Audio Drivers

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    Audio Drivers

    New installation of Windows XP, and I can't get the sound working. I have Harman / Kardon speakers (a larger shoebox sized subwoofer, two small speakers, don't know the make or how to find the make). I don't think I know what kind of audio card is in my computer, but I need to get some audio drivers! I used the Dell Drivers and Utilities CD, and selected Analog Devices 198x Integrated Audio Driver, the only option under audio drivers. I downloaded it, read the readme

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    	       Analog Devices Inc. SoundMAX(R) Readme
    
    
    INSTALLATION AND REMOVAL INSTRUCTIONS:
    
    Installation or Update of Analog Devices SoundMAX Cadenza
    
      NOTE: Remove any previously installed driver using the instructions
            in the next section.
    
    1.  From the task bar, click on Start -> Run.
    
    2.  In the Run dialog box, type X:\path\setup, where X:\path is the
        full path to the root of the installation media.
    
    3.  When upgrading or reinstalling, a dialog will appear. Select 
        Reinstall and press Next.
    
    4.  Click on the OK button or press the ENTER key.
    
    5.  Click on the Next and OK prompts as they appear.
    
    6.  Reboot the system to complete the installation.
    Done setup runs, but gives an error "Driver not found! Please reboot system and try again". I did, tried again, nothing.

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    WMP for example, completely says I have no sound card.

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    There is no sound card
    You either do not have a sound card installed on your computer or it is not functioning properly. If you do not have a sound card installed, you must install one before you can listen to audio in a digital media file. If you do have a sound card installed, refer to its documentation to troubleshoot the problem.
    
    Error ID = 0x80040256, Remedy ID = 0x00000000

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    I have a directory named C:\Program Files\Creative\ShareDLL with one file called PfMod.dll is sitting. I don't know what that means.

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    Hi Tonto,

    Creative is the name of a company that makes computer audio devices ..... they're especially well known for their MP3 players. So I'd leave that well alone. General rule of thumb: if you don't know what it's there for, then leave it alone.

    Go to Start >> Control Panel >> Add Hardware.

    If you get the screen headed, "Welcome to the Hardware Wizard", then read it and then click Next.

    The Wizard will then search for hardware devices. You'll get a prompt, "Have you already connected this hardware to your computer?" If you have (I think you have) then say Yes.

    You are then presented with a list of hardware devices. For each that looks likely to be your audio, select it and click Next.

    It will tell you whether the device is working properly or not. That may indicate where the problem is and at least tell you who made the hardware.

    You should then be able to go to their website and download the drivers for it (or install from the CD if you have it)
    I think you can put a signature here.

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    The only way that it is connected is just by the one little audio channel like plugging in headphone cords. Things that are installed and look like audio stuff: audio codecs, legacy audio drivers, media control devices. Stuff that looks like audio in the list that is not installed: multimedia audio controller. Who's website? I don't know what to be looking for, like, the speaker manufacturers stuff or some other stuff or what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonto
    Who's website?
    Creative's website, if your soundcard is a Creative (and if the Pope is Catholic! ).

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    I don't know what kind of soundcard I have. How may I figure it out? I have a speaker brand called 'Harman/Kardon'/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonto
    I have a speaker brand called 'Harman/Kardon'/
    Speakers have nothing to do with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tonto
    I don't know what kind of soundcard I have. How may I figure it out?
    Like I said in the previous post, your soundcard is *probably* Creative. What kind, is slightly more difficult. You could just take the computer apart, and look at the label on it, or look at the packing slip that came with your PC.

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    Yay, now my ears can hurt again.

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