Winamp Gives Me Bad DirectSound Drivers Error

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Okay, here is my problem.

Firstly, I have no sound anywhere...this isn't simply a problem with winamp as far as I can see. I have gotten the newest drivers for my motherboard and for the onboard AC97 audio card. Suffice to say, this didn't help.

There is the exclamation mark next to the device, which is appropriately called "Vinyl AC'97 Codec Combo Driver (WDM)", which is obviously my audio driver and gives the error "This device cannot start (Code 10)". My speakers are not detected when plugged in.

Methods I have tried:

1) Disable the Enable the device. (No effect, although I wish this one would have helped. What a great remedy it would be.)
2) Uninstalling the device completely and then letting plug-and-play pick it up. (It worked smoothly. However, the device was merely reinstalled displaying the same error. So no effect.)
3) Downloaded completely updated drivers from seedy backalley sites. (Albeit the word seedy and backalley are in there...the drivers worked, installed properly, and I now have updated drivers...but it didn't restore my sound. So no effect)
4) Browsed around all the settings in sound and audio. They all say that no device is selected for any part of my audio setup, and when I attempt to choose the appropriate drivers, it does nothing because "This device cannot start (Code 10)"...uh...suffice to say, no effect.

I was going to go fix the .dll that people were talking about, but I actually couldn't figure out how to do so. And in the end, it doesn't seem like breaking my back over considering I'd like my sound to work on all parts of my computer, not just in winamp.

I suppose it would be somewhat proper to mention that the problem started after taking my computer completely downstairs (Unplugging all the components, etc...) in order to hook it up to the TV we have down there. I plugged an S-Video cord from the back of my video card into the TV...which displayed the video just fine...but was absent of audio and began giving me the error we're talking about. I figured it was just because the speakers weren't meant to work with your computer and plugged mine in. But to no avail, the error persisted. I figured that maybe there was some type of data conflict from the S-Video cable, and decided it wasn't a big deal. Took it back upstairs and the error persisted and my sound is nowhere to be seen...or rather heard.

Anyone think they can fix my problem?

EDIT 1: I have now actually uninstalled the drivers alltogether, and downloaded the official drivers from the site to install the card again. This has, as may be assumed, still not helped.

EDIT 2: Well I gave up and got a new sound card. I suppose I may have fried my old one when I unplugged all the components, but the computer works fine now with the new sound card.
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This is how I solved the same problem:

Go to Start -> Settings -> ControlPanel -> Administrative Tools -> Services.
Here, find the service named Windows Audio, which manages Windows audio devices.
If this service is stopped then audio and its associated components will not work. Set its Startup property to Automatic so that it starts everytime when you start your system.

This fixed my problem
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I also have this problem.
I've got a Fujitsu Siemens laptop, and today the sound went off. I did disable it with the little icon on the bottom of the screen as advertisements were annoying me! The sound card has now kinda disabled itself. I get this error message in the sound area in the control pannel:
"This device cannot start. (Code 10)"
I've tried most of what you guys have said already, downloading stuff, virus checking ect etc. What do I do now?
If anyone has any advice, I'd greatly take it! :D
Thanks,
ConfusedComputer.
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I'm getting this same error, but nothing here has worked for me. I am using Windows XP 64 Professional and a Creative Audigy 4 sound card. First: No sound will play anywhere -- no start up noises, nothing -- not just in WinAMP.

* In the control panel, under Sounds and Audio Devices, it says "No Audio Device" and it does not let me select one in any of the tabs.

* I had this problem before after a Windows update and reinstalling my sound card drivers fixed it. It did *not* fix it this time. I'm also not certain that I had any Windows updates install recently, although I have them set to automatic so they may have.

* Rebooting doesn't change anything, either.

* Updating/reinstalling DirectX drivers did not fix the problem.

* When I look at the out_ds.dll in WinAMP preferences, its only option is 01: Primary Sound Driver. Under Device Info there, it says:

error getting device info
(device in use ?)

