I know this problem is common and that numerous solutions have been posted; I have
tried most all, but I still have no sound. I do not have a separate sound card;
it is integral to the board (ABIT IT7 Max2).
I had sound, but after removing (with the help of a forum contributer) a complex virus/spyware that could not be removed by Norton or Spyware Doctor, I lost sound.
When I try to play, from the hard drive, an .mp3 or .mpg file, for example, I get no sound.
(I do get the video from .mpg or .wav, etc. files) I get:
"Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound
device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be
in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly."
When I try to play something from the RealTek player I get: "Cannot play back the
audio stream: no audio hardware is available, or the hardware is not responding.
From RealPlayer I get "Cannot open audio device. Another program may already be using
From the Sounds and Audio Devices in the Control Panel I have all 3 elements (Sound
Playback, Sound Recording and MIDI....) in the audio tab as: No ...... Devices.
In the Device Manager the Audio Codecs and the Legacy Drivers it says: "Device is Working
Properly," but there is no mention of any sound card.
In Administrative Tools, under Services, there is NO service labeled Sound. There
is a service entitled Windows Audio: It is "Started" and "Automatic"
There is also a Plug and Play Service that is also "Started" and "Automatic." (I
could list those that are "Disabled" is necessary.)
I have tried the various "Troubleshooter" processes in the MS Help sections, all
without success (not a surprise, given it's form MS).
I went to the ABIT site and downloaded again the file (a376.zip) that I think contains the drivers. I unzipped it (using the old DOS PKUNZIP - which still works!) then double clicked on the setup.exe file. This did not help at all.
I interupted the boot to get to the BIOS menu and there was no where I could "enable"
any audio device.