Hi there people.
This is my first topic. I would have like to help others, than wanting help, but this time Billy left me without a clue of what to do. I tried everything except formatting and reinstalling.
First of all, my system configuration is:
mobo: Intel D865 GBF
micro: Intel P4 2.40A GHz
512 Mb DDR RAM
HD 80Gb @ 7.6KRPM
plus CDR and CDRW
soundcard encore ENM232-S3D-CMBR (CMI8738 4CHI)
Now the sequence of what went on there... something that never happened to me with previous versions (98, 98SE and ME) and that is completely weird for me:
1) The systems was working quite fine, even both soundcards were working okay with not a single conflict. Until I wanted to install a CH Products Virtual Pilot Pro joystick. I installed the drivers (last ones downloaded from CH site)...
2) At that moment, both soundcards ceased to respond and went completely silent.
3) Then I installed last drivers obtained directly from Intel (for the sound card onboard), and from CMI and Encore for the PCI card...
4) I tried installing drivers:
a) From the add new hardware wizard.
b) From the device manager (update dirvers).
c) From the setup program provided by the manufacturer.
None of them had any effect, not a single difference. All of the procedures ended the same way:
- Windows XP recognizes both soundcards, reporting "this device is working properly" also "it is ready to be used"...
- But when I go to sounds in the control panel, the systems says "there is no sound device available"... everything is grayed and obviously no sound will be played at all.
Sorry, I forgot to mention that I removed all drivers, I even removed the PCI card hoping some conflict between both cards would be te problem, but even with only the onboard soundcard the result is the same ("device is working ok" / "there is no device available")... this is what most confuses me. (How come the very same system can give so opposite answers for the very same device? How can a professional system be SO unconsistent?
I even tried deactivating onboard soundcard from the BIOS... no results.
I looked through the MS knowledge base, with no answer.
Microsoft technicians apparently can't give me an answer either.
Hopefully someone here had the same problem (I won't belive I am the only one in the whole world with this problem, since WinXP instead of a SO looks for me like a BOP -bunch of problems-) and managed to solve without formatting...
Thanks a lot in advance!