* I do not have any exclamation points under the Device Manager.

* Windows Audio is not stopped or anything under Services; when I open it, it is running, and it is set to automatically load and all that. Telling it to restart the service doesn't fix the problem either.

* I did a full system scan with Symantec and I don't have a virus or anything like that. I always keep virus scan open and I always run a firewall and I don't really visit sites that would give me viruses, so I'm certain it's not that.

I'm really frustrated by this. :( I thought reinstalling the sound card drivers would work like it did before, but nope, and no other popular solutions seem to work either. Any ideas? :(
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I don't have any errors. My computer refuses to play any sound altogether. Below is the things I did in attempt to fix it...

Start > Run > dxdiag > Music > Test DirectMusic

On the above steps, the music didn't play on all of the options except one... VIA Audio (WAVE) (music actually played for that option).

How do I make VIA Audio (WAVE) my default player medium (or whatever it is)?

There was a problem on VIA MIDI Extornal Port. (Failure on step 5 (Creating the IDirectMusicPort): HRESULT = 0x80004005 (Generic Failure).

I went through many troubleshooting at windows help. Nothing helped. Any help would be great. Thanks.

I went to the Drivers list and there was no problems on any drivers. All of the drivers associated with audio was in use.

Can anyone help? Do I need a new sound card?
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Did you test Direct Sound bogey?
You can set your default device for stuff using "Sounds and Audio Devices" in Control Panel.
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Sorry, newbe bringing back an OLD thread. But In searching for a solution to this problem, almost every search brought me to this thread, so I wanted to post my solution for anyone else that my come across this problem and this thread.
I tried all the suggestions here, several times without success. As a last resort prior to adding a sound card, I put my XPpro disk back in and went through the "upgrade" process. BINGO when it was done, sound worked! During the upgrade process I got a message about the driver being unsigned, I clicked continue anyway, and all is good now.
Hope this might help out someone else!
THANKS
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conorific wrote:
I opened up my Winamp 5.01, and tried to play a song. Alas, I got an error that says:

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

*twitch*

What happened?


ok.. i didn't take the time to read through the entire 5 pages, so here's a proper answer to the question:

go to http://www.dlldump.com/download-dll-fil ... nload.html
download the dll, copy the dll file, close winamp if you have it open, locate your winamp folder (default is c:/program files/winamp/) and then locate the plugins folder in your winamp folder. paste the dll there and press "yes" when windows asks if you really want to overwrite out_ds.dll. open up winamp again, and it will work...


Hope that helps:) have fun listening to music:)
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lorene222 wrote:
This is how I solved the same problem:

Go to Start -> Settings -> ControlPanel -> Administrative Tools -> Services.
Here, find the service named Windows Audio, which manages Windows audio devices.
If this service is stopped then audio and its associated components will not work. Set its Startup property to Automatic so that it starts everytime when you start your system.

This fixed my problem


This did not work for me. THis happened on my past Win XP home install, i narrowed down to 4 offending WINDOWS OFFICIAL UPDATES.

The sad part is I did reinstall windows (upgraded hard drives) and this update happened again.

Once i figure which of these four it is, i'll repost:

KB935839
KB935840
KB900485
KB929123

I hope this helps.
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SecureITGroup wrote:
I went to my Winamp and it is version 5.20 and if you go to the WinAmp Preferences (Ctrl+p)and click on output. There is a option on my end to select DirectSound Output Then there is a dll called out_ds.dll i would take the next step to find what that dll does and assume that you are missing it.


