Vista RC2 on Mac Mini - Need Sound Fix

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by AnthonyKinyon, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. AnthonyKinyon macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I tried XP SP2, Vista beta 2 (which I hated), Vista RC1 (much better, but still Windows) and then Vista RC2. (Still on RC2 now). I of course, have the "no sound" problem. Sound worked fine in XP with the Apple provided sound drivers. Vista claims I have no audio device although it shows the Sigmatel High Def. item in Device Manager (looks more like a codec than a device).

    I tried to remove it and add it back, including "Add Hardware" in Control Panel and pointing it at the driver files. I ran the "Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP" with /V /a and extracted them. I ran the setup but still no sound after a reboot.

    I have tried pointing it at C:\Windows\system32, C:\Program Files\Macintosh Drivers for Windows XP\Sigmatel\WDM, etc. etc. etc. - no avail.

    Performance on RC1 and RC2 is actually quite good though it boots slower than XP or Mac OS X did/do. (XP is no longer installed right now). I have Aero and a rating of 3.0 on the Windows Experience Index. (1 GB RAM)

    I've scoured Google and found all kinds of "solutions" which don't "solute" :) the problem. (In other words, don't fix it).

    Can anyone help me out? I even tried running the setup for the audio driver in "Windows XP SP2" compatibility mode.

    If this worked I'd be all set! Thanks.
     
  2. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Apparently the sound card is actually RealTek not SigmaTel. I force installed the drivers and got lots of blue screens of death (fun stuff, let me tell ya).

    Apparently there are Vista beta audio drivers here. I'll give these a try and see how it goes.

     
  3. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Apparently there are Vista beta audio drivers here. I'll give these a try and see how it goes.[/QUOTE]

    And these did not work. At least no blue screens. I found another possible RealTek Vista driver here. Going to try it. At 25 megabytes, I sure hope it works. (geez)
     
  4. mrcammy macrumors member

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    Not sure about the mini, but my 24" uses the realtek driver, not the sigmatel. just got it from the xp cd bootcamp made for me. Sound works good now...
     
  5. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I did try the XP RealTek ones on Vista (on the Mac Mini) but it gave me blue screens of death (not fun). :) Oh well. I am back on XP SP2 now and installing the first 59 MS security patches, more will follow after a reboot, and then I think maybe one more batch to be current. (Each "batch" of them requires a restart before you can install the rest).

    Oh well. If I did get sound on Vista I wouldn't mind replacing XP with it, but I am pretty confident that Apple will release updated Boot Camp drivers for Vista once Microsoft releases the final version. So maybe in the future my Mini will get Vista again. Everything else worked fine. I did have a strange "Performance Counters" device in Vista although on XP the same item was "Uknown Device" if memory serves.
     
  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Dunno if this helps but i just ran the installer on my MBP like i would XP and things seem to work out.
     
  7. AnthonyKinyon thread starter macrumors regular

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    I appreciate the attempt to help but I was unable to resolve the problem. I have reverted to XP SP2 (fresh install) in dual-boot with OS X 10.4.8. :) Maybe when the final Vista is released Apple will put out new drivers to make it work on Vista as well (I'm almost sure they will).
     

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