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JD: Windows 7, no sound, new sound cards won't install, no way to go back to XP

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Johnny Dangerously, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    So, I have a PC with no sound now, and no way to get it.

    Thanks, Windows.
  2. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Windows 7 with no sound: It was JD's idea.
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Any suggestions out there? I'm frustrated.
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    The longer short version: I have a Dell Dimension 4400 I bought in 2002. It's been a really good buy. It came with XP. Before I moved my stuff into storage, I did a few things that corrupted part of XP. When I got my PC out of storage, it worked, but it took 30 minutes to boot up.

    To try to speed that up, I installed Windows 7. Now it boots up quickly. But there's no sound.

    Dell sold me a new sound card. It wouldn't install. It shut down Windows while installing. So Dell sent me another. Same thing. Now Dell says "it's your motherboard." How so? My computer had sound a week ago. It doesn't now, not with the old sound card (which wasn't compatible with Windows 7), and not with the new sound card.

    Can't go back to XP. Windows won't let you. So I'm screwed. Or am I?

    Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?
  5. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Did you address this thread to yourself?
  6. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member


    Download the install disk and go from there. There's no need to be comfortable in a linux environment either. I've installed it on two older computers and they run like champs now. Most everything you could possibly need is also included or is available for download.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Do you think it would let me install the new sound card that is crashing when I try to install it in Windows? If it doesn't, then I am at the same place I am now, with a new system I don't understand how to use. What's your confidence level about it letting me install the sound card with the sound card CD?
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Buy a Mac.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Reset the bios?
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    That sounds tricky
    Is it?
  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Does a computer that old even meet the system requirements for Windows 7? You may just have a box that can't run it successfully. You might check the support forum at MS of that's the case. Or call their support line.
  12. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    The person who bought the version of Windows 7 for me said it would work, but I don't know how extensively she checked into that. Thing is, Windows 7 seems to work like a charm on this PC. It just won't recognize the sound card or let me install it.
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