Here I go.\r\n\r\nMSI-6330 K7T Turbo VER.3\r\nWindows XP SP2 w/ latest updates as of a few days ago.\r\nAC'97 Onboard Sound\r\n\r\nWindows both will and will not detect the onboard audio device on my mother and any working pci sound card I plug into this motherboard. Windows will detect the hardware and automatically install the driver for it (or anything I select), but will not detect it anywhere else on the system. IE... when I go into Control Panel->Sound, Speech and Audio Devices->Sounds and Audio Devices under the volume or audio tabs there are no audio devices to select even when Windows has detected and installed drivers for them.\r\n\r\nDepending on what program I attempt to play sounds with determines the error. Here are some examples of the errors.\r\n\r\nWinamp "Could not create directsound object"\r\nWinamp before I uninstalled the directsound output plugin would say "DirectSound output error 2.43(D).... error 88780078..." or something like that. Those error cards are exact though, I have memorized them.\r\n\r\nHave read 30+ posts where people have the exact same problem, but nothing will fix this. So far I have:\r\n\r\nEnabled on-board sound in BIOS.\r\nDownloaded + installed latest directx.\r\nUpdated Windows to date.\r\nSEARCHED FOR AND INSTALLED EVERY POSSIBLE F*&^ING DRIVER THERE IS.\r\nUsed 4 plastic screws out of 6 possible slots (read somewhere this is a possible grounding issue).\r\nUninstalled and SEARCHED FOR AND INSTALLED EVERY POSSIBLE F*&^ING DRIVER THERE IS 9 MILLION TIMES.=)\r\nWent out and bought a new PCI audio sound card. Same problem persisted.\r\n\r\nI don't want to reinstall windows because that just force me to use an older version of Windows that I could never update.... and If I would have to then I couldn't use any sound then. The thing that REALLY pisses me off is that about 50,000 people + me have this problem, but there is no fix for this anywhere.... WTF is the deal?\r\n\r\nAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\r\n\r\nI picked the sound drivers off of the MSI website and countless other.... is it possible the hardware component itself is damaged? This all happened after I installed a Sabrent sound card. link here [URL]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829130001[/URL]\r\n\r\nAs soon as I installed that card with the drivers provided on the disk, windows started crashing. So I booted up in Safe mode w/ networking and uninstalled it and all files related to it. Everything was fine EXCEPT...... well you get it.\r\n\r\nCAN ANYONE HELP ME!!!!!?!?!???!?!?