So my latest windows trauma happened right after the last windows 8.1 64 bit based update. Although I have to admit there may be some other software installations that may have something to do with all this...
After the installation and reboot none of the drivers in 'sound, video and game controllers' were working! They were all there but they all had a yellow '?' sitting on them...
(I had more drivers than what the picture said. Two of my monitors had audio so they had drivers, plus I had a couple of virtual Midi cable programs which carry audio drivers.) Plus HD Audio drivers and RME Sound card driver.
For my first attempt to trouble shooting sound problem suggested that I might be able to fix my problem by reinstalling the driver for High Definition Audio Devices.. (I presumed that this must be Realtec that came with my ASUS P9X79 WS)
So I select 'apply this fix' knowing that this can't be that easy...
The result was, HD Audio Device had a driver problem: 'NOT FIXED!'
A further analyzing the device status came up with this:
"Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
So I removed the Acer, Phillips and Virtual cable drivers and I uninstalled and reinstalled these drivers: the Realtek and RME.
RME had no problem through out the installing process but had no effect on the problem what so ever...
Realtek on the other hand came up with a new error code:
Realtek HD driver could not be Installed !! Error Code: 0x000000FF
(Realtek HD Audio Driver Setup 126.96.36.19958)
So now I have no audio driver listed in my Sound Tab
I tried few stuff from googling like the error codes and no audio problems related stuff, but no dice!
Should I kill myself now or a little later?
PS Google was NOT my friend what so ever... That's why I am here...