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The US Dell site does not list Dimension XPS 600.
Searching on the web has so far only found this orphan page (the active links in it no longer work)
Dimension XPS 600
and some of the possible drivers.
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"I just reinstalled Windows xp on it and after I installed the drivers....... "
Which drivers did you install other than the sound "drivers" ?
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.
NOTE that if you used the Dell XP Re-installation CD or similar, going by what I've seen, it has no additional drivers built into it.
The CD has files and folders on it that are identical to the ones on a regular XP CD, except the internal contents of some OEM.* files are unique to your Dell model or model series.
Where did you get the original Audigy 2 ZS "drivers" from ?
I found them here:
Dell dimension 8400 Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS download for winxp
Also has Installation Instructions
Were they working fine before you tried loading updates for them ?
If you tried loading updates without installing the original drivers, sometimes they CANNOT install properly unless the original software was present.
The most frequent reasons sound drivers don't install properly are.....
- (an) anti-malware program(s) resident module(s) interfered with them installing properly
See response 3 regarding disabling resident modules of anti-malware software:
See response 14 in that if you have Panda Global Protection
- and - the most common reason - they were not installed properly.
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....
(this ALWAYS applies to video and sound adapters )
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.
The same applies no matter when Windows finds New Hardware !
If you DID install drivers that way,
(The following also applies if you want to un-install previous software, or re-install the same software)
- for video "drivers"....
- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, let the desktop screen fully load.
Install the video software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the video card that's in a slot, or if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the video software installation from the installation program on that.
for sound adapter drivers...
- 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.
NOTE that Creative (Audigy) sound adapters are often still listed there, and if so, it may take a while to un-install the software - be prepared to WAIT until that finishes
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 if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the sound software installation from the installation program on that.