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Need Help Finding And Setting Up My Sound Card


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#1 SilentFury

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 01:41 PM

I just reformatted my PC and reinstalled windows XP pro. Now I've got no sound. Most things that should be playing sounds are just giving me anoying system beeps or else not playing at all. I don't think my sound card is installed at all. I can't open volume control because it says there is "no audio device." I don't know squat about computer hardware. Any idea how to find out what sound card is in my PC and install it. Diagnostic Programs to run, where in my actual PC I'm likely to find my soundcard... or whatever else you think might help would be apreciated. Thanks.

[Edit] Looking around on the forums someone suggested running AIDA32 for diagnostics
here's some stuff: =P

Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 04/29/2005-RS480-SB400-6A666M4DC-00
Motherboard Name Unknown

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type AMD Hammer
Real Clock 200 MHz
Effective Clock 200 MHz

Under multimedia I've got:
Windows Audio:
(which has nothing when I click on it)
Pci/PnP Audio:
Multimedia Audio Controller [NoDB] PCI
and then:
ACM
VCM
both of which have a ton of drivers under them

These are just some guesses as to what kinda stuff would help you guys help me... Let me know what you think

Edited by SilentFury, 29 December 2005 - 01:54 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2005 - 07:13 PM

Check the deveice manager to see if it is present.
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Posted 29 December 2005 - 08:49 PM

In device manager
Under sound, video and game controllers I have:
Audio codecs
Legacy audio drivers
Legacy video capture devices
Media Control Devices
Video codecs

None of these seem very specific to me

I ran everest because AIDA32 was giving me too many "unknowns"
Motherboard:
Motherboard Name MSI RS480M2 (MS-7093)
Integrated Devices Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394
Motherboard Chipset RS480

multimedia
Windows Audio
Pci/PnP Audio:
ATI SB400 - AC'97 Audio Controller PCI

Edited by SilentFury, 29 December 2005 - 08:58 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2005 - 09:20 PM

Upon consulting the iside of my computer it has come to my attention that I might not actualy "have" a sound card, which I guess would explain why I couldn't find it. " ATI SB400 - AC'97 Audio Controller PCI" kinda sounds like a sound card to me, but I don't know squat. So I suppose what I actualy need to do is enable the sound from the motherboard?

Edited by SilentFury, 29 December 2005 - 09:23 PM.


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Posted 29 December 2005 - 09:47 PM

Your last post is correct.

After installing windows XP did you install all the drivers for your motherboard? They would have come on a CD supplied with the mobo and will include vital chipset drivers and drivers for any 'onboard' peripherals such as you AC97 sound.

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:08 AM

That sounds about right. However I purchased my computer already assembled and it didn't come with any driver cds. Are these drivers available online? Are there any other pieces of hardware that typical require drivers? Thanks for the help,
James

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:24 PM

Maybe I missed it in the original post, but what manufacturer is the motherboard do you know??

Im sure between there site and something like

http://www.computerhope.com/drivers/mb.htm

you should be able to find what you need




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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:28 PM

[From Everest]
Motherboard Name: MSI RS480M2 (MS-7093)
Integrated Devices Audio: Video, LAN, IEEE-1394
Motherboard Chipset: RS480

Alright, Got it from.
http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/driv...pt_dvr_list.php
lets see how this works out.
Any suggestions on other pieces of hardware I probably need to get drivers for,
I don't have any unless windows installed them for me.

Edited by SilentFury, 03 January 2006 - 12:49 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2006 - 12:43 PM

see if u can locate your drivers here

http://www.msicomputer.com/index2.asp

they have a driver download section there and i was able to locate your motherboard there, or possibly an email to them will help

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Posted 03 January 2006 - 08:01 PM

Any suggestions on other pieces of hardware I probably need to get drivers for,

You need drivers from MSI for all the things Everest listed:
Audio: Video, LAN, IEEE-1394
Motherboard Chipset: RS480

Check for USB drivers as well.

They may also list things like "Application accellerator" or "Enhanced IDE driver" you can get those as well. If your system does not need the driver then they won't install. Install one driver at a time and make a Windows Restore Point, or two, along the way so if something really messes up you can revert to a previous state without loosing everything you've done.

This all relates to hardware that is built-in to the motherboard - any other hardware devices you have will most likely have drivers already in Windows XP or at the manufacturers site (if you don't have the CDs).

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Edited by Rimmer, 03 January 2006 - 08:02 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 11:52 AM

:thumbsup:
I'm trying to download the driver from this site:


http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/driv...list.php?part=1

under:
ATI System Drivers for RS480/RS482/RC410
Support model RX480M2, RS480M2, RC410M Series
for windows 2000/XP

But It keeps telling me the .zip file I'm downloading is corrupted. I can't open it with windows's zip thing, or winRAR. windows says teh file is unreckognized or corrupted and winRAR says there was an unexpected end to the archive. I've tried to download it about a dozen times from both mirrors. :flowers:

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 05:55 PM

If you have the names of the driver files you want Google them and find another source e.g. driverguide.com

Contact MSI and let them know you are having problems, there may be a workaround.

Edited by Rimmer, 04 January 2006 - 05:57 PM.


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Posted 04 January 2006 - 06:01 PM

Have you thought about visiting the ATI site?
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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:40 PM

Got it guys, thanks alot. I found a live auto update program for the motherboard on the msi site. I got a half dozen drivers some bios and a few utilities to boot. All is well again. Thanks alot for all the help.

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:43 PM

That's good news! Thanks for letting us know. :thumbsup:

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