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No audio after reinstalling Windows XP pro? Answered

Hey- after my previous question  (https://www.instructables.com/answers/iTunes-help-1/?comments=all#COFXX8YGI0TDF1M) i ended up reinstalling windows XP pro.... Its a little much, i know, but i ended up with system file corruption. ugh. After installing, setting up, crashing, setting up again, crashing, reformatting, reinstalling, setting up, crashing, setting up (again), crashing, and finally setting up without internet and removing the disk near the end, i was able to reinstall windows. fun. i was able to install itunes and such, but i cannot play any audio whatsoever. the computer has no speakers, and when i go to system volume (control panel) and such, there are no options for volume and such. the buttons are all greyed out. near the end of the settings there are some buttons that are clickable, but of no help to me (windows systems and drivers are a mostly mystery to me, but i do know a little). The audio out is connected to the mobo, so its not really an audio card... i need help :)


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Best Answer 9 years ago

You need to install all of your computer's drivers if you reinstalled Windows on a freshly formatted hard drive. This would be why your machine won't make any sounds. There are generic drivers preloaded into Windows for a lot of hardware (things like disk drives, chipset graphics cards, keyboards and mice....) but typically the drivers designed for your hardware by the manufacturer are going to be the best to use.

Follow these steps:
1. Right click My Computer
2. Select Manage (This starts the Microsoft Management Console with a couple of snap-ins)
3. Select Device Manager
4. The devices listed with yellow question marks next to them are ones that Windows doesn't recognize.
5. Go to your computer manufacturer's support website and download the corresponding drivers for your machine.
5.2. If you don't have an internet connection, download your network driver (look for ethernet controller, gigabit ethernet, NIC) from another machine, put it on a flash drive, and transfer it to the problem machine.
6. Continue this process until you no longer have any yellow marks in device manager.

*Important Note*
If you notice quite a few yellow marks, you might need to install all of the drivers listed for your machine on the manufacturer's support website. If this is the case, there is an important order of precedence for the driver installs:
1. Anything to do with the motherboard or "chipset"
2. PCMCIA/PCI/SmartCard controllers
3  Any USB hubs not automatically installed
4. Any specialty drivers for your hard drive disk
5. Audio
6. Video
7. Ethernet (you can usually get away with doing this one first, just to make it easier to download and install the others.)
8. WiFi Card/Bluetooth
9. Specialty drivers for mouse and keyboard.
10. Specialty drivers for other devices (webcams, GPS units, joysticks, printers, scanners....)

Good luck with your install and reply with any questions.

Happy computing!



Answer 9 years ago

Hey- after a harrowing night of downloading driver-finder-replaces that say they were free, but not, i finally found instructions online similar to yours (it took a long time to process my question). After going to Intel and using HWInfo to determine what model board i have, i was able to find the correct sound driver. It works now :)
There are a few more drivers i need to install, but as for now i am fine. Also your instructions are almost to a T what i took 3 hours to do (and yours probably would take me around 20-40min). Much easier to figure out what to do instead of using some microsoft auto fix-it that needs to download 3 big updates before it can even run.... Best answer! :)