommend what I should do to fix the sound problem on this machine. Instaed, what I'm getting is a lot of criticizm. If you don't have something positive to contribute, why bother?

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    OH Smeg

    Windows doesn't have every possible driver on the Install CD supplied by M$. The Recovery Disc supplied by the System Makers only has the drivers for the hardware supplied so it has even less in the way of drivers.

    The only sound device picked up and installed by Windows from a M$ Install Disc are Sound Blaster Sound Devices and even then only the older ones made prior to the release of the Install Disc that you have.

    It is very common to have to install drivers for hardware after installing XP to any computer. If Windows was to support every possible device the Install Disc would need to be several DVDs and be constantly updated.

    If the idea that Windows installs every conceivable driver and nothing else is required with just internal Components then every computer that I've ever made would be considered as Faulty.

    High End Sound Cards, Video Cards and some Internal Modems are simply not picked up by Windows and require their own drivers. That is why M'Board Makers and other component Makers supply the different drivers for their product with every M'Board & Piece of Hardware.

    Also the AC97 Sound Drivers have never been supported Natively by Windows XP just as XP has never supported SATA HDD's.

    Col

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    IC-IT

    You will need to install this one first and then the HP Realtek drivers.

    Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Universal Audio Architecture

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    D.H. Cesare

    After reading about some driver problems people were having with HP stuff, I went to the HP site and they supplied a file name "audio.exe". I'm try anything that sounds even half reasonable.

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    ComputerCookie

    I recommended it will tell you what your sound device is.

    Then you can go to HP and download that driver!

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    OH Smeg

    Not only do you need the driver for the piece of hardware that you have but you need the Driver for the OS as well.

    So if you go looking for a Realtek AC97 Sound Driver you will need the Realtek AC97 Windows XP Driver. If you try using the Vista, 200, ME Driver for the AC97 Device they will not only not work but are likely to damage the OS install as well.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    Is there a free tool to identify the hardware? I'm not in a financial position to pay for stuff.

    You keep bringing up Vista. Why would I be trying to use a Vista driver? The whole idea was to get rid of everything/anything Vista. I need whatever I need to make this thing work with XP.

    Thanx

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    OldER Mycroft

    Which tends to prove that although WE are posting answers, YOU are not really reading them.

    ComputerCookie's recommendation:
    http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=255995&messageID=2440022

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    D.H. Cesare

    WE and YOU finger-pointing and name calling? Are you 12 years old? I read all the answers and have downloaded and installed the little program he recommended 2 days ago. But, as I've said, the unit is 8 miles from me and I still have to get over there and try to resolve the issue.

    Thanks for your help.

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    OldER Mycroft

    There is a thing called a telephone.

    A simple talk-through over the eight intervening miles wouldn't be THAT difficult, particularly for an erudite individual such as yourself.

    As to why you are expecting US to be able to help YOU, when you can't get off your arse and be at the machine you stuffed-up in the first place, is a matter for you and you alone.

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    OH Smeg

    Well the easy answer is that you have it on the Recovery Disc. If you try to use any of the drivers off this they will not work and probably corrupt the XP install as well.

    As you haven't said that you where using anything different what else do you expect us to think?

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    What program are you talking about?

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    OldER Mycroft

    Is that simple enoguh for you?

    ComputerCookie first referred you to it.
    Then ComputerCookie commented on his recommendation.
    Then I reminded you of ComputerCookie's recommendation.

    You cannot possibly have missed all three references, surely!

    Principles of TechRepublic are as follows:

    The Initial Poster (YOU) asks a question.
    The TR Peers (US) reply with answers.

    Your problem is that you are reading the answers but not taking in the content unless it contains a 'keyword' that you recognise.

    Are you by any chance a NetBot ??? :)

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    D.H. Cesare

    You must be a psycologist. You seem to know everything about me and you're all wrong.

    I read all the answers, I downloaded the program and tried it here, worked good, but the problem machine is 8 miles away.

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    IC-IT

    What model of HP is it? If a laptop also look on the bottom to get an accurate model # i.e. some models will state DV8100 on the top, flip it over and you discover it is an dv8110US.

