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Flaming or offending other fx280 Illegal activities: Download HWInfo32 and use the guide in my sig to indentify the audio driver and update it. Back to Windows Legacy OS forum 2 total posts. However, before we give up on you lets try a few things. The install had its rough moments but I was finally able to complete it successfully. I haven’t connected the Dell to the internet yet.

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Then I looked on Google and checked some forums. Having problems with onboard audio with a Dell Optiplex and W7 I’ve been refurbishing some Dell Optiplexes and have run into a problem.

Page 1 of 2. If its Realtek you can download the manufacturer’s driver. You are reporting the following post: Hi Nekton, If there are no drivers for win7, you may be out of luck.


There are many posts audioo this on the Dell users forum. As for the sound card idea, I’ve got plenty of slots left and I wouldn’t be adverse to installing one internally or externally.

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I installed it on my Dell and got all the information that I will need for setting the computer up. Did you enter that into the Dell web site? Thank you for helping us maintain CNET’s great community. Welcome to Windows 7 Forums.

Thanks again for your help! Could it mess up your sound settings?

One extra piece of information: Thanks in advance for your help! The audio driver files do not support your computer hardware. Your second suggestion looks promising, but I doubt that the Vista driver ever aaudio made it into the file repository.

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Could that potentially do irreversible damage to my Vista laptop? It s distinctly possible that I am doing this wrong. This one tip will help you sleep better tonight A few seconds are all you need to get a better night’s rest.


I checked the file repository anyway, but it didn’t have any drivers that have been modified more recently than yesterday I’ve just been trying to fix the audio since this morning. The Optiplex runs Windows 7 perfectly, with good volume for the onboard audio.

I’ve tried running the audio drivers in compatibility mode and as Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. That would solve my problems, but I wouldn’t get to play with Win7 which is why I’m doing this in the first place.

It’s not particularly helpful in this situation with the audio driver, but it’s still a really cool app. TimStitt, Epic Fail is my computing themesong!