Mmm... I don't think I am destined to get a sound card working on this PC as I have this morning bought a Philips PSC724 sound card and after trying to install the sound card drivers towards the end of the installation process I got the dreaded BSOD with the following error message:
STOP (0x0000007E) (0xC0000005), 0xAFE439DB, 0xF78D6C10, 0xF78D690C)
PSC1906.SYS address AFE439DB base at AFE31000 datestamp40A90697
I have sent an e-mail to Philips to see if they can tell me WHY this error message came up!
I did everything in the RIGHT order - first of all I disabled the onboard AC '97 audio chip in the BIOS then when XP loaded I uninstalled the onboard AC '97 drivers in 'Add/remove programs' then rebooted and run a registry cleane rand it was only then that I attempted to install the new Philips drivers.
Unfortunately the installation progress bar got to around 90% and then that's when the BSOD came up!
I have even tried moving the sound card to different PCI slots but it's no good.
Using Google I found an XP driver dated 07/09/04 (which isn't too old) but I don't know whether it's any nexer than the drivers off the installation CD as they never got installed due to the BSOD!
Finally when I rebooted the PC the faulty software installation messed up my CD/DVD drives as in Device Manager I had 2 yellow exclamation marks by the side of both drives saying "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing (code 39)"
Fortunately the drives worked when I attempted to restore my Drive Image 7 backup which was good news as at least I don't have to re-install XP again.
I am awaiting a reply now from Philips which could be a few days and so for the time being it's back to onboard sound - of the joy of computing!