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Sound no longer works on my computer

My grandson came to visit and played his IPOD through my computer so we could all hear it. When he left he said he replugged my speakers back in, but now the sound doesn't work at all on my computer. I've checked in settings and in the windows media manager, but sound information indicates it is on and volume at 100%. Have rebooted several times also. Speakers are on and turned up. STill nothing. What else can I look at or try to fix this? Thanks!

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Look at where the speakers plug into the computer. There are multiple plugs that look the same. If this is in the back of the computer, there are probably six colored ports. Try the other ones until you find one that works. This won't hurt your computer if you put it in the wrong one. If this doesn't fix it, your problem could be a driver that you need to download. If moving the plug to the different ports doesn't help, post a comment, updating the situation, and I will see what I can do. Hope this helps.

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Speakers should be plugged into the GREEN jack on the back of the computer. Also, RIGHT click on the speaker icon in the lower right and Open Volume Controls. Make sure that all slide controls are at least midway.

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Restore

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