Posted 04 November 2008 - 08:18 PM
I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 Notebook computer running Windows 2000, Version 5.0 (Build 2195: Service Pack 4). I have no sound coming from my speakers during windows start-up or if I try to play an mp3 file. I also have no speaker icon on my task bar. Looking at the Device Manager – Sound, video and game controllers area I have the following:
-ESS Maestro PCI Audio (WDM)
-Legacy Audio Drivers
-Legacy Video Capture Devices
-Media Control Devices
One device is showing the dreaded exclamation point (!). It’s for the ESS Maestro PCI Audio (WDM) device by ESS Technology, Inc.. Checking the properties, the device status window notes the following:
“This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)”.
Looking at the Sounds and Multimedia Properties icon, under the Audio tab, all the items are grayed out (Sound Playback, Sound Recording and MIDI Music Playback).
This issue started after installing a LinkSys RangePlus Wireless Notebook Adapter. Can you assist me in getting my sound back?