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Bad HardDrive, No Cookie!

My 30GB hard drive on the Gateway machine is dying.
It's been making funny crunchy noises for over a year.
I bought an 80GB HD as a replacement, a year or so back.
Never figured out how to copy the OS over from the 30 to the 80.
So now, I have a problem. One of the DLLs just got 'patched' by scandisk.
Therefore it's broken.
The DLL is the audio driver DLL.

I'm not sure how to replace it.
In theory I could just pull it off the virtual install image, but ... not sure where it is.
So, I'm going to have to install XP@home on the 80GB drive, and configure that as the boot drive.
That's more painful than I expected, as the @home is an upgrade rather than a full install.
Maybe I'll put the copy of XP Pro on and just register it with the @home license. That shouldn't be too miserable, right? Or will they kvetch about that?

Meanwhile I can live w/o sound for a few days while I figure out how to fix this mess.

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whipartist
Jun. 29th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
Can't you just reinstall the sound drivers? You can probably find a version on the net on the vendor's site.
foomf
Jun. 29th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
Tried that. Twice. Going to look again ... it may be that the error is not really with the drivers, but rather with the dll that's part of XP that calls the drivers. Everything _appears_ to be there and functioning but it doesn't seem to be seeing the sound devices at a higher level.
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