Question about Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook
I have a very weird problem with my Dell Inspiron 8600. The sound works off and on. I can't figure out exactly how to make it work consistantly. Different things make it work. I had thought it was related to how long the computer was on but that doesn't seem to be the case. I tried turning off other devices and it didn't help. I just don't know what else to try. I have tried everything I can think of. Any suggestions would be very appreciated. I have also had this system looked at by several other people and they haven't been able to figure it out either.
Running windows xp? okay click start and scroll to control panel. under control panel scroll to system icon and click. the system property box will open. click hardware then the device manager tab. clik on the sound, video and game controllers, this will open and you will see a list of installed sound devices/codecs as well as video codecs. see if the sigmatel codec is listed it is possible that it may be present but not set as the default. this can happen when installed programs such as media player, real player,quicktime.. install their own drivers to control the video and audio components. the codec is simply a driver program which interfaces between the computers installed hardware and the computers software, IE real player. I have an inspiron e1505, I ran into a similar situation and lost my sigma tel driver. it had to be reinstalled. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION------------------- GO TO THE DELL COMPUTERS SUPPORT WEBSITE. type dellsupport on web search navigate to the downloads section where it gives you the option of inputing your computer make and model, then select your oprating system. look for the downloads for audio devices, you should be able to find the sigma tel codec available for download. save the file to your hard drive in a location where you can access it again. okay back to correcting the problem on the device manager display under sound, video and game controllers. if you do not see the sigmatel codec then run the download from dell for the sigmatel and it will install automatically. hopefully this will correct your problem, it sounds to me like it is a driver problem the above steps will definately identify the sourcee and should provide solution to your problem
Posted on Dec 11, 2006
Click Start>Run, then type 'dxdiag' and hit Enter. A diagnostic will now run. See if windows can find a faulty driver. It may be that there is a fault with the motherboard, hope there's not.
Posted on Dec 10, 2006
Hey, i have this same problem, mine's an inspiron 1300 with the C major card installed and it acts screwy alot. i believe it's a technical issue with Dell
Posted on Nov 15, 2009
I thought I'd tried everything to solve this, and almost gave up. Then I went back to the Dell site, looked again at the Sigmatel driver page for my computer, clicked on 'Other Versions' (next to Download Type), and discovered three versions of the driver other than the one the page had selected for me - one of which, although apparently an earlier release, was recommended. So I tried downloading it, and to my amazement - it worked! How long for - we'll see... What's the betting no sound on next reboot?
Posted on May 05, 2010
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Posted on Oct 03, 2008
I got the same problem though i use Asus notebook
does your problem occur after you use SDHC card?
i got the problem after using SDHC card,
god damn it, i hope i can fix it
i can not fix now...
Posted on Jul 29, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
if after reinstalling the operating system and the sound drivers you get the same problem then your sound chip is faulty,
dont know if there is a pcmci sound card but if there is, that would be your solution or else consider swapping the board
Posted on Dec 15, 2007
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