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Windows 7: Dual booting XP & 7 - XP No sound

31 Mar 2009   #1
andythecurefan

7 Pro Build 7600.16385x64 [2.0 WEI]
 
 
Dual booting XP & 7 - XP No sound

Alright, so I know this an XP issue. But what I've noticed with build 7000 and now 7068, is that when I load up my computer and boot Windows 7 the sound works fine in 7. However when I go back to XP after having been in 7 ocassionally the sound is gone. I have a volume icon in my system tray and I can adjust the levels but no sound.

The only fix I have found for this was uninstalling my audio driver in XP and rebooting my PC and having XP find and install the driver itself. But even then sometimes it doesn't work and I have to do countless reboots before I could get the sound working again.

Anyone else experiencing this?


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03 Oct 2009   #2
RoyInForest

Windows 7 Final Release Candidate dual booted with XP Pro SP3
 
 
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I finally freed up a second HDD and installed the final release candidate of Windows 7 last night. Install went without a hitch, despite my low scoring hardware (onboard video gets a rating of 2.0!).

Tonight, I go back to XP Pro (with SP3 and all maintenance up to date) for my regular video chat via Windows Live Messenger. Surprise - no sound at my end of the conversation. The other party can see and hear me as normal. So I check my sound systems with speakers, headphones, etc - NO SOUND anywhere.

Then I boot back to Windows 7 and there is beautiful sound everywhere.

How does Windows 7 mess up the sound on Windows XP. They're on separate HDDs, not sharing virtual systems or anything.

I need the sound for my daily video chat sessions (in XP). There must be a fix for this, right?
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03 Oct 2009   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

First go into the XP device manager and look in the sound, video, and game controllers section there to see if anything is yellow marked. If not proceed into the Control Panel>Sound to run the configuration wizard in order to test the sound there.

If you find any yellow marked depending if this is onboard or a separate card sometimes all you have to do is right click on the item to choose the update driver option and have Windows do it's own search. That will force Windows to perform it's own reinstall to some extent in order to see the drivers made active again.

(don't you just love XP for all the hassles?!)
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03 Oct 2009   #4
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

weird....if its a true dual-boot one OS should have no effect on the other.

I dual-boot xp and win7 and have no issues. I have a 125gig harddrive that I split into two 59gig partitions. When I boot into either xp or win7 I can see the other partition and even open the drive and grab files/folders if i wanted.


but again drivers are not shared when dual-booting.....I think your issue has to do with drivers or hardware issue that just happened to have an issue. I do not think win7 had anything to do with it breaking.
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04 Oct 2009   #5
Lunarpancake

Windows 8 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andythecurefan View Post

The only fix I have found for this was uninstalling my audio driver in XP and rebooting my PC and having XP find and install the driver itself. But even then sometimes it doesn't work and I have to do countless reboots before I could get the sound working again.

Andy.....and Roy

After you uninstall the audio drivers if you click the "scan for hardware changes" at the top of the device manager XP should find and reinstall the audio drivers. You won't have to reboot XP.

Just figured it would save you a few min of wasted time.
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04 Oct 2009   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

I previously had both 7 betas setup with a quadruple boot with an existing XP/Vista dual boot and never saw one OS related clash. It was simply getting the drivers on in the 64bit beta at first that was interesting!

In XP once and awhile there the sound would simply drop off as well as drivers for other devices where you simply needed to have them refreshed since they would tend to get made inactive at times. Let Windows do the walking there.
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04 Oct 2009   #7
RoyInForest

Windows 7 Final Release Candidate dual booted with XP Pro SP3
 
 

Update - just to add to the confusion.
Last night, I deleted the audio drivers and tried the scan for new hardware. It reinstalled the drivers. Still no sound. Rebooted XP - still quiet. Powered down and watched the F1 race from Japan then went to bed. This morning, I power it up -to XP, and there is sound again.

Don't know who the magic genie is who sneaked in overnight and fixed everything but I'll definitely keep very detailed notes as I switch in the future. I need to be able to count on the sound being there.

PS - I'm not new to booting multiple systems. Usually I use GAG to select between 3 Windows, 2 Kubuntu and a recovery system. For this Windows 7 testing, I've simplified it to just the two Windows images and no GAG. But if I have too much trouble switching transparently, I'll need to build another test machine just for Windows 7. (not my first choice obviously)
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04 Oct 2009   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Apparently once you shut down and started up the system there the drivers only then were loaded by way of the startup item for sound pointing to the registry entries for the drivers instructing Windows to load them normally. Once you reinstall any drivers it's usually best to restart the system anyways to insure they are made active by Windows for any hardwares or addon devices.

Often sound would be knocked in XP here when something crashed whether game or media requiring a full restart to see everything loaded normally again. Vista came along and corrected a great deal of those problems while 7 is definitely the long awaited Windows!

Glad to you got that cleared there however since XP was always a bit of annoying in that area.
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31 May 2010   #9
warriordb1

WindowsXP Home 32bit Retail Full & Windows7 Home Premium 32bit Retail Full
 
 
No Sound in XP in dual boot with Windows 7

I installed Windows 7 to a separate hard drive with XP already on the first drive. My sound worked in XP before installing Win7 but no sound after installing 7. I uninstalled my sound drivers several times then reinstalled them but that didn't work. In Device Manager there is an exclamation mark sign next to my sound device. This problem occurs with my soundblaster audigy es and the realtek onboard sound. When I try to let windows update it it says that it can't find my device. The driver software from Asus says no device found. I booted Windows 7 and the sound works fine. I then uninstalled the drivers in W7 and reinstalled them but that didn't work. I install the Windows 7 drivers in Windows 7 and the WinXP drivers in Win XP. I have shut down and rebooted the PC several times with no change.
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01 Jun 2010   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Hello warriorb1 Welcome to SF!

If your onboard sound is enabled in the bios that will cause immediate problems with any expansion card added since that will conflict. The yellow marks in Sound, Video, and game controllers simply shows that XP didn't fully detect and install the drivers.

While in the DM you can right click on the yellow marked item there and select uninstall followed by a full system restart to allow for a fresh detection of the card with the onboard turned off. You should then see a working install when noticing a new "other devices" listing in the DM showing that the card is being detected. You then simply run the installer for the update to have Windows install and make those active.
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