I;m very happy with my new motherboard ASUS P5E-VM HDMI, but ...
... just one big problem: NO SOUND
yeah, I tried everything, de-install the sound drivers and install them again, checked BIOS, let windows advise, let google advise - no luck.
It says in device status: the device is working properly
And in Control Panel / Sound / Configure / Stereo - test = error Failed to play test tone!
When I go to Windows Media Player and try to playback a sound, it says:
Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly.
Having read all the suggestions from Windows help file first I started thinking that the motherboard might be faulty
Then have looked a bit closer at the device manager and changed to view / devices by connection
and could see something remarkable:
The loudspeaker icon (REALTEK HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO) has a little exclamation mark !
And when I right-click it and scroll to properties, the following information comes up at device status:
This device cannot start. (Code 10)
Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available.
Of course there was none ...
1) update BIOS,
2) change chipset driver,
3) download sound driver from manufacturer's website (instead from supplied CD),
4) if nothing helps I will de-install vista and try XP instead.
Will be reporting back as soon as I find any cause.