Disaster just struck. Restarted Win7, & the audio drivers won't load ... been working fine under Win7RC and even under Win7 for the last week or so. However when I attempt to reload the drivers, Win7 says the installer won't work - even though it did before <sigh />. Thought I needed to download new drivers, but having a damnable time finding the right download. Win7 won't identify the sound card, just tells me it's high definition. None of the hardware recognition & listing software I've used in the past tells me anything more. Finally reinstalled Belarc Advisor, and it tells me the sound card is SigmaTel, Inc. - C-Major Audio Version 1.0.5405.0 nd574 . Unfortunately, I can't use that to find the appropriate codecs on Gateway or SigmaTel site(s).
Box is a Gateway GT5064, 2.8 G cpu, 3 G ram, terabyte drives, sound card embedded on motherboard, if any of that is significant.
W/O sound, I lose a significant portion of usability, i.e., alerts, warnings, audio & video tutorials, voice chat, teleconferencing ... you get the picture.
Does anyone have any idea how to counteract this situation?
(Actually, I was pretty fond of Win7 up until now, in spite of a few unwarranted - to my mind - restrictions.)
Please help if you can ... I'm open to just about any suggestion (no, not Linux ... that's on another partition <chortle />.)