No sound, cannot install ADI 198x audiodriver

Microsoft Windows xp home w/sp1
January 16, 2010 at 06:45:59
Specs: windows xp
I own a Dell Dimension 8300 pc with Creative LAbs 5.1 Audigy2 Audio Card and Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 video card.

I've installed the drivers for Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 drivers CD I got when I purchased this PC. I've also installed the latest patch/upgrade for this that I d/led from

I've also installed all the drivers that came with the Dell Dimension 8300 Drivers CD Rom. Even the newest Nvidia video driver from nvidia's website - because the older driver from the Dell Drivers CDROM that came with my pc was giving me lots of serious problems with the BSOD and the "nav4_disp" file..And that newer Nvidia seemed to have fixed it - i.e. no more screen blackouts and BSODs referring to the "nav4_disp" file.

There is however, an audio driver included with the cd-rom that I could not install. Its called the Analog Devices ADI 198x Integrated Audio driver, downloadable from

Its name is also called SoundMax.
Anyways, so everytime I try to install it with the Installshield Wizard, out pops the error message : "Driver not found! Reboot your system and run this setup again."

I've tried running the setup again and again and rebooting again and again, but still no joy.

I have no idea what is wrong, or what I can do to fix it. Whenever I play a video or a soundfile, there will just be no sound (although the programs for videos and music players appear to work fine with no error messages whatsoever).

Even when Windows XP starts up, the start-up melody doesn't even play.

And of course I've made sure my amps are switched on, and that the volume controls are all switched on and aren't muted, and that all the wires and connections are properly fitted, etc.. In fact I made sure no volume sources were muted. But still, no sound whatsoever.

Can anyone tell me what's wrong???

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January 16, 2010 at 07:12:59

Try downloading and installing the driver directly from this site instead of using the patch.

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January 16, 2010 at 07:40:28
If you're using the Audigy2 audio card, why would you want to install the drivers for the onboard video? The onboard *should* be disabled so that the Audigy2 can take over the sound chores.

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January 18, 2010 at 08:35:33
My speaker to PC connections have stayed the same always. Its just that I wiped out my hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP plus the additional audio/video drivers 2 weeks ago because my computer crashed, and ever since then I've been unable to play any sounds on my computer. By the way my speakers are still working because when I switch them on and off, they still produce the same "popping" sound as they used to even before the PC had crashed on me 2 weeks ago.

I've gone into Device Manager and the only things showing question marks are for my printer, scanner and PCI modem, because I hadn't reinstalled their drivers yet (no time you know... plus I want to fix the sound problem first).

Now in Device Manager, I've gone into Sound, Video and Game controllers and found the following devices enabled :

Audio Codecs
Creative Audigy Audio Processer (WDM)
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Devices
Media Control Devices
Microsoft Kernel System Audio Device
Microsoft Kernel Wave Audio Mixer
Microsoft WINMM WDM Audio Compatibility Driver
Video Codecs.

From that list, the following devices do not come with any option to Enable/Disable :

Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Devices
Media Control Devices
Video Codecs.

These same objects, I noticed before, were present even before I'd reinstalled the drivers for Creative Labs Audigy2 drivers... I wonder if they're causing the problem at all. Because if they are, I don't know what to do with them - there's no option to disable them!

By the way I'm no techie and all I know is that in order to get a device working properly the drivers have to be installed! :)

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January 18, 2010 at 08:39:54
@ jam : Sorry I didn't really understand what you were talking about... my knowledge of computers is really not good, hence I'm on the forums asking for help! Could you please go into more detail of the steps/procedures I should go about on in order to solve the problem???

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January 18, 2010 at 08:44:38
@ grasshopper : your link took me to Creative's Windows 7 Driver page. However I use Windows XP SP3 not Windows 7. Are you sure those links would work on my PC???

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