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    Re: Sounds

    Last night the sounds worked fine every time, butI didn't install anything either.

    The Windows Driver Update Wizard could not find any newer driver than the one that's already there. The sound card is NVIDIA ® nForce(tm)Audio and its location is PCI bus 0, so I'm assuming it's not integrated. After intense searching, I could not find any other sound card. I think I was confusing drivers with cards when I said there might be an integrated one also.

    In Device Manager, there was a yellow question mark in "Other Devices". The properties box said the location was Com 1, (dirver not installed), but under Ports, Com 1 had no problems. So I don't know what the other device is.

    Here are the errors from Event Manager:

    1) The description for Event ID ( 25 ) in Source ( sbp2port ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. The following information is part of the event: .(and then there's a lot of numbers, mostly zeroes).

    2) The Sademb20 service failed to start due to the following error:
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    I played a lot of audio CD music last night, and the sound was great.

    Do you know what the errors mean? Do they have anything to do with my weird sound problem (which didn't happen last night!)? Maybe it only happens after an installation or upgrade? I guess I'll have to find something to install to test that idea.<g>

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    Re: Sounds

    If you have an nForce Audio "card" it is indeed an integrated solution that is part of the system's mainboard. Nvidia's latest update is the 4.27 release which notes several changes to the audio portion of the driver package.

    In regards to the errors, the first is vague but is not uncommon. The numbers following the error are useless to you since they apply mainly to software driver developers. This could possibly be resolved by updating the nForce drivers.

    On the second error, I could find no reference. Can you check to make sure that the text is Sademb20?
    -Mark

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    Re: Sounds

    I did a copy/paste on the errors and then emailed them (again) to myself. This time they did arrive and I copied/pasted them to the post, so I know the text is accurate. I also printed it out, and it really does say Sademb20.

    What does the first error mean?

    I'll follow your link tonight to get the update. But it is possible I already have done it since I think at some point a couple of months ago, Windows Update did do an a driver update for it. (I try to keep up with Windows Update stuff).

    Just a dumb question - If the card is integrated, why does it say it's at PCI bus 0? I thought (probably wrongly) that PCI was a kind of slot to accept cards?

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    Re: Sounds

    Sheila,

    Most folks will tell you - do NOT use WU for driver updates. They are often out-of-date and sometimes will tell you you need an update when you have a newer driver installed than what they offer. Use the hardware vendor site if you really try to keep current.

    Joe

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    Re: Sounds

    OK - Lesson learned.

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    Re: Sounds

    I couldn't download the drivers last night because of a VERY slow dialup, so I just downloaded them now from work. I see that this download is called a Unified Driver, and includes, apparenly OS, video and other drivers? In order to install the update only for the sound drivers, I am assuming that when I open the executable, it will just decompress all the stuff in there into a directory? If so, then do I do the update from device manager, and let it pick the right driver from that directory?

    Hopefully, it will not try to install a new operating system or video drivers...

    Please let me know if I need to do something different.

    (btw, the sound worked fine last night [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img])

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    Re: Sounds

    Nvidia calls it unified because it has drivers that work with almost all their chips. It is not OS and other (i.e sound, modem, etc.) drivers. It should decompress to a directory and start the install automagically.

    Joe

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    Re: Sounds

    <hr>If the card is integrated, why does it say it's at PCI bus 0<hr>
    You're not wrong, you knew that PCI devices fit into slots. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Typically PCI components are cards that you plug in to the white slots on the mainboard, but PCI is actually a technology for connecting things to the system board (the letters stand for Peripheral Component Interconnect). The reason the sound card shows as connected to the PCI bus is because even if the card is integrated into the mainboard, it still must be connected to the system - via the PCI bus. A bus is a collection of wires through which data is transmitted from one part of a computer to another, connecting internal computer components to the CPU and main memory. Thus, a slot is not absolutely required.

    Hope that helps, I think Joe answered your other questions...
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    Re: Sounds

    Thanks (to you and Joe)!! Seems like there's always more to learn. [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    I'll upgrade the sound device tonight.

    Sheila

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    Re: Sounds

    Well, I TRIED updating the sound card Friday night. After clicking on the executable, it did decompress the files to a directory, but then all it did was briefly flash a box with NVidia on it, and that was all. So I went to the directory and clicked on setup.exe. Same result. So I went to Device Manager and told it to update the driver and pointed it to the sound subdirectory in the decompressed files. It did not say it didn't see anything, but it just said it already had the correct driver. I noted that the driver version was the same as it was before I tried the update.

    I had unloaded all the running utilities before I tried this, and then I rebooted. No sounds (but when I first started the computer, the sounds were there). So I tried absolutely everything I could imagine - including shutting down for 10 or so minutes, powering off the Orb drive, etc... No sound. After spending about an hour booting and rebooting, I gave up for the night.

    The next morning (Sat), I booted up, and, quess what - the sounds were there. They stayed there for the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday. I even updated one of my utilities. The only thing I did different was before rebooting after the update, I re-enabled every utility that had a default sound. But I can't imagine that has anything to do with anything.

    Do you think there are some gremlins living in my computer?! <baffled grin> Why should shutting it down for the night re-enable the sounds the next morning? Does the computer need all night to 'forget' to not have the sounds?

    I am completely baffled. Do you think I will just have to live with it? (But I would love to understand why this is happening...)

    Thanks,
    Sheila

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