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Sound Card or Sound Driver, Which is Which ?


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#1 Jove

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 08:22 AM

This PC is a Compac Presario 4403US

When I search System Information for Sound Card there is no match, however, . . and under Sound in Direct X Diag., I get;

No sound card was found. If one is expected, you should install a sound driver provided by the manufacturer.

Sound Card or Driver, Which is Which ?

At this point;
I have determined or am assuming , that in reference to the sound card contained in this system it is a

Name SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

Further;

The following instruction are provided to me by Microsoft Online Support

From the system information, I noticed that the sound card occurs in both "Sound Device" and "Problem Device". Thus it should work improperly.

Let's perform following steps to reinstall sound card driver:

Reinstall sound card driver
=====================
1. Click Start, click Run, type in "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) and press Enter.
2. In Device Manager, double click to expand the "Sound, video and Game controllers" branch.
3. Right click your sound card listed under "Sound, video and Game controllers", and click Uninstall to uninstall the driver.
4. Restart the computer and XP will reinstall the sound card driver automatically.

If the driver cannot be reinstalled after restarting the computer, we will need to find a specific driver for the system.



Since, I have been over this a few times, I have not done anything, I am waiting to clear up some definitions and technical facts before I proceed.

OK, when I open the, "Sound Card", which is, "SoundMax I.D.A.", and go to driver details,

I find a list of drivers;

Driver Details
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\a3d.dll
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\drivers\aeaudio.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\drmk.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\ks.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\portcls.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\smens.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\smwdm.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\stream.sys
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\ksproxy.ax
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\kuser.dll
C:\\WINDOWS\system32\mdmaud.drv

Presently;
My question is this the driver or is it the drivers
for the Sound Card ?

Possibly a better question would be, which one is the sound card driver?


My instruction as per above,( ref. specific driver), will also include some possible Reg. Editing.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 11:42 AM

A sound card is just that. It is a separate card that fits into a PCI slot
A sound device refers the the processor chip built into the motherboard that provides the sound
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Integrated means built-in or onboard

Edited by garmanma, 27 February 2009 - 11:43 AM.

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 03:24 PM

Ok, I guess I need to check if the soundmax installation is for certain the one I should be using with the motherboard processor chip ?

Correct ?

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 07:43 PM


The following is not exactly clear to me ! ? !


MS INSTRUCTION
First please go to Device Manager (devmgmt.msc) to see if there is any
"unknown device" or "problem device" which has a yellow mark with it. If so,
right click on it and choose Uninstall. As sound card is not recognized, it
may be listed as an unknown device.


I see and well know that the SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio, is the problem device and is marked with the yelloW (!)
What do I look for regarding unknown devices
Most of the all the devices in
Sound, Video and Game Controllers
are marked, location- Unknown ?

Is this what MS instruction is telling me to look for ?

Edited by Jove, 27 February 2009 - 07:44 PM.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 09:57 PM

I just received this topic reply notification but I do not see the reply ?

Jove,

hainom has just posted a reply to a topic that you have subscribed to titled "Sound Card or Sound Driver, Which is Which ?".

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Present Status on proposed Solution, . . .

I am now waiting for the reply from MS concerning the following;




I now understand that the issue is not occurs after installing SP3.

>From the screenshot, you find the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM. Please
double click on "System" to expand it and find "CurrentControlSet", double
click on it again to find the "Enum". I attached a screenshot to show the
key we need to find.

After find the key HDAUDIO, right click on it, click "Export"; please name
the file as "RegBackup" (without quotation marks) and then save it to the
C:\ drive as a backup.

Note: In case we need to undo the modification, we can double click this
RegBackup.reg file to restore the registry key.

Then please Delete all subkeys under HDAUDIO (please do not delete HDAUDIO,
just delete the sub-keys).

Also backup following key as Regbackup2.reg:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96C-E325-11C
E-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Then delete the key {4D36E96C-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.

After deleting these 2 keys, let's install the sound card driver we
downloaded from following link to see if it can be installed.


ANSWER;

Please see included file concerning reply to your last message.




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Edited by Jove, 09 March 2009 - 11:39 PM.

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