|Okay, I've been delaying moving to a new computer that my son gave me, from his collection of discarded computers (he has an IT business). So I'm still using my old computer with WinXP, Professional, Version 2002, Service Pack 3, with a Pentium 4 at 1.8 GHz, 2 Gigs of RAM.|
My problem, today, is that I'm no longer getting sound.
The motherboard, a "Shuttle Spacewalker" (TM), MV42/MV42N
Pentium 4 , 478-pin processor based DDR Mainboard
Manual Version 1.0, has sound "onboard". I have some PCI expansion slots, maybe one available, since I used the other for a USB card.
When I double click on any sound file, WinAmp comes up (my preferred sound-related software), and I get an error message, reflected in the accompanying screengrab.
The error message states: "Nullsoft Direct Sound Output v2.6 (d) Error." and "Bad Direct Sound driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration." and "Error Code 80070057".
I'm wondering if I just go to Fry's and pick up a PCI sound card, if it will solve my problem. I'm thinking I should anyway, since my sound has always been a bit weak in available volume, through my M-Audio powered speakers. I like to be able to crank it up, since I play along with my saved music files on my electric guitar.
But anyway, does this sound like a good plan? A new PCI card?
I'll get around to installing the new computer sometime soon, but for the moment, I just like to see how far I can run this one into the ground,,lol.
All varieties of help are welcomed, including scoldings, guffaws and serious and studied criticisms. Thanks in advance for all your help. You've been good to me in the past, and I appreciate it.
(BTW, I made a screen shot of the error message, but can't figure out how to post it here. I must be getting old,,lol.)
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