-> this helped me fix the problem :)
thanks :D
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how do i do it it doesnt work for me either please somebody tell me
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You have to install that dll into your computer. Kind of hard to explain here.
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Yes, I am experiacing the same problem as well as everyone. It gives me the

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

Error code: 88780078

Can someone help me? I'm not really sure what I did wrong, but I have a good idea what I did I accidently deleted some stuff from my add or remove programs but I forgot what stuff I deleted.. I think one of them was "Soundmax" or something.. Also, this isn't a winamp problem either, after that add and remove programs thing, NONE of my sounds work. And I been trying to work with it but can't seem to find a solution. On my winamp thing I have the following listed:
Nullsoft DiskWriter v2.13 [out_disk.dll]
Nullsoft DirectSound Output v2.47 (d) [out_ds.dll]
Nullsoft Waveout Output v2.11 (d) [out_wave.dll]


Anyone please help, I need my sound lol.
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MikeDamone wrote:
Try this:

Right click on My Computer
Manage
Device Manager
go down to where the exclamation point is
Right click to Disable, then Enable it.

Worked for me.


Listen to this guy... I did it and it worked out fine for me.... thanks a sh1t load man.. a fkn GENIUS! :D ;D
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conorific wrote:
I opened up my Winamp 5.01, and tried to play a song. Alas, I got an error that says:

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

*twitch*

What happened?



i had the same situation as everyone else and when i read what people did on here this happen and i got it working again:

1)CTRL+P on winamp and CLICK on OUTPUT
2) Make sure DIRECTSOUND OUTPUT is highlight and then CLICK on CONFIGURE
3) on mine... i switched it to REALTEK AC97 AUDIO

for some strange reason i think it was set on Primary Sound Drive and i don't know if that has any effect at all to it... it works fine for me after doing that.... ^_^"
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Hi! I'm having the same problem and the same error message pops up. But everything gets back to normal the moment I restart my computer. after about an hour or two, the error occurs again and I have to restart again. It's like when my computer is freshly turned on, everything is fine but after some time the error happens again. Not only Winamp will not work but also media player and anything that has sounds such as Express Scribe. When I check my control panel, it says that there is no hardware found for sounds even if everything worked perfectly when I turned the computer initially. It's okay since I'm able to fix the problem by restarting but it's annoying that I have to restart every now and then... To the guys having the same problem, try restarting and see if the same thing happens.
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.... I also have to add that I have reformatted my entire system because of this, so my system is good as new, but still the problem persisted and I still have to reboot every now and then just for it to work properly, but apparently it would work just for an hour or two...
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spunky wrote:
Two days ago, I can open both windows media player and winamp to play at the same time(actually any music player combination). Yesterday I found "Bad DirectSound Driver ... " errro message. I can only close the software which is using the soundcard in order to use another music player. This is against my previous experience and I knew for sure there must be a solution to recover to previous stage. I search google and lead me here. What I did is exactly as you guys told me .

1. Open Winamp
2. Ctrl + P to bring up preference window
3. Look down to Plug-ins-->Output
4. There are three choices in my case.
1)waveOut output v2.0.3 [out_wave.dll]
2)Nullsoft Disk Writer plug-in v2.0c (x86) [out_disk.dll]
3)DirectSound output v2.2.12 [out_ds.dll]
5. before I make any change, it highlights the third choice.
Then I click the first choice to highlight it, next click "Configure" .
6. A new window called "waveOut setting" pops out
7. in Device:drop down box , I switch to "Crystal SoundFusion(tm)" --->that's my sound card.
8. Done... Now I can open several media playing softwares to play musics at the same time.. BACK TO NORMAL AGAIN

My guessing: It's Winamp's new update cause that trouble. If you happens to come here, you find a solution. In my case, I knew that my soundcard has not any problem in terms of doing simultaneous jobs. It's the software which controls multi-jobs..




OKAY I am so fed up with this!!! I tried this, and I was so sure it would work because you went step by step. BUTTTT.... in the drop down, I only have one option...I'm clueless as to what my "original soundcard" is all it says is " 01: Primary Sound Driver "

That is my ONLY option and i re-chose it and it's still not working. Someone PLEASE help me I am almost in tears. I have no clue what I even did for this to happen...
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I also had this problem.
I was playing a game. It lost sound then the pc locked up. I rebooted and then started getting the error message. There was nothing wrong in device manager. Windows did not recognise my sound card (SB X-Fi Elite Pro) in winamp or control panel. Media player showed video with no sound and no error.

