View Full Version : [SOLVED] Sound Driver Issues

Enlightened Shadow
April 14th, 2011, 06:37 PM
Hey everyone. I have been dealing with this issue for about a week now and am here asking for help.

I reinstalled Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 on this machine. I have the original driver disks that came with the computer but they have been pretty much useless. I don't know why either (since this is all factory hardware).

So not being able to get the drivers I need off the disk, I needed to get online to go to the Nvidia website to retrieve my Motherboard driver. I don't know exactly what the models of the hardware are but it's a Dell Inspiron 531. Maybe you guys know how to find out that way.

Anyway, I ended up getting a Motherboard driver off of my PS3 as I have no other way to access the Internet. It worked and I was able to connect to the Internet on this machine. However now the Sound card doesn't seem to register.

I have done everything I can possibly think of. The closest I got was on the Nvidia website, I had it scan my PC. It found that I was missing the HDMI HD Audio driver and I downloaded it, but when I try to install it, I get an error message saying there is no compatible hardware found.

I'm really frustrated with it. I boot up in a fresh Ubuntu 10.10 install and it finds all of my drivers and gets them working without me having to do anything! I mean come on, why does Micro$oft have to be so crappy that they can't even do simple tasks like that (granted that it is XP and really outdated now).

Anyway, I was looking in the Ubuntu Software Center and I saw something called Dell Recovery ISO. Do you guys think I could use that or something similar to back up the working drivers in Ubuntu to be found in Windows?

I just don't know what else to do at this point. Any help is appreciated.

Enlightened Shadow
April 14th, 2011, 09:57 PM

April 15th, 2011, 01:39 AM
So you're looking for Windows support? :?

Enlightened Shadow
April 15th, 2011, 02:17 AM
No not exactly. I'm looking for a way to see what my exact drivers are so I can download the ones I need in Windows.

April 15th, 2011, 03:36 AM
Maybe this helps:

lspci -vv
sudo lshw

Enlightened Shadow
April 15th, 2011, 05:52 AM
I got it working. Thanks for the help. I used DriverMax and it worked fine.