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motherf***8dshitfuck1u; sound card issues HEEEELLLP

mutslaster

TRIBE Member
ok so wtf i just installed a new hard drive and reinstalled XP and all that and everything was peachy, then all of a sudden i have no sound. one day it's working, next day it's not. not even system events (shutdown, boot, etc.) make sounds. the only difference i can think of is that i installed some windows updates, then after i restarted i opened up itunes and nothing would come out of the speakers.
gone through all the troubleshooting stuff on windows, gone and downloaded driver updates for it from microsoft.com update site, gone and checked the creative site for driver updates (none needed apparently)-- does ANYONE know how to help? has this happened to anyone else?

i am so frustrated.

ps. i already pre-emptively poured water on it you non helpful smartasses
pps. i have a soundblaster live! card
 

deep

TRIBE Member
hi sara

i don't have a creative card myself, but their drivers are notoriously shitty. what might be happening is a driver conflict. you don't want 2-3 different drivers for the same device. right click on my computer -> go to properties -> hardware -> click on device manager and take a look at what's under sound, video & game controllers...are you seeing redundant (identical) entries for your soundcard?

I've heard that there are third party drivers called kx drivers that work much better / produce better sound for the soundblaster live series.

pron - actually windows drivers are the safest bet in terms of stability .
 

pr0nstar

TRIBE Member
I don't know.
I downloaded the "windows update" version for my nVidia and it fucked up my soundcard and had to re-install them from nVidia.

pr0nstar :D
 
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~atp~

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by deep


pron - actually windows drivers are the safest bet in terms of stability .
yah, but it ain't because microsoft programmers know how to write better drivers. ;)
 

pr0nstar

TRIBE Member
I still laugh everytime I think of the presentation of Windows when Bill Gates plugs in the scanner and it blue screens.

pr0nstar :D
 
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PosTMOd

Well-Known TRIBEr
I had a creative sound card some years back, and a few days after I got it it just stopped working...
 

mutslaster

TRIBE Member
thx for the suggestions

deep i tried the kx driver thing, it didn't seem to work (ie. as soon as i reboot after installing, windows seems to automatically detect my soundcard and reinstall the creative drivers anyways, and i can't seem to manually install the kx ones.

i will check out the other link and report back later, i am too annoyed right now to try another route at this point.
 

deep

TRIBE Member
You can manually tell windows what driver to use.

In that device manager thing, right click and select update driver...on the screen that pops up choose that option that lets you manually pick from available drivers, then just click on the one you want to use. if the kx drivers are installed they'll show up in the list of available drivers.
 

Hi i'm God

TRIBE Member
Control pannel >Sounds>Sounds and auto devices>Audio Tab...Chose your device... it might defaulted to the motherboard sound. TRUST.
 
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