Now, on to the problem...
I just recently bought a new monitor and speakers. I have been using Altec Lansing speakers without fail or problems for quite some time and just today decided to move on to some shiny new Logitech speakers. I first proceeded to install and plug-in my monitor. Everything worked fine, monitor started up perfectly.
Then I decided to move on to the speakers.
I took them out of the packaging, plugged the little green cable into its appropriate port (the green circular port), and also took the power cord and plugged that into the outlet. The speakers turned on fine. Computer's working like a dream, that little light on my speaker is glowing a nice orange.
So I decide to turn on some music. I'm going through my "My Music" folder and decide to turn on some metal. WinAmp opens up, as usual, except instead of my heavy guitar riffs and aggressive bass, I'm greeted by a nice little error message:
Bad DirectSound driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration.
Error code: 88780078
Okay, I think to my self. Not a huge problem. So I go ahead and decide to open up my SoundMAX control panel. Except it looks like I have no audio devices hooked up to my computer so I can't use the panel.
Device Manager reads under Sound, Video, and Game Controllers:
- Audio Codecs
- Legacy Audio Drivers
- Legacy Video Capture Devices
- Media Control Devices
- Video Codecs.
I try to right-click on both Audio Codecs and Legacy Audio Drivers and use "Update Drivers." Apparently Windows can't find any appropriate updates.
I open up the Control Panel and go to Sounds and Audio Devices. The first tab, Volume, reads "No Audio Device." Now I'm quite sure I have one plugged in, because if I check my tower right now, I can see that green cable plugged into its appropriate port.
So now I start to get a little more serious. I downloaded SIW (System Information for Windows) and looked up my Motherboard model. Intel D865GBF. I decide to Google that and download the appropriate audio drivers on the official Intel site. Everything seems to go fine, except when I'm done installing those drivers, apparently, everything the installer had done just magically disappears and I'm greeted with a "Driver not found! Reboot and try install again" error message. I do just that. Same error.
So I go Googling in hopes of finding some sort of solution to my dilemma. Apparently installing the appropriate chipset drivers should help. I look up my mobo model again, go to the same site, download, install, reboot. I then try to run the audio driver install again.
"Driver not found! Reboot and try install again."
I'm really at a loss of words. Any help would be greatly appreciated because I enjoy having a little bit of sound while using my computer and gaming.
Thanks in advance!