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Yamaha GO46 is not recognized as an audio device - wdm driver not instaled properly

I installed my GO46 in a Intel dual core 2.0, and it doesn`t assume it as an audio device. It appears as a firewire device, but the WMD drivers doesn,t make the device work....i have tried everything with the instalation, even format the computer because i thougt it was conflit with the creative sound blaster drivers, but it still don`t work.

At the first time it seems to be software, but now i think it may be of the product.

Anyone knows why this product was discontinued by yamaha?

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  • krellmann Apr 01, 2008

    I have a simular problem with the go46. it seems like the problem
    occured over night. the day before everything was fine. the next day after a finished a recording it wasn't possible to play audio-files. absolutly no sound. it's still possible to route an spdif signal to the outputs, though. When I unplug and replug the firewire cabel everything seems normal again for a while. audio files will play for a few seconds and then .... silence again. Unfortunatly I can't check the device on my notebook as it won't be recognized on the 4-Pin connector (another annoying problem). So my assumption was also that it's has something to do with IRQ Sharing. It might be possible that the system changed some IRQ Settings at one time. I use Windows XP SP2. I uninstalled all PCI Cards of my computer including the RME9632 and a network card but don't help either. I just don't have any further ideas anymore and I already assume that the interface is damaged. Maybe it's the firmware and an update of it would help but I don't know where to get the software. I didn't find anything on the yamaha site. So if anyone has any other ideas please let me know.

  • mutiger Oct 02, 2008

    I have the same issue with my GO46 on Vista 64.  It works fine on Mac Leopard though, so I know there's nothing wrong with the hardware.  Thank goodness I'm NOT a PC (jab at MS's stupid commercials). 

  • Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos Oct 25, 2008


    I have exactly the same problem. My Yamaha GO46 just stopped being recognized by the computer one day. The same behaviour is happens with my desktop and notebook, so it seams to be something with the audio card.

    I tried to reinstall the driver (v1.00 - for XP - downloaded today from yamaha web site) and now, when the installer ask to connect the audio card to the PC, the card is not recognized anymore, in both computers.

    I tried to change the IRG sharing configurantions, and disable the audio device as your suggestion, but I could not find anything related to audio cards or to the IEEE 1394 on my BIOS. My motherboard is a ASUS P5BDeluxe.

    It is amazing how few information one find on the internet regarding GO46 troubleshooting.

    To make it worse, I am from Brazil and, considering that this audio card is not selled here, the company "Yamaha Brasil" is telling that this product is not supported by their local authorized technicians.

    So, anything you could helpme will be very useful.

    Many thanks,

    Thiago Santos

  • Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos Oct 25, 2008


    I finally found the IEEE 1394 and HD Audio Controller on my computer BIOS, and tried to disabled /re-enable them in alternated configuration, without sucess. I could verify the "Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller", coming and going from the device manger,as I enabeld/diabled on the BIOS, but I cant change any IRQ setgins.

    Tried to update the driver through windows update, but it says that my version is the most recent.

    So, I run out off alternatives. I will keep trying to speek with someone from Yamaha here.

    If anyone have any sugestion or a similar issue, I will be very happy to hear!

    Thanks a lot.

    Thiago Santos

  • Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos Oct 31, 2008

    I spoke with Yamaha Brasil and they are now starting to support GO46 in Brasil, so I will be the first support case.



  • shlomo_liron Nov 02, 2008

    i have the same problem! i think it's a problem with the devise.

    it dosn't work on my vista 32 laptop and on my XP pc...

  • Thiago Santos
    Thiago Santos Nov 04, 2008


    Yamaha officilly told me that my GO46 is dead. It has a damage on the firewire circuit, caused probably by a voltage peak, that cannot be fixed.

    What is strange is that I have a stabilizer and my desktop did not present any other problem, but, I have no choice than use it as a very expensive paperweight.

    So, I am wondering - if in other audio interfaces have the same problem, the damage should not be fixable??


    Thiago Santos



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Get a new soundcard GO46 is a bag of trouble. I had to get a special Firewire Card with a Texas Instrument chip, since the cheap internal firewire interfaces don't work with this card. Also make sure you are not running XP64, since it is not supported. good luck

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Install the yamaha driver from I used the newer vista driver on xp and it works. Then install these two patches: WindowsXP-KB885222-v2-x86-ENU.exe, WindowsXP-KB896256-v4-x86-ENU.exe (ENU is for english Windows). If you have sp 1 all should work without patches (I don't so it's somebody elses theory.) If you have sp 2 these two patches installed after the yamaha driver = works. If you have sp 3 your in for some silly **** because windows recognizes these patches as obsolete and doesn't install automatically. At that point you could try looking at RME page for a work-around, and I think that Mackie provides a similar solution for an onyx mixer. Google if you want to, install sp 1 or 2 if you must.
And oh: DON'T PANIC.
PS. That guy with the first answer is silly, to say the least.

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I have tried all solutions in windows 7. no go. if I plug it into the Intel mac OSX 2ish firewire port, BINGO, no problems, runs like a dream. Go figure.

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  1. It may be hardware problem (IRQ sharing problem). First go to PC's bios setting and disable "Audio Device" by searching options. Try to change sound card with other Pci slot (white slot).
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