I have been having sound problems for about three days now.
The problem started as:
Switched on Windows XP Pro SP3 partition (at that point I was dual booting with Ubuntu 11.04) on start-up I got an error message saying "Sonic Focus driver must be loaded for this application to work". This was meaningless to me until I realised that there was no sound and no sound card in Device Manager>Sound Video and Game Controllers.
So I googled and I found a guide on an Intel page about reinstalling the audio driver from disc. I can't find that page now but it was about uninstalling the software via Add/Remove Programs, disabling audio in the bios and reinstalling from CD. I attempted this but got an error message "Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again" and it wouldn't install. I got mad thinking I had done something wrong with the entire Windows installation and decided to do a fresh install.
On fresh install from a XP Pro SP2 disc.
I switched off audio at the bios prior to the Windows Install and then installed the device drivers from the Intel DQ965COE (D75503-001) disc in the following order:
1. Chipset INF [INF_ALLOS_126.96.36.1992_PC]
2. Audio [5.10.5143_XP32_XP64_MCE_v1]
3. LAN [LAN_11.1_ALLOS_PV]
4. Video and something else through Device Manager
On attempting to install the Audio driver I got the same error message as last time: "Device Object not present, restart the system and run setup again". I then tried to install the new driver [AUD_allOS_D20001.0x_PV_IDTGUI_v105_Legacy] from: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=13706&ProdId=2373&lang=eng&OSVersion=Windows%20XP%20Professional*&DownloadType=Drivers
This produced the following error message "The hardware detected is not supported by this IDT software package. The install was aborted." I tried re-anabling sound in the bios and then installing and had the same error message.
I got annoyed with having no sound and so I installed an Audigy 2 sound card (Model: SB0240, driver: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy series driver 2.18.0017 from: http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&subCatID=205&prodID=149&prodName=Audigy%202&subCatName=Audigy&CatName=Sound+Blaster&VARSET=prodfaq:PRODFAQ_149,VARSET=CategoryID:1#
) and I had sound. Then when I restarted and tried the Ubuntu 11.04 Live CD and there was no sound.
I restarted Windows and installed the Intel audio driver [5.10.5143_XP32_XP64_MCE_v1] from disc. This worked and I had sound through both the Audigy 2 card and the onboard Intel chip. Device Manager showed a Sigmatel High Definition Audio Codec under "Sound Video and Game Controllers" however I forgot to print screen it so do not have any further details. When I shutdown and took the Audigy 2 card out of the PCI slot and restarted I still had sound. I then shutdown again and switched on then I had no sound. The codec was no longer listed in Device Manager and Device Manager was not recognising any uninstalled devices.
When I attempted to re-install either of the Intel drivers I got the same error messages as they had previously given.
I shutdown and returned the Audigy 2 card to the PCI slot and switched on; this time getting a shrill beep on any attempt to play sound. I then installed the Intel driver [AUD_allOS_D20001.0x_PV_IDTGUI_v105_Legacy] from the website which worked this time. I shutdown and removed the Audigy 2 card. I switched on and had sound. I restarted and had sound. I thought fixed! I removed the Audigy 2 software via Add/Remove Programs. However when I shutdown and removed the electric plug of the computer and restarted I once again had no sound and no sound card recognised in Device Manager.
I returned the Audigy 2 card to the PCI slot and when I restart the Intel driver reappears and sound works even after unplugging from the electric.
So to sum it all up, I am confused and need help with:
1. Why won't the Intel software install unless the Audigy card is present?
2. How come the Intel software remains after the Audigy card is removed, but disappears either on shutdown and switch or after unplug?
3. Where does the Intel software go when the Audigy card gets removed?
Given guidance I can provide any information needed to sort this.
Computer Manufacturer Intel Corporation
Computer Model DQ965CO
Operating System (O/S) Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
Operating System Build (O/S) (build 2600)
Operating System (version) 5.1.2600
O/S Language 0809
System RAM 1005.8 MB
.NET Framework Version not detected
CD or DVD Device TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182D
System Hard Drive Overview
System Total Storage Size: 29.4 GB
Physical Drive 0
Bus Type ATA
Local Disk C: 29.4 GB
Used space: 9.6 GB
Free Space: 19.8 GB
Total Physical Memory 1005.8 MB
Available Physical Memory 269.2 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.0 GB
AA Number AAD46480-501
BIOS Vendor Intel Corp.
BIOS Version MQ96510J.54T.0013.2006.1009.1701
BIOS Release Date 10/09/06
System Memory 1005.8 MB
Built-in Audio Driver Component not detected
Built-in Audio Driver Version 5.10.20001.0
Built-in Audio Driver Status Device is unknown or unsupported