Looking for Multimedia Controller

Posted on 2005-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I'm hooking my PC back up to some audio hardware (a Layla sound card and a MIDI card) to get my virtual studio up and running.  I've unplugged the MIDI and the audio card, but I'm still getting the message "new hardware found" (this is Windows XP).  It prompts me to download a driver from the internet, etc., but when I do it says it can't find anything to match the device.

The device it says it has found is called "multimedia controller".  What exactly is this device and how can I get a driver for it that they OS is happy with?
Question by:Remulac
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    Download Everest from
    It will probe your pc and tell you what hardware is in it and sometimes even provide a link to a webpage with driver downloads for it.  Use process of elimination and see what shows up that you dont recognize.

    Hope this helps.
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    Do not unlplug the sound card. Let the card remain in the computer and install the latest drivers from the net. I am not sure what is the model of ur particualr card else u can get them of the net. After the sound card has been installed properly you can check to see fi the Device Manager shows any undetected device. If not then proceed to attach the hardware you are trying to attach to the Midi Port.

    What device is that and do you have the drivers for that? If not then get them from the Net based on what that device is.

    Also have u disabled the Onboard sound card of ur motherboard? Its possible that its the one thats popping up as an unrecognised device.

    Enter the BIOS and then disable Sound related features you find there like Game Port, Midi Port and any sound cards like AC97 or Onboard SOund Controller. After you have done this save and exit and see if the problem is solved. You can then install the Layla after that.

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    The multimedia controller is your sound card.  I have a Delta410 that has a driver in this category also.  As mentioned before, keep the sound card installed in the machine.  You should use the driver that came on the CD with the sound card, or download one from the manufacturer's website.

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    I have installed the latest driver a number of times and never had had the onboard sound controller be an issue.  Keep in mind that I've been using this sound card with this computer and OS for three years.  It was only after unplugging everything for a couple of weeks that I began having this problem.

    I will double-check these things; and it is also helpful to know that the "multimedia controller" is actually my sound card.  Why it's not finding the driver is still a mystery.

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    The solution was a little strange....

    The "new hardware found" wizard kept coming up looking for a multimedia controller even with the Layla plugged in.  I chose the option for it to look for a driver, but no dice.  Then I chose the option to browse to a directory with the files it needs under "advanced".  I tried to point it to the "Layla" directory where I keep the Layla driver installation program, but "OK" remained ghosted, probably because there's nothing in that folder that the "new hardware found" wizard/dialog can use.

    Just for a lark, I opened up Windows Explorer and launched the Layla installation program (for probably the third or fourth time).  It went through its gyrations.  I restarted my machine as directed, but this time when the "new hardware found" program came up, it wasn't looking for some nebulous "multimedia controller" -- it was looking specifically for "Layla WDM".  Obviously something had worked when I installed the Layla driver with the "new hardware found" wizard active and open.  Now when I chose the option for it to look for a driver, it found it and the card is working fine.

    This seems like a very strange way to get this card working.  Does anyone have any idea why this round-about way would actually produce results?
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    I think Windows doesn't know enough about sounds to distinguish the sophisticated ones, so it calls them multimedia devices.  I was always mystified myself by the term, but I knew what was causing it.

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