Missing Hardrive, Drivers, & No Sound

E machine / W3507
December 3, 2009 at 09:14:26
Specs: Windows XP
heres my system:


I just recently reformatted my entire system, and after the process was completed I started running into problems. 1.. no sound. nothing but system beeps. So I looked up device manger under sound and It shows a "no audio device" message even though there is. I remember before I did a system recovery I had a Realtek high definition something, and now I can't get anything.

The 2nd problem I noticed is a hard drive is missing. There was a 5 GB C: (recovery) drive pre-format. The drive came with the computer and it held the most of the systems important files and now its completely missing. On a added note, this isn't my 1st format. I did this 2 other times because of virus issues.
The reason for this reformat is I upgraded from windows xp media classic to windows xp pro a month prior and recently decide to go back to windows media classic (which is included on the emachines operated disc) because the xp pro version was giving my problems (internet issues).

My 3nd problem is in device manager under "other devices" I'm getting yellow ! icons on all 3 devices. (PCI device, PCI simple communications controller, and SM bus controller).

Thats all the problems I noticed thus far but I'm sure theres more. I would really appreciate some help

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December 3, 2009 at 09:36:57
"I just recently reformatted my entire system"
How did you reinstall the OS? XP disks don't have all the required drivers required for every motherboard.
"The 2nd problem I noticed is a hard drive is missing. There was a 5 GB C: (recovery) drive pre-format"
This would indicate that you didn't use the recovery partition to restore your computer, hence the problems with your devices, as no motherboard drivers have been installed.
And just to be clear the recovery drive, IS NOT a drive, but a partition on your drive.
"There was a 5 GB C: (recovery) drive pre-format" if you formatted it, it's gone!
Now you can get the drivers from Emachines or purchase a set of restore disks from them.
Ideally you would have made a set of recovery disks when you first got the computer. Now that you no longer have the recovery partition, that is no longer an option.

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December 3, 2009 at 14:43:41
thanks for the reply. well the 1st time I ever reformatted my computer I had a issue with my dvd burner not functioning correctly because of a really bad virus, So I popped in the "emachines Operating System Disc" booted up, selected the system restore function (with backups) and everything turned out fine. recovery partition of the disc and everything. Then again with a similar issue. This is the only time I really had any problems.

I downloaded most of the drivers from emachines official site,
installed them including the audio drivers and yet no change. Is there anything I'm doing wrong?

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December 3, 2009 at 14:49:13
You may have downloaded the wrong drivers if they aren't working. What do you see in Device Manager for the affected hardware.

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December 3, 2009 at 16:51:01
^ uno I thought about that.. thats whats strange, because I downloaded the drivers from the page specifically for my pc version and they don't seem to have an effect. The only thing I noticed, in device manager under "Other devices" only the (!)"SM Bus Controller" is showing up now. "PCI
device" and "PCI simple communications controller" aren't even listed anymore. Is that going to cause me problems down the line?

EDIT: I Think I solved my sound issue. I fell on this site a few minutes ago.


downloaded the xp version.. installed.. restarted.. and now I have sound!

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