We had some trouble with a pc, possibly OS related, so we replaced the hard drive and reinstalled XP Pro from scratch, including service pack 2. Everything seemed OK; d/l the latest drivers from dell. this is a dimension 2350 with 768 meg of ram and it now has a 200 gig hard drive.
if you go into control panel, system, hardware manager, everything looks fine. but go to control panel, sounds,and it says no audio device. called dell, d/l and installed the latest bios, firmware, drivers, etc, and nothing. he says its the sound card. so we figure we can replace it. we find a sound card in inventory (sound blaster live), disable the on board sound card, and install it. XP finds it, installs it, and we reboot.
exactly same result - hardware manager says its there and working; control panel/sounds is still stupid. i'm thinking of trying yet another sound card, but i don't think that's the answer. anyone see this before? anyone got a fix for this?