hey having a similar problem ---STILL---!!!
Everest shows that i have no PCI/PNP device, this other program called Uknowndeviceidentifier, reports that it reads my AC 97 audio chip and profiles all its information. According to the intsruction prev. posted, the AC97 would be listed in the device section??? if that's the case I should be able to go into Device Mgr, and load up all the shiznit....but what if it's not there??? the question is... is there a sure fire way to know if the imbedded sound chip is fried? or/and trouble shoot through loading reloading the device through the startup/ Resore/driver disk from the Manufacturer, and trouble shoot whether its a kernal/ registry problem???