I have onboard sound from my motherboard, which I've always had disabled in BIOS. I also had the volume control hidden from the taskbar. I've re-enabled those and installed the Realtek AC97 drivers - interestingly, when I had the audio playback device as HDSP9632 Analog (1+2), that was appearing on my windows mixer, although it made no difference, obviously.
The realtek device is now appearing in my audio devices list and I've tried with different combinations of Realtek being selected as my playback device and as my MIDI device but I still get the same error: No device driver is present. I've also tried soft and hard rebooting between each change.
The hardware information in the Device manager shows that the realtek stuff is all working correctly.
Any other thoughts or am I lost cause!
Oh, and you're right, I'm on XP with all latest patches and updates.
Does the utility need another sound driver to operate then? I wonder if there's a work-around for that which would allow it to be more generic? If people are using an RME it's likely the don't have another sound card.
Edit: I've just noticed that my onboard sound util is running as soundman.exe, is that something the relay could look for? What process or dll is it trying to hook into at the moment? I assume it'd be the kmixer?