Every time I quit a game such as Braid, Fallout3, AVP all sound on the PC dies (Control Panel > No Audio Devices) I installed a new sound card (SB Audigy) and updated to the latest drivers, and it still happens.

It happens with Steam games and without.

Ok I am shooting in the dark here as I encountered a similar issue with a creative soundcard on vista.

For me the drivers were buggy which caused a memory leak in the sound processing app. So what you need to do is when the sound is out press Ctr+alt+del( or Ctrl+alt+esc ) to bring the task manager and see if any application is using an unreal amount of memory (also see if the exe is related to sound/creative by googling it). In my case the issue was fixed by disabling the eax effects(or something like that).

Hope it helps :)

  • It's Ctrl+Shift+Esc, not Ctrl+Alt+Esc. – 3D1T0R May 27 at 22:09

Try to update your audio driver and remove any additional plugins(dolby/SRS etc.) that where installed in your PC. This may sometimes help you

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If you used "IObit Driver booster", uninstall the newly installed driver and look for the required driver on the manufacturer's website. I've been through multiple computers due to driver booster updating a PCI bus driver causing all the drivers to disappear and make the computer unusable.

So uninstall the new driver, the driver booster, then look on this site for the required driver (http://support.creative.com/Products/ProductDetails.aspx?catID=1&prodID=4847&prodName=Sound%20Blaster%20Audigy&CatName=Sound+Blaster)

I see you tagged the question with Windows XP.

I would recommend upgrading to 7, and from there, try the newer games.

Windows XP is mostly designed for older games, like CS:Source. Unless it also happens when you play something like 3D Pinball, then I may not have the right answer for you (Upgrade to Windows 7).

If the Windows XP thing isn't the case, then I would try to reconnect the wire, that goes to the Headphone/Speaker ports. Otherwise, it may be the ports themselves, who are flamed (broken).

  • This is not what was asked (in 2010) – Toto Oct 19 '17 at 12:13
  • But wasn't the question "How do i not let my Sound die off?".. – Samuel Oldridge Oct 19 '17 at 12:37

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