This Version of audioESP is not intended for this operating system

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Sir Topham Hatt

Don't understand.


I have an Asus P50 motherboard (it's a bit old now) and I used a driver update utility (yeah, yeah, I know!) to update the audio driver on the PC.


Since using it, I get this error (in the title) when turning on the PC and have no audio. Had a look online but other links are wildly out of date.


If I uninstall the all the audio drivers and restart, it comes up with this box and I have audio and will continue to show this error when restarting the PC.


I don't have a dedicated sound card.

Running Windows 10 Pro.


It mentions sound max exe files so if I navigate to as many soundmax.exe files as Windows can find and set them to compatability mode, it doesn't change anything.


Sometimes I can delete them, I think. Sometimes not as they're "in use". 


I've had a look at the manufacturer website and I can't seem to find any drivers.


Windiws can't find any others apart from what it automatically installs.


The driver update utility was good with all other drivers, just not this one. It currently shows the installed driver as 2012, but there is a 2016 version.


Any ideas? 

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Why do you need a new driver? If the old one worked fine, why did you need to update it?

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Sir Topham Hatt

Sorry, its an Asus P5Q-e. 


I uodated because generally, when something has an update, I'll update it. 

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I live by, if it aint broken, don't fix it.


BUT if the update doesn't give you some perks, I'd leave it.


Can't you go back to your older driver?

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From what I have been table to determine, the Asus P5Q-e motherboard uses an Analog Devices AD2000b sound chip.


The latest device drivers I could find in the Windows Update Catalog for it are these Windows 8 drivers:


x86 -

x64 -


They may work fine under Windows 10 as well.




Aryeh Goretsky




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Sir Topham Hatt


Couldn't find the win 8 driver download (but a useful site, nonetheless). 


However, have visited the Realtek website and downloaded an auto installer from there, as well as two other install files for things so will give those a try and see.

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