Drivers for audio and video are causing lockups and restarts in Windows XP
Almost everyday and sometimes more often my computer will simply restart. When it comes back on I send the error report and it says that the problem was caused by an unkown device driver. Until recently I had both the audio and the video drivers installed and running. I disabled the audio through windows(not through the BIOS) and when it happened again the error report came back as saying it was the video driver and to change some things(like update the driver and Manually decrease the hardware accelorator for your video adapter) I did the first and have no idea what the second means so i went into the BIOS and set the Video from auto to 32MB enabled. All day yesterday I had no problems until I turned my sound back on and then it locked up on me after about an hour. Then I restarted and turned off the audio in the BIOS and when i started limewire and it was checking the file contents of old downloads and it locked up on me. I was previously having the same problem with my torrent downloader and the lockups and restarts happened so often I finally gave up and reformated my harddrive. Then I had so many problems reinstalling that I don't even want to get into it. Can someone please help me cause the only thing i can think of that it could be is the motherboard. Do I have to get a different one or will getting a sound and video card do the trick.
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Re: Drivers for audio and video are causing lockups and...
I think it's the usual problem of a sound and graphics driver conflict.
What has probably happened is Windows update has updated sound drivers for your mobo, and they don't always work well.
If you still have the motherboard cd, install the original drivers for both sound and video, or download from your mobo's web site, but make sure you uninstal the present drivers first.
If all fails i think your right to install an AGP graphics card and dissable the onboard graphics, as they are only cheap for a decent 128Mb or 256MB card.
If you wish to check the sound and graphics click Start> Run, then type 'dxdiag' without quotes in the 'OPEN' box then press enter.
This will test all sound and video as well as drivers.
Good luck, don't give up.
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If you run the Windows 8 update advisor (available on the microsoft website)on your computer you may find that the hardware is too old for windows 8, as it was built to run windows XP. The only way round this would be to update the graphics and add an audio card that is windows 8 ready. I hope this helps.
Click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll to sound video and game controllers you might see a yellow question / exclamation? ! mark or a red X Right click to reinstall drivers If your computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it or you might download slimdrivers. Rather doing a driver hunt http://download.cnet.com/slimdrivers-free/3000-18513_4-75279940.html Windows XP/Vista/7/8 Note: it will find all of your outdated drivers This is a free driver solutions which will automatically search for and find the correct driver You will have to update every driver individually once you update you might be asked whether you want to restart or make a system restore point. Click no to both of these then continue updating each driver free then restart once all of the drivers have been updated. It might take some time being free also http://download.cnet.com/2000-20_4.html Just type in what you want or need be specific you might have to try a few times to get it right. Tick in either the all software or the windows software box. IE: Motherboard name sound drivers http://download.cnet.com/drivers-for-free/3000-18512_4-75548155.html Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8 free drivers http://download.cnet.com/drivermax/3000-18513_4-10572602.html Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 free driver program Hope it helps.
ttstroh, It sounds as if your audio card has died. Start over again, do the following: 1) Turn the computer off 2) Remove the audio card 3) Restart and uninstall the drivers 4) Turn the computer off 5) Install the audio card 6) Restart and let Windows install a driver or install the driver yourself by going to the cards web site and downloading. 7) Run Windows or MS Update to confirm that the most up to date driver is installed. 8) Restart the computer
If after doing the following and the card still does not load at start up very time, the card has died. Sometimes a malware program running at startup can cause these problems so make sure that your machine is clean before doing anything.
BrendanG21, I had the same problem this morning. My sound actually quit in the middle of listening to music. Simply restart your computer (it may take a couple tries). If it's saying you have no audio device installed, but everything looks normal when you go into device manager, it's probably the same problem and this should work.
Running Windows XP Dell B130 laptop Sound devices listed under my device manager: Audio Codecs Legacy Audio Drivers Legacy Video Capture Devices Media Control Devices SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC Video Codecs
If your drivers are from trusted source just click ok continue when the windows signing for drivers pop up window appear.
Now if you click ok and then the system fails to load and then give you a blue error screen, its caused by either
The hardware or its drivers cause conkflict to the system, because your drivers are not from a source you can trust and they are not in compliance with windows OS features and as a result can not run in a windows OS. So get a fresh copy of the drivers from a trusted source preferably the product manufacturer
The hardware itself is faulty and on installing to XP it causes a conflict in which case you can try the Sound card on a different PC and see if it runs, otherwise you need to replace it.
(Assuming XP has finished loading the OS) Sometimes XP fails to unistall the previous drivers, if this is that case goto the device manager (windows icon >right click > properties >hardware > device manager) select ypur current sound card unistall the driver that is there and then restart your machine and load the new drivers again