No sound in Windows XP
Posted 08 March 2008 - 02:27 PM
try this driver here...not sure it will work but its the only one for your make and model
Posted 10 March 2008 - 11:27 AM
They say to go to
M2E WDM Audio Driver for Windows 2000/XP:
This is sp 20191 which I downloaded and installed on March 8th
I installed via update driver in Device manager
Is there a way I can check it is the right driver eg download the new solution and check numbers? What would happen if if I followed the HP instructions and instaleld their suggestion?
Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:07 PM
Posted 11 March 2008 - 01:45 PM
HP installation was without problems and the ESS driver in the Device Manager is said to be working but I have no sound and Control Panel/Sound says no audio device and is all greyed out
I'm wondering about giving up and having a go with Linux/Ubuntu
Posted 11 March 2008 - 05:42 PM
If so then if the XP CD is SP1 you will need to download and install SP2 then the 90+ Windows Updates which is another couple hours. You'll also have to reinstall some software but your data should survive.
Edit: It's also possible the sound card or chipset is defective. A Linux Live CD like Puppy Linux could tell you if it's defective or not.
Edited by Ztruker, 11 March 2008 - 05:44 PM.
Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:55 AM
I do have an XP CD
I have emailed the HP help centre saying I installed the driver but am still being told no device is installed
Posted 12 March 2008 - 04:20 PM
They said "I understand you have not been able to install the Driver" but I don't think that is the case. I downloaded the self extracting file from HP and ran the .exe file for that and it installed. I assumed that it updated the ESS Maestro audio drive.
HP included a link to Windows knowledge base article 283658 about managing devices in XP
If I go through device manager to the ESS maestro and try and update the driver it says it is running version 126.96.36.1997 but i cannot see a way of checking that is the one I downloaded from the HP site.
Am I missing something obvious?
Posted 12 March 2008 - 06:47 PM
Now go to Device Manager and click on View, Show hidden devices.
Expand Sound, Video and Game Controllers. See if there are other things being shown that were not shown before.
Delete/Uninstall everything there.
Reboot, let XP do it's rediscovery, may take a few minutes. Check Device Manager again with Show Hidden Devices enabled and see what''s shown. If your sound if not listed, install the driver you got from HP, see if that makes any difference.
Posted 13 March 2008 - 01:26 AM
When you said delete/uninstall everything did you mean the hidden 13 or all 21?
BTW HP sent me another email but it calls me by a different name and says they think the problem is with NIC card - I think they have jumbled the response
Posted 13 March 2008 - 03:15 PM
Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:38 AM
ESS Maestro 2E PCI Audio Drive (WDM)
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Devices
Media control devices
Microsoft Kernel Acoustic echo canceller *
Microsoft Kernel Audio splitter *
Microsoft Kernel DLS Synthesizer *
Microsoft Kernel DRM audio Descrambler *
Microsoft Kernel GS wavetable synthesizer *
Microsoft Kernel system audio device *
Microsoft Kernel wave audio mixer *
Microsoft streaming clock proxy *
Microsoft streaming quality manager proxy *
microsoft streaming service proxy *
Microsoft WINM WDM audio compatibility driver *
MPU 401 Compatible midi device
MPU 401 Compatible midi device *
Standard Game port
Standard Game port *
Posted 14 March 2008 - 07:18 PM
Do you have a backup? Do you have a XP CD for this computer? Perhaps a Repair Install would resolve this.
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