Re: Activation problem when updating sound card driver
Hi, I have recently bought this computer and when I try to have chat on MSN
internet I get a message that my computer does not have a sound card or the
sound card is not activated. What do I do? Now if I play music on my computer
I can listen to songs and music does this mean i have a sound card in my
computer? and I just need to activate it? please let me know how to activate
a sound card if this is the case?
"Andrew McLaren" wrote:
> Now that Windows Vista can detect your sound card, it thinks that the
> hardware has changed. Well, your hardware has changed :-) but it makes Vista
> think it is actually running on a whole new PC; not just the same PC with a
> new sound card. So, it is asking you to re-activate Windows. It sees that
> your "old" PC (ie without the sound card) was already activated, so it
> throws up the error message.
> It is easily fixed - you ring Microsoft and get an activation code, over the
> phone. Then you plug the activation code they give you into Vista, and
> you're activated. It usually takes 3 to 5 minutes. When you get the "already
> activated" error message, there should have been a link to the phone number
> to ring, for your region. If not, run this command at a command prompt "slui
> 4" - it will bring up the dialogue box with phone numbers.
> The algorithm Vista uses to detect whether it is running on the same PC, or
> has been copied to a new PC, is pretty complex and completely undocumented,
> publically. It takes into account various component serial numbers etc.
> Unfortunately it seems to be a bit over-sensitive sometimes; very minor
> hardware changes like adding a second hard disk, or, oh, installing a sound
> driver, makes it think it is running on a new PC. But other times, you can
> make big changes and Vista hardly notices. I hope they will refine the
> algorithm (or better, totally abandon it) in future releases.
> Hope this helps,
> Andrew McLaren
> amclar (at) optusnet dot com dot au