posted on Jun, 3 2007 @ 04:43 AM
Attempting to start Winamp, I got this error message:
Googling that error turned up 20K results, all about some audio problem and not one of them helpful. I thought I narrowed it down to a driver problem,
but I'm not so sure now.
The exact stats for my out-of-the-box computer are here:
According to that stats page, I should have an 'Integrated Realtek ALC655 CODEC' soundcard. I dunno what that means, but I got a driver for a
'Realtek ALC655', and installed it, but nothing happened.
I then opened the Device Manager tab and found a program called 'Realtek AC'97 Audio'. I found and installed a driver for that
), and it got rid of the error
message, but now no sound is playing for anything I do on the computer at all.
Oddly enough, when the error message was up and I ran an audio test in Dxdiag, I would get the message DirectSound test results: Failure at step 3
(DirectSoundCreate): HRESULT = 0x88780078 (No driver)
Once I installed the driver for the AC'97 program that error went away and dxdiag reported everything as being fine. Now when I disable AC'97 the
same message appears in the dxdiag box.
So this AC'97 program has something to do with my audio woes, but I can't work out what. I've downloaded and installed the latest drivers for it,
I've installed the latest version of DirectX, and I don't have any system restore points I can go back to. I reckon I'm out of options. I've spent
the last 5 hours trying to fix this on my own, and all I've done is to worsen the problem. At least before there was an error message, rather than
nothing at all.