Can't find audio device

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by timesurfer, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Hi this character at work somehow deleted the audio driver on a desktop with xp. So the computer I'm used to having audio now has none

    1. It doesn't show in taskbar
    2. In control panel it shows no device
    3. And nothing in device manager

    Can someone tell me what steps to take to get the audio device working again

    Thanks for any one's time and answers ;)
     
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  2. 38956

    38956 MDL Member

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    If it's an onboard sound card then is it possible that it has been disabled in the BIOS
     
  3. urie

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    You may need to go to control panel and try adding new hardware also in device manager enable view hidden devices.
     
  4. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    I tried looking before this post but didn't see what you are talking about. Can you tell how to navigate to the audio part in the BIOS?

    @urie

    Thanks I didn't know about the "hidden devices"

    I will also try adding new hardware ;)
     
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    38956 MDL Member

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    In the bios look for something like "Integrated Peripherals"
     
  6. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Thanks I appreciate your help

    There was a small card that audio stuff seems to be plugged into with one wire coming out of it into the MB or PS I forget I only got a few seconds to look at before I had to put the tower back together so my co-workers could use it...lol
     
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  7. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Thanks guys for your help. The motherboard has like no support. It's called like lan**** something...lol

    So I couldn't find the hidden device

    Before messing with the BIOS I thought maybe I'd try something else

    So I went to btjunkie.org and dl'd Driver genius and it found the driver and then windows enabled the device and it's working now

    lol...Driver Genius of all things go figure :p
     
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  8. urie

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    Glad you got it going, :) Yeah Driver genius not the greatest but still the one i prefer if needed. normally for xp problem systems i use an Multi XP oem cd i made up with all the xp BTS driverpacks integrated you can still run the DP_Install_Tool.cmd from the dvd and it will scan and install drivers you can also make stand alone drivers cd/dvd.