Please Help! No Sound and Graphics Problems

September 28, 2009 at 17:24:51
Specs: Windows XP
I hope this is the right place to post this..

I have been having many computer problems lately.My graphics card died so I replaced it with NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT.Installed the drivers and the graphics problems was solved,or so I thought.Also I had to replace my hard drive.I took a hard drive from another computer which has Windows XP Pro..the old drive had Vista.

My problems are as follows:


No sound whatsoever on computer.Getting the message "No Device mixers intalled".I checked in services and Windows Audio is on Automatic and Started, checked msconfig and Windows Audio is checked..still getting this error and no sound.I tried using the motherboard cd but there I get errors as well..

16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
System\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDriv ers. VDD. Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid.

16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\VirtualDeviceDriv ers. VDD. Virtual Device Driver format in the registry is invalid.


When I replaced the hard drive,I replace it with 2 hard drives.ONe is a 40GB and the other is a 250GB. I installed the graphics drivers and everything seems fine. However,I started up a game, which is on the 250GB hard drive and everything was running smooth.I then decided to clear some space on the 40GB hard drive only.Uninstalled useless applications and then defrag.I did not change any settings anywhere.Now the game is running very choppy and textures are not smooth.Also, the actual textures on pc,such as words and icons are not smooth,but "jagged".

Also, when the system reboots, windows keeps finding new hardware.."System Interrupt Control" and "PCI Device". I let it try to install it, but it always fails.

In DxDiag I see that I have DirectX9 installed.Tried upgrading it but did not work.

From DxDiag:

System Information
Time of this report: 9/28/2009, 17:37:40
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 1 (2600.xpsp2.050301-1526)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: ECS
System Model: P4M900T-M
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 421MB used, 2994MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found

Sound Devices
Description: Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID:
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 81
Type: Emulated
Driver Name:
Driver Version:
Driver Attributes:
WHQL Logo'd:
Date and Size:
Other Files:
Driver Provider:
HW Accel Level: Full
Cap Flags: 0x0
Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No
Registry: OK

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9500 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0640&SUBSYS_094319F1&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0011.8122 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail

Sound Capture Devices
Description: Modem #0 Line Record (emulated)
Default Sound Capture: Yes
Default Voice Capture: Yes
Driver Name:
Driver Version:
Driver Attributes:
Date and Size:
Cap Flags: 0x0
Format Flags: 0x0

In the "Notes" Tab:
"The registry information for the service provider DirectPlay8 TCIP/IP Service Provider is missing or damaged."

"The registry information for the service provider DirectPlay8 IPX Service Provider is missing or damaged."

"The registry information for the service provider DirectPlay8 Modem Service Provider is missing or damaged."

"The registry information for the service provider DirectPlay8 Serial Service Provider is missing or damaged."

"You should reinstall DirectX"

Belarc Profile:

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1 (build 2600)

2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium D
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Main Circuit Board:
Board: ECS P4M900T-M 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080013 12/04/2006

Memory :
3072 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

None Detected

NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT [Display adapter]
Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (19.8"vis, s/n HVKQ306283, March 2008)

Also whenevr the pc starts up,it wants to install "PCI Device" and System Interrupt Control". I let it try but it always fails.In Device Manager, PCI has a yellow exclamation beside and is listed under "Other Devices". Under Sound, there is no audio device list, just "Audio Codecs", "Legacy Audio Drivers", "Legacy Video Capture Devices","Media Control Devices", and "Video Codecs"

I don't know where or how to fix these problems.

Please help :(

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September 28, 2009 at 19:28:32
You generally cannot take a HDD with XP already installed & move it to another system. You're lucky it was able to boot at all. What you *should* have done was boot off the XP CD & do a "repair installation". Actually, you could still do that.

Perform a Repair Installation

You're getting errors because you didn't install all the drivers. The motherboard chipset drivers are missing as well as the audio drivers. I suspect there are others missing as well. You know the make/model of your board (ECS P4M900T-M 1.0), so go to the ECS site & find the drivers you need.

BTW, poor video card choice, especially if you're a gamer.

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September 28, 2009 at 19:37:35
Piggybacking on the last reply, if it boots, you were lucky. That means there shouldn't be any issues with the HAL. A repair install may help, but you will still have to reinstall the chipset drivers for the motherboard (not to mention your audio drivers and such).

The best thing you could do is perform a clean install and then reload your drivers, apps, and data. That is not always an option, however.

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September 29, 2009 at 09:34:49
Thanks for the replies.

