WIN2K sound driver install "How To"?

Ron_Jeremy

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A workmate of mine has a Compaq Presario 5000. It came with Windows ME preinstalled & 2 Compaq "system restore" cd's.

Anyway, I delparted the original partitions & installed Win2K on this machine but I don't know how to install the (built-in) audio. I searched Compaq's site but am unable to find a specific audio driver. I don't have the 2 Compaq "system restore" cd's handy, & I have yet to search their contents, but is this where the audio driver could be hiding? If so, will it be for Win2K, since the machine came with WinME preinstalled?

I have no idea what kind of mobo is in this thing, but it does have built-in Intel 810 graphics, of which I got the latest driver off of Intels site. Now why couldn't the audio be that easy....

Any help to set up my sound will be most appreciated.

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Ron_Jeremy

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Toejam31

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You need to search with the model number, and download the correct SoftPaq that contains the drivers. There are several models of the 5000 series, so I can't be positively sure that the link I'm posting for you leads to the correct SoftPaq. Check the "View Installation Instructions" link on the page, and see if the model number of the computer is listed.

<A HREF="http://web14.compaq.com/falco/sp_syn.asp?detail=yes&recid=SP18448" target="_new">http://web14.compaq.com/falco/sp_syn.asp?detail=yes&recid=SP18448</A>

The system restore disks are images. I'm sure that the SoundMax audio driver you need is on them ... but so is WinME. I don't know of any way to remove an individual driver set from the images without a third-party program. And if you just use the disks, they will format the new partition and remove Win2k. That will put you right back where you started.

By the way, even if you <i>could</i> find a way to pull the driver off the imaged disks ... it would undoubtedly be for WinME, and not for Win2k. The older driver version is specifically for Win98 and WinME, with no support for Win2k or WinXP.

Next time, dude ... burn <i>all</i> the drivers needed for the hardware on a disk in advance, and <i>then</i> install the new OS. Looking for them afterwards is a real pain, as you have discovered. This is especially applicable for OEM systems that are proprietary.

I hope this is helpful for you, and ... best of luck!

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Ron_Jeremy

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OK, thanks for help people. I found the chip on the mobo & downloaded the drivers.

Should've done that before I posted.....

Cheers,

Ron_Jeremy

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