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Dell Inspiron 1501 No Sound Device Detected?????

Hi, I recently got a Dell Inspiron 1501. I went to go check out a video online and realized to my utter surprise that there was no sound so I proceeded to check the volume levels and it said no sound device detected. I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic on this laptop and I've already checked the device manager to look for yellow or red marks and there is nothing. I checked under sound and it said basic speakers and that no drivers had been installed for it yet. So I tried running update driving thinking the internet would pick it up and it said that it could not find a better driver. I'm very confused. I don't even know what type of driver to look for in order to manually install drivers or why it wouldn't even detect the sound card in the first place. Any suggestions please or is anyone else having the same problem?

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  • rick1981mty Nov 13, 2008

    in my case, I made the change from vista to xp, and when installing the drivers, the only one that wont work is the audio driver, what can I do? I had already done this and the driver that I downloaded from the Dell webpage worked, but not anymore. HELP please.

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    I was able to get my 1501 notebook's soundcard working when I went to I then downloaded both drivers for the sound card & now it works.

    I hope this helps!

  • raiyzenhell Jan 05, 2009

    I have the same problem. Downloaded sound drivers, tried all remedies I could find. NOT WORKING!!!!! O jez. HELP ME OUTS!!!!!

    PACE ME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    Brand new acer aspire 5730z. I downgraded (updgraded?) to XP and lost my sound. It says no sound device, and in system info it doesn't even detect a device. Help??

  • twiggyplayer Mar 19, 2009

    Okai im turn on my laptop cause i have the same model a Dell Inspiron 1501 and i cant hear any sound. I have no drivers for my sound, so i tried to go on the internet and find the correct drivers cause i had took windows vista off and put XP back on. And well i cant find the correct drivers to use ..can someone please guide me through on how to fix this error in my laptop step by step!! if you have an solution email me at

  • fisher8361 Apr 12, 2009

    There is absolutely no sound coming from the speakers on the Inspiron 1501 and I tried every method of fixing it I really need someone to give me an answer. You can email me at

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2009

    I have the same prob! Not correct driver doing my head in now

  • kunhi mohmme Apr 30, 2009

    microphon not working

  • tdarvill May 03, 2009

    I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 that can't seem to detect it's sound device? Can anyone help me with this?



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To make sure that you will be able to download the correct driver of your laptop, go to,click driver and downloads, enter the service tag of your computer that is the 7 alpha numeric characters found on your laptop, or you can go to your bios press f2 when you see the dell logo and you will see there the system setup try to find your service tag, once you had enter it on, all of your appropriate drivers that came with your system will show up, but if for example your operating systems is windows xp then you change to vista check if there is a drop down box there to change the os, if not click on the search box on the and then type in the name of your audio card and then put vista ( example sigmatel driver vista).

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The driver for your computer can be downloaded from the following link

1. Click Download Now, to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save (Windows XP users will click Save) this program to disk and click OK. The Save In: window appears.
3. From the Save In: field, click the down arrow then click to select Desktop and click Save. The file will download to your desktop.
4. If the Download Complete window appears, click Close. The file icon appears on your desktop.


1. Double-click the new icon on the desktop. For example labeled R12345.EXE.
2. The Self-Extracting window appears and prompts you to extract or unzip to C:DELLDRIVERSR12345.EXE. (Example path). Write down this path so the executable (Example - Setup.exe) file can be found later.
3. The Self-Extractor window appears.
4. Click OK.
5. After completing the file extraction, if the Self-Extractor window is still open, close it.
6. Click the Start button and then click Run.
7. Type C:DELLDRIVERSR12345 in the Open textbox and then click OK.
8. Follow the on-screen installation instructions.


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The driver is not really the problem. In order for the Dell 1501 Inspiron to recognize the driver you first have to activate the Hi-Def audio bus. Download and run KB835221 from Microsoft. This will activate the bus and the computer will now recognize the device. If the driver is present it will install itself....if not install Dell R134779 or Dell R134879 SigmaTel driver.

This applies to many other pc's where HD Audio device is not recognized.

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Chk the bios if the onboard sound card is enebled or not ?

Posted on Oct 31, 2008

I did what you said and was told that it was not the correct driver for the 1501 system.

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This might help. Goto the device manager and delete the device. Then reboot. It should be detected and reinstalled automatically. If it doesn't, the hardware is broken.

Other things to check are in the volume control. goto properties, recording, and see if the mic is selected and up.

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