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Very technical motherboard question

PeenPeen Registered User regular
Not for the faint of heart, you've been warned: so I've been working through issues with my homebrew computer. Finally figured out that the root of my problems was a bum motherboard (replaced the HD 4 times, thinking it was a bad model), so I replaced it with a new one (Asus M3A78-EMH).

Everything's fine and dandy, except that the sound doesn't work. Not like I have it muted by accident, not working in the sense that Windows doesn't think I have any audio devices. I uinstalled the drivers for the old motherboard, put all of the new stuff on, and Windows still doesn't detect the sound card functions of my motherboard. Not only that but when I try to install the HDMI driver (and I know I have HDMI, the two ports are on the back of the board) I get a "No driver supported for this driver package" message, so it won't even install. When I go to the "add/remove programs" function in the control panel it acknowledges the existence of my sound drivers, but it doesn't know about them anywhere else.

I've tried: downloading and installing the updated drivers from Asus' site, downloading and installing the general drivers from Realtek's site (sound installs fine but is invisible, HDMI driver gives me the same message, so exact same results as Asus' drivers), and crying a lot. Nothing's worked.

Do I need to reinstall Windows to wipe the old drivers that may not have uninstalled properly? Do I need to update the BIOS (always a risky proposition and I'm loathe to do it)? Do I need an exorcism?

Peen on

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  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Did you confirm that the motherboard audio is enabled in the BIOS? If it is disabled in the BIOS, Windows cannot detect it even if you install the drivers.

    Is the new motherboard the exact same model as the one you replaced? If it is a different model, you should do a fresh install of Windows.

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  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Bugger all. I did confirm that the motherboard audio is installed and no, it's a different model. I'm just so sick of reinstalling Windows and having to reinstall all of my programs. That shit is a pain. But if it's what I've got to do, then I guess I will. I'll do it tomorrow morning and give an update. Thanks grrarg.

    Peen on
  • grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    You're welcome. It is a pain in the ass, but it's faster and safer than trying to install over the old motherboard's drivers. Even if you took the time to get it all working, the PC would probably have performance and stability issues.

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  • PeenPeen Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Update time: I reinstalled Windows and now everything works like a charm. Thanks again for the help.

    Peen on
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