couple of problems

December 27, 2009 at 11:42:07
Specs: Windows Vista, 4Gb
first problem i have is i just installed a new SB x-fi sound card, but can't get any sound.
in device manager it shows as enabled and working, but on the volume icon in the taskbar it says there is no audio device installed.
have the latest drivers downloaded & old sound card removed.

next problem is when i boot, i get a screen saying "no boot device recognised....." the only way to boot is by pressing F8 and manually selecting the drive with the boot sector. in bios its already set to have that drive as first boot device.

another thing is, the boot problem happened when i installed the sound card, so they're obviously linked in some way

actually...another thing you could hopefully help me on is, some programs close immediately when i try to run them, the message i get is "a problem caused the program to stop working correctly. please close the program" and thats it, no error codes or anything like that, and it only happens to 5 or 6 programs, one of which is a game that was working up until last week

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#1
December 27, 2009 at 11:54:45
i just ran the creative diagnostic tool and it failed in a few things:

driver test: pass
windows multimedia test: pass
directsound test: FAIL

speakers: FAIL
digital audio interface: FAIL

playback of wave files: FAIL

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#2
December 29, 2009 at 08:04:41
Did you remove the old sound card software before you installed the new one - or after? Sometimes if the old software is present, it won't work - even if you remove it after the second installation.

Make sure all existing sound drivers are wiped before you install any new sound card software.

I'd be tempted to check that the physical connection is okay.

Microsoft has a few troubleshooting procedures you can run through. There's always the risk that the acual hardware is faulty though

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...

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#3
January 5, 2010 at 11:05:17
well, what happens when i try to uninstall the old driver from device manager, is that i get a bad_pool_caller bsod. what i've done is manually delete all driver entries relating to C-Media audio in my windows folder, then cleaned my registry of all C-Media entries as well.

i returned the card to eliminate the possibility of a faulty one, and the same is happening, but when i put the old card back in, it searches for drivers and installs fine!!

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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#4
January 5, 2010 at 16:55:21
just to note....i've also tried another pci slot which hasnt been used , still the same problem.

have screenshots available if they would help

Vista nVidia Evolution SP2
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.8GHz
XFX GeForce 9800 GTx

4GB OCZ Platinum 1066
2x Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F1


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