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Dell dimension 5150 sound is breaking up

Sounds raspy as if people talking or singing have a bad cold

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If problems exist only in certain programs check software setting for audio. If problem is system wide, go to control panel, sound, check to see which inputs and outputs and set for default and if those are the ones you want. Open up your mixer and check those settings. If you're using some real audio intensive application - meaning those that require alot of data processing - you may want to upgrade your sound card to one compatible with aiso drivers.

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SOURCE: Dell dimension 5150 blinking amber lights

I have similar problem these days. After normal shutting down the PC, it can not be powered up again, the amber light blinks. A temp solution for my case is by doing these steps:

1. leave all monitor, network, keyboard and mouse etc. connected
2. disconnect the power, wait until green light and amber light dim.
3. pop up the CMOS battery, then put back in (better to check its remaining voltage, if not good, change a new one)
4. power amber light flash shorter and lighter
5. disconnect any USB connections like keyboard and mouse,
6. immediately connect keyboard and mouse back into USB ports
7. my pc powers up at this point, all green lights shining. Except it displays CMOS setup warnings, give me options to click either F1 or F2
8. I click F1, it goes into normal login XP

The only problem is I could not shutdown PC again, if I do, then I have to repeat 1-8. I have to use "Standby" instead, which I usually do.

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Make sure your speakers are pluged in the green socket at the rear of your computer case.
Secondly, use the driver disk for your PC to install the Sound drivers, if you do not have them, serch for them on google. Download them and install. Either use Dell Dimension 5150 audio drivers in your search or the exact model of your mainboard.
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Look on the back of the unit for a Pink connector.
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You should be able to download the original driver files from Dell Support Drivers & Downloads.

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