Yes, there's malware on the machine[I've done the HJT log, just waiting on the reply..] but sound doesn't work at all, yet I've tried two motherboards and the hard drive has been wiped twice.
Both of the motherboards onboard sound did work on last use, but now it seems I can't get them working.
This one is an Albatron KM400T-8X Pro, with, well, frankly I have no idea what the audio driver is. I installed the latest drivers form the Albatron website and got black/yellow exclamation marks in devmgmt, so I presumed that wasn't the correct driver. I put the disk in that came with the motherboard, it had Realtek and Via audio drivers, so I installed one after the other, no luck with either. I've tried older versions of all 3 drivers, in case the latest driver has problems in it, still no luck! I've done the usual checking of speakers, volume etc, and yet still no sound. At the moment I have "Via AC-97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM)" version 188.8.131.5250 installed. I've tried letting XP install the drivers but it installed the Via driver, which obviously doesn't work. Now, devmgmt displays "Via AC-97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM)" as my audio driver, but Sounds and Audio Devices reports "Via AC-97 Audio (Wave)" - WDM/Wave, I don't know the significance of that. I've checked all the IRQ's - no problems there. Onboard sound is enabled in the BIOS too. There's one last thing I have thought it could be, but am not that sure.
The case doesn't have front panel audio, only the onboard audio port at the back. Do I need to put jumpers onto the audio header pins on the motherboard for the sound circuit to be complete? If so, please tell me so, and send me some abuse for being such a loser.