I'm new here, but I've already perused and successfully employed several suggestions you've all made and I'm hoping that someone has some idea for this. I have a Compaq Presario 8000 with a Pentium 4, and have installed no additional hardward since purchase.
So my problem: after a series of serious issues, including 8 systems restores in one weekend, we are mostly up and running again. Except for sound.
All we get is that nasty little "system critical" beep out of the box. The speakers are on, plugged in, volume up, unmuted, and working. I have done everything except open the box and yank the soundcard out to try and fix this. I have tried all the troubleshooting suggestions, I have downloaded a new driver, and rolled back the old one.
Additionally, I cannot figure out what soundcard I have. The computer, as I said, came from HP/Compaq put together with everything we picked out. I have hunted through some of the paperwork, but can't find the components list... yet.
Thanks for your help in advance!
(Just as an aside, we have a 7 year old HP that is sitting in storage that I know has a soundcard in it... in desperation, do you think that would work?)
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