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    A while back I posted about weird hard drive problems and not being able to install windows and that was resolved with a bios flash to my motherboard. Since then, almost everything has been working fine. However I do not get any sound to work on some applications. I can get sound for mp3's on winamp, and for dvd's. The startup sound plays but it skips. I can't get sound for games or any other type of video. This is onboard sound on an MSI K7TPro2-A. When I tried to install a soundblaster card it wouldn't recognize it. Any ideas about what is going on?
    Another, probably related problem happens when I start up. Sometimes when I turn on the computer, it just locks up, before the POST. according to lights on the motherboard it is having an error extracting the flash to ram. After this happens I switch it off and it will power up normally every single time. I frequently have this problem the first time i try turning it on, but never have I had it the second time. I have never heard of anything like this happening so I would appreciate any help you can give. Thanks and sorry for the long post.
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    I had simillar problems. I realized one day, after I brought the unit inside and pluged it into AC power, everything was fine.

    It had something to do with the inverter. and/or grounding of the inverter to the car.

    Grounding the inverter solved my noise problems, but created the same problems your describing.

    I trashed the inverter and bought a 12v DC-DC supply from keypower. Now all is well.
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    Actually this comp is in my house, although the grounding in my house is really bad to the point of nonexistence. Is this really the problem, it seems like it is more of a hardware issue.
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    is that a western digital hard drive?

    I ask because I bought a WD HD back in december and I have the EXACT same problem
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    No, its a maxtor drive. The original problem was that it was turned on without ram in it and then it wouldnt get to windows. I flashed a new bios and now i have having this new problems with the sound.
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    Have you installed the latest DirectX version? Has updated sound drivers and such.
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    Yeah, I have though I did have some weird issues with the soundcard drivers. The drivers on the cd didn't recognise that I had the sound card (onboard) but some newer ones from MSI's site did. I think this is a hardware problem with the motherboard, especially with the flakey boot-up. What are the chances that my Bios chip itself has some physical problems? Thanks.
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    Could be bad memory, or a flakey BIOS chip.
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    Have you tried putting linux on it and playing an mp3 with XMMS?
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    I can get mp3's to play with winamp, and the startup sound works. I just found out flash animation sounds work. However, movies do not work (wmp gave the error hardware not available) and game sounds do not. Also the sound occasionally skips when it does work, something that should not be a problem with a duron 800. I think it may be the bios chip--what can be done about this?
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