|If you have re-installed Windows from scratch since the last time the sound worked, the XP CD does not have the sound software for your mboard built into it. |
You need to download and install the right sound software correctly.
If you did have the sound software installed or if you re-installed it, you probably did NOT do that correctly.
How to install your sound software, or un-install your sound software and install it again, the right way.....
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The procedure is the same as in that except for...
Go to the emachines web site and look up the Downloads for your specific computer model - download the sound software.
- in XP you remove any existing sound software in Control Panel - Add or Remove Programs
- Device Manager is here in XP:
RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
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.