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major problem guys...urgent help needed!

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May 15, 2006 8:11:13 PM

I just updated the BIOS and soundcard drivers for my motherboard....and now my sound doesnt work at all :-|. Windows seems to think that i have no soundcard!! ANy help, no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. This is truly an urgent matter!

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May 15, 2006 8:39:10 PM

have you tried going back to your old bios?
May 15, 2006 9:05:04 PM

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I just updated the BIOS and soundcard drivers for my motherboard....and now my sound doesnt work at all :-|. Windows seems to think that i have no soundcard!! ANy help, no matter how small would be greatly appreciated. This is truly an urgent matter!


yeah porn sucks without sound.. har har

i would say go back to the bios you had. and dont upgrade unless its truly necessary.. fried too many board just because i wanted to be using the newest revisions..

also check for any comments on the FAQ of your mainboard homepage.. maybe someone else came across the samething..

check and make sure your audio settings are correct. the driver upgrade might just have muted the sound. (does it to me everytime i install)
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May 15, 2006 9:39:50 PM

Have you checked in Windows' Device Mangler, I mean Device Manager, to see if your sound card still listed? If still listed any exclamation points? ...if not listed are there any question marks in there?
May 15, 2006 10:37:19 PM

You either flashed with the wrong BIOS or your using "Fail-Safe" defaults which turns off the on-board audio.

Go into BIOS and select "Optimum Performance/Settings" option, most recent BIOS have that option.

If it doesn't have that option, look for "Integrated Periphials" and turn your sound card back on.

Also check the model number and revision physically located on your board, make sure your using the correct BIOS. Alot of mother board makers produce motherboards with only slightly varying functions based on the same chip, you can feasibly use the wrong BIOS and still have the system working enough to POST and get into Windows.
May 16, 2006 6:21:30 AM

Ok i'll look in my device manager.

And in reply too the other guy....being the fool that i am i didnt make a backup of my old bios and have no idea of how i am going to find another version of it.
May 16, 2006 7:47:48 AM

Do that google thing.....there are sites around that host old bios's for a variety of things. If that turns out to be the problem.
May 16, 2006 7:50:17 AM

careful: revert to BIOS default settings instead of high performance, because your RAM may not like it.
May 16, 2006 8:26:40 AM

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yeah porn sucks without sound.. har har


Good One...HeHeHeHe :D 
May 16, 2006 8:34:20 AM

Sometimes when you update bios it prevents other hardwares from working. Why, because the new bios sometimes loose path to them hardware drivers. So either reinstall soundcard again or backdate the bios.
May 16, 2006 5:02:55 PM

I've tried reinstalling the soundcard drivers, to no avail. I have looked for the old BIOS but i think the mobo is an emachines oem so im finding it REALLY hard to find the bios...
May 19, 2006 8:50:12 PM

You did verify that your sound card is enabled in the BIOS, correct?
May 20, 2006 1:03:25 AM

make sure you obtained the correct BIOS


as someone else mentioned

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careful: revert to BIOS default settings


I heartily agree. Every time you update bios, you need to revert to BIOS defaults. It causes problems every time.

Another thing you need to check is to look into device manager from safe mode so you can remove old drivers. It will show more device drivers in safe mode, typically.

If all else fails, reinstall windows or toss another hard drive in and install a new copy of windows in there and see ifyou get sound.
May 20, 2006 1:47:02 AM

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Another thing you need to check is to look into device manager from safe mode so you can remove old drivers. It will show more device drivers in safe mode, typically.


While that is somewhat true, the better solution is as follows (can be done in regular as well as safe mode):
[code:1:0d351b9cc0]In a command prompt (minus the quotes):
"set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1"
"start devmgmt.msc"

This starts the Device Manager in a special mode,
Select "View->Show Hidden Devices", this should show all devices that have, at one time or another, been installed on your machine. The ones that are semi-transparent aren't currently detected in your system.[/code:1:0d351b9cc0]

Note of caution: be very careful here, as deleting arbitrary devices, even though it seems like they may be "ghost devices" can leave your system unstable or even unbootable. That being said, just remove what makes sense (the sound card inthis instance).