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#1 simonx98

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 06:49 AM

Hi there,

I am no longer getting any sound from my XP system - have checked the obvious things, so thought I;d try to check which of my audio related driver software is out of date and can be updated.

Any suggestions on any trustworthy freeware that can do this?

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 09:56 AM

It would be a great help if you were to post the make and model of your computer.

If the old drivers were working, they should still work as long as they aren't corrupted.

Not knowing if the audio is integrated with the motherboard or a dedicated card I can only guess if the drivers are native to the operating system. Check in the Device manager to see if there are any errors appearing in Sound, video and game controllers.

Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Device Manager. Scroll down to the controllers and click on the + to expand the tree.

The indicators of errors are a yellow question mark, a yellow dot with an exclamation mark inside, or a red X.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:02 AM

found some freeware called DriverMax, just installing that now to see if it's any good ...

http://download.cnet.com/DriverMax/3000-18...&tag=button

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:09 AM

Hi simonx98, I'd be EXTREMELY careful using freeware driver updating programs, they tend to mess up drivers and corrupt them. If you can find out what type of sound driver and brand sound driver you have, i would recommend going to the manufacturers website to get reliable driver updates, or post the sound driver information here a i'm sure eventually someone will be able to point you to the manufacturers site where the download is, good luck!

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:10 AM

they all looked good in there - no error flags.
I have a Dell Dimension 8300 running XP Home Sp3.
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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:15 AM

DriverMax identified a bunch of Intel stuff plus the following:


Conexant SmartHSFi V.9x 56K Speakerphone PCI Modem Details... 7.12.1.0 6.2.9.1 CXT PCI+VEN_14F1&DEV_2702&SUBSYS_8D891043&REV_01+5.1+32 00936664a1e9c124ada4ce3fa0b49416 02/09/2010 16:09:41

Creative Audigy Audio Processor (WDM) Details... 5.10.0.3550 5.12.1.328 Creative Labs - kX Project PCI+VEN_1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_10031102&REV_04+5.1+32 8eda6f1520075bd3402a408236e6b7b8 02/09/2010 16:09:37

Dell TrueMobile 1300 USB2.0 WLAN Card Details... 3.3.40.0 1.0.5.0 Dell USB+Vid_413c&Pid_8102+5.1+32 10d12509212eae18b5e47e8cb4c36f5a 02/09/2010 16:10:07

HID Keyboard Device Details... 5.1.1000.1 5.1.2600.2180 Ideazon USB Zboard HID+Vid_046d&Pid_c509&MI_00+5.1+32 3631b14e730d5bb29d24117233f2fa65 02/09/2010 16:09:25

HID-compliant mouse Details... 10.1.0.0 5.1.2600.0 Logitech HID+Vid_046d&Pid_c509&MI_01&Col01+5.1+32 9708182db4ccd1833ba2b3a48fb7a772 02/09/2010 16:09:30

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Details... 6.14.11.7580 4.5.0.2 NVIDIA PCI+VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_01B910DE&REV_A1+5.1+32 8b9a8bc34cd177ec059b58eea01d7483 02/09/2010 16:09:35

OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller Details... 5.70.0.0 5.1.2535.0 Unibrain PCI+VEN_1102&DEV_4001&SUBSYS_00101102&REV_04+5.1+32 da054e861e102bc3bc858e50d295b93a 02/09/2010 16:09:40

SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio Details... 6.14.1.4200 5.12.1.3650 VIA Technologies, Inc. PCI+VEN_8086&DEV_24D5&SUBSYS_01571028&REV_02+5.1+32 0af5b7fe6e182af1267930a948df3438 02/09/2010 16:09:55



















Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller Details... 9.1.1.1020 5.1.2600.0 Intel PCI+VEN_8086&DEV_24DD&SUBSYS_01571028&REV_02+5.1+32 96599c2b1b3df072a2a23b2c35b3a922 02/09/2010 16:09:58

USB Human Interface Device Details... 9.79.0.0 5.1.2600.2180 Logitech USB+Vid_046d&Pid_c509&MI_00+5.1+32 7e11bd090131c1327fcdcbf38ac2f473 02/09/2010 16:10:05

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:19 AM

I've already specified Dell Dimension Desktop 8300 this is the link to all the types of drivers available for that computer: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...tid=&impid=. They are organize dinto sections, one of them is audio which has a driver update and sound blaster updates, not sure from there you'll have to try to figure out more about which of the 3 you may want. Good luck!

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 10:26 AM

Use the link below to take you to the Dell support page with your drivers. Scroll down the page till you see the three download options.

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...anConsent=False

Edited to include your audio.

Creative Audigy Audio Processor (WDM) Details... 5.10.0.3550 5.12.1.328 Creative Labs - kX Project PCI+VEN_1102&DEV_0004&SUBSYS_10031102&REV_04+5.1+32 8eda6f1520075bd3402a408236e6b7b8 02/09/2010 16:09:37

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 11:04 AM

thanks!
I have tried selecting all three audio options, two or just one - each time it tells me it needs to install the DellDriverDownloadManager.application which I do (upto 8 of them now!) but after it is saved I run it and am told "There are no files to download. Please go to Drivers and Downloads to select files" - but the files are already selected, tried unselecting and reselecting just one, two or all three to no avail.

Clearly I am being thick, but I can't work it out! Polite suggestions welcome.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 11:25 AM

not getting anywhere with that I went to Sounds and Devices via Control Panel to update Creative Audigy Audio Processor (WDM) to 12/12/2006 6.0.1.124.1 but when I restarted the PC it failed with

"A Driver Has Overrun A Stack Based Buffer"
blah blah
*** STOP: 0x000000F7 (0x00000000, 0x0000EA73, 0xFFFF158C, 0x00000000)

So I'm in Safe Mode rolling it back to 26/03/2003 5.12.1.328 ....

ROLLED BACK okay fortunately, so back to sq1 - tried Dell driver link from IE instead of Firefox and it works :-) so downloading now ....

Edited by simonx98, 02 September 2010 - 01:26 PM.


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Posted 02 September 2010 - 02:08 PM

well drivers updated (one of them didn;t apply - SoundBlaster) but still no sound.

I have a Dell MMS 5650 speaker system - there are a yellow, black and green cable into the PC - one thing I notice with them all out is that if I touch the black one to the PC casing there is a loud buzz from all the speakers ... don't know if this is helpful or not. Even the rear ones which have never worked since I bought the thing (with the PC) years ago.

Cheers .. Simon.

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 03:47 PM

Did this speaker system work before?

Have you tried this speaker system on another computer?

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:12 PM

yes the front speakers worked before, don't have another PC, I'll see tomorrow if I can connect to a laptop

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Posted 02 September 2010 - 05:57 PM

WHat color is the jack that the speakers are plugged into?
Double check to make sure they are in the lime green jack
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Posted 03 September 2010 - 04:20 AM

a cable comes out of the back of the 5650 main-unit/subwoofer and has three plugs for the PC - lime-green, yellow and black which are plugged into the same coloured jacks in the back of the 8300.

Edited by simonx98, 03 September 2010 - 04:28 AM.





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