Hello friends. Some of you helped me a few weeks ago with a Repair Install, Win XP, that we never could get activated. This is the same computer.
I decided to give up on the repair install. I wiped the HD and loaded a fresh install (from the genuine Microsoft "For Refurbished PCs" Windows XP Pro disk). It went fine, except there is a problem with the sound driver.
This is a Dell tower Optiplex GX 280, standard video and sound, built onto the original MB.
Device Mgr = Yellow Mark at Realtek AC'97 Audio. Click on that and get Properties, where it states "the drivers for this device are not installed".
Click Reinstall Driver and that brings up the Hardware Update Wizard. OK to install, it seems to go through all the motions to install, but ends with the following note:
"There was a problem installing the hardware Realtek AC'97 Audio. The driver installation file is missing a necessary entry.
How can I repair or reinstall this "installation file"? And how in the world can something be wrong with it? I've redone this install and tried "Repair Install" to see if it would fix the issue. No luck. Nothing I did changed anything.