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At wits end (Sound drivers and file associations)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Darkcree, Oct 27, 2007.

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  1. Darkcree

    Darkcree Thread Starter

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    Rightio, about a month ago, i bought myself a new computer *Shock horror*
    500gg HD. 3gg dual-core AMD processor. 2k DDR2 RAM. Etc etc
    I even managed to get XP Home instead of Vista installed.

    Now, got it up and running, great.
    Downloaded Service Pack 2.
    Not so great.
    One of the sound drivers stopped working.
    Luckily, having a computer literate background, and a father who works in the I.T business, we managed to get it down.

    Everything worked great, a few errors with Windows such as freezing on startup occasionally, but i can live with that until i have more time to fiddle.

    Now, today, another huge problem.

    MSACM32.dll, according to Windows, got up and disappeared.
    Followed it's advice, replaced the driver, and viola.
    No more errors.

    Just no sound still either.

    The problem ISN'T no sound, as doing a sound test with Realtk HD Audio Manager actually put out some sound (It was designed to show how it can show 3D sound, but worked none the less)

    So while having sound, having an up to date Codec pack, and a reasonable knowledge of computers, i still have no idea what the hell is going on.

    It refuses to play sound files of any type (Music, sound on a video file) etc, and i'm at a wit's end.

    Any help would be muchly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Elvandil

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    Codec packs are often responsible for sound loss. There should be no need for added codecs most of the time, and the ones that come in packs are very poorly written in many cases. In the rare case that an extra codec is needed, you can usually find it by itself. Try uninstalling the pack. Usually that does not work, however and a clean installation is needed.
     
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    Yeah, i tried that, and still no luck =(
     
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