I have been having various problems but have narrowed them down to DirectX issues and the fact that there is no preferred device in Sound Properties. The box is greyed out and just says "no playback device".
I reinstalled DirectX which solved a lot of .dll errors I was getting (passed all tests in dxdiag)but when I tried to sort out the sound problem by removing and reinstalling the sound card, the DirectX issues DDRaw.dll errors, kernel32 errors returned.
I tried reinstalling DirectX again but this time it didn't have any effect.
I have tried updating the sound cards drivers but that didn't help.
I am going to try and reinstall WinME over itself from the c:\options\install folder.
If that fails format and reinstall. Before I do this, has anyone ever come across this before and can you suggest any other course of action?
Beg,borrow or buy a soundcard--if that works problem solved.
I take it that your onboard audio device is listed in device manager----try deleting/uninsatalling it from there and rebooting.If windows doesnt detect it again this could also indicate failure of the device.
Yeah, onboard sound listed in device manager. I have removed it and reinstalled it, Windows detects it each time but after reboot there is still no speaker icon in systray and I still get the inactive driver message.