The only fix I found was to disable all updates, as in every single piece of Windows software, which is both inconvenient and a little worrying (they must make updates for a reason). I fixed it by finding that update (it will be obvious because it is probably the only one related to your sound hardware) and set it to hide that update so it doesn't come up again.
Ah, also just checked and it appears that my computer has deleted all restore points except for the last one ... I also had to disable an invalid device in device manager to get my sound working again, but you might not have to do that.
Nvidia offers notebook drivers for most of their video hardware.
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I ran that program a while ago and it didn't help, but I ran it again now for good measure and alas nothing came up.
Finding a single culprit could be a lengthy process.
Whatsmore I think it's all Windows updates, I downloaded IE9 once and that did it, Windows Essentials, random security updates too. What was happening was that update was installing a sound driver that it thought I needed, which was actually incompatible with my system.
If current drivers are not available, you may be able to download modified third party drivers from
A step-by-step installation guide can be found be scrolling down on that page.
I have a feeling that this problem is going to require a PC repair man, the internet is full of people with the same problem and each thread has a different solution, none of which have worked in my case as yet. Install 1 update at a time until you find the culprit.
Go back to a Restore Point from before the Windows Updates. Uninstall that update (if it won't let you, then you will have to go back to the Restore Point again) and then hide that update from trying to install. Hmmmm yes could try that, only issue is that I haven't updated in a while, and by a while I mean 60 - 70 updates later.
before installing updated drivers to avoid driver conflicts.