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Windows 7: SoundMAX - SoundMAX audio device not detected

14 Oct 2010   #1
Windows i7 920

Windows 8 Pro x64
SoundMAX - SoundMAX audio device not detected

It seems that my Windows 7 installation is getting worse by the day on my desktop (see specs linked to my account). It is just issue after issue it seems. Now my audio is not working on Windows 7, but on my Linux installation it is which leads me to think that a driver issue has arisen. Additionally, when I click on my SoundMAX icon, it just gives me an error saying No SoundMAX audio device detected. I do not have a dedicated sound card as my motherboard's integrated one does fine (until now, but still I think it is a software issue, not a hardware issue as it is working great with Ubuntu 10.04)

My Windows 7 Home Premium x64 installation is not a clean install. I used the upgrade option as I got Windows 7 Upgrade Option for free right before it came out when I bought my PC with the equivalent Vista. I've heard since that it was a mistake to do so and that a clean install is always better (is this true? ).

Also, another question. Would updating my BIOS (which is extremely easy with the P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard) help anything at all? I apologize if any of this post seems dumb. I'm kinda new to the extreme hardware. Sometime this month will be the 1 year mark for me upgrading from entry level (*cough* eMachines w3400 ) to enthusiast hardware.

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14 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium


Have you gone here:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

and downloaded the latest audio drivers?

Upgrading the BIOS can shometimes help in these situations, is an upgrade available.

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14 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Yes a clean install is recommended because if you just upgrade then all the files and settings get transferred to the new OS. With this happening there may be also be bad files,registry,corrupt files, and bad settings getting transferred. A clean install well means what the word "clean" means it get rid of all the programs but put your documents and settings in a file called 'windows.old'.
I don't think updating the BIOS would really do anything(other people correct me if I'm wrong here) to help with this situation.

Good luck:)
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