I need to get hold of a driver for the onboard sound in a Compaq Presario S7300. As I have reformatted the Hard Disk and installed XP Pro rather than the Home edition that came as standard I don't have access to the restore partition. In hindsight I should have backed it up, but I never imagined it would be so difficult to download these basic drivers, ot that they wouldn't be available in the standard XP install anyway.
It appears that you cannot donwload the drivers but have to fork out £20 for a system restore CD. If I "borrowed" a CD from somebody would that be immoral? Whilst I agree that companies have a right to protect their software isn't it a bit extreme in this case? If it was an software application I would perhaps understand, but a driver which I have in effect already paid for on purchase of the hardware should surely be available for download free of charge?
If anyone has any opinions on this, or a solution which helps avoid paying out £20 and keeps me out of jail then I'd be interested to hear it. I think at the end I'll probably end up paying out, but it's a bit steep when all I need is one tiny driver!
I had reason to d/l ALL the drivers for a Compaq Presario(my 1st PC)It took me days to hunt thru all the "SoftPaq's" but I eventually found them all.If you can tell us the exact audio chipset in use,it should be possible to locate a driver for you.(If you dont know this info,then Aida32,Belarc should find out for you)
This link shows click here the drivers as being crystal soundfusion.Now if you go into Device manager then sound,video& game controllers,open the tree up and then choose audio drivers done and right click to get update drivers then install from a list >next >don't search i will choose the driver install >next> untick show compatiable hardware you should get a dropdown menu with crystal semiconductors on it and drivers for that
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