A rather quick question - What steps should I take to verify whether the audio issue I am having with a laptop is hardware or driver related?
Some background on this laptop is as follows:
HP Compaq Mini 110c
2g PC5300 ram
Win XP SP 3
It came to me with sound not working - the previos owner complained that it sounded scratchy then the audio just quit working. They bought a new one. I got this one.
I dicovered all drivers were out of date and the bios - Flashed bios and updated the drivers. Audio worked fine.
I updated the Audio driver again about a month later - Audio quit working - And have un-installed and re-installed all the drivers trying to get the audio to work again - but it wouldn't.
A few months go by - I installed something on it - not sure what. Next time I turned it on - the Windows Welcome tone played. Tried a video - audio worked for a minute or two then just quit again.
This seems to be the constant now - shut it off for a while and the audio will suddenly work upon start up. Once I play something - it will quit working and stay not working till I shut it down and leave it for a while.
Audio sounds fine - not scratchy or anything when it does work.
I've tried a couple different Audio drivers for the 110 - and it didn't have any effect.
Is it hardware or driver...? hence my question on what steps to take to isolate the problem.
Edited by MistaRE, 03 March 2013 - 02:09 PM.