I spent two days, trying to figure out how to get the sound to work on a Gateway 7215GX. I tried searching for 7215gx drivers, 7215gx sound drivers, 7215gx audio drivers, gateway 7200 series drivers and all sorts of combination's, only to see the very crappy gateway driver pages showing up, along with a few here-and-there posts about other people having the same problem.
It all started when I agreed to look at a friends laptop which was blue screening after an update took place. I'm at the point that I don't really like to spend the time to troubleshoot a computer because I can easily spend 6 hours to 'fix' it, or spend 6 hours to just reload windows. I choose to reload windows... What I didn't know is that I would end up pulling my hair out (almost literally, but not quite) trying to find drivers for the video and sound. I ran across a post that mentioned the E-machine M2350 was similar to the gateway 7215GX, so I figured I would give those drivers a shot. The video worked out great. Gateway shows it as some, M520 / 7000 video driver, but the E-machine website correctly posted it as the ATI 320M. So, the video issue was fixed.
I am so used to hearing the windows start up and shutdown chime that I didn't even bother to pay attention to the fact that it wasn't chiming... I just assumed that the drivers windows found during the fresh install, would work. I soon realized that I had a problem on my hands. I went back to the E-machine website and downloaded the SoundMAX driver for the m2350, but the setup didn't pickup the driver... I exhaustively searched all over the place and found all kinds of different drivers to try. No luck... I finally ran a program that stated the the chip was an Analog Devices AD1981B(L) @ ULi/ALi M5451 AC-Link Controller Audio Device Don't bother with ALi drivers... none of them seemed to work... even though XP stated the card as an ALi card... I did some research on the AD1981B and came up with Analog Devices website, the makers of the SoundMAX driver / software suite. They themselves do not host drivers (at least I couldn't find any) so I decided to go back to the roots... E-machines M2350 driver page. I decided to try out the SoundMAX driver once again, but with a different approach... Much to my surprise, the 'new' method worked like a charm!
What is the moral of this scenario??