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#1 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 08:58 PM

Recently I got an error message that said:
C\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is missing or corrupt.

I used my Windows XP start-up CD-ROM to repair the problem. During the time my data was being saved and updated to Service Pack 2, I got a dialog box saying that I needed to install a a3d.dll file from my WMD disk and press OK. Which I did, but the dialog box wouldn't go away. I restarted the setup disk, and when the box came up again, I clicked on the x.

Now my speakers won't run, and I have to download the a3d.dll file. Will my computer have problems starting up again?

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:06 PM

Hello welcome to BC.

All you should have to do is re-install your sound card with the proper drivers and you should be alright. I do not know what kind of sound card you have but you should be able to find that out in Device Manager. Just go to the site and download the latest Windows XP driver and install.

#3 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:37 PM

I tried updating the driver, but I got:

The 'a3d.dll' file on the Creative WDM Audio Driver Disk is missing.

Please type the path where the file is located and click OK.

Copy files from:
c:\docume~1\owner\locals~1\temp\_istmp1.dir\_istmp0.dir\wdmdrv (this is highlighted; the other choices are the C and D drives and C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SPOOL\DRIVERS\W32X86

This is the same dialog box from before. Where is the WDM Driver Disk? What should I do?

#4 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:40 PM

What is the make and model of computer you have?
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#5 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:49 PM

It's a Dell Opti-Plex.

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:04 PM

Go to support at Dell, navigate to where you can download the updated drivers for your sound adapter, download them to a file you can find easily like your desktop and have at it!

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:20 AM

It's a Dell Opti-Plex

What model? Dell makes about 40 different Opti-Plex models.

I was going to get you the link to the driver downloads. But perhaps you could go to:

http://support.dell.com

Type in your service tag number to get directed to the proper page. Download the audio driver for your unit. And then follow the instructions carefully for installing the same.
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Posted 28 April 2006 - 06:20 AM

You can also have a chance at fixing this problem by doing a repair of Windows Operating system.


How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install = http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Print the article so you have a reference.

#9 whatdoesthisbuttondo

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 02:30 PM

It's an Opti-Plex GX240. I tried Dell Support, but I'm not sure exactly which file I'm supposed to download. The ones listed don't seem to match mine.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 10:22 AM

Hi,
Do a google search for Dell Opti-Plex Drivers & Downloads. Click on the first link (should be a Dell site). Then there will be a list of downloads for your computer. Click on Audio Drivers and find the one you need to download.

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Posted 29 April 2006 - 10:38 AM

It looks like this is your audio driver:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...=3&fileid=53829
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Posted 29 April 2006 - 10:11 PM

It looks like this is your audio driver:

http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/...=3&fileid=53829


I downloaded it to my computer. First, I got this page.Then I got this folder, and I clicked on Setup. When it was done setting up, I restarted the computer, like it prompted me to. The sound still doesn't work.

Edited by whatdoesthisbuttondo, 29 April 2006 - 10:12 PM.


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Posted 30 April 2006 - 07:06 AM

Ok ALbert sent you to get the drivers and they do not work. Let's do this - Insert a new or used sound card you know is good and go thru installing it with it's own drivers. The old on-board sound card should be shut-off automatically by the system. Try this even if you have to borrow a sound card from somebody.

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Posted 30 April 2006 - 07:55 PM

I went back to Device Manager to check and see if SoundMax (the new driver I installed) was working. The faulty driver is SB SoundBlaster Live! Value. What does SoundBlaster do? Is it the same as SoundMax?

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 10:03 PM

Well.

Turns out the location was on an Audio driver that I already had. :thumbsup: Sorry.

Thanks to all who responded.




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