DEP Error - Windows Explorer

February 24, 2009 at 22:16:06
Specs: Windows XP

Yesterday, I began to have an error cycle of Data Execution Prevention errors naming Windows Explorer as the problem. The error commences on startup.

Concurrently, a problem has come up where I've been getting a DirectSound error code 88780078 when I try to run WinAmp/anything with direct sound output. Now, when I try to resolve this error by entering the Sounds and Audio Devices tab in the Control Panel, all options in the audio tab are greyed out and unable to be changed.

I have a suspicion that the two problems are linked, as they began simultaneously. Note that if I ignore the DEP error window, I don't actually have any noticable negative effects - my computer is running pretty much as it was previously, outside of the audio error.


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February 24, 2009 at 23:28:45
Check device manager for the status of your audio devices and try upgrading the drivers for your sound card.

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February 24, 2009 at 23:49:10
I should have stated-

I've already updated the drivers for my sound card (a Realtek AC97). No effect.

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February 25, 2009 at 00:00:45 has a thread here in regards to that error code your getting. Check that out.

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February 25, 2009 at 00:24:56
Thing is the issue doesn't only occur with WinAmp - When I run an embedded Video file- Youtube- I get no sound. When I load up most computer games, I get no sound.

Additionally, the solutions listed in that thread haven't worked for me - I'm unable to change the Audio Playback device in my Sounds and Audio Devices folder because all options are greyed out.

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February 25, 2009 at 00:31:11
Hmmmm, try loading a restore point from before you noticed the problem.

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February 25, 2009 at 04:30:36
This is any info. I have about DEP ----

About SP2 adding Data Execution Prevention(DEP) to Boot.ini file:

About SP2, Windows Security Center, Data Execution Prevention:

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February 26, 2009 at 11:34:13
@response 5-

How would I go about doing this?

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February 26, 2009 at 12:35:48
What Response 5 means is ---

Try System Restore to a date when all was good.
Start >All Programs >Accessories >System Tools

Using System Restore too many times can cause
more harm than good. After doing a restore
that does not fix a problem, then UNDO the
Restoration, and try another restore point, or
just do the UNDO.

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