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No Sound After Reinstall


I just upgraded my CPU. Following best practice, I reinstalled Windows once the hardware part was done. Windows installed fine, but now doesn't detect the on-board audio device. If manually selected, Windows cannot start the device.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.6 GHz
Mobo: Biostar P4M890-M7 SE
GPU: nVidia GeForce 7200GS 256MB DDR2
Sound: On-board Realtek Azalia 5.1 High-Def Audio
OS: Windows XP Pro SP3

So Far:

  • I installed all the drivers from the mobo CD
    • VIA 4 in 1 Chipset
    • VIA On Board LAN
    • VIA USB 2.0
  • I've downloaded the latest version of the sound driver from both the Biostar site (WDM_R209) and the Realtek site (WDM_R210)
    • The sound drivers install fine, but then don't run. The Realtek component isn't added to the control panel
    • If I manually add the device (Control Panel > Add Hardware), the Realtek HDA codec appears, but shows "This device cannot start. (Code 10)".
  • I installed the MS HD Audio Class Driver 1.0 (KB835221). No change.
So who's got some ideas about what I can try next?

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  • rossj81 Dec 14, 2008

    Thanks for the response, levetate.

    I reset my BIOS after the install using the jumper pin. I then opened the BIOS and loaded the optimised defaults.

    have looked in the BIOS, but can only find one setting that I think
    applies: Integrated Peripherals > VIA OnChip PCI Device > Azalia
    HDA Controller. I have tried both "OFF" and "AUTO" without success.

  • rossj81 Dec 14, 2008

    Thanks for the response, levetate.

    I reset my BIOS after the install using the jumper pin. I then opened the BIOS and loaded the optimised defaults.

    have looked in the BIOS, but can only find one setting that I think
    applies: Integrated Peripherals > VIA OnChip PCI Device > Azalia
    HDA Controller. I have tried both "OFF" and "AUTO" without success.


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Have you Reset you BIOS,because after you build a machine up,the Bios has to be set to Default,and were you grounded with a arm band when you put the parts together?,During the assembly it is paramount that you wear a grounded arm band so that your body electrical discharge does not interfere with the components,you probably have a hardware/software conflict.some thing in the BIOS is most likely left on.or set to hardware.

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