About a month ago i had my new dell XPS 17' (L702x) Laptop Delivered.
After a few days (and many driver
& software updates) i started to get a "stuttering" problem while listening to music/ watching videos etc. Also Noticed the computer being quite laggy (mouse cursor would skip around from time to time when moving it).
So i decided to do a reformat, free of all the useless dell addons etc.
- Successfully Reinstalled Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1,
- Installed my basic drivers
off the dell resource CD that came with the laptop.
-Intel PROSet Lan & WiFi Drivers,
-Realtek Audio Drivers,
-Nvidia Video Drivers,
-Renesus usb 3.0 host controller,
-Now that my network drivers were going, i downloaded and installed all relevant windows updates.
-Then, i installed the programs i commonly use:
-Zone Alarm Antivirus (from reading other forums McAfee may have been the cause of some of the issues i was having so i didn't want to re-install that just yet.)
-Stereoscopic3D Player (yes, i got the 3D Screen + Nvidia Glasses upgrade
-Magic Disk virtual disk drive
-Microsoft office 2010 professional
-Steam & Origin (CS:S, CS:GO Beta, MW3, Crysis, BF3)
After doing all of this everything seemed to work fine. played music for hours without stuttering, watched a few movies, played a few games. all worked great!
i noticed i couldn't access my Waves MaxxAudio audio manager.?
Now, heres where i think the problem occured:
in the package of disks that came with the laptop i found a creative xfi soundblaster cd, so i figured i might have to install that.
so i did.
and when completed, the pop up quoting "This Program Might Not Have Installed Correctly" or along those lines, appeared, Giving me the options "Reinstall using recomended settings", or, "This program is installed correctly".
So i did a reboot, and tried again.
So i decided to uninstall and leave it.
But after rebooting again i noticed my little sound icon down the bottom right had a red x on it. so i clicked it and it automatically did its troubleshooting thing and reinstalled the realtek drivers and BAM! i had sound again.
So i tried another reboot.........................
And theres that little red X again.
I have spent the last 2 days uninstalling and reinstaling, updating and rollbacking of the realtek drivers, deleting all realtek and creative files from both "program files" folders, deleting all realtek and creative entries in the registry, and trying again, and evrytime, it installs successfully, but after a reboot its like windows has forgotten where the driver is and i get the little red x again.
Becoming a real pain having to reinstall the driver every startup.
A big nuisance to such a great laptop.
Somebody please help!