|"I haven't re-installed the sound max software since it last worked. Do you think it is worth re-installing the audio drivers?"|
If you mean since the mics last worked, then there's probably nothing wrong with the audio software installation itself, and No, you shouldn't have to re-install it
I'm assuming, of course, that you're SURE the mics worked fine previously with the same Soundmax software installation.
If you're NOT sure, re-install the software - see the heading BELOW near the end of this post
Ask yourself - what has changed since the mics last worked ?
You say the sound output is to your HiFi system - was it to something else before ?
By the way, is the "HiFi" plain stereo, or is it multichannel ?
Have you installed
- a software program
- or a card in a mboard slot (e.g. my example, a LAVA PCI parallel port card)
and it was only after that the mics output no sound since the mics last worked ?
"Do you have two sound adapters on this computer ?
E.g. onboard sound and a card in a slot "
If YES, Windows supports you having more than one sound adapter, but it can only use one of them at a time.
If the other sound adapter is the one Windows is using, then when you use the Soundmax software in Control Panel to test the mics,
""....also I have a USB headset none of them work in software even though I see the the green bars moving up about halfway in recording and playback and hear my voice during mic test."
....that will probably work despite the fact Windows is using the other sound adapter.
The sound adapter you have installed the software for LAST becomes the default sound adapter.
You can change which sound adapter Windows uses in Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices - Audio tab
"All the settings seem to be correct, I have two mic inputs one at the rear and one on the front,..."
A bios setting of this mboard or Soundmax settings or wiring connections can be wrong for the front ports in the case. The back mic port should always work.
See the section below starting
"If your front mic and or Line out (headphones) port doesn't work......"
if you need to.
Have you tried the mics in the pink port on the back ?
" I am getting the not enough memory message again in voice recorder."
The most usual possible causes of that I outlined in response 3.
You said you have 80 gb free space on the C partition but you didn't say what the total size of the C partirtion is. If you have a really large C partition 80 gb may not be enough. There should be a minimum of about 10% free space on the C partition.
If you DO have more than enough free space on C, and if the other causes I mentioned don't apply, you probably have some oddball software problem.
A side note...
"Total Physical Memory 4,096.00 MB"
All versions of XP are 32 bit except XP Pro 64 bit.
If you have a 32 bit version of XP, or any 32 bit Windows operating system, you are probably better off installing a max 3 gb of ram rather than 4 gb.
The 4gb virtual memory address limit for 32 bit operating systems.
An example of 3gb working better than 4gb in a 32 bit operating system.
See Response 6:
A possibilty - the mboard may have one or more failing electrolytic capacitors
Going by the dates of other manuals on the Asus web site, this model probably first came out in 2006 and your mboard may be that old.
Or, if it still has it's original specific bios version,
"BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 1604, 13/07/2007"
it was made circa July 2007.
Older mboards sometimes have this problem....
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, fried Athlon cpus, etc.:
If your front mic and or Line out (headphones) port doesn't work......
Asus P5B (home support page)
P5B User Manual for English Edition (E2620)
page 30 (46 of 140)
(or click on the Search icon - binoculars - in the top bar of Adobe Reader and search for: rear panel connectors - look at the third "hit". )
1/8" audio ports ports 4 to 9
If you are connecting the mics here do you have it in the pink port 8 ?
If you are using only a stereo output to go to your HiFi system, it must be in the lime green port 7
If you are connecting more than output to go to the HiFi system (it's not just stereo), then you must plug the other stereo connectors into the right ports
in Control Panel - your Soundmax icon - it's probably set to just stereo (2 speaker) output by default - you must find the setting that changes that to 4 or 6 or 8 speakers, save settings
Page 38 (54 of 140)
Bottom of the displayed page
2-30 Chapter 2: Hardware information
(or click on the Search icon - binoculars - in the top bar of Adobe Reader and search for: AC 97 - look at the first "hit". )
Front Panel Audio connector
READ the info there - there are two different ways of connecting audio wires from the case to that header. If your case has HD audio support wiring, the default setting in the bios must be changed.
Un-install / install the sound siftware properly !
NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibilty, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows (in AVG 2012 that's done under the title AntiVirus). In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).
If you're re-installing "drivers" for a device, un-install any existing "drivers" BEFORE you install the software for the device again, if it's listed in Add or Remove Programs.
In this case, there should be a listing for the SoundMax software there.
Sound and video "drivers" always have associated files that must be installed properly along with the actual drivers. If you install only the actual drivers, it's likely the device, and/or the other software associated with it, will NOT work properly.
Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise.......
You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting into Windows, if the software for the device has not been installed yet - when Windows detects a generic device or New Hardware while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web.
If you DID install drivers that way,
(The following also applies if you want to re-install the sound software)
- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting.
- go to Device Manager.
(e.g. RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager)
If the sound adapter is still listed, RIGHT click on it and Un-install it.
If that was there, and you un-installed it, Reboot at least once.
DO NOT install drivers while booting.
Install the sound software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the sound card, or the CD that came with the computer that has the Drivers on it, run the sound software installation from the installation program on that.