Thanks for replying arcman, and sorry for my delay in acknowledging you.
The AC'97 update wasn't the right one. After installing it I couldn't bootup. It took me ages to get over the panic, and eventually find a way get rid of it using Safe Mode. So, I'm back to 'square one'. Which is a shame, 'cos I really need to find the right download as the damned thing has been playing my audio too fast for over a year now.
In my, so far, futile attempts to find a suitable update, I found the Intel Download Centre which recommends two upgrade subjects for my chipset 82801AA using Windows 2000: namely an Application Accelerator, and a Chipset Software Installation Utility - with 6 downloads available for each.Can some kind person tell me if I need to download all 12 items, starting from the earliest version and, if so, do I need to reboot the computer after each download is installed?
Or do I download only the latest version of each?
As far as I know none of these have previously been installed on this second-hand computer, but don't know how to interrogate my system to check.
The downloads for the Application Accelerator are here:http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_res...mp;submit=Go%21
And the downloads for the other thing are here:http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_res...mp;submit=Go%21
Any other advice would be gratefully received.
On the AC'97 driver update and proper usage/installation of the Kpac codecs, I reckon I'll have to return to this thread a little later once I figure out where I can find an AC'97 update, and figure out the right questions I need to ask (based also on arcman's kind advice). For all I know the damned update for the AC'97 might even be in the list of codecs from Kpac!!!