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

By Sidharth | How-to

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 Although this wasn’t the case with me, but sometimes, an outdated soundcard drivers can reflect such errors.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(26) comments

Satgur sarao May 15, 2016

Thanks it reaaallly worked

Bee Ben July 2, 2014

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!

marko February 10, 2013


Kamikaze January 8, 2013

Wow,,, Thank’s
It’s Work!

siwa January 8, 2013

Thanks so much. Solution 2, it works.

anil November 24, 2012

in audio tab i cant select anything

Sandesh Patil November 6, 2012

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

harjyot October 14, 2012

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

Narayanan August 25, 2012

Hi Thanks a lot… so useful tip..

FataL July 7, 2012

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

Praveen March 30, 2011

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 March 27, 2011

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

DJyoSNOW February 6, 2011

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 February 5, 2011

Thanks for the tips, Solution 2 works for me.

mmm January 27, 2011

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

Avinash January 3, 2011

Thanks Yaar… it helped me a lot

Ruslan Azeri November 19, 2010

Thanks man :)) it really helped me. super

sandeep November 3, 2010

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

Joe October 28, 2010

You rock! Great answer!

Mits September 6, 2010

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

Abstin September 5, 2010

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 August 30, 2010

Thnks, it worked for me, thanks

Taire August 29, 2010

Thanks it works! ^o^

Toseef July 4, 2010

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 June 25, 2010

sound drive 88780078

Carlos June 20, 2010

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

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