I am haveing trouble finding a more recent version, most sites seem to only offer up to 2003. When I try to download directly from the dell website, I put in my system information (dimension 8250 XP) and search for the latest drivers. The results of my search are two audio drivers, neither of which are SoundMax. I attempted to install a version of the SM driver from 2003ish but when I attempted to run the install it got to 100% then I got this "driver not found! reboot your system, and run this setup again." I then attempted several times to unistall original driver, reboot, install new one. Or to just keep the original driver and select update instead of removing and installing the new. However, I kept getting this same error.
I then came to these forums and searched around finding a couple posts on soundmax. I came accross a download for a Soundmax driver from 2005. Forgive me but I cant remember which post I got the link from, however I believe it was version 5.12.366x. So I have tried updating to this version but now im getting the error message "The audio driver files do not support your computer hardware. Note: If you unistalled audio software without restarting your PC, restart now, then run this setup again."
I have tried reinstalling my old driver, then unistalling it and rebooting and running this setup again. However, I keep getting this error. Am I doing something in the wrong order or is this the wrong driver? Soundmax was the default one that came with my computer and ive never had trouble with it. However according to Dell the drivers for Dimension 8250 are :Analog Devices ADI 198x Integrated Audio - Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Digital. I assume it would be bad to install one of those on my computer, or does it not make a difference? I appreciate any information or tips that could be of assistance.