Haven't been able to access the computer much the past couple of days; it decided to start doing lots of updates every time I shut down!
My knowledge about sound cards etc is extremely limited - almost non-existent in fact – so have not been able to make much sense of your instructions. I will go through them one-by-one and see what I can decipher.........
You might just give up on the Sound Blaster. Doesn't your Dimension 9150 have built-in audio on the motherboard? (There should be a set of three audio jacks blue, green and red on the back just below the power cord jack.)
This made very little sense at first – until it suddenly occurred to me that you probably meant the integrated sound connectors. I only know about these from back in 2014 when Phillpower2 was helping me with various issues including some sound problems and it was discovered that integrated sound had somehow been wrongly enabled in the BIOS. I remember looking for the integrated sound connectors and being unable to find them, although I eventually learned from a Dell diagram in my possession that this was because they are covered by a black cap. The Dell diagram tells me that if that is the case, you must not remove the cap but must connect the speakers to the sound-card connectors.
You could shut it down, remove the Sound Blaster card, move any cables attached to the card to equivalent jacks on the motherboard and power back up.
I am afraid I do not have any idea how to do this! I looked at where common sense tells me the sound card should be, i.e. just behind where the sound card connectors are at the back of the computer. I have no idea how to remove the sound card though. I also don’t see any cables to remove, nor do I see where on the motherboard I could transfer them to (if I found them). Sorry.
Uninstall any Creative software and then remove the device drivers in Device manager if they are still there after you uninstall. Not sure what your speaker setup looks like but if you can plug in to the built-in jacks. If not just stick in a headset in the front jacks for now.
I guess this won’t apply if I am unable to do the above. As I mentioned in my previous message though, I have already uninstalled everything to do with Creative with the intention of starting again.
You probably need to enable the integrated audio in the BIOS first before trying to install the driver. Once you do that Windows may find a driver for it automatically.
Again, this would probably only apply if I could do the above. I will mention here though that the other day I tried turning the integrated audio on – and then off again – in the BIOS, just to see if anything happened, even though I thought that nothing would. I noticed that when it was turned on, it did install a driver and also the speakers then showed up in the sound box.
Then try to install the SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio, v.126.96.36.19943, A02 under Audio from the Dell support page http://www.dell.com/.../drivers?os=wlh
Something to leave for now, I guess.
What really puzzles me is that everything works okay when booting from the clone. I find that extremely frustrating! Is there no way I could copy something from there to make it work here? Or to collect details from there to find out what needs to be done here?
If you go back to message #25 which shows a screenshot of the Speccy detail for the sound on my clone and compare it to the Speccy detail for the new OS in message #19, you will see that there are a few difference. What is the ‘Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device’? From what I could find on Google, it seems to relate to voice recordings and not playback. Is that correct?
The following two Creative programs are present on the clone: -
Creative Console Launcher
Creative Audio Control Panel
The following screen shots are also from the clone: -
DEVICE DRIVER AUDIO DETAILS (CLONE)
CREATIVE DRIVER DETAILS (CLONE)
Edited by Channeal, 31 January 2017 - 12:52 PM.