Need Audio Drivers

Ibm aptiva / 2163
July 25, 2009 at 11:36:16
Specs: Windows XP
Ok well I have an Aptiva 2163 model 504 and I need the audio drivers for it.

I installed Windows xp on it and I need the audio drivers for this, anyone tell me where I can get them? IBM doesn't seem to even make mention of Aptiva on it's site. So at a loss where to get them, can't find the cd for it so I'm at a loss here.

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July 25, 2009 at 11:54:35
There may not be any drivers available for that model. Looks to be pretty old.

IBM personal computer business was bought by Lenovo some time ago. That said, I couldn't find that model of Aptiva listed on their site.

I suggest you download a utility called SIW to determine which sound chip is on your motherboard. There is a link at the bottom of this post to get SIW.

Have you looked in Device Manager in WinXP to see if the sound is listed there? It may be listed but having a problem. You may need to go to the maker of the sound chip for a generic driver.

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July 25, 2009 at 12:53:32
This is sure one model Lenovo Support doesn't admit to. I couldn't find any drivers etc. for it regardless of operating system.

This thing is a PII 350Mhz that will accept a maximum of 384Mb ram? What does SIW identify as to motherboard, various chipsets, etc. Look under Hardware>Devices>PCI. At this point, any information will be helpful to us.


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July 25, 2009 at 12:55:43
That system appears to be at least 10 yrs old. I can't imagine that it will run XP very well unless you have at least 512MB RAM & a *real* video card (not onboard graphics).

According to IBM/Lenovo, the audio chip is the ESS Solo-1 but there were many different versions. You should open the case & find the exact audio chip model number...for example ES1869.

Did you check to see if there's a generic XP driver that you can use? If the card isn't auto-detected, will will have to force it by going to Control Panel > Add Hardware.

- Let the Wizard run, then select "yes, I have connected the hardware" & click Next
- Scroll to the very bottom & select "Add a new hardware device", then click Next
- Select "Install manually from list", then click Next
- Select "Show all devices", then click Next
- On the left side, scroll down & select ESS Technology, then scroll down the right side to see if your audio chip is listed. If it is, select it & click Next.

If it's not listed, you're gonna have to do some googling to see if you can find a compatible driver. If you can't find an XP driver, a Win2000 driver *should* work.

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July 28, 2009 at 19:11:26
Initial load up is a bit slow but it runs xp pretty well, downgraded lots of settings like shadows etc and it runs fine. I had the machine lying around and wanted to put it to use and it was running win 98 and I wanted it on something a bit more modern so that I could get it on my network and internet ready (which is the next step once I get this done).

It has a real video card, nvidia I think I have no idea about the gfx card model, but it has less then 512mb of ram much less. I've tried scanning off the win98 cd but it can't find any drivers on there and i've tried the default drivers on xp to no avail.

I reset it back to win 98 and it's working with the sound but I want it on xp ideally. Just wondering whether win 98 drivers are compatiable with xp?

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July 28, 2009 at 19:51:56
i prefer u window vista instead of xp it has embedded in
drivers....n i f u still want only xp then plz tell me ur whole pc

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