lost system sounds in P200 Packard Bell, need help

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. ~A_Sammy

    ~A_Sammy Guest

    I upgraded an old Packard Bell 1710 Legend from win 95 to win98 and now
    there are no system sounds. I downloaded and installed drivers for the
    Aztech speed4 combo sound/modem card. I did the install/uninstall thing
    about 10 times with the same result. The modem works and it plays audio cd's
    fine, but the volume control isn't on the task bar and in the system folder
    under multimedia where "show volume" is checked everything is grayed out.
    The playback and recording line have the following messages in them:

    "no playback devices" and "no recording devices"

    In the system sound stuff in device manager there are no yellow exclamation
    marks. All looks OK there so I'm confidnet it isn't a hardware problem.

    In the windows media folder, all the system wave files are there, but I
    can't make them play.

    Any ideas on how to get the system sounds to work will be greatly
    I spent 6 hours on this today, and have finally admitted defeat.
    Oh the humility of it all...


    ps: I cross posted to a Packard Bell ng and a win.multimedia ng
    this afternoon, but so far no replys.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003
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  2. ~A_Sammy

    ~A_Sammy Guest

    sounds and game controllers?

    Device manager says they are there and are operating properly. No yellow
    exclamation marks.
    the drivers never loaded. Check 'other devices'
    OK, will do that in the morning.
    Thanks for taking the time to reply to me on this.
    ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003
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    ~A_Sammy Guest

    Hi Jad,
    Thanks for the link but I couldn't find anything there for the Aztech speed
    4 card in my system. Do you think I should just try one for a different

    Threre is no "other" listing in the device manager.

    Under Sound, video and game controllers there is 4 listings:

    1 Aztech 2320 Compatible PnP Audio (WDM)
    2 Gameport Joystick
    3 Microsoft MPU Audio Driver (WDM)
    4 Reserved Device

    Clicking properties of the reserved device the window has 3 tabs, general,
    driver, and resources.
    Device Type: Sound, video and game controllers
    Manufacturer: Aztech Labs
    Hardware version: 1.0.03
    Device Status: Working properly
    Exists in all harware profiles is checked

    Under driver it says:
    No driver files are required or have been loaded for this device. To update
    the driver files for this device click Update Driver

    Clicking update drive and letting it look for the driver it comes back with
    The best driver Windows found is already installed for this device. Click
    back to insatll a different driver, or click Next to continue using this
    Location of Driver:

    How can it be that it both has a driver and doesn't have a driver at the
    same time?
    Clicking the back button and installling the driver that I got yesterday, it
    now says Sound EEPROM device where it before said Reserved Device, but the
    rest remains the same, ie, Under driver it says:
    No driver files are required or have been loaded for this device. To update
    the driver files for this device click Update Driver

    Hopefully I shut it down, turned it off, rebooted, but wound up in the same
    place. No system sounds, and no volume control. oi-vey...

    ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003
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    ~A_Sammy Guest


    I found an old ISA sound blaster card laying around and put it in to see
    what would happen,
    and after the PnP did it's thing, the volumn control was back and the system
    sounds work when
    run from the device manager, but the welcome sound doesn't play when the
    system is
    turned on. The exit sound plays when it is turned off.

    It's just one puzzel after another with this one, but at least I know the
    original problem was
    the drivers for the combo card. The SB16 sound is actually fantastic.
    It's never sounded
    this good playing MP3s before.

    ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003
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    ~A_Sammy Guest

    the 'start windows' sound is set to 'none' most likely..... sounds and
    multimedia in the control panel

    That was it JAD, thanks again, all systems are go now. Finally!

    ~A_Sammy, Dec 3, 2003
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