Saturday, December 18, 2010

Windows XP sound card conflicts

So Windows XP gives you a strange message about sound card hardware acceleration when opening up Control Panel, and it sounds something like this:

To enable the advanced sound effect for gaming, please make sure the setting of the Hardware Acceleration is "full". The directory is as below: Control Panel -> Multimedia/(Win98)/Sound & Multimedia/Win200,Me)/Sounds & Audio Device(WinXP) ->Audio ->Playback/Advanced ->Performance ->Harware Acceleration.

This happens when the on-board sound device and PCI sound card are in conflict. Just disable the sound device in BIOS (or, remove the PCI sound card) and the problem ceases to exist. You could also just disable the appropriate device in Device Manager.

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