the speakers or the audio drivers wont load after bootup. but when i uninstall the hardware and reinstall by using find new hardware the driver loads - therefore the speakers work. but when i reboot the driver wont load again. this issue started when i upgraded to XP sp2.
i also downloaded & installed the drivers from the Dell website but it didnt do anything.
dunno that's weird, i have a C610 now and XP finds and installs default drivers for my system and they all work perfect. I'm using SP2 but i didn't upgrade. I installed it from a slipstreamed CD that already had all the updates built in.
You can reinstall Windows. Then install the drivers and SP2. Do not go on the internet until all of this have been installed. You can get SP2 from Microsoft or find it on the Web. Do not go to Microsoft and download from there if you do not have SP2 installed. You will get trojans or worms. Test it out then. It should not be a hardware problem.