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How do i re- enable the audio output device on dell 1525?

Hi everyone,i have got a problem with my dell laptop (1525 inspiron) someone sort of disabled my audio output device system and im not really good with computers, so was just wondering if anyone had any advice on enabling the sound devices back on or any other advice will be really apreciated , thanks

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  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    thanks but cant from there. and the main problem is the playback devices

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    its vista and there is nothing on the playback device menu

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    and then where do i go after reaching the device manager?

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    looked everywhere that i could and couldnt see anything to do with making the sound device normal or back to the way it was

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    okay.there is sigma tel and intel r ) high definition audio on the sound game controller , sorry not quite sure if i gave you enough

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    i just need the playback audio devices to be working .

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    nothing is muted the playback menu is just empty is there anyway that i could get what was there before to come back or what should i do or maybe is there anyway

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    yes there is a red line robert a cross in fact and goovy i mean the whole systems playback

  • seaviewsfine Jan 09, 2009

    robert i rate you big time thanks i had to download it again tho..but stil thanks for your help big time

  • bnatasha57 Feb 05, 2009

    my sound volume devices are disabled and i need help to get it enabled

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Hi, this is I recently bought a laptop Latitude 110l, I have had to reformat everything ,my only problem now is there is no sound. Ihave tried everything I can and when I go thru the audio chart it tells me that everything is good , and yet still no sound. I have even tried Dell.com_ drivers downloads no luck.
Is there any one out there that might be able to help me ? Any help would be appreciated.



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Maybe your audio device is muted by the function key of your dell.

If you look on your keyboard you should see a blue FN key.
Function key. Then if you look further on other keys you should see a speaker key louder and lower and even a mute key(the one with a cross).

If you press the FN Key and keep it pressed then the louder key(i think it's the up key) do you see a something changing in windows or in your screen like going louder. if not pres Function key keep it pressed and hit the key with the speaker mute(the one with a cross). You should see something changing.

If it's correct you should see a speaker with green bows next to the clock. then you can try if its work.

If the speaker is not showing up anytime you press one of those keys you have a problem with the driver or the hardware.

First look these and then we see further.

good luck.

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  • goovy75 Jan 09, 2009

    About what playback menu are you talking?

    Windows Media player? or another program.

    You mean you can't find the audio files or how to play a cd or dvd?

  • goovy75 Jan 09, 2009

    Where do you see this cross?


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First place to look is the systray... lower right corner of your screen... see the lil speaker icon... open that and see if you can emable it from there... if not i'll explain how to get to the task manager.


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    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    vista or xp ?

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    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    go to the start menu... in that box... type in device manager... look in there particularly around sound devices ... and yellow exclamation marks ?

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    it should show you a list of devices .... i'm interested in any of the sound devices and whether there are icons on them. if the device has a plus sign beside it... click it to expand the list to see all the items


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    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    well that's why i need you to tell me what if any icons are in your device manager next to each sound device... then i can properly advise you on how to fix the issue

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    Ok ... this will be the quickest way because it also ensures you have the correct driver for your sound.

    and also... is there a red line thru the speaker in your systray ?


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    sounds muted... is there a speaker icon on your keyboard

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Jan 09, 2009

    you are welcome.. thanks for the rating

  • dulbertson25 Feb 19, 2011

    how do i enable audio output on my dell


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