I have an Advent 7206 downgraded to Windows XP Pro (SP3), but I can't find the proper "AUDIO DEVICE ON HIGH DEFENIION BUS"; nor can I find other drivers, such as ethernet controller, and SM Bus controller.
I have looked on the internet and keep coming to "Intel SP33543", but it doesn't seem to want to work.
The graphics are fine, but I really need sound!
I am not a computer sort of person, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Did you not find the drivers on the Advent website?
Drivers are software written to match the hardware requirements.
If Advent won't make those available then you'll need to research the actual parts (ethernet controller, audio chip, SM bus controller) down the manufacturer's part number and try and find drivers to match.
HWiNFO32 is a program that can help you do that by inspecting and getting detailed reports on the hardware installed.
I have gone to the Advent websight, but all I see is adverts for computers.
As I said earlier, I am completely computer incompetent. I have only just figured out how to record TV programs on my video recorder. (I will be 73 in September, so I'm not a young wizzkid.) How do I find which part numbers I need.
All I know is that it is an Advent laptop with 2706 on the back, and Intel chipset.
Also, the laptop I am using is not connected to the internet. I am using the internet in the local library for this forum; therefore I can download drivers, etc, but I cannot connect to the internet to let it scan my computer.
OK. I have managed to find my soundcard is a conexant and it seems to have installed OK; the yellow question mark has disappeared and I am now getting awful squeaking noises instead of nothing.
But when I tried to use the volume level control I got a message saying “there is no active mixer device available – go to control panel and add hardware.” I did this and the computer switched off and it took about three or four attempts to boot up into windows again (panic time for a while).
Is the missing device hardware or software? Is my soundcard broke?
There are still some yellow question marks in the other devices
Mass Storage controller
Modem Device on High Definition Audio Bus
SM Bus Controller
I was advised to look up a similar model for sale on the internet and look at the specifications, which said that it was a conexant soundcard, so I then entered “conexant high definition audio driver,” and then found the one for Windows XP, assuming they were all the same and that it would be the right one.
I have now looked further into it after your last suggestion and found it is a conexant rd02 d450 driver, but the only sites I can find want me to download a scanning program first, which I can’t do, or want me to pay, when I know there must be free drivers out there somewhere - If I wanted to pay, I would just take the damn thing into a repair shop and have done with it .
I was given the laptop by someone, and therefore I do not have a CD or manual. However, I did manage to download the manual from the internet and it gave me a link to a support site, where I could buy a cd of drivers. And bearing in mind that the original laptop had Vista on it, the CD would propbably be no good anyway.
I downloaded the drivers from the site you recommended, and the directions state that I should install driver sp32646 first, which I did. I then tried installing the 35682 driver and got the message ‘CANNOT FIND AUDIO DEVICE FOR THIS DRIVER’.
I am begin ning to lose patience with this and am wondeing whether I might just get it fixed by a repair man after all.
I have never tried Wndows 7, but as long as it is nothing like Vista, then I would certainly be willing to give it a try. Problem is, how much does it cost, and would it be cheaper to have my XP fxed by someone who knows what they are doing.