Problem #2: I stopped being able to get any sound over my PC speakers. My PC is a Sony PCV-RS630G. My sound device is SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio and the error message I get (for instance when I try to use the volume control) is this: "Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)" When I try to open Windows Media Player, it says "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer, it may be in use by another program, or it may not be functioning properly." In the Computer Management window, under "Sound, video and game controllers," there is a yellow exclamation mark next to SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio.
I thought it might help if I restored my PC to an earlier point, that is, some date before I started encountering these problems. However, that is when I encounered Problem #3: When I tried to open VAIO System Restore, it told me it was unable to find a restore point. When I tried to open the VAIO Recovery Wizard, it would not open. Instead, I got an error message that read something like "VAIO Recovery Wizard cannot find recovery partition."
Starting to get frantic, I came across this forum and read up a bit on Combo Fix. I mulled it over for a week before getting up the nerve to download and run it last night, careful to heed all of the warnings, and aware of the risk. At the end of the process I saved the log, which I will only post after being asked to do so.
So far, it seems like my overclick.cn problem is gone. And now, at least VAIO Recovery Wizard and System Restore open, but I am not sure they work properly. I tried to create a restore point after Combo-Fix had finished and closed. I was told a restore point had been created for that date (yesterday), with the name I had given it, which made me very happy, but today when I opened the "Wizard" there were no restore points AT ALL, not even the one I created last night. So that is a disappointment. I should add that also to test if the Recovery Wizard was working, I created a set of recovery discs. I don't know if that really worked - - if valid recovery discs really were made - - because I hestiate to put the discs in my disc drive for fear of starting a complete windows recovery process that I am not sure I really want to engage in. Would making the recovery discs change or interfere with the restore points? As for the sound, it is still completely gone. So the bottom line to date is it seems like I have solved about one and a half of my three problems.
I will be forever grateful for any help you can provide in solving these problems. Please let me know if you want me to post my Combo-Fix log.
Thanks in advance.
Edited by gdm27, 12 July 2009 - 12:54 PM.