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Laptop sound issues

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ZorlinStarre, Apr 13, 2008.

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  1. ZorlinStarre

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    My sister recently purchased a secondhand laptop computer, an Acer Aspire 5315. It was working alright, but there were 40gb of mystery data I couldn't find, and it had Windows Vista, which was causing my sister no end of headaches.
    So she brought the laptop to me. I formatted the hard drive, and installed Windows XP Home, which I was familiar with and could answer her questions about.

    For the last two days I've been updating Windows and fixing issues as I come across them.
    The problem is I found an issue I've never had to deal with before, and I cannot figure out what the problem is.

    I could not get it to play sounds. I installed DirectX when it gave me DirectSound errors, and then installed AC97 codecs when that didn't work. I still get Directsound errors.
    So I started looking, and the laptop says it has no sound devices.
    I know it does because before I installed Windows XP it played music, movies and everything else just fine through the built in speakers. But I've never had this problem before, and I don't know what to do about it. Are there any suggestions?
     
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  3. ZorlinStarre

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    Thanks.
    I finally figured out that for whatever reason the laptop needed the Realtek HD Audio drivers, not the AC97. I'm used to working with much older computers, so I just installed AC97 out of habit and then found out about their HD Audio drivers and tried those.
     
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