I'm new to this forum and am moderately pc literate. The following description of my problem will be long-winded, but I see elsewhere on this forum where more info is usually asked for. So here goes:
Compaq Presario 5000 Series (5BW160)
Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
ESS Technologies ES1988/9 Allegro-1 Audiodrive sound
20GB hard drive
CD-Writer drive--Ultima Electronics Artec WRR-52x
56K Lucent Win Modem
10/100 Accton Technology Corp. EN-1207D Fast Ethernet Adapter
I'm trying to get a friend's pc up and running again. He brought it to me with 2 OS's on it (Win98 and Win2k), so I formatted the HD and installed Win98SE. He's lost his recovery CDs--needless to say, I've had to search the web to get all the drivers to make things all work again.
Everything is all OK again except that I can't get one iota of sound out of it.
In Device Manager, there are 3 devices listed under Sound, video and game controllers: ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM); Gameport joystick; and MPU-401 Compatible. "General tab" in Properties on each device show "This device is working properly" and "Exists in all hardware profiles".
Driver tabs show "To view details about the driver files loaded for this device, click Driver File Details. To update the driver files for this device, click Update Driver" on each device as well.
Driver File Details for ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM) show the following files:
All other devices in Device Manager show no problems.
In Control Panel>Multimedia>Audio tab shows Playback as ESS Allegro and Recording as ESS Allegro. MIDI tab shows Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth. Devices tab shows:
Audio for ESS PCI Audio (WDM)
MIDI Devices and Instruments
MIDI for MPU-401 Compatible
MIDI for WDM-based Device
Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth
Mixer for ESS PCI Audio (WDM)
Line Input Devices
Line Input for ESS PCI Audio (WDM)
Media Control Devices
ActiveMovie MCI Driver
CD Audio Device (Media Control)
MIDI Sequencer Device (Media Control)
Motion Video Device (Media Control)
PIONEER LaserDisc Device (Media Control)
VISCA VCR Device (Media Control)
Wave Audio Device (Media Contro)
Video Compression Codecs
Indeo video 5.04
msh 261 (M261)
msh 263 (M263)
VDOnet VDOWave Video Codec
Audio Compressions Codecs
Lernout & Hauspie CODECs
Microsoft CCIII G.711 A-Law and u-Law CODEC
Microsoft G.723.1 CODEC
Microsoft G.723.1 CODEC
Indeo audio software
Microsoft IMA ADPCM CODEC
Microsoft ADPCM CODEC
Microsoft GSM 6.10 Audio CODEC
DSP Group TrueSpeech Software CODEC
Windows Media Audio
Sipro Lab Telecom ACELP.net audio codec
Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec (decoder only)
Microsoft PCM Converter
Video Capture Devices
When I go to Control Panel>Sounds>Events>Start Windows and click the "Play" arrow, it looks like it plays, but not a peep is heard. "Schemes" shows "Windows Default".
The speaker icon in System Tray opens and all controls are operable. The desktop speakers I'm using (cheapies) work on my pc, but not this one. I've plugged them into all 3 holes on the back of the pc--still not a peep.
This should be enough info for a true pc techie to chew on. Hope it's not something stupid or obvious on my part that I've overlooked, but I've been after this box of bolts for the past week and a half trying to get it to say something--anything. LOL
Thanks very much in advance for any help ANYONE can give so I can get this Bleeping Computer out of my hair.