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  • Bad DirectSound Driver Error

    This just started occuring and now I have no sound at all on my computer. It doesn't even recognize my sound card.

    It says

    Bad DirectSound Driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration. Error code: 88780078

  • #2
    have you tried rebooting?

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    • #3
      Many, many times.

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      • #4
        1. Winamp
        2. Ctrl+P (for preferences)
        3. Plug-ins > Output
        4. double click 'DirectSound output'
        5. Driver tab
        6. make sure the device in the drop-down list correctly reflects your soundcard

        Further DirectSound config tweaks....
        Howzit....Whatzit...what tha...? How to tune up, and keep your Winamp player humming along. Search this Forum to find others who have driven down your road and have advice and tips to help you out.


        -and/or-

        1. Control Panel
        2. Sounds & Audio Devices icon (or MultiMedia Icon)
        3. Audio tab
        4. in 'Sound playback' make sure the 'Default device:' drop-down box correctly reflects your soundcard

        Although it's not necessary, close down Winamp, Windows and reboot the computer after making any of the above changes.


        No dice? Make sure the sound drivers and/or DirectX are up to date.

        Still no dice? Please post a reply with system specs.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by JonnyMac
          1. Winamp
          2. Ctrl+P (for preferences)
          3. Plug-ins > Output
          4. double click 'DirectSound output'
          5. Driver tab
          6. make sure the device in the drop-down list correctly reflects your soundcard


          That's the one that worked for me. Thanks.

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          • #6
            Solution to Bad DirectSound Drive error

            The problem isn't Winzamp although it happens when you use winamp instead it is because of window. To solve this problem:

            GO TO THE START MENU THEN CLICK RUN. IN THE BOX TYPE IN services.msc A SCREEN WILL POP UP. THEN SCROLL DOWN TO window audio AND CLICK ON IT. RIGHT NOW IT IS OFF SO CLICK START TO TURN IT ON. THIS WILL SOLVE THE AUDIO PROBLEM 99 PERCENT OF THE TIME.

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            • #7
              bad directsaound driver error

              that services.msc idea works 100%. it could help many people because this problem is not always just the matter of directsound implemented in winamp. thanks a lot

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              • #8
                Get it here

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JonnyMac
                  1. Winamp
                  2. Ctrl+P (for preferences)
                  3. Plug-ins > Output
                  4. double click 'DirectSound output'
                  5. Driver tab
                  6. make sure the device in the drop-down list correctly reflects your soundcard
                  GO TO THE START MENU THEN CLICK RUN. IN THE BOX TYPE IN services.msc A SCREEN WILL POP UP. THEN SCROLL DOWN TO window audio AND CLICK ON IT. RIGHT NOW IT IS OFF SO CLICK START TO TURN IT ON. THIS WILL SOLVE THE AUDIO PROBLEM 99 PERCENT OF THE TIME.
                  Both of these methods worked for me. I was listening to music and then Firefox decided it wanted to update. After shutting off my music, walking away and letting Firefox update, I came back and turned my music back on and had no sound. The Bad DirectSound Driver error came up and made noise as did everything else in windows thats supposed to, just not Winamp and Windows Media Player embedded in a webpage.

                  I hope this helps someone to find the cause.

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                  • #10
                    I HAD the same problems but this thread helped alot!
                    I reinstalled my graphics(VGA Drivers) and sound drivers(Intel Board) and it works!!!

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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      Just ran into the same problem with directsound driver. Couldnt figure it out cause the driver was the latest from the vendors site. I used johnnymacs steps and it worked. Thanks so much.

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                      • #12
                        Hi,
                        a little bit old conversation this is, but I hope I can get some help anyway. I have tried everything the previously speakers have said but I don´t get any sound. Normally I solve all types of problems like this fast and easy.
                        Of course I have made many reboots and reinstalls of drivers for sound card and also tried the on-board sound card. Of course I have also tried with other speakers.

                        Many thanks if help is there.

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                        • #13
                          Digdice - it may sound silly, but be sure you plugged your speakers into the right port.

                          Otherwise, try the steps JonnyMac described above.

                          Failing that, post your plugins and system specs here and we'll try to help.
                          Howzit....Whatzit...what tha...? How to tune up, and keep your Winamp player humming along. Search this Forum to find others who have driven down your road and have advice and tips to help you out.
                          What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding? (Elvis Costello)

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                          • #14
                            None of this solutions haven't work for me.....somebody help me? i install drivers but its still same...and in Control Panel say : " No Audio Device".......

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                            • #15
                              The only other suggestion I can made is as follows:

                              1. Uninstall your sound drivers.
                              2. Turn OFF your system - do NOT reboot.
                              3. If the sound is integrated with your motherboard, you should purchase a cheap sound card.
                              a. Open the cover of your PC and find an empty slot and install the sound card. You will have to go into the BIOS and disable the integrated sound.
                              b. Turn on your PC and see if you get a repeat of the same message. If not, install the sound drivers that came with your card. It should be working at this point.
                              4. If you have a sound card installed, you should move it to another port and go back to step 3b.

                              Hope one of these steps leads to a solution.
                              What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding? (Elvis Costello)

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