Why can I not play games in Windows 7 and hear sound in Windows XP in a dual boot installation?

Venkatesh kashyap November 19, 2011

I have installed Windows XP in FAT32 file system and Windows 7 in NTFS file system.

I am not able to play games in Windows 7.
In Windows XP I have installed sound drivers, but I am not able to hear the sound.

  1. Vicky92raja
    December 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I have also same problem with windows7, no any game is able to play.
    after installing game and direct X, when i open game then just black screen nothing else.

  2. Venkatesh kashyap
    November 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

    thank u guys.!!
    all problems are solved.
    actually bitdefender-2012 wz blocking the games.

    thanks a lot.!! :)

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

      great that you fixed the problem.

  3. Venkatesh kashyap
    November 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    about win 7 issue.
    i have 1gb graphics inbuilt.all drivers are working properly.all the games are compatible with win 7.
    these are the games i can't able to play(prince of persia,wwe,cricket,chronicles of narnia,fifa 08 etc)
    and no errors.
    when i open the game just black screen comes.not any thing else

    November 20, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Hello, with regards to your sound issue in XP, have you tried the basic troubleshooting steps?  Have you checked that your sound is not set to mute? 

    If it is not in mute, have you increase the volume to at least 50%?  I say 50% because depending on the speakers you have, they might no sound too good.  Have you connected the speakers in the right plug?

    Have you checked that your sound device shows in device manager?  Is there any question mark next to it?  Have you installed the drivers for sound?  If driver is installed, have you checked that driver is the most recent one?  Have you run the sound troubleshooter?  To do so in XP, do the following:

    -- click on start
    -- control panel
    -- sound, speech and audio devices
    -- click on sound and audio devices
    -- click on hardware tab
    -- click on troubleshoot
    -- answer questions asked according to your issue
    -- if this doesn't solve the problem we could try the next process

    -- click on start
    -- run
    -- type dxdiag
    -- click on yes
    -- click on sound tab
    -- click on DirectSound tab
    -- answer the questions accordingly
    -- if you answer no to any of the questions, it is going to show you an error in the notes area.  Post that error here, or research it online
    -- click on Music tab
    -- click on directmusic tab

    If this doesn't help, click on the more help tab and select either troubleshoot or sound tabs and answer questions according to your issue.

    With regards to playing games on windows 7, I am afraid you will have to give more information.  Can the game/games install?  If they can't are they compatible with windows 7?  What errors do you get when trying to play games?  What direct X is the game compatible with?  Are your graphic card drivers and sound up to date?  If it is an issue like that you can test it with the command shown for xp.  You could try that by doing the following:

    -- click on start
    -- type dxdiag in search box
    -- click enter
    -- once box opens, click on the display tab and check if there is any problem showing in the notes area
    -- open the sound tabs and see if any errors show there
    -- record the errors and let us know
    -- open the system tab and check the direct X in use. 
    -- click on the help button to get more answers and troubleshooting steps
    -- click on exit when done.

    The most important thing you could do is giving us some feedback about your issue.  Was it solved?  What have you tried?, etc.

  5. Jeff
    November 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Venkatesh,

    You should use NTFS when your installation will be larger than 30 GB's and plan to allocate files larger than 4GB's. I doubt this is related to your sound issue, but it's something to note.

    Why are games not working in Windows 7? Do you receive an error message? Expand on "not working".

    In Windows XP, go to Start -> Run: "devmgmt.msc" and press "Ok". Then, when device manager opens, expand "Sound, video and game controllers". Do you see your sound card/device listed? If so, does it have an exclamation or question mark next to it?

    Microsoft released a FixIt utility for troubleshooting sound issues. You can download that here.

    - Jeff

    • Venkatesh kashyap
      November 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

      no errors.just blank screen comes when i try to open games

  6. Anonymous
    November 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    well it depends on your graphic card, did you installed the right drivers and which games you try to play on which graphic card?

    you can look here on how to dual boot xp/7

    can be problem with Bios trying to detect the graphic card?

    • Venkatesh kashyap
      November 21, 2011 at 8:06 am

      i have 1gb graphics inbuilt.
      prince of persia,wwe,cricket,etc all games

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