No Audio Device

#1
Alright, I sent my computer in to shop, they confirmed the hard drive was beyond all hope and installed a new one (a thousand thank yous for aid on both my original topic and the first Unmountable Boot Drive topic, both of which were amazingly helpful) . Also installed were Windows, Roxio, and that's about it.

Now, everything is working fine - except my speakers. When I first got the computer, I plugged them in and they work. Now, though, Sound/Audio devices reports No Audio Device detected and grays out pretty much all the handy options lying about.

EDIT: Headphones jacked into their traditional front-of-the-tower port also don't work.
EDIT2: Onboard sounds play in substitute on occasion - in AIM, for example, instead of the sendim sound playing when I hit enter, the tower beeped instead.

Additionally, in Device Manager, PCI Device under Other Devices shows a yellow exclamation and claims to have no driver.

As far as I can tell via the depressingly vague option of Google-searching things like "No Audio Device", these issues are related. Everybody else, though, seemed to be expressing problems involving new sound cards - not new hard drives.

A couple places mentioned reinstalling drivers from disc, but all I have is a Dell disc, and responses to such metholodogy indicate that it doesn't help anyway. The only positive response I saw at all, in fact, was from a guy who reinstalled Windows.

So in light of my situation (new hard drive as opposed to sound card), how do I procede?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
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#2
You're sound card didn't change, but your drivers for it were wiped clean.

What's your sound card?
 
#3
No idea, DxDiag says I don't have one and Hardware Devices just shows me "PCI device" with a little yellow exclamation for 'not working'.

My computer is a nearly-standard Dell Dimension 3100, though, and "sound hardware" for those is listed as "Integrated 2.0 channel audio, Dell A215 stereo speaker". Or an optional "Sound Blaster® Live!TM 24-bit ADVANCED HD Sound Card", but I am reasonably sure that's not what I have, since I didn't ask for it, and the local dealers are not well-versed in goodwill.
 
#5
I'm using XP, will that matter? A bunch of them mention using XP compability, and Vista is still in its Beta, so I'm guessing no, but better safe then otherwise.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#6
Vista isn't in beta, it's actually out.
But yeah, those drivers are XP drivers that NeoSmart Technologies has verified working with Vista. So it's safe to use them on XP :smile: