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Thursday, 15 October 2009

ASUS M4A78-VM and Realtek sound

I bought the ASUS M4A78-VM and tried to install Windows XP (32-bit) on it. Every driver on the CD worked, except the sound driver.

I searched Google for ages, but I figured it out in the end. The way you go about it is as follows:

Firstly remove existing HD Audio Drivers and the Realtek drivers: go to Start -> Control Panel -> Add / Remove Programs and uninstall the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver. Secondly remove any High Definition Audio Drivers that are listed under "Sound, video and game controllers" in the Device Manager. Open this by doing Start -> Run -> type "devmgmt.msc" and enter.

Go into the Device Manager. You should see two "PCI Devices" with question marks on them. Right click them and select "Update / Install Drivers" (or something to that effect). This will "install" them. Do this for both of the devices with the question marks.

Lastly insert the motherboard CD and install the audio drivers.

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