Will doing a reinstall of Vista, the OS I initially had before
replacing the hard drive, solve my problems? Will I also need to install the motherboard drivers from the cd? Since I'm totally ignorant when it comes to these things, how do I know which drivers from the motherboard cd to install (sound,chipset,etc)?. I know I will need to reinstall the graphics card drivers from it's cd, but will doing all of this resolve both my sound AND gameplay issues.

I'm not sure if I had mentioned this,but I keep getting unexpected shutdowns and idea what the error is since it goes by too quickly.This is happening after putting in the hard drive with XP.

In regards to the game (which happens to be World of Warcraft),everything is fine i.e latency,except for the unexplained low framerate,choppiness of gameplay and well as the textures of words and such on my computer. What could possibly be causing these issues? There is nothing wrong with my internet connection or the game itself..I have been playing on my roommate's computer and everything is normal.

I just can't for the life of me figure out why when I initially played the game after putting in the hard drive,absolutely everything about it was perfect,but now I have these issues.As I said, all I did was uninstall some useless little games.

I have more than enough RAM, new video card, even though it may be a bad choice it's sufficient seeing as my other one was an older model, and the game worked perfectly.

When I initially took the computer to be looked at, there was no mention of a bad processor..simply that I need more memory,a new graphics card and the hard drive was failing. I have since replaced all that.

I've never actually replaced an OS on a computer before. What I'd really like to do is completely wipe both hard drives..the 40GB and the 250GB clean of everything and start over.What is the procedure to completely wipe the drives and ensure a clean install of Windows,drivers.etc.? I'm sure I'll have to update windows,but what about things like directX..I believe Vista already comes with DirectX 10 or will I need to actually install it? Will I need to find updates for chipsets,sound drivers,etc or will the motherboard cd have all that I need?

If reinstalling the original OS the system had, new graphics card,more memory and different hard drive,and no mention of a bad processor from the people who looked at my computer..if none of this helps my issues,especially graphics/gameplay issues, what could possibly be the problem?

Thanks so much again for the replies,and sorry for being so long-winded,I'm just totally clueless when it comes to these things ><

Edit: I just downloaded and ran Astra32..fabulous little program which shows everything about my pc. I actually like it better than Belarc. Anyway, if there's any info that I could provide from that report that would help let me know.

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October 5, 2009 at 11:39:50
Well it seems you guys were right..not that I ever doubted you to begin with =P I have been getting BSOD from every few minutes to every few hours. This is what the the error usually is:

Dump File : Mini093009-03.dmp
Crash Time : 9/30/2009 2:23:24 PM
Bug Check Code : 0x0000009c
Parameter 1 : 0x00000000
Parameter 2 : 0xf7723050
Parameter 3 : 0xb2000000
Parameter 4 : 0x1040080f
Caused By Driver : hal.dll
Caused By Address : hal.dll+57dd
File Description : Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920)
Processor : 32-bit

And I got this error twice:

Dump File : Mini100309-04.dmp
Crash Time : 10/3/2009 10:27:01 PM Melissa
Bug Check Code : 0x0000001a
Parameter 1 : 0x00041284
Parameter 2 : 0xd5919001
Parameter 3 : 0x0000019b
Parameter 4 : 0xc0c00000
Caused By Driver : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+2173b
File Description : NT Kernel & System
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 5.1.2600.1634 (xpsp2.050301-1526)
Processor : 32-bit

Every time I got BSOD, the hal.dll and the ntsokrnl.exe were always present in the errors, however sometimes I would see processr.sys, or win32k.sys, or n4_mini.sys, or n4_disp.dll.

It's obvious that Windows is pretty messed up lol! Anyway, what I would like to do is completely wipe both my hard drives and start fresh. I have already backed up all my files I want to keep on CD's, and now I just need to know the procedure to reformat both drives.

I do not have a Windows XP disk, but I do have a Windows Vista disk, so essentially I will be going back to Vista.

I do have some questions before I go ahead...

When I right-click each drive, I see an option that says "Format". Can I just reformat that way or do I need to go about it another way?

Do I have to reformat each drive separately, or when I reformat the primary drive will it automatically reformat the second?

Also,in terms of all the drivers..after installing Vista will I then need to go to the motherboard website and try to determine what all I need, or should all the required drivers be installed when installing Vista. The only reason I ask is because when I went to the ECS site to try to find my sound drivers, there were so many different choices for everything I had no clue what was right for me.

As for the NVIDIA drivers, the ones on the cd seem to have been alright, but they may be old. I do know there is an updated driver, however, I have read on the NVIDIA forums that so many people have been experiencing problems with the new update, I'm afraid to install it ><

I just need to know the exact procedure on how to reformat my computer :)

If this doesn't solve all the issues I'm having then I have no idea what the problem could be :(

Thank you so much for your help :)

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