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 Troubleshooter:
- 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 If your Sound Drivers are out of date you will need to get details of the Sound Driver in question and then contact the manufacturer for an update.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 a 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.
Common XP Audio Problems
- no sound on computer
- 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
Windows XP Drivers downloads, including XP Audio Drivers, Windows XP USB Drivers, XP VGA Drivers
That worked for me – had no sound on windows xp after update – thanks 4 advice!
JOHN MICHAEL VITERBO says
had no audio in my windows xp. tnx
john michael viterbo says
had no audio device in my windows xp. tnx
drivers help says
try the ‘download now’ button and run a scan (this is free) – the software will tell you what drivers are missing and will give you the option of registering to automatically update all required drivers
my system mortherbord dirvers cd is gon iwhant divers
model noberp145gz-m plz send me
driver updates says
If your original drivers cd is missing you may still be able to get updates from the manufacturers website – if you have no luck with that try downloading using the ‘download now’ link and run a free scan to see if the drivers are available
I went to the ‘dxdiag’ and when in sound tab nothing appeared. There is no shound device recognition. This is the message I get when trying to use windows media player: error-id-0xc00d11ba-condition-id-0x00000000.html
thanks in advance,
iggalk, can you tell me a little bit more about the problem?
– did you have sound before?
– when did you start experiencing the problems (does this coincide with software installations/ downloads or any upgrades to your operating system?)
– have you tried rebooting and still same problem?
You can run our drivers diagnostic tool for free here http://www.drivers.com/update_audio_drivers.php
this will at least confirm if the problem is with your drivers then we can take it from there!
i lost my mother boarddisc my mother board is WINFAST 760gxk8mc please help me
i need installers for realtek rtl8139, atheros ar5xxx, realtek ac97, intel graphics media accelarator, intel inf update utility and smart link 56k modem drivers but i can’t download those installers…please give me links where i could find free downloads on those installers
i lost my intel mother board cd
Hay.i formated my computer and installed windows xp.no sound and poor graphics.how do i repair this.it is intel supported.
manish mahajan says
i lost my mercury motherboard cd. i want sound driver.
i lost my motherboard cd
drivers updates says
If you have lost the audio drivers CD you could try the manufacturers website or run a free drivers scan (see links in the article above) – this will tell you the drivers you need and give you the option of registering to download them
ronald l forest says
i have a hps3500f pavilion slim line desk top computer.i added windows xp pro. and i need sound drivers. im curently on another computer. can you allow me to download the drivers and then i can install them on my hp?
please help me out.!!!
i lost my motherboard
This has to do eith the installation of drivers/updates. Why dont you make provision for one PC ? Say the price of ten divided by ten. I think you,ll have more customers like my self.Some people may want for ten PC , others five , some two. So give people the options!
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DQ6
When I turn on the computer, the computer detects headphones was detect. But nothing plug in for sound. Every time I turn on the computer, the same thing over and over. Then When I plug in the headphones or speakers .. the sound is not clear ..
Already remove the drivers, install the sound drivers. regular thing recurring. is also updated sound drivers, but still the same problem.
Very confused 🙂
Hi Jo – can you clarify the problem? The sound is only working with headphones or speakers plugged in but not very clear? Were you able to get sound before without headphones?
If you can describe situation before and now then it may help us pinpoint the problem. Also run a free scan at drivers.com/download.php and let us know what sound drivers, if any, are flagged
I want to install a Creative soundblaster live! 5.1 but my pc doesn’t detect it as being a creative soundcart, and can’t find drivers for it.
kunal kishor says
Nikunj Butani says
How to Solve Sound driver Problem in Xp.
i had no audioor sound in my windows xp. tnx
drivers Help says
have you installed any new programs lately or made any other changes? Did you have sound before? Please provide some more detail so we can help troubleshoot your XP sound problems
doug johnson says
sound max was removed from my computer by accident. I now have no sound for my music. How can I fix this since I dont have the xp disc anymore
Francis Kimutai says
How do i get audio drivers for my hp PC from the internet?
I am unable to activate my audio driver and make my audio system work. I tried downloading audio driver from the net but could not succeed. I am working with a Windows XP PC. Can anyone help me out?
Drivers Help says
Hi Mariantony – can you provide any error message details? Was it working before or have you upgraded recently? Did you try running the free scan on drivers.com (click the download button) – this should provide you with more detail on any Drivers problems
i just can’t understand it, am trying to install audio drivers but it is telling to load Microsoft bus driver
Hey’in xp you can download audio drivers without disc’n net connection with simple way.
Just follow my instructions,
open ”MY COMPUTER”s properties
>missing audio driver
>chose from specific location
>chose from list
>plug and play audio drivers
>then unmark up right corner if marked.
>intel realtek ac 97
Reboot or n0t ‘but driver or installed…
how to install de sound device
shoaib saeed says
when i computer start he say there is no disk drive.plese insert a disk into drive/device/harddisk1/dr4
how to install de sound device
Mik Kartikay says
I can’t understand. This setup took too long to install and then as soon as I did stuffs and all suddenly it all went blank and the computer restarted itself.
Can you suggest What my Case is???
Please help me. This is real serious.
If dad finds out that my Audio drive has gone corrupt he will fracture my head!!!!
i dont have audio device,how to reinstall it again?,i tried everything but its not working…please help….need it very badly…
My pc does not run any sound driver setup, Can you help me plz
I need soud drivers of intel
ayan tariq says
i have lost my audio device by mistake
abdul manan abbasi says
i am having motherboard hp hw4100, how can i identify the required audio and etc driver for my motherboard.
