Some laptop and desktop computers come with a SoundMax sound card that handles the device's audio output so that you can play music and other audio files. If your system crashed or you reinstalled Windows XP to solve a computer issue, SoundMax might not work correctly when you try to play audio, or your computer may have no sound at all. You can troubleshoot and repair this problem by reinstalling the SoundMax software drivers that control the sound card. Before downloading the SoundMax driver software, completely remove the previous installation from Windows XP.
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Select "Start" in the bottom left of the Windows desktop screen, and then choose "Control Panel" in the pop-up menu pane.
Click the "Add or Remove Programs" button in Control Panel. Select "SoundMax" in the Currently Installed Programs box, and then click the "Change/Remove" button in the menu toolbar. Select "Yes" when you see the uninstallation confirmation pop-up window on the screen.
Wait a few seconds for Windows XP to uninstall all traces of the previous SoundMax installation. Click the "Finish" button, and then restart the computer to ensure the changes implement correctly.
Remove previous SoundMax installation
Locate the SoundMax driver software installer package online. You should be able to find this in the downloads section of your computer manufacturer or computer motherboard manufacturer's support website. If you're not sure who made the computer or motherboard, check the help documentation or user manual that came with the device.
Click the "Download" button for your version of Windows XP. Select "Save," choose a download directory on your computer and wait for the installer file to download.
Double-click the downloaded EXE installer file, choose the "Run" option, and then click the "Install" or "Install Now" button. Wait for the installation wizard to add the SoundMax software back to Windows XP, and then click "Finish." Restart the computer to complete the procedure. The audio output from the SoundMax sound card should now work correctly.
Reinstall SoundMax software
Tips and warnings
- Some computer or motherboard manufacturers may supply the SoundMax drivers in a compressed ZIP file rather than an executable EXE installer file. In this situation, right-click the downloaded file, choose "Extract," select the driver and then click "Run" to install the software.
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