    Second Google HP support.
    Third place your model number in the box and check download drivers and software.
    Forth, if the Microsoft drivers are listed, install those first and THEN the HP Realtek audio drivers.
    Watch carefully during the install, because on some occassions it says it will unpack and install, but only unpacks.
    Reboot and enjoy your sound.

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    OH Smeg

    The HP Driver site is here

    http://tinyurl.com/5dg6b

    Enter the Model Number and it will take you directly to the Available Drivers. Look for XP Drivers and download them.

    Post back after you have been at the computer that you do not have in front of you if it has a Realtek AC97 Sound Device. There are some special things that need to be known about this particular Sound Device.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    I found what is supposed to be the XP drivers for that machine at DriverGuide.com.

    There are 4 numbers on the machine and none of them are even close to HP model numbers, so I'm still guessing.

    Found 3 articles that said HP was not providing XP drivers for their Presario machines.

    This whole deal has turned into the proverbial circus, but it's a learning experience.

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    OH Smeg

    Anyway the best way is to use the PC Driver 2008 or whatever it was as listed by Computer Cookie or however he spells his Alias. That way you find the correct Devices and then you can download the Drivers directly from the Makers Web Site.

    But just a warning here the Realtek AC97 Drivers are not Supported by XP as they where never Digitally Signed so you will get a message telling you this and asking do you wan to proceed. Normally not a problem but yesterday I ran into an Issue with this Sound Device on a unit that I loaned out. Not sure exactly what was done but the Sound Driver was somehow removed or otherwise damaged and when I attempted to reload the Driver XP Blue Screen of Death Out and restarted with a report that there was a Driver Issue. Apparently M$ must have released a Patch or something that breaks this driver if anyone attempts to load it after that Patch is applied.

    So if you have a AC97 Sound Device proceed carefully. I haven't had any time yet to mess around with that system so I currently have no idea what has happened or what if any Solution there is to the problem. But it is consistent as it does the same thing with the AC97 Drivers supplied by ASUS on the M'Board CD, the Downloaded ASUS Sound Drivers and finally the newest Realtek Sound Drivers from Realtek. With a 100% failure rate I just gave up till I had more time to look into the problem.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    That little PC Wizard 2008 program wouldn't give the make or model of the Mainboard. It didn't give the manufacturer name at all. It did show some wierd number for the board, but it didn't coincide with any of HP's numbers. I tried it on a couple of my machines and it gave both Manufacturer and Model. Go figure.

    I have the Realtek AC'97 drivers on 2 of my PC's and one of my laptops, all are WinXP machines. My main laptop also has Realtek drivers and I don't have any problems at all.

    I found what are supposed to be HP sound drivers for WinXP on DriversGuide.com. I sent the info to the guy who owns the machine in hopes he could figure out how to download and install them, but haven't heard back from him yet. I was unable to download them because I wasn't willing to pay for some upgraded membership thing. If those drivers don't work, we will go buy a Creative Labs Audigy card and install it.

    I'll post when we reach a successful (hopefully) conclusion.

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    OH Smeg

    If they are installed when Windows is loaded even SP2 it works but if you attempt to install them when a lot more Patches/Hot Fixes have been applied the unit May BSOD out and reboot. When the unit restarts you'll be presented with an option to tell M$ and if you chose to you will be informed that the AC 97 Drivers are Not Digitally Signed for use with XP and M$ has no resolution for this. Even when you install the AC97 Drivers you'll get a warning Box appear telling you that these Drivers may cause Problems with Windows XP do you want to continue. If you do with a fully patched install of XP now it may not install and cause the system to reboot taking any unsaved info along with it as Windows sufferers a Fatal Error.

    Isn't it nice to know that M$ has finally found a way to force the Hardware Makers to buy Digital Signing from them. :0

    Col

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    OH Smeg

    Problem caused by Windows (R) WDM driver for Realtek AC'97 (ALCXWDM.SYS)

    This problem was caused by Windows (R) WDM driver for Realtek AC'97 (ALCXWDM.SYS). This program was created by Realtek Semiconductor Corp.. Realtek Semiconductor Corp. does not currently have a solution for the problem that you reported.

