Mother installed sound does not work

February 25, 2012 at 06:00:40
Specs: Windows XP
I bought an HP Pavilion a while back and turned it back to XP. XP found the video NVIDIA pre installed driver and installed it, but I can't get it to find the installed sound card. I have an old Sound blaster but it has conflict issues. I can't find the installed sound driver on the Systems/Hardware option to resolve a conflict. When I go to HP to download the sound driver it only looks for VISTA.

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#1
February 25, 2012 at 06:14:22
Google your computer's motherboard and find whether its compatible with Windows XP ??

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#2
February 25, 2012 at 06:21:23
Ask Customer Care service of your computer. They can help you better than any one. Its my own Experiance.

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#3
February 25, 2012 at 06:39:35
Why would you go back to an OS that's 10 yrs old? Obviously any drivers on the XP disc are also 10 yrs old, not to mention they're generic. Plus drivers for more modern hardware will NOT be on the disk. You should have hunted down all the necessary drivers before you downgraded the OS. You didn't bother to list the model number of your Pavilion so there's not a lot any of us can do to help. What you need to do is go to the HP site & find the system specs, then you can search for the drivers for the motherboard chipset, video, audio, network, etc, etc. You will have to go to the individual hardware manufacturer's sites, NOT the HP site. For example, Nvidia drivers are found at Nvidia.com:

http://www.nvidia.com/Download/inde...


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#4
February 25, 2012 at 06:46:41
I've had the computer for about 5 years, VISTA came preloaded and allowed nothing to work even after I reset allowable options and admin options. Just trying to uninstall a program caused VISTA go into a feedbaclk loop so I turned it back to XP. I was surprised XP found the preinstalled video driver but as I wrote when going to HP to update preinstalled drivers it only allowed me to update using the VISTA platform. Only recently has my soundblaster been acting up. Also, XP still allows me to play old DOS based games like Doom, etc.

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#5
February 25, 2012 at 07:08:23

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#6
February 25, 2012 at 07:26:52
Sounds like your problems were user-related, not Vista-related. Regardless, are you going to post the model number of your Pavilion or not?

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#7
February 25, 2012 at 08:25:41
It isn't user related. Doing a total format of the hard drive and installing XP without the Sound blaster nothing identified any onboard sound card. The model number is A6337C. Thanks for any help offered

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#8
February 25, 2012 at 08:48:52
"nothing identified any onboard sound card"

Of course not. XP was released in 2001. The sound chip on your motherboard was released in 2006.

Now that you posted the model number, I found all this in less than 5 minutes:

motherboard specs: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

From the above, I was able to determine the hardware & find the latest available XP drivers:

motherboard chipset = NVIDIA nForce 430 Chipset: http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce...

video = NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp-...

onboard LAN = Realtek RTL8201N: http://www.realtek.com/downloads/do...

onboard HD audio = Realtek ALC888S: http://www.realtek.com/downloads/do...

And you need SP3 for the HD audio. If you haven't updated to SP3 yet, download & install this 1st: http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...


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#9
February 25, 2012 at 09:57:34
The on board lan works as does the GeForce 6150SE. SP3 has a unique way of screwing up everything on here when I install it. Really appreciate your help.

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#10
February 25, 2012 at 10:21:51
"The on board lan works as does the GeForce 6150SE"

Sure they work, but how old are the drivers? They get updated for a reason. Apparently you don't want the best performance out of your system?

"SP3 has a unique way of screwing up everything on here when I install it"

You came here for help & I gave you the best answers I can give. If you don't want to follow the advice you're being offered, that's on you. You need SP3 for HD audio to work properly, not to mention all the security fixes & updates that are included in it. If you tried to install SP3 using Windows Update, that was most likely your problem. Download the entire 316MB+ file, THEN install it. But before doing that, clean all the accumulated crap from your system by running CCleaner-Slim:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#11
February 25, 2012 at 10:29:07
I do appreciate your help.

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#12
February 25, 2012 at 11:45:11
Okay SP 3i nstalled with no oproblem (I had it saved to a folder) and I installed the driver and went through systems, add new hardware, it found it but gave me this: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooter for this device.

Click troubleshooter and uninstalled and reinstalled, the realtek won't work....Yes, I uninstalled sound blaster


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#13
February 25, 2012 at 12:08:36
If you had a sound card installed, you must have disabled the onboard sound in the BIOS. Re-enable it.

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#14
February 25, 2012 at 12:12:38
That I am not sure how to do

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#15
February 25, 2012 at 12:18:41
Never mind, I went into system set up (f10) it was set to auto, I enabled it and windows discovered it.

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#16
February 25, 2012 at 12:29:46
Works like a charm. Thanks so much for all the help.

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