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Sound problem in XP, Realtek works but sound is gone

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by averrips, Mar 3, 2007.

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  1. averrips

    averrips Thread Starter

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    Since a week now i have very frustrating problems with the sound in Windows XP. When i start my pc skype says that he hasn't found recording hardware. Itunes doesn't work, like Windows Media Player, Winamp etc. The sound is gone (and i didn't change anything :confused: )
    I tried to fix it myself...and probably i messed up a bit more, cause i disabled a driver that seemed to have a problem, but i don't remember what the name was. Now not only the programs have no sound anymore, but windows is silent too... It sure wasn't the driver of my soundcard (Realtek AC'97, which works fine when i play test sounds with the realtek Sound Effect software).
    I installed Everest and he doesn't find any Windows Audio, and says the realtek has "noDB" (no database i suppose).
    When i am in the music tab of the "Diagnostic help program for DirectX" (or something familiar to that, while i translate it from the dutch "Diagnostisch hulpprogramma voor DirectX") "windows synthesizer" test sound doesn't play, but the realtek does.

    Any ideas? Should i reinstall Windows or upgrade to vista, or is it a less hopeless situation as i'm used to think now...

    Thanks a lot for you help
    Arnoud
     
  2. bonk

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    Did you get a CDs with the PC with any drivers on?

    Try this for your sound Restore Sound - Windows Audio Service



    Restart the PC and see
     
  3. averrips

    averrips Thread Starter

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    Thanks Bonk.
    The problem is that it isn't the soundcard driver. The card does play sounds, but only the test sounds that only need the driver and the hardware, not the Windows part of the sound.
    And the restore sound didn't work either. :S it's a strange problem...
    Arnoud
     
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