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WinXP Control Panel misses sound card which Linux and Device Mgr find OK

By julianvb ·
My WInXP lost its sound about a year ago mysteriously. Now I can't play any CDs or even a system sound file such as tada.wav without seeing the Windows Media Player "no sound-card" error message. Control Panel also clearly indicates that there is no sound card.

But the interesting thing is that when I run Linux on the same machine, I can play audiobooks, music CDs, and videos. Updating the WinXP sound drivers has not helped and the WinXP Device Manager shows nothing wrong. Re-installing WinXP hasn't helped either.

I tend to think that this is a WinXP software problem.


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May need to remove the sound card, then re-install the card,

then let Windows detect it and load appropriate drivers. Try re-posting in the Q&A
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Things are much more difficult since you've reloaded

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to WinXP Control Panel misse ...

So repost as a Question with more details.

What Sound Chip Set do you have Realtech, Creative or one of the others?

When you reloaded did you connect to the Windows Update Servers before loading the Sound Driver?

Where did you get the Driver that you used and are you sure that it's the right one?

If you open the Control Panel and then the Sounds & Audio Devices under the Audio Tab what is listed in the Drop Down Menu?


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