Tried a bunch of stuff from this forum that didn't work.

After powering down I opened up the case and pushed on the sound card a bit and then it recognised it but still no sound but also no error message. Played with the sound card again, booted up and up she fired after 1.5 hours of silence.

I just joined this forum to post this as I don't remember reading this solution and as a thanks for all those who have posted trying to help.

For those of you scanning through all of this...

Try reseating the sound card and make sure if it needs power that it is connected.
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I have had that same dang problem twice now. In the Preferences section it keeps changing my soundcard from the one I have (RealTek) to a generic one and I get that irritating "WUMP!" and the error message. We must have all contracted the same trojan lol.

Good luck, people!
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Here is what you do.
Go to start menu
Run and type services.msc in services find Windows Audio double click it and click Start and tadaa :) it's simple , easy and fun and you 'll see the results if it doesn't work may i die instantly :)
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A doubt, DQ hell I post the message 2 times?
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Pilky wrote:
heres my 2 cents. Got this problem and ofc googled it, and this being the first site up, I had a little look at it. Found the methods to be a little overkill and so I found a fast solution to one of the baddirectsound error's.

I found that when using recording programs within windows, it can commonly change what method of sound your using for wave and microphone (changed mine to a recording driver instead of my usual c-media).

So my advice is this, go into your control panel and then into your sound settings and make sure that the wave and microphone settings are set back to their usual sound card drivers instead of another piece of software you may have used previously.

Granted to some people this may just be insulting their intelligence, but hey, if it worked for me and can stop someone deleting a helluva load of files that they have on their pc then I regret nothing.

Have fun


You are a champ man.

I tried pretty much everything up until this guy had posted on page 4 with no luck. Turns out, somehow my sound had been changed to input instead of output. I went into volume control and clicked options - properties, then simply changed the setting from input to output, clicking playback as well. I hope this helps a lot of people out because it is one annoying problem.
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conorific wrote:
I opened up my Winamp 5.01, and tried to play a song. Alas, I got an error that says:

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

*twitch*

What happened?



reinstall your sound drivers.



:arrow: I read the advice of the 1st page posters about the out_ds.dll files and how installing/updating Winamp caused it to switch the sound card settings.

I just did it and it worked.. Also notice that some others said that they had TRIED to reinstall and up date their drivers and it did not work. It didn't work for me either!

But, as I stated above, going in and changing the device back to my actual sound card worked! So thanks!

:arrow: ALSO! It effected my Vent settings as well... As soon as the Ventrillo settings were set back the same way I did with the Winamp it worked as well!

:D
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winamp drivers are not compatible to the windows sound drivers.

go to the my computer right click on it.
go to the device manager
check the sound drivers.
if the sound drivers have the exclamation sign than disable the drivers and again enable it.
try to reinstall the drivers.

update the winamp version.
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Go to the start menu and then click Run.
In the box type in "services.msc" and a screen will pop up.
Scroll down to Windows Audio and click on it.
If you are having the "Bad DirectSound Driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration.
Error code: 88780078" error then Windows Audio is currently turned off. Right click it and click Start.

A loading screen will show up and after that goes away your audio should now work :]
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hi am using windows 7 build 7100 i get the same msg "error code 88890010 wid the same msg" please help!!............ thanx in adv
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Bosley wrote:
"CONTROL PANEL>ADMINISTRATION TOOLS>SERVICES>SCROLL DOWN TO 'WINDOWS AUDIO'>IN PROPERTIES, SET 'STARTUP TYPE' TO AUTOMATIC AND START IT "




I have the same settings as they should be, but I hear no sound through speakers. My problem is little different - I hear sound from each application except for Winamp in speakers and in headphones too. But Winamp plays its sound only in headphones. When I unplugged them, there is silence (when only Winamp plays or I hear other apps' sound).
Has anyone any advice how to solve it?

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