My primary machine suffered a devastating motherboard damage, so I'm forced to use the secondary system now - the laptop, and I was happy beyond belief that even if my primary system fails, my laptop still can work perfectly. It had a Windows XP on it, an "altered" version of Windows XP, different in appearance. I don't know exactly what is it called. My laptop is an Acer Extensa 5635Z, so I'm not sure what distorted version of Windows XP was installed on it at the factory (the Start menu was a button with a circle, the system tray was grey and stuff). It worked flawlessly, so I was hoping that my datas are perfectly safe.
I spoke too soon.
When I turned my laptop on, it started to malfunction BIG time after booting. The Winamp opened only after minutes of waiting, and refused to play any of my songs with "Bad DirectSound driver" bullsht error message. I couldn't open My Computer or My Documents, not even the task manager was working! It simply showed an error message when I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del. All in all, my system was completely crashed, I couldn't open even the simplest files (like TXT ones), and most of the programs didn't work.
I checked my system with MalwareBytes. No infections at all.
After this, and thousands of restartings, I decided that it's time for a full system reinstall. I have a Windows XP SP2 installer CD, which is different from what I had on this pile of junk, but it was an operating system nevertheless. First, I booted from CD, and tried to repair Windows. Didn't work - the two different Windows XP versions conflicted with each other. The next step was my ultimate solution - Format C:, and full system reinstall. Which I did.
Ok, this regular version of Windows XP Professional went up to my laptop without any flaws - this is what I thought first. It was frightening however, that there was no sound indicator at the bottom right corner of the screen (you know,the tiny speaker symbol). OK, I needed to reinstall the hardwares. I used the installer DVD I got along with the laptop, and started to install the previously lost drivers back. And this is where my problem kicked in.
No matter what I do, I simply CAN NOT reinstall my sound card drive and my nVidia 3D card driver back to the laptop under this regular Windows XP! I even downloaded the drivers from Acer customer support website, and they still doesn't work.
The sound card driver says:
"The installation was unsuccessfull: There is no device for this driver"
The nVidia driver says:
"The nVidia installer didn't find drivers which are compatible with the current hardware. The installer now quits."
I even tried connecting these drivers on the DVD with the Device Manager in the Control Panel - no luck. I don't have any money to take this garbage to someone who knows what the problem is, plus, this is my last stand - if this laptop fails to work, nothing more left which I can work on. Can you help me,what should I do to make these thrice cursed sound card and nVidia card to work again? I'm all out of ideas...