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Utterly Confounding Computer Problem (No Audio, Video, Game Controllers)
OK, the problem is that one day all of my "Audio, Video and Game Controllers" suddenly came up corrupted/missing. Literally every entry under that heading in the Device Manager had a yellow exclamation point with Error 39. Uninstalling and reinstalling the device results in the same error. I downloaded new drivers from my manufacturer's website (Dell) and extracted them to the appropriate folders and *still* got the corrupted/missing driver spiel. the computer will recognize my USB Audio device, This guy, but also has the missing/corrupt driver error and will not play sound via the headphone jack.
I know it's not a hardware issue. I can boot into a diagnostic partition and run tests that play music from the speakers. The USB device is pingable in the diagnostic but doesn't work to play sound or record audio. My on-board headphone jack is broken but the microphone jack works and the diagnostic for recording audio did work.
I've run Ad-aware SE personal edition and Spybot S&D (nothing interesting found) and am currently running AV programs to see if it's virus related. The only reason I suspect that it is, inded, a virus or some form of malware is that the same thing happened to one of my roommates laptops. The difference is that upon downloading new drivers his sound worked again.
I've been beating my head against this wall for about 24 hours now, any help at all would be appreciated!