    Recommendation

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    For support information and product updates, Realtek Semiconductor Corp. recommends that you go online to the following website:

    Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

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    tintoman

    I advise people about this kind of problem every day, one of the reasons I often give not to downgrade from Vista to XP is that more often than not, when a computer is designed specifically for Vista, it is near on impossible to get drivers for all the hardware to work with XP.
    The reality is there might not be any drivers in existence for your sound device. If it is a pc and the sound is integrated on the motherboard you could try the website of the motherboard manufacturer to get XP drivers for the sound. if it's a seperate sound card you could try the card manufacturer, otherwise your only option might be to fit a new xp type sound card

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    D.H. Cesare

    I consider XP an Upgrade from Vista. The machine I switched over is now working like a computer should work (excepte for the sound) where it was virtually useless with Vista.

    I didn't look to see if the sound was integrated while I was over there, but I'm willing to bet that's the problem.

    Thanx

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    ComputerCookie

    PC Wizard 2008 from CPUID http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php

    Run this on your computer and you will find out exactly what the sound device is.

    After the program starts click on the Music/speaker icon, then do a search for that driver.

    Any queries post back to this question.

    Jeff

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    another addition to my bottomless toolbox.

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    ComputerCookie

    I like it is because; when XP can't find the driver because it can't identify the device, PC Wizard does, great when want to upgrade an older computer.

    You often find yourself pulling them out of an non-working computer and you don't know what the part is. Some of those serial nos are hard to find or on and Asian langauge webpage that has no translation

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    OH Smeg

    And even if you do what drivers did you use the ones that came with the computer when Vista was on it? If so they would be Vista Drivers not XP Drivers.

    Look in Device Manager and see if there are any Unknown Devices these will be your Sound Device and you'll need to install XP drivers for them not Vista Drivers.

    If you know what type of Sound Device you have you need to download the XP Drivers for it preferably from the maker but failing that if you do a Web Search for the Correct Drivers you will find a source if there are any available.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    This is a complete new installation. Nothing was saved from Vista. So for all practical purposes, it was like a new HDD. Starting from scratch.

    It's a one year old Presario. When I did the reformat and repartition it removed everything related to Vista, so when I installed XP it should have picked up the sound device and installed the drivers.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Because Vista hardware tends to have Vista-hardware, reinstalling XP over the top cannot deny the fact that the hardware was designed to be used with Vista.

    Your problem is hardware-based.

    Therefore an installation of XP is only effective at the software level.


    <Edited for clarity>

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    D.H. Cesare

    I did not install "over the top" of Vista. I formatted and repartitioned the HDD so as not to leave anything Vista behind.

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    OldER Mycroft

    This is a complete new installation. Nothing was saved from Vista. So for all practical purposes, it was like a new HDD. Starting from scratch.

    The ONLY thing here that is now new, is the empty hard drive. However for all practical purposes you still have a machine that was intended to be run with Vista. As such, some of the chips/hardware may not have XP drivers available for them.

    It's a one year old Presario. When I did the reformat and repartition it removed everything related to Vista, so when I installed XP it should have picked up the sound device and installed the drivers.

    Strictly speaking: it removed everything software-related to Vista, BUT you've still got a Vista-intended machine - you can't simply reformat that.

    I'm with Smeg on this - what makes you think that you have properly identified the correct sound drivers?


    <Edited for typos>

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    D.H. Cesare

    I have no idea what the correct drivers are. There is no sound, so I had t do something. I checked my other machines and they had the Realtek AC 97 so I tried that.

    The computer is 8 miles from me and I'm trying to help through email and phone, with someone who knows NOTHING about computers. So before I make a trip over there, I would like to have the idea that I'm going to be doing the right thing.

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    OH Smeg

    To do the right thing you should have looked in Device Manager in Vista to see what the hardware was.

    You can not just pick drivers Willy Nilly and hope that they work as they will do much more harm than good.

    But as Vista is now a thing of the past here you need to identify the Hardware that isn't working and to do that you need a piece of software to identify the Hardware or you can join Drivers.com and pay them for their utility to identify the Hardware and then download the Driver for your OS.

    Windows doesn't by itself install drivers for much at all. At best you'll have a basic Install that will allow you to install the necessary Drivers once you have loaded Windows and have it running. Things like M'Board Drivers and Video Drivers quite often improve the performance of the computer over the Windows Installed Drivers.

