Several Dell laptop models including the E6400, D630, D520 and D430 all require the Sigmatel audio drivers on Windows XP. While the ‘auto apply drivers’ and ‘apply driver packages’ features of SCCM OSD work well for all other device drivers, the Sigmatel audio drivers have been a constant pain. I have finally resolved this by adding a command line step to the task sequence with the following command line:
setup.exe -s -SMS -f2"c:\windows\temp\audiodriver.log"
There setup.exe is the InstallShield installation provided from the Dell support website. The -s makes it silent and the -SMS prevents the network connection and Setup.exe from closing before the setup is complete. I also create a WMI query condition on the step so it only applies to certain models:
Select * from Win32_ComputerSystemProduct Where Name LIKE "%Latitude D430%"
We don’t seem to have this problem with Windows 7, the ‘auto apply drivers’ works nicely.