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Drivers disappeared

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Drivers disappeared


    Recently did a clean install of Win8 - all was well for a few days, but I had a strange buzzing noise in my attached speakers. Eventually traced it down to some dodgy wiring in a case fan, which I removed. In the process of diagnosing the problem I removed my PCI soundcard and PCI wireless card.

    The soundcard is superfluous (it has no 64bit drivers available: Santa Cruz Turtle Beach) so I removed it and will use the onboard audio for the moment. I replaced the Wireless card into the same PCI slot it came from.

    Rebooted the PC and it has now lost all my drivers: Audio, Video and Wireless. I've tried to "re-update" the drivers using previously downloaded codecs, but the wizard just claims I have the most up to date drivers.

    Any ideas what
    a) caused this?
    b) I can do to fix it!?

    I do have a new graphics card arriving this week, which will have HDMI out, so will be using that to carry Audio and Video to my TV which it's currently connected to - but I'll need to persuade the wireless drivers to work! Am I looking at a complete re-install?

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  2. #2


    Does the wireless adapter show up in Device Manager?

    If yes, I suggest removing it, then detecting new devices.

    No guarantees, but you shouldn't be worse off than you are now.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro


    Well, I decided to ignore the problem, rebooted the PC today with new graphics card and it seems to have sorted itself out. Bizarre.

    New problem with HDMI out carrying audio: results in fuzzy picture on my flatscreen TV, but that's a different problem!

    Thanks!
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