So, a couple months ago I bought a used computer to replace the old XP box I have. It arrived and I out it aside to work on later, which turned out to be early this week. When I plugged it in, the Borg, erm, Microsoft immediately upgraded it from 7 Pro to 10 Pro, no way to opt out. I thought fine, better on a blank box than risk losing data or have other compatibility issues.
When it was finished, it worked fine with Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and a couple programs I installed except for the sound. There are two on-board jacks for sound, one in the back for “speakers” and one on the front for “headphones.” The only volume slider that showed up was for the front jack. Naturally, plugging the speakers into the front jack worked okay so I thought, eh, I’ll worry about it when the video card arrives.
Yesterday it arrived, a Gigabyte GeForce 710 with 2 gigs. Today I installed it and except for having to pick up the Win 10 driver on the website (the disk had only up to 8) everything went smoothly so far as the video was concerned but the speaker icon on the taskbar blossomed with a big red X and No Device Found.
Okay, maybe the video card is also looking like a sound card because one of its outputs is HDMI but I’m using good ol’ VGA for my monitor. Sure, enough, when I check in the Device Manager, High Definition Audio Device has been replaced by two drivers, NVDIA High Definition Audio and NVDIA Virtual Audio Device. Figuring the latter was the issue, I deleted it, but no joy. The Microsoft site, and a couple others outside MS, suggested updating the driver, uninstalling the driver then rebooting to let Windows reinstall, then finally. updating manually picking the generic High Definition Audio Device. None of them worked and when I figured maybe a reboot was necessary, the driver had reverted back to NVDIA High Definition Audio.
That’s all the advice these so-called wizards had to offer, so now I’m stumped. Anything else to try?