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Went from XP to Vista Audio doesnt work now


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#1 luckyjoe

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:03 PM

Hey guys...

I reformatted my friends laptop (Latitude D610) from XP into Vista. The XP cd i had was only a recovery, the Win7 was 64 bit, and she didn't want linux so I had no other choice. The installation went smoothly and everything seems to be working except for sound. I tried to let the windows automatically search for driver software updates, but windows is retarded and cannot find it. I go to device manager and I see that the Multimedia Audio Controller has the yellow exclamation and hasn't been properly installed.

I also tried to use the old sound driver (Sigmatel Stac 975x ac97 driver) and it says unzipped successfully, but it doesn't go into the installation screen. I then tried to install a newer version the 9750 ac97 and again it unzipped successfully, the installation screen comes up, but then i get an error saying device object not present, restart the system and run setup again. So I'm pretty much out of ideas now and I know that reverting back to XP would solve everything, but I can't find anyone who has an xp cd. Any ideas?

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 06:05 PM

Hi luckyjoe,

It is possible that the folder that you have extracted the zip file to contains the driver file required for the sound hardware, it would be a .inf file. I suggest that you go into Device Manager and from the right-click menu of the Multimedia Audio Controller select update driver.

When prompted chose not to check windows update and then install from a specific location and point it towards the folder with the extracted zip. If the raw driver file is there that that will find it.

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 09:29 PM

Dell computers are very picky regarding drivers.
Go to Dell site enter your computer service tag number and see, if they have Vista compatible audio driver.

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#4 luckyjoe

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 12:21 AM

Broni Posted Yesterday, 09:29 PM
Dell computers are very picky regarding drivers.
Go to Dell site enter your computer service tag number and see, if they have Vista compatible audio driver.


I looked at the site and for the windows version it only has up to windows xp. I already knew that it wouldn't which is why I was hoping I could just try and download the software on my own.


Grommers Posted Yesterday, 06:05 PM
Hi luckyjoe,

It is possible that the folder that you have extracted the zip file to contains the driver file required for the sound hardware, it would be a .inf file. I suggest that you go into Device Manager and from the right-click menu of the Multimedia Audio Controller select update driver.

When prompted chose not to check windows update and then install from a specific location and point it towards the folder with the extracted zip. If the raw driver file is there that that will find it.


Ah I didn't think about that... I will try it and update you guys tomorrow if it worked or not. thanks for the input guys.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 01:14 AM

We can also try to find out what motherboard you have and see, if we can find audio drivers that way.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 03:27 PM

Thanks guys for the help... Grommers idea of installing from the unzipped location worked. What I don't get is if it unzipped correctly... why didn't it install the driver?

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:11 PM

Not sure why it didn't work with the installer, possibly that only works for Windows XP?? Glad you have managed to sort it though.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 09:37 PM

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