1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (Note 5)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
1 x PCI Express x1 slot
(All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI slot
Those are the only expansion slots my motherboard has. The PCI is currently filled with a wireless card, but I planned on getting a new one soon anyways. What should I do?
you do not have a hardware issue, you have a windows issue. i had a similar situation myself and resolved it by "taking ownership" of a registry key. (weird)
sorry i forgot the exact details.
however a windows service not starting means its windows not hardware . .try a little googling . .
You can get PCI Express Audio cards, much the same price as PCI. Just qualify PCI Express when you search... Looking back I'm wondering if there could be a Windows glitch causing the error. Might be worth trying to run sfc /scannow from Command Prompt (in Windows as Administrator) This will check Win files and attempt to correct errors
Seems you'll have to find the Audio Service! If the file scanners failed the only recourse is the Windows Installation disk, now I know you could do an upgrade of Vista to fix Windows without affecting files, but don't think that applies to 7. That means a clean install I'm afraid...
Edit - I'll try on my system to see if an upgrade possible..
Audiosrv is the registry entry for Windows Audio, so don't understand how it's missing from list of local services...