RealTek with no sound
I've been trying to get sound on my Vista machine to work for a couple
of days. I have an ASUS A7V8X-X mother board running an AMD Athlon
2600+ processer. The sound card is a AC97 RealTek. What's odd is that
the sound originally worked after the Vista install, which as a clean
install onto a new HD. At some point, the sound stopped working. I
went through installing all sorts of sound drivers, but none would
work. I just noticed today, the realtek had new vista drivers on their
site. I installed those, but still now good.
My symptoms are this.
1. Device Manager looks good. Except I don't see any entries for
"Audio Codes" like I did on XP. All I see is the RealTek entry.
2. I have a speaker in the task tray with an x on it. If I
right-click and select "Open Volume Mixer", I get a dialog that says
"No audio device is installed".
3. When I boot, vista complains that soundman.exe wants to run. I
tried both running it and not, but it doesn't help.
4. Windows Media Player gives an error if I try to player a song.
5. If I go to the sound applet in the control panel, and click on the
sounds tab and try to play a sound, nothting happens. I don't get an
error though. However, if I try to switch to the Recording tab, it
hangs. Playback tab says, "Speakers are working".
I can't help but thinking that somehow, I've gotten myself into a
situation where the drivers are installed, but I'm missing the codecs?
Is this possible? Does anyone know any place I can look for those.
Unfortunately, I only have one vista machine so it's hard to compare.
Any other ideas would also be appreciated.