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Sound problems - Reinstalling drivers/dxdiag do NOT work.

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Caesius, Dec 26, 2005.

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  1. Caesius

    Caesius Thread Starter

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    Sysinfo
    Computer: Dell Dimension 8100 (2001)
    OS: Windows XP SP2
    Sound card: SoundBlaster PCI 128

    So essentially, I'm having the same problem as this guy. My computer's waveIn and waveOut both do not work. DirectSound is the only method of output that works. Movies and system sounds all work, but certain files and programs do not (for example, .swf files and certain games including the Darwinia Demo and Civilization IV do not work because of this problem).

    I looked up the drivers for my sound card on Soundblaster's site, uninstalled my current drivers, and reinstalled the ones I downloaded. Still nothing. All of these errors happen even after I reinstalled my drivers:

    -Civilization IV still exits at "Checking XML" (it has nothing to do with XML, trust me, I looked it up.)
    -The Darwinia Demo still says "Could not open audio device: Specified device is already allocated."
    -Winamp also says that the device is in use when I switch to WaveOut and I am advised to change output to DirectSound.
    -KbMedia Player still says that there are no active mixer devices available.
    -Sound and Audio Devices in the Control Panel does not recognize my sound card. Sound playback, sound recording, voice playback, and voice recording are all set to Modem #0 Line Playback/Record with no other options available. (This is no longer the case as I've uninstalled my Unimodem codecs. No options appear under these now.)

    The following are all of my audio drivers/codecs:

    Audio Codecs
    Legacy Audio Drivers
    Media Control Devices
    Microsoft Kernel System Audio Device
    Microsoft Kernel Wave Audio Mixer
    Microsoft WINMM WDM Audio Compatibility Driver
    SB PCI(WDM) (the one I just installed)
    Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device (uninstalled)

    It's been suggested that "Windows is having a difficult time with your soundcard, which is most likely due to bad/improperly installed/conflict with drivers, but could also be related to your registry, other hardware, or just the whole damn OS."

    Anyone know how to fix this? Anyone at all?

    (And don't tell me to run dxdiag, it detects no errors and is not the source of my problems, as DirectSound works.)


    For background of how I got to this ugly situation, read this thread. The first problem with the ghost drive is now fixed for the most part, and my waveIn/Out it no longer screwed "sometimes when I log in", but rather ALL the time. I also get the error with the generic host services still.
     
  2. Caesius

    Caesius Thread Starter

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    Okay, so if nobody knows how to fix it, then will getting a new sound card help?
     
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    Caesius Thread Starter

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    Nevermind, I finally figured out what it was that I needed to do to get the drivers to work. I hate restarting this thing...

    Only problem is that the drivers seem to crap out on me randomly, with no warning and no indication of when it happened. So then I need to uninstall the drivers and restart to get the drivers to work again. Argh, somebody tell me how to stop this from happening.
     
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