How to Update Windows XP Audio / Sound Drivers
This post will help you if you are experiencing any of the following problems:
- you can’t hear any sound from your computer
- sounds are interrupted or play abnormally
- your computer doesn’t behave normally (crashes, restarts or stops responding) when playing sound
- You get an error message when trying to play a sound (below are some examples of error messages):
– WAV sound playback error detected
– The CD Audio device is in use by another application
– MIDI output error detected
– Your audio hardware cannot play files like the current file
– No wave device that can play files in the current format is installed
To fix Audio Device problems with any of the above symptoms, you should first try the in-built sound troubleshooter. If this does not resolve the issue then you will need to look at manually or automatically updating Sound Drivers.
Windows Sound Troublshooter:
- Select Start > Help and Support
- Under Pick a Help Topic, select Fixing a problem
- On the left navigation panel, select Games, sound, and video problems
- In the right panel, select Sound Troubleshooter
Follow the on-screen instructions until your sound problem is resolved or you run out of options. If this happens then you need to look at the next option, updating your Sound Drivers.
How to Update Windows Sound Drivers:
You can use the Microsoft Update Tool in to check if there are Updates for your Sound Drivers. If your Sound Drivers are out of date you will need to get details of the Sound Driver in question and then contact the manufacturer for an update. Some manufacturers are better than others in responding to these requests. Alternatively, you can let our Driver Update Tool do the work for you. You can run a Drivers Scan for free but will need to register the software to get automatic Driver Updates. Alternatively, follow the instructions below to try to manually update the Drivers yourself:
- Select Start > Run
- Type dxdiag in the Open box – click OK
- Select the Sound tab
- Under Device, note the device name, and under Driver, note the name of the Provider
- Click Exit
You now have the information required to contact the sound driver manufacturer and request a Driver Update.
Automatic Driver Updates
A more simple and effective way of fixing driver-related errors is by using a reliable and efficient Driver Management Tool. Such software can fix even the most obstinate driver errors in a matter of minutes.
Driver Downloader is one the web’s most trusted and comprehensive Driver Update Programs. By downloading Driver Downloader by Drivers.com you can instantly resolve your Driver problems by scanning your PC for outdated, missing or corrupt Drivers, which are then automatically updated to the most compatible version.
Common XP Audio Problems
- Windows Media Player cannot play the file
- WAV sound playback error detected
- audio hardware cannot play files
- No wave device that can play files in the current format is installed
- device cannot start (code 10 error)
- drivers for this device are not installed (code 28 error)
- sound works erratically in windows xp
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