My hp6715s does not run any sound driver setup, Can you help me plz help me
i have lost my audio device by mistake and
I need soud drivers of intel.
i lost my bluetooth drivers in my windows8 pc…please help me
Jim Johnson says
I lost all sound when I play any files saved on my laptop or off a cd/dvd player, yet the sound works fine when I browse the internet. I do not have the airplane mode on. Using Windows 8.
i haven’t found any device name under the sound tab. It says that there is no sound card found but in the s config the window audio is running? what’s really the problem with that? Ty. I nid ur help.
how to installed the sound drivers
My system showed that no sound devie found plz help solve this
My Sound Device Drivers Are All Installed Here is no Problem But I can’t Hear any Thing I Tested Very Speakers But I was not Hear any thing How can Help Me !
Thank you so much…Troubleshooting procedure really worked for my computer.. 😀 Thanks once again
Drivers Help says
If you are not getting any audio error messages then ensure that there is no ‘mute’ button clicked (there is often an icon in the system tray or go to sound in the control panel) – there may also be button on your keyboard to control the sound – usually in the top line of buttons and will have a sound increase and decrease ones with icons depicting a speaker or similar
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Muhammad zakaria says
I don’t have an audio driver
where can i find the licence and activation keys? please help
audio problem please salov
Ronald Gapud says
my audio is not functioning.. i tried to device manager go to sound video and game controllers, update my drivers, restart my PC yet the still doesnt work pls help to fix this thing..
had no audio device help me
sainul ansari says
my laptop window sp modal compaq seleron sound driver loading function can you help
it is better
please set my driver
i have draivers
Have you tried the free drivers scan (use download links in the article above) – this will show you if the problem is with your Audio Drivers.
ANDREW ANTNONY says
My Computer say that “No audio device” which way can be used to fix this problem
you need to run a drivers scan to check what drivers are missing or outdated – click the download link above and run a scan – you only need to register the software if you want to get automatic driver updates
Abbas Chohan says
how to install the audio/sound driver
Drivers help says
Hi Krishna – run the Free drivers scan using the ‘download now’ link above – this will tell you the exact Drivers you are missing – you can then use the tool for automatic driver updates (you need to register the software for this) or you can search for the Drivers yourself and download them manually.
i have checked my sound box there is no mentioned device id nd provider all those things i cant understand what i can do now reply me………….
i bought windows 8 and updated my sound drivers also stil unable to get sound??
Dharmenra Singh says
I lost my mercury 845GV motherboard driver CD,Win XP
I want to install Sound drives. Please help me
try free audio drivers scan link above – this will give you full details of the driver you need.
i have install windows 7 professional,but i don’t have sound in my sound.
i have no audio my mother board is 865 gv (american megtrentds) so how can i download my audio driver help me
Hi Venkanna – was your audio working ok before? Have you recently made hardware or software changes? You can run our drivers scan using the software download link above. this will tell you the drivers you need.
this shows in my lenovo laptop
windows could not start windows audio service on local computer.
Error 0x800706cc:The endpoint is a duplicate
Judson Solomon says
Hope your site can solve my audio driver problems
Hi, accidentally deleted my realtek audio drive and re-installed it but even though computer shows that no audio device found.I am using windows xp please help me to solve my problem
Hi Riya – are you sure it was the correct Driver you installed? Do you have details/ disc for the previous driver? Try the free scan (in article above) and the report should show the exact realtek driver you need so you can check against this
what is the proper driver for c-media high definition audio device for windows 7 64 bit? The one installed by windows is not working (while the one installed for the same for windows 7 and xp 32 bit it is working)
sir mujhe license key chahiye
Sir I can’t downlode sound in windows xp
Drivers help says
try running the drivers scan using the link in the article – you can then use the info to search for and download the required drivers
Hi sir i install new win xp.before install hd audio sound is ok.but after install audio driver there is no sound.and audio driver is successfuly instaled.please help.thanx.
Is there any error? Can you get sound from any programs?
thanks, sound is working perfect now.
hp 2230 model has problem that whenever i connect to bluetooth after it audio will not work
Driver help says
Are you pairing a device or using the Bluetooth for audio?
edward sailas says
i need help plz no sound in y compture
Drivers help says
Was the sound working previously?
my comuter cannot insatall audio sound driver
siyaram saini says
my computer is not audio driver working but i download audio driver than licance key requer
I downloaded the driver above but it refused to install in my windows XP, then i copied it in another system, it ran a little and wrote error.
aditya kumar says
i updated my windows from 7 to 8 & sound automatically got reduced.plese help me in resolving it.
Hi I got a problem my system was originally windows XP and sound was working completely fine, until I updated my system to windows 7 that’s where sound no longer workerd, I believe when I updated my system to windows 7 the multimedia audio control driver got deleted in the process however I downgraded to windows XP sp 3 and it requires that I reinstall multimedia audio control but I don’t have a recovery CD/DVD to reinstall audio driver as it requires me to do. Please help
Shinde cv says
In my desktop using Win Xp
Onboard sound not working
So addl sound card installed
Sound Icon comes on task bar but sound not come
What is problem
Sound card also changed
Just upgraded my hardware and still using the same operating system. Now some of my games don’t want to play and some play but have no audio. We already installed the latest drivers but still nothing.