Solved Blue screen of death after trying to update driver.. help pl

April 23, 2013 at 00:01:28
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Intel PIV 2.26 GHz / 512 MB
After trying to update my sound drivers, REALTEK AC'97, two times invariably I got the same B.S.O.D.. Here are the DUMP files..


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April 23, 2013 at 03:51:55
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If your sound was working okay before, there was no point in updating the drivers.
Start Windows in Safe Mode.
Go into Device Manager.
Double-click the Realtek sound device.
Click the "Driver" tab.
Click "Roll back driver".
Restart Windows.

Golden rule: Never update a driver if the existing one is working okay!

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April 23, 2013 at 04:16:17

That is exactly what I did. After the update my "SOUNDMAX Integrated Digital Audio" had stopped functioning. I had to Rollback the Driver, to enable it..

Is there maybe any underlying cause for it, I mean.. I tried to update the driver twice and two times exactly I got the same B.S.O.D..

LOL@ ur Golden Rule, but "Greed is what makes the world go round, ain't it??"!!

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April 23, 2013 at 06:15:14
Why would you attempt to install Realtek drivers for Soundmax audio? Obviously the BSOD is due to incompatible drivers being installed. Soundmax is ADI (Analog Devices) not Realtek. Can't point you to the correct drivers download because you didn't supply any system specs.

On a side note, you need more RAM. 512MB isn't nearly enough for decent performance. You should have at least 1GB, more would be even better.

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April 23, 2013 at 12:45:22
Anywayz guyz.. Thx for the help, the problem has gone away but you know that nagging feeling "Why did it occur??", guess just one of those after-tastes we have to put up with from time to time..

So Thx..

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April 23, 2013 at 13:18:40
"Why did it occur??"

Because you tried to install Realtek drivers on a system that does NOT have a Realtek sound chip.

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