Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:34 AM
I am having a problem that apparently doesn't go away easily. This is strange.
I have an old internal soundcard (soundblaster live! gold), but I am unable to install it. Here's a brief description about what has happened so far.
OS: Windows XP Professional with all possible patches, updates and servicepacks.
I watched a movie with Media Player Classic (comes with K-lite codec pack) and fell asleep during the movie. After I awoke, my soundcard was apparently gone. I couldn't find it anywhere. I tried to search it with add new hardware from control panel, in all possible ways, but no luck. It was gone. I then installed my integrated soundchip (CMedia AC97) and it did work, so I had sound.
After that, I removed soundblaster's drivers, cleaned up registry and removed all related files. I rebooted my computer at this stage. Then the next day I went and uninstalled my integrated soundchip, downloaded newest soundblaster drivers and rebooted. Now, I begun to install my soundblaster but the installation program was unable to find it. At all. It didn't exist anymore, and doesn't appear on any list of hardware.
All kinds of strange problems started. My wireless USB keyboard and mice were suddenly gone, so I had to reboot. Computer found them again, and installed software. After this, I tried to install integrated soundchip again, but no luck. My both sound devices were gone now, I had no way to get sound working. I tried everything. No luck. After a while searching for web, I got bored and tried to play some games. Well, now what happened was that everything with sound caused a sudden crash and cold reboot. Media players did not cause such, just games (with or without directsound).
This cold reboot is something that does happen with my stupid bugging integrated soundchip, even with newest drivers. Games just don't work with it. The strange thing is that it is not even installed because I can't and there is no sound at all. Hardware informatio nfrom computer panel does not list it, nor is it available from voice devices dropdown menu.
However, my easycall spekerphone suddenly appears to work, and is an available device for sound.
After all this, my programs started to crash and all that, so I ran ad-aware, spybot search & destroy, virus scan with AVG free, system mechanic professional's cleaning tools (registry, unneccessary files, shortcuts and all that) but my problems continued.
I was so pissed off at this point that I just installed windows xp again, although I have had a working installatio nfor two years.
Now, everything else works except my soundblaster. I tried to change PCI slot, but that doesn't help. It does work on other computers, I tried that, so it isn't broken.
Does anybody have a clue about what the hell is happening here?
In my eyes, I encountered some sort of domino-effect avalance of problems without any clear starting point.