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No Audio Device

Sorry about the earlier posting, this is my first time. Anyway please see my problem below.

Replaced hardrive in a Dimension 3000, installed Windows XP Professional and have no sound. I go to control panel and the Sounds and Audio devices are grayed out saying No audio device installed. I tried to install the driver from Dell and I receive a message during setup that the Audio driver does not suport your computer hardware. There is only one driver and it is the R94481.exe. I did a diagnostics and the sound passed the test for the 8 tones. Other than that, I have no sound.

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  • wlynnr Oct 05, 2008

    I did that. I installed the OS, then installed the additional drivers for the video, ethernet, etc. It just won't let me install the audio driver and it's the only driver available from Dell. The plug n play worked with everthing else, so yeah, this is weird.



    I may just reinstall the OS again and see what happens that time.

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Hmm strange.. sounds like plug n play service issue or a bad xp install. with dells usualy u have to install 1st desktop system software then chipset then audio, video, ethernet.

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  • Arnold G
    Arnold G Oct 06, 2008

    seems like sound chip is going bad?. one good way of testing is install linux with a known working distribution for that model.
    updated bios already? reset to defaults might help too!


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