I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo, with NVIDIA nForce2 audio stuff. Normally, I have a NVIDIA nForce Control Panel in my system tray. It allows me to use NVIDIA’s nifty program to setup and tweak my 5.1 Altec Lansing speakers. The control panel icon has recently disappeared, and just one of the problems is that my 2 surround speakers aren’t doing anything, making my system 3.1 “surround sound”!
1. I go to my XP control panel, click on the NVIDIA nForce Control Panel, and the message I get from Windows is: “Failed to initialize the NVIDIA audio driver! Please install and tray again.”
2. I pop in my NVIDIA nForce2 (Series Rev 44.04) CD and install the audio driver from NVIDIA’s menu. It initializes the install, telling me that “NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP nForce drivers setup is preparing InstallShield Wizard, which will guide you through the rest of the process,” but nothing happens after that. It all takes about ten seconds and then quits.
3. I navigate my way to the Drivers\All-in-one\XP folder, and try to open Setup.exe. I get the same result as in step 2. Then I right click on Setup.exe, select Run as…, and run it under my account. When I don’t have the Protect option checked, I get the same result as step 2. When I do have the Protect option checked, Windows gives me this message: “(DVD drive letter):\Drivers\All-in-one\XP\Setup.exe – A device attached to the system is not functioning.”
That’s all I got.
Problem # 2
Out of nowhere today, during a Winamp Christmas playlist, my PC froze up while the screensaver was running (just scenic pics in a folder). I had to restart my PC with the button on the front – nothing was happening. I walked out of the room. By the time I got back in the room to start up Winamp, the screen saver had started, and my PC had frozen up again. I’m running in Safe Mode right now, and there have been no freezes.
Here are the only things I can think of that might cause a problem, all of which were last done over a week ago, and since then everything has been fine:
1. I had a CWS bug on my PC, so I downloaded and installed Spybot – Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware SE Personal. I ran them both, which got rid of CWS, and I run both about once a week.
2. I’ve kept up with updates for my PC, downloading about everything suggested for my PC on windowsupdate.com. Included were some for my Samsung SyncMaster 753df monitors, my ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, and I’m sure there was at least one NVIDIA update.
3. I got a free copy of Service Pack 2 through Slickdeals and installed it. I’ve heard it is finicky.
If you read through all of this you already deserve a rep point! I want to take the time now to thank everyone who helps me with this, as well as all the beautiful people who have helped me out before.
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Sometimes when you run Windows update and you are not careful, you can accidentally install the drivers that come from Microsoft. I have had it happen to me many times, when Windows "thinks" it has a "better" driver for my hardware and installs it. I have had it happening with the my Realtek audio on my old board. Try doing this.
1. Download the new nForce platform chipset drivers from here[nvidia.com] .
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