Fix Bad DirectSound Driver: Error code 88780078 in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Article explaining how to fix bad directsound drivers on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. The problem is partly related to Winamp player.

On one of my friend’s computer running Windows 7, the error code 88780078 message popped up while using Winamp player. So, I did a research on the web on how to fix it and came up with a couple of solutions. Hopefully, this would fix your bad directsound driver error on windows XP as well.

Note that the reason may or may not be because of Winamp media player. However, in my case and most of the cases, it is because of the winamp player. The whole message that appears on the windows screen is

Bad DirectSound Driver. Please install proper drivers or select another device in configuration.
Error code: 88780078

Fixing Winamp Bad Direct Sound Driver Errors

Solution 1: Check your soundcard

Go to Control Panel and click on the Sounds and Audio Devices icon. Navigate to the Audio tab and in the ‘Sound playback’ make sure that the ‘Default device:’ reflects your soundcard information. If it doesn’t, then check if your components are fitted in perfectly.


Solution 2: Restart the Audio Sound

services_icon This has worked for me several times whenever there is no sound on my windows xp machine. Head over to the control panel and visit the Administrative Tools where you will find the shortcut named services.

Open the services shortcut that allows you to start, stop or configure any windows services. Shift to the standard tab (at the bottom) and search for Windows Audio. Right click and restart the services. Should make your Winamp sound work now!


Solution 3: Winamp configuration

Open your winamp media player, and right click on it which displays numerous list of functions. Click on options and navigate to preference, this opens an window as shown.


Go to the plug-ins option and then to click on the output (or directly click on the output). The above screenshot should make it clear for you. In the output box, you will find soundcard settings. If you’ve made changes in soundcard then they are not reflected here, configure depending on your settings and this solution should work on windows vista, xp or windows 7.

Hopefully the bad sound drivers are no more seen on your screen. Also, make sure you do update your sound drivers. Although this wasn’t the case with me, but sometimes, an outdated soundcard drivers can reflect such errors.

  • Bee Ben

    Don’t overlook the simple and the stupid. I moved my tower to dust around it and the speaker plug came loose. I quickly reached around there, felt around and plugged it back. But I mistakenly had plugged into the wrong jack and the error message, complete with the 88780078, showed up. Luckily I spotted it before messing with drivers and all that!

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  • Kamikaze

    Wow,,, Thank’s
    It’s Work!

  • siwa

    Thanks so much. Solution 2, it works.

  • anil

    in audio tab i cant select anything

  • Sandesh Patil

    awesome bro…… hats off to ur tip……. thnx man….great work … it worked…..thnx again

  • harjyot

    hey there,
    read your article on regarding bad sound driver and it really helped in solving
    my sound issues. Thanks a Tonne :-}

  • Narayanan

    Hi Thanks a lot… so useful tip..

  • FataL

    THANKKKK YOUUU A LOTT MANNN !!!! :DDDDD I fixed the problem !!! THANKS

  • Praveen

    Hi ,

    I got the same issue and i was able to resolve it by following the above troubleshooting steps.Thanks a lot and thanks for the awesome\instant fix steps.Cheers

  • pakaludo

    Thanks mate
    solution 2 works fine for me !!
    keep up the good work geek ^^

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’ll just play the noob part since this is my first pc in 5yrs. I am not using speakers and had not hooked in my headphones….SO once I hooked in my head phones (& or speakers) windows just fixed it self!

  • ysfan

    Thanks for the tips, Solution 2 works for me.

  • mmm

    I did delite my sound driver what i must do now????

  • Avinash

    Thanks Yaar… it helped me a lot

  • Ruslan Azeri

    Thanks man :)) it really helped me. super

  • sandeep

    thanks buddy….2nd solution worked..:-)

  • Joe

    You rock! Great answer!

  • Mits

    though i got the exact same error message, the above mentioned solutions did not work for me :(

  • Abstin

    Thanks, it works. But it can’t still work on the web and gtalk. When i start the window,sometime it loads the sound driver,sometime it doesn’t. When it loads the sound driver, i can see the volume icon on the status ber (at the right bottom conner). When it doesn’t appear, i can’t hear the sound on the web based video and in the gtalk. pls help me how to fix it……

  • Harry

    Thnks, it worked for me, thanks

  • Taire

    Thanks it works! ^o^

  • Toseef

    Hi, i try to find the solution of this problem but i was unable to solve that problem but…….. from this solutopn through starting services , i get the nice solution without restarting the computer.
    well done, keep it up

  • sunil Kumar Verma

    sound drive 88780078

  • Carlos

    Hey thank you for the tips , I work for me … yahoo