|"I have talked with a few different technicians from dell and 2 of them told me I needed to reinstall windows to fix it so I did."|
From what I've heard when you contact Dell's tech support you may be talkng to some guy in India. Their qualifications vary from okay to ??
Techs often tell you that because that's what they do when they can't figure out a problem in a reasonable amount of time, especially when they're working on a computer themselves, e.g. on warranty - time is money.
That's a bonehead thing to do, if you have personal data on the windows partition you don't want to lose, unless you copy the data you don't want to lose to somewhere BEFORE you run Setup from scratch or the Recovery procedure. It takes only a short time to do that, but it can take many days before the computer is back to the way you want it, if you had installed alot of your own stuff
By the way, if your Vista doesn't have SP1 updates built in, install them BEFORE you install a ot of other software - I recommend you do not install anti-malware before you install that, or at least disable the resident module in it if you do, BEFORE installing the SP1 updates. If there are SP2 updates?, install them too. The Microsoft site and many other major sites are safe to access without that . Just don't randomly search until you install anti-malware sofware.
"Here I am, on a completely new windows and new everything no updates yet.. and it still wont play sound"
"Even funnier, it has the same exact error when I try to install the audio driver on a completely new untouched windows. "
Did you load from (all of the) the Dell Recovery disk(s) or from a regular Vista DVD?
If you loaded from (all of the) the Dell Recovery disk(s) (if there was more than one disk, you may need to install all of them) , the sound drivers were already uinstalled - your sound chipset is fried, or you have another hardware problem. If there were a problem with the Dell supplied sound drivers on the Recovery disk(s), you would have had the problem when you first got the laptop.
If you loaded from a regular Vista DVD, you must install the main chipset drivers BEFORE you load the sound drivers, but still, it sounds like your sound chipset is fried, or you have another hardware problem .
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.
Did you check the head phones port? Try wiggling a jack in it, pulling it out?
I have no idea what's wrong, unless that is buggered and needs to be replaced, and even then I doubt that would cause your error message(s).
Did you try looking up the exact error message you're getting or chunks of it? - with and without quotes - people often leave out words or make typos.
You could try disabling the onboard sound and getting/using a USB sound adapter.
If you model is still under warranty, if I were you, I would check out whether a repair would be covered, otherwise, if the sound chipset is built into the mboard you probably need to replace it.