No sound after clean XP install

  snowymalone 17:10 25 Apr 08

Hi, first time poster here.

Following a chip burn-out (fan packed up and took the chips with it) I had to replace the motherboard on my HP Pavilion and boosted the ram to 750 mb while I was at it. It took a while to find the NIC card and the TV tuner card, graphics drivers etc, but eventually it got there.

Problem is, the sound card - it didn't detect it at all initially, until it was enabled in BIOS, and then it started demanding a Realtek AC'97 driver. I d/l'd the most recent one from the realtek site, ran setup, and got the "This isn't signed off for WinXP" (or whatever) message. I ignored the warning, carried on installing, it was copying files to temp... then it crashed windows completely, shutting down the HD. On rebooting, I got the Error reporting box, did so, got the message back saying they didn't have a fix themselves but to look on the Realtek site for a solution (thanks, Mr Gates, you're a real help.)

Tried again, as on restart the wizard detected the card as new hardware, and the same thing happened straight away. Any ideas, anyone? Are there any generic drivers I could use instead? All help gratefully received (what with 4 gigs of MP3s on here and no way of playing them directly :(.)

  Ditch999 17:18 25 Apr 08

Go to the HP website and download their driver for it.

  Ditch999 17:20 25 Apr 08

These are your drivers from HP click here

  snowymalone 07:11 26 Apr 08

Thanks a lot, Ditch999 - took a few attempts to get XP to accept them, but all is working now.

MS and HP. What can ya do?

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