|BEFORE you install the "drivers"|
- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs, and if anything is listed for your sound adapter, Un-install the software, reboot, DO NOT install drivers if New Hardware pops up .
- 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.
If that was there, and you un-installed it, Reboot at least once.
DO NOT install drivers if New Hardware pops up.
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.
DO NOT load drivers for the sound adapter when New Hardware pops up - CANCEL that, let the desktop screen load fully, and install the "drivers" by running the download.
AFTER you have installed the software, if Windows wants to search for drivers for the sound adapter while booting, go ahead and allow it to find them.
If you have just installed Windows from scratch....
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.
The downloads you need are probably on the emachines web site, in the downloads for your specific model.