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  • The Windows Vista audio diagnostic and installation guide

     

    (Your best bet is to go with on board audio if you have it)

     

     

     

    First we will disable UAP

    (I found this out on my own. Everyone says to do it, but never explains how, so I will)

     

    1. Login to the Admin account

    2. then go to start, controll panel, user accounts, click the admin account, at the bottom you will see "change security settings", uncheck the UAP box, that loosens security a bit for the next step

    3. reboot

     

     

    Next we will permenately disable signed driver checking, yay, no more F8 pressing

    (this is an excerpt by user KB3LWJ from planetAMD)

     

    1. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and open Task Manager.
    If you already disabled User Account Control, then go to File->Run and run cmd. Go to step 3.
    If UAC is enabled or you don't know what UAC is, go to the "Processes" tab. If there's a button that says "Show processes from all users", click it and go through the popup window, then go to File->Run and run cmd.

    In either case, the Run dialog should say "This task will be created with administrative privileges".

    2. At the command prompt, enter Bcdedit.exe –set nointegritychecks ON.

    3. Reboot your computer. The sound will now work.

    This whole issue is because in x64 Vista, any kernel-mode driver (audio being one) must be signed to load (hence the "Driver cannot be loaded" error). The bcdedit command disables that requirement, allowing you to load the unsigned driver.

     

     

    In this step we will ensure to disable any PCI sound cards you may have

    and only leave the onboard audio enabled

     

    1. Go to start, control panel, device manager(grey toolbox icon), scroll down till you see "sound, video game controllers and expand it"

    2. If you only see one device your Onboard Audio device your good to go for now.

    3. If you see another audio device, ex. Sound Blaster, right click on it and disable it, dont disable your on-board audio device.

    4. close the device manager your ready for the next step.

     

     

    Now to fix the media player bug

    (This is actually tied to the volume control now, one and the same)

     

    1. Open Windows Media Player

    2. Right click in the black area next to the "URGE" and "Sign In" buttons. In the popup menu select "View" , then select "Classic Menus"

    3. This will give you the familiar file menus (that should be default to begin with).

    4. Click on tools, options, select the "devices tab", you should see "speakers" at the bottom of the list

    5. Click on speakers, then hit the "properties" button, you should see at the top the "sound playback: audio device to use",in that dropdown menu pick your onboard audio device, hit apply and close that out.

     

     

    The last step, download and install the correct drivers

    (Try to pick driver installers that "Apply to all O/Ss" I have had 100% luck with these on all of my devices)

     

    1. First download and install the latest chipset drivers, reboot, you will likely get a blue screen on death, the most productive blue screen of death I have seen, it just told me that the IRQ and DMA settings got blitzed, dont worry about it

    2. Next install the onboard audio drivers most likely from connexant, or realtek, once done reboot

     

     

    Congrats!! you should be done, hope this method works for you, took me 6 months of waiting and research to compile this gem, Mark

    Wednesday, September 6, 2006 3:50 AM

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    1. /Bump, forgot to mention, you may want to install the HDA(High definition Audio) Bus driver too. I am not sure why people are having sound troubles. Using this guide I have had success with Build 5384 and RC1(5600)! Sounds good too, clean, un-interupted, and juicy. Next, to install World of Warcraft. Also ignore compatibility warnings, unsigned driver warnings, push on through and break the mold :-).
    Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:01 PM
  • In the step were I mention "Now we will diable UAP" this has now changed for RC1 users. The new technique is the same except you do not have to click on security, this has been removed and the new Interface states "User Acount Control Options" which provides a direct link at the bottom of that window.
    Monday, September 18, 2006 6:19 PM

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    1. /Bump, forgot to mention, you may want to install the HDA(High definition Audio) Bus driver too. I am not sure why people are having sound troubles. Using this guide I have had success with Build 5384 and RC1(5600)! Sounds good too, clean, un-interupted, and juicy. Next, to install World of Warcraft. Also ignore compatibility warnings, unsigned driver warnings, push on through and break the mold :-).
    Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:01 PM
  • LOL the Brokeback Mountain theme song is the perfect startup sound for Vista!
    Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:19 PM
  • In the step were I mention "Now we will diable UAP" this has now changed for RC1 users. The new technique is the same except you do not have to click on security, this has been removed and the new Interface states "User Acount Control Options" which provides a direct link at the bottom of that window.
    Monday, September 18, 2006 6:19 PM
  • hi,


    None of the above seems to help with my warcraft3 game . Sound disappears after the latest patch.



    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 1:40 PM
  • Thx this worked great for me although i just pointed vista to the C: drive where Xp has its onboard drivers and Vista picked them up and installed them.. Weird eh ?

    Ptiy it wont install my modem drivers tho :((
    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 6:37 PM
  • LOL, thats a new can of worms man, I do not have a modem but good luck, I just found out the other day that I can't use web cams(Particularly the one I payed $50) for with X64 because no web cam manufacturers have made X64 drivers yet.
    Tuesday, September 19, 2006 6:44 PM
  • Rebump again for all of the Conexant Audio guys, the realtek people, the soundmax guy, I don't want this to be forgotten it seems to work effectively and troubleshoot or identify most of the roadblocks people encounter, all in one.
    Monday, September 25, 2006 9:02 PM