"Unable to detect any SoundBlaster series

Have you tried turning it off and on again?
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"Unable to detect any SoundBlaster series

Postby Dabs » Thu Jul 12, 2007 1:31 am

... of audio cards. The application will exit."

I keep getting that pissing message when I try and access the Creative Mediasource audiocontrol via the keyboard hotkey. Not only that, the sound isn't working at all on my PC suddenly. The PC seems to recognise the soundcard as being installed and working in Device Manager, there's no sudden conflicts and I haven't changed anything. It's just suddenly decided to stop responding. Anyone have any clues as to what the problem might be? Huge thanks in advance. PC's a Dell Dimension 8300, P4 3GHz, SoundBlaster Audigy 2, 1GB RAM ...
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Postby Adam » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:02 am

Have you tried drivers? I had a problem like this on my laptop once likewise for no reason at all, a re-install of the drivers sorted it out, though.
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Postby Dabs » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:46 pm

Yeah, tried all that. Tried reinstalling the latest drivers I already had, tried wiping them and then installing the drivers from the original Dell device drivers disc that came with the PC. Tried uninstalling the drivers, removing the soundcard and then switching my PC on again and letting Windows detect the soundcard. Whatever I do, it won't acknowledge there's a soundcard there, even though Device Manager knows there is. Also, with this, the Startbar keeps going grey and appearing like the "Classic" style Startbar, after the PC's been booted up for about 20 seconds. It's very odd. This is why I hate PCs.
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Postby Doug » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:48 pm

Format -> Reinstall? >_>

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Postby Dabs » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:50 pm

If nothing else works, and no-one can suggest anything else I will. I'd rather not have to though, formatting's a reet pain in the arse. :(
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Postby Doug » Thu Jul 12, 2007 3:51 pm

Healthy though.

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Postby Nethlyn » Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:05 pm

Dabs wrote:If nothing else works, and no-one can suggest anything else I will. I'd rather not have to though, formatting's a reet pain in the arse. :(


The last thing I can suggest is changing its PCI slot, either that one is dead or the card is. Still no joy in another slot then a reinstall would be the ultimate check after a mass backup sesh of course.

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Postby Dabs » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:30 pm

Tried even that too. Honestly, tried everything I can think of. Gawd, I really don't wanna have to reformat but it's looking a lot like I don't have any other choice. :(

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Postby Doug » Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:07 am

They hate you too. That's why you have to beat them into submission. Format. ¬_¬

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Postby Nethlyn » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:50 am

Christ Sam I hope this didn't keep you up overnight like the formatting of my half-terabyte drive, I though Dell had easy "reset" CDs which would do it for you and put the original image back on (as long as you deleted all the free crap afterwards)? Let us know if that sorts it, if not, the card's dead.

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Postby Dabs » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:34 pm

I GOT IT WORKING! :D OH SWEET MERCIFUL LORD, THANK-YOU!

God, it really is horrible not having sound working on your PC. Can't listen to your music, can't watch films or play games on it, can't enjoy trailers for films or games, etc. Ahhh, s'really brilliant to have it back. :D

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Postby Doug » Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:43 pm

How did you do it, Sam?

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Postby Dabs » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:59 am

Was arbritary really, my PC just decided to stop bullying me - enough was enough, it must've thought. I'd already tried the soundcard in a different PCI slot, but this time, I took it out, unistalled it and then put it back in the PCI slot it was originally in when it stopped working and booted the PC up. Oddly, this time, Windows didn't even try and detect the new soundcard that had suddenly appeared in there. It didn't try and install the soundcard, as it had every other time. So instead, since this was a slight difference, I decided to install the latest Audigy 2 driver I have on my hard drive. I did this and for some reason, it worked this time.

Creative Mediasource won't install properly now but I'm sure I'll get to the bottom of that soon enough. Main thing is, the card's not dud and I have sound back.
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Postby Dabs » Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:48 am

... and now it's fucking up again. >_<

I'm reformatting. See you when my PC's back up to speed with everything.
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Postby Liam » Sat Jul 21, 2007 12:17 pm

Did you format yet? Cause you could have tried kX project drivers first.

http://kxproject.lugosoft.com/index.php?skip=1

They pwn creatives own drivers all over the shop.

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