Was given this Vista laptop to look at for a number of problems including no audio. In Device Manage there was no entry For Sound,video and game controllers. Downloaded the driver from Realtek and device was recognized and sound working.
Took it back to owner, booted it up and 'no audio output device is installed! Brought it home, booted up, all working OK!!
Because of some other problems, installed Windows 7 instead. All working including the sound. Switched off and booted up - 'no audio outpu....'. Once again, no entry under sound in DevMan.
I'm assuming there is a problem with the sound chip, but does anyone have any other line of attack before I give in?
Decided to strip it down as the fan was a bit noisy. Discovered that this laptop has a separate audio card connected by a ribbon cable. Remade the connections when I was reassembling it and it's been fine ever since!
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