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Windows 7: Are my audio drivers being re-installed at every boot?

21 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 
Are my audio drivers being re-installed at every boot?

I can't find a solution on Google because there are too many threads relating to this general error but not my exact problem.
Can't think of any new installs that would affect my computer in the last week since this started.

On every boot up, W7x64 displays "Device driver was not successfully installed".

When I click this popup it displays a list of all my audio equipment with red 'x's (M-audio usb MIDI interface, Presonus usb audio interface, Creative internal sound card [not usb], and a software internal MIDI interface).

I close this list of errors popup, and all signs of trouble are gone! All devices are working! sfc /scannow passes, and Device Manager show no errors.

With the computer still on, if I turn off the power to the Presonus audio box, and then power it up again I get the exact same symptoms (except for the Presonus box only, of course).

A system restore to before the problem started didn't fix it, so I'm guessing it's not a registry problem..

Only Audio Drivers are in the "failed" list.
They have different connections:
2 are usb
one is internal software only and has no external connections
one is internal (pci buss sound card)

Please help.

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21 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have a recording studio (I use Sonar X3). I don't get this with my devices.

First thought is install/reinstall the Intel motherboard chipset drivers. Audio devices may or may not work (correctly) if the chipset drivers were not installed or are corrupted. As you have an Intel motherboard, you can go to the Intel site and get the correct chipset driver.
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21 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Thanks firebird,
I have X3 also and this computer has been working fine with sonar 8.5, X2, and also x3, So I don't think it's sonar. This computer is almost 2 years old and has been running fine until 2 weeks ago. Actually it is still running fine RIGHT NOW! lol
I'm doing a recording project right now with X3.
I don't want to just ignore this as it's way past time for me to do my HD cloning for backup and I don't want to clone the HD if something is wrong with the system.
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21 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Did you try the Intel motherboard chipset drivers? That would be a good start, as the chipset drivers identify all the hardware devices on the motherboard.

I have X3d Producer. I have a Roland Octa-Capture and an MAudio Fastrack Ultra 8R interfaces.
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21 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

I did just now update the Intel chipset drivers but I still have the problem.
Thanks for the idea, though.
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21 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Try to narrow it down. Disconnect one or both USB devices and boot up. See if you get the error message. If you do not then one of the USB devices/drivers are causing this.

Do you have other USB devices? that you can temporarily disconnect.
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22 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

I did try that earlier and every combination if usb I could think of. e.g. if I unplug both usb audio devices I still get the failed install alert on my sound card and software midi port.

Isn't there a way to log the bootup procedure into a text file?. I'll try googling that tonight.
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22 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

Again, the biggest mystery for me is that everything actually ends up working as intended. It's the 'failed install' alert that worries me.
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22 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

After thinking about this, it could be something else not being installed correctly or the sequence in which the devices are installed that could be causing this.

Look at the startup in the MSCONFIG panel. Temporarily remove everything except what is essential (that may be hard to determine but what needs to be done) and then reboot and see what happens.
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22 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 professional x64
 
 

I keep a very clean bootup list. There's only a few necessities in there. (no nVidia, Creative, Adobe, etc.)

And definitely nothing new or changed. Seems like if it were an actual driver problem it would end up being crippled as the last result. I was very surprised that a system restore didn't fix this.

Again I'll find out how to log a boot record tonight. Thanks, fireberd!
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