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Sound breaking in all audio and video players

Hi. i have a notenbook, Dell Inspiron 6400 with WinXP SP2, 1gb Ram, with drivers up to date, especially sound cause i thought that was the problem but no, the sound is breaking when i play mp3 or movie. from i got the drivers. any suggestions?

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Re: sound breaking in all audio and video players

This is very likely, as you note, a driver problem. Start by installing the latest DirectX package from Microsoft and rebooting.

In device manager, find the sound card and then click UNINSTALL HARDWARE or REMOVE HARDWARE. Go into ADD REMOVE PROGRAMS and remove all sound drivers and software you see. REBOOT. The system will now find the "new" sound card and do a new install. Try giving it the latest drivers you can find first.

Breaking up audio is also sometimes due to resource conflicts. In device manager open the properties window for the sound card and generally bugger around trying to change the resource allocations (IRQs etc.) and rebooting - this sometimes works.

If this doesn't help, you need to find and install legacy drivers, one after another, for that sound card. Also try identifying what chip set the sound card is, and going to the manufacturer of the card and looking for old drivers.

Good luck.

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Hi there, what sound card does a dell 6400 have?

Welcome to fixya,

The audio driver you have requested is creative labs - integrated soundblaster audigy advanced hd audio.




Both Are Installable,

Hope this helps.

Dec 05, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook


How can I install drivers for dell inspiron 6400?


Click on the link at the bottom of the page to open Dell download page. Using the form on the Dell page, choose the OS (XP or Vista), the download links will be listed on the lower part of the Dell page.

Download one by one the drivers listed on the last part of the Dell page (audio, video etc.) by clicking the link for each driver.

Save the drivers into a folder, renaming them as audio, video etc. When you have finished downloading all drivers install them one by one onto the Inspiron 6400 by executing the files that you just finished downloading.

You may need to restart the computer after installing each driver.Ensure that the driver installation is complete before restarting.

Ensure that you are using an account with administrator privileges while installing the drivers. If using Vista you may need to click the right button of the mousepad on the installer file, and choose 'Run as Administrator' from the drop down menu.

Here the download page: Drivers & Downloads

Note: drivers for Windows 7 and Windows 64 OS are not available.


on Mar 24, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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No audio output device installed Dell Inspiron

Hi Nicojas,

You can download your drivers from THIS LINK. First select your operating system to install compatible drivers.

NOTE: If you have problem, make sure to install the chip-set drivers first. Then try un-installing whatever is under sound, video and game controllers in the device manager. Reboot and reinstall the audio drivers from this website.

Hope this helps.

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May 23, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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My laptop is del inspiron 6400,i have installed a new os ,windows xp. i have downloaded drivers but i have a problem in installing network drivers . iam given the information of uncompatability of hardware...

Connect your laptop to the internet using Wifi (obviously network connection not available due to your problem) and update the drivers for the network adaptor. Can you use a free Wifi point somewhere to connect via Wifi to help with the driver issue?
There will be a yellow exclamation mark next the network adaptor problem in the WINXP System Properties. To get here right click on My Computer, then select Properties, then Hardware, then Device Manager. Find the offending network card problem, double click the device, Select Driver, then Update Driver. Let WINXP find the driver from the internet.
Alternatively, check the driver you downloaded from the Dell support webpage. Are you sure it was the correct driver for WINXP for the same model of network card fitted to your Dell 6400? A message about incompatible hardware means you are trying to use drivers on hardware which is not compatible with that driver. That is a good sign that you dont have the right drivers.
Go to Dell here: and select Drivers and Downloads.
Try this link here:

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May 03, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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I was using my Dell Inspiron 6400, Problem with sound

Go to the device manager and see if the sound card is working there if not go to dell drivers and down losd new drivers

Apr 20, 2010 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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No sound on my computer

Check first audio settings, ensure that the audio is not muted or volume is down.

If settings are ok, then you must reinstall the audio driver.

If the model is Inspiron 6400 you can download audio driver here, run the file after downoad has finished.

If your model is different, then locate the audio driver from Dell Drivers and Downloads.

Mar 03, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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Computer sound

Try downloading again the driver from link below:

Here is the link to Dell driver download for this model.

Jan 20, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook

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No sound in my Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop

If the issue is no sound after reinstallation of Windows, then your issue is most likely a driver issue. Many items in the system will function with native windows drivers but the audio on a I6400 is not one of them. Installation of drivers in the correct order is critical to Dell portables functioning correctly. Correct driver order is:

Notebook System Software.
Chipset Utility
Video Driver
Audio Driver
Modem Driver
Network Driver
Wireless Driver
Touchpad Driver
Quickset Utility

All other applications and drivers (MS Office, Printer driver etc)

This system is also equipped with Media Direct capability. For Media Direct to function, the system's HDD must be prepared using the Media Direct installation CD, then WIndows installed, then the Media Direct application. If you have no plans to use media direct, this can be skipped (Most people do)

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