    Where you are getting confused is that a Windows Install is not a Slipstreamed Install from a Recovery Disc. With the Recovery Disc's you only have the drivers for the Hardware that you bought in the already made system and even then the supplied drivers are only good for the OS that they where supplied for.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    I have no idea what the correct sound drivers are. That's what this is all about. I'm trying to have someone recommend what I should do to fix the sound problem on this machine. Instaed, what I'm getting is a lot of criticizm. If you don't have something positive to contribute, why bother?

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    OH Smeg

    Windows doesn't have every possible driver on the Install CD supplied by M$. The Recovery Disc supplied by the System Makers only has the drivers for the hardware supplied so it has even less in the way of drivers.

    The only sound device picked up and installed by Windows from a M$ Install Disc are Sound Blaster Sound Devices and even then only the older ones made prior to the release of the Install Disc that you have.

    It is very common to have to install drivers for hardware after installing XP to any computer. If Windows was to support every possible device the Install Disc would need to be several DVDs and be constantly updated.

    If the idea that Windows installs every conceivable driver and nothing else is required with just internal Components then every computer that I've ever made would be considered as Faulty.

    High End Sound Cards, Video Cards and some Internal Modems are simply not picked up by Windows and require their own drivers. That is why M'Board Makers and other component Makers supply the different drivers for their product with every M'Board & Piece of Hardware.

    Also the AC97 Sound Drivers have never been supported Natively by Windows XP just as XP has never supported SATA HDD's.

    Col

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    IC-IT

    You will need to install this one first and then the HP Realtek drivers.

    Microsoft Windows XP SP2 Universal Audio Architecture

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    D.H. Cesare

    After reading about some driver problems people were having with HP stuff, I went to the HP site and they supplied a file name "audio.exe". I'm try anything that sounds even half reasonable.

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    ComputerCookie

    I recommended it will tell you what your sound device is.

    Then you can go to HP and download that driver!

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    OH Smeg

    Not only do you need the driver for the piece of hardware that you have but you need the Driver for the OS as well.

    So if you go looking for a Realtek AC97 Sound Driver you will need the Realtek AC97 Windows XP Driver. If you try using the Vista, 200, ME Driver for the AC97 Device they will not only not work but are likely to damage the OS install as well.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    Is there a free tool to identify the hardware? I'm not in a financial position to pay for stuff.

    You keep bringing up Vista. Why would I be trying to use a Vista driver? The whole idea was to get rid of everything/anything Vista. I need whatever I need to make this thing work with XP.

    Thanx

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    OldER Mycroft

    Which tends to prove that although WE are posting answers, YOU are not really reading them.

    ComputerCookie's recommendation:
    http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=255995&messageID=2440022

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    D.H. Cesare

    WE and YOU finger-pointing and name calling? Are you 12 years old? I read all the answers and have downloaded and installed the little program he recommended 2 days ago. But, as I've said, the unit is 8 miles from me and I still have to get over there and try to resolve the issue.

    Thanks for your help.

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    OldER Mycroft

    There is a thing called a telephone.

    A simple talk-through over the eight intervening miles wouldn't be THAT difficult, particularly for an erudite individual such as yourself.

    As to why you are expecting US to be able to help YOU, when you can't get off your arse and be at the machine you stuffed-up in the first place, is a matter for you and you alone.

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    OH Smeg

    Well the easy answer is that you have it on the Recovery Disc. If you try to use any of the drivers off this they will not work and probably corrupt the XP install as well.

    As you haven't said that you where using anything different what else do you expect us to think?

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    What program are you talking about?

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    OldER Mycroft

    Is that simple enoguh for you?

    ComputerCookie first referred you to it.
    Then ComputerCookie commented on his recommendation.
    Then I reminded you of ComputerCookie's recommendation.

    You cannot possibly have missed all three references, surely!

    Principles of TechRepublic are as follows:

    The Initial Poster (YOU) asks a question.
    The TR Peers (US) reply with answers.

    Your problem is that you are reading the answers but not taking in the content unless it contains a 'keyword' that you recognise.

    Are you by any chance a NetBot ??? :)

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    D.H. Cesare

    You must be a psycologist. You seem to know everything about me and you're all wrong.

    I read all the answers, I downloaded the program and tried it here, worked good, but the problem machine is 8 miles away.

