Sound drivers have issues. Error code: 88780078

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Sound drivers have issues. This window pop's up when I try to play a song. This happens when I open the sound icon as well

Bad Directsound driver

DirectSound output v2.2.8 error

Bad DirectSound driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration.

Error code: 88780078


Thanks in advance for the help.

Heard about this site from a friend and expect good solution as soon as possible.

Just want to mention that i did try reinstalling the drivers on my HP laptop but same error.

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Answered By 0 points N/A #91402

Sound drivers have issues. Error code: 88780078



Here's my solutions for your problem.

* Maybe your sound card was turned off To activate these "features":

1) Start

2) Control Panel

3) Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices

4) Sounds and audio devices

5) Hardware tab

6) The sound card should be listed, select it then click Properties

7) Properties tab

8) Expand the Audio Devices

9) Select sound driver and click Properties

10) Check the "Use audio features on this device" check box

11) Click Apply then OK

12) Restart computer

* Reinstall Sound device Follow these steps:

1) Right click My Computer and click Manage

2) Go to Device Manager, right click your audio driver and select uninstall.

3) Then on Action tab click Update Driver, it will automatically detect the driver that needs to update or install.

4) Then restart your computer.

* Here's other methods:

1) Go to Start,

2) Click Run then type – services.msc

3) Scroll it down then look for Window Audio

4) Click on it then right click and select START to turn in on.

5) Then reboot your computer.

* Follow this other method to solve your problem.

1) Go to start and click Control Panel

2) Click "Sounds, Speech, and Audio devices" then click Sounds & Audio Devices Icon.

3) On the Audio tab look the Sound playback, make sure the Default device correctly reflects your sound card. Then click OK.

* Verify your sound device driver:

Open the Device Manager. Follow the steps:

1) Click Start then click Control Panel.

2) Select Performance and Maintenance, then click System.

3) At the System Properties dialog box, select the Hardware tab, then click the Device Manager.

4) Click twice Sound, video and game controllers, then notice whether your sound device is at the lists.

5) If it is listed, right click then click Properties.

6) Click Driver tab then checks Driver Provider, the Driver Date and the Driver Version.

7) Check the Digital Signer, If nothing is listed maybe it's the Driver that cause the problem.

* Try the Sound Troubleshooter, it may also help to solve your problem.

Here's how:

1) Click Start, open Control Panel.

2) Click and select Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.

3) On the left side you can see "Troubleshooters", click Sound to open the Sound Troubleshooter.

4) Questions will appear, just select the answers in radio button which you encountered.

* You can also remove and replace the sound card on your CPU, if that's a built-in sound card. And If it is, do remove and replace it. Then turn on your computer, to reboot your system.

* Check for other hardware conflicts and devices that are turned off:

Open Device Manager. Follow the steps:

1) Click Start then click Control Panel.

2) Select Performance and Maintenance click System then Double click the Sound, video and game controllers.

3) Look for exclamation point sign (!) in a yellow circle or a red 'X'.

4) Yellow exclamation point, it indicates a hardware conflict.

5) To troubleshoot this issue, go to the Hardware troubleshooter then click "I need to resolve a hardware conflict on my computer". The symbol red "X" indicates that the device is turned off. 

How to turn on a device:

Device Manager, right click the device marked with red "X," then click Properties. Under the Device usage, choose Use this device (enable) then click OK. Then restart your computer.

* Check the volume control settings by checking it, open the volume control window. Follow these steps:

1) Go to start, click All programs, click Accessories and click Entertainment then click Volume Control.

2) Then on Options tab click Advanced Control.

3) Check all the boxes of volume and mute settings. If some of the mute check boxes are checked, then uncheck them.

* Try to change your sound driver. Download the updated sound driver Realtek Ac'97 Go to this site then download the driver. Click Here

Hope this solution will solve your problem.

Answered By 0 points N/A #91404

Sound drivers have issues. Error code: 88780078


Hi Robson,

Do you install a direct X into your computer? If so make sure it’s up to date, here is the Link for the update version of direct X,

Also do this:

Open winamp then ctrl+p to open the preference.

Left click the Plug-ins, and then output.

Double click the direct sound output in the list.

winamp preference

On the driver or device tab, make sure that the sound card is listed in the dropdown list.

Nullsoft DirectSound Output

If you have made any changes in winamp, close the program, and then restart the computer.

Hope that this help.



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