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Old 04-01-2005, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Supreme weirdness with my soundcard...UPDATE: FIXED!!!

Booted up today and went to my usual winamp playlist...and I get the following error message:

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DirectSound output v2.2.11 error
Bad DirectSound driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration.
Error code: 88780078
Curious, I went into the Control Panel --> Sounds and Audio Devices and got nothing! No Audio Devices, no playback or recording devices. Then I right click My Computer --> Hardware --> Device Manager....nothing. Device manager completely blank. I try to reinstall drivers for my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy LS and reboot a couple times, still nothing. This is really weirding me out, should I try physically reinstalling my soundcard?

OS: Windows XP SP 2
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ
Motherboard: MSI Motherboard
RAM: 512 MB of idontknowwhat
HD: 120 GB hard drive 50 free GB

I'll be glad to post any more info if needed! Thanks guys!

EDIT: I have no sound at all, it's not just confined to winamp.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like your BIOS glitched on the card assignment, pop open the box and relocate the card to another PCI slot on the board, should force a resource reassignment and fix you right up.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks liquid! I wasn't expecting a reply before I went off to class. I'll have to try it out when I get back.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You're welcome, if that doesn't work there are some little tricks and things to verify in the BIOS as far as the PNP and ECSD settings!
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Old 04-01-2005, 04:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I switched slots and the bastard still isn't working.

Could you reveal those tricks you've got stashed? I'd be more than thankful!
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Old 04-01-2005, 04:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This has happened to me once as well. I never fixed it
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Old 04-01-2005, 04:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Need to know a little bit more about the computer, i.e. is it a Pheonix or and Award BIOS and do you see the card identified on the initial bootup screen that provides the BIOS identified hardware?

For the record I hate MSI boards and I'm hoping that your soundcard isn't just toasted.

Things to look for in the BIOS. .. somewhere under the PNP settings the option for PNP OS should be set to NO!!!! This is very important, if you're curious I can give you the long winded reason why later. Also look for a setting that says Reset configuration data, or Update ECSD or a combination of the two and try changing it to Yes. It'll revert to No after a reboot so don't stress over it. Also, if you moved the card down in the slots you may want to try moving it up, or swapping it for a card that's currently working, just as a troubleshooting step.
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Old 04-01-2005, 05:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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and no more 5 minute responses for a while, I've got to head out, but I'll check the threads before I crash tonight and see if we can't followup. . . Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2005, 06:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Went to the BIOS screen and frustratingly enough couldn't find options forPNP OS, Reset Configuration Data or Update ECSD.

I moved it a slot up from where I had it before and still no luck. Let me change it out again and swap it with another card. The card right above it is my video card and it is working just fine. I'll write down the MSI stuff here when I reboot and edit it in here.

Edit: Boot up screen just gives me this jolly little MSI logo "Link to the Future" and goes right into the windows xp boot.

Also swapped out my ethernet port for the soundcard and still no dice.

Ahhhh Windows wants me to reregister now due to too many hardware changes! And the internet function doesnt work...
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Old 04-02-2005, 09:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Update: I ran the Creative Diagnostics software that comes on the install CD and I get this:

Hardware Detection: Pass
Wave Driver: Fail
MIDI Driver: Fail
Mixer Driver: Fail
DirectSound 3D Driver: Fail
Mixer Settings Check: Fail

After going to the Creative support website it links me to and downloading the drivers it still doesn't work!

Alright, after an entire morning (since 9) of searching around and reinstalling software and checking motherboard stuff I finally found the answer in a thread at www.annoyances.org. The problem stemmed from some registry value that got changed to where I has Read Only status, pretty dumb. But it's fixed now! Thanks liquid!
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:22 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Crazed, this should point you in the right direction. It's the post that fixed me!: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1100922941
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Old 04-02-2005, 12:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Sorry I couldn't give you a nice clean hardware fix for it! I hate it when drivers go crappy, but I'm glad to hear that you got it fixed!
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