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    IC-IT

    What model of HP is it? If a laptop also look on the bottom to get an accurate model # i.e. some models will state DV8100 on the top, flip it over and you discover it is an dv8110US.

    Second Google HP support.
    Third place your model number in the box and check download drivers and software.
    Forth, if the Microsoft drivers are listed, install those first and THEN the HP Realtek audio drivers.
    Watch carefully during the install, because on some occassions it says it will unpack and install, but only unpacks.
    Reboot and enjoy your sound.

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    OH Smeg

    The HP Driver site is here

    http://tinyurl.com/5dg6b

    Enter the Model Number and it will take you directly to the Available Drivers. Look for XP Drivers and download them.

    Post back after you have been at the computer that you do not have in front of you if it has a Realtek AC97 Sound Device. There are some special things that need to be known about this particular Sound Device.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    I found what is supposed to be the XP drivers for that machine at DriverGuide.com.

    There are 4 numbers on the machine and none of them are even close to HP model numbers, so I'm still guessing.

    Found 3 articles that said HP was not providing XP drivers for their Presario machines.

    This whole deal has turned into the proverbial circus, but it's a learning experience.

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    OH Smeg

    Anyway the best way is to use the PC Driver 2008 or whatever it was as listed by Computer Cookie or however he spells his Alias. That way you find the correct Devices and then you can download the Drivers directly from the Makers Web Site.

    But just a warning here the Realtek AC97 Drivers are not Supported by XP as they where never Digitally Signed so you will get a message telling you this and asking do you wan to proceed. Normally not a problem but yesterday I ran into an Issue with this Sound Device on a unit that I loaned out. Not sure exactly what was done but the Sound Driver was somehow removed or otherwise damaged and when I attempted to reload the Driver XP Blue Screen of Death Out and restarted with a report that there was a Driver Issue. Apparently M$ must have released a Patch or something that breaks this driver if anyone attempts to load it after that Patch is applied.

    So if you have a AC97 Sound Device proceed carefully. I haven't had any time yet to mess around with that system so I currently have no idea what has happened or what if any Solution there is to the problem. But it is consistent as it does the same thing with the AC97 Drivers supplied by ASUS on the M'Board CD, the Downloaded ASUS Sound Drivers and finally the newest Realtek Sound Drivers from Realtek. With a 100% failure rate I just gave up till I had more time to look into the problem.

    Col

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    D.H. Cesare

    That little PC Wizard 2008 program wouldn't give the make or model of the Mainboard. It didn't give the manufacturer name at all. It did show some wierd number for the board, but it didn't coincide with any of HP's numbers. I tried it on a couple of my machines and it gave both Manufacturer and Model. Go figure.

    I have the Realtek AC'97 drivers on 2 of my PC's and one of my laptops, all are WinXP machines. My main laptop also has Realtek drivers and I don't have any problems at all.

    I found what are supposed to be HP sound drivers for WinXP on DriversGuide.com. I sent the info to the guy who owns the machine in hopes he could figure out how to download and install them, but haven't heard back from him yet. I was unable to download them because I wasn't willing to pay for some upgraded membership thing. If those drivers don't work, we will go buy a Creative Labs Audigy card and install it.

    I'll post when we reach a successful (hopefully) conclusion.

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    If they are installed when Windows is loaded even SP2 it works but if you attempt to install them when a lot more Patches/Hot Fixes have been applied the unit May BSOD out and reboot. When the unit restarts you'll be presented with an option to tell M$ and if you chose to you will be informed that the AC 97 Drivers are Not Digitally Signed for use with XP and M$ has no resolution for this. Even when you install the AC97 Drivers you'll get a warning Box appear telling you that these Drivers may cause Problems with Windows XP do you want to continue. If you do with a fully patched install of XP now it may not install and cause the system to reboot taking any unsaved info along with it as Windows sufferers a Fatal Error.

    Isn't it nice to know that M$ has finally found a way to force the Hardware Makers to buy Digital Signing from them. :0

    Col

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    Problem caused by Windows (R) WDM driver for Realtek AC'97 (ALCXWDM.SYS)

    This problem was caused by Windows (R) WDM driver for Realtek AC'97 (ALCXWDM.SYS). This program was created by Realtek Semiconductor Corp.. Realtek Semiconductor Corp. does not currently have a solution for the problem that you reported.

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