i feel like a moron right now haha.
just did a clean install of XP and backed up everything you could possible think of but a sound card driver. this is a prebuilt pc, and i have no idea what sound driver is inside.
control panel says no audio devices installed
when i look in everest, there is nothing under "windows audio" and it says "Intel 82801DB ICH4 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-1]" under "PCI/PnP Audio"
i assumed this meant i was looking for realtek AC'97 drivers. I managed to find version 3.88 on i forget what site. it downloads ok, but halfway through installation my computer reboots itself. It did this twice. I even downloaded the file again just in case it was a corrupt download.
i just did a full clean install so there shouldn't be anything conflicting on here.
Intel p4 2Ghz
512 MB RAM
i checked the hp website for my prebuilt model number and while there was every other kind of driver imaginable, no sound drivers.
anyone have any ideas?