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Dell Vostro 1400 sound not working

I'm not really sure why it's not working, but the sound isn't working. I've tried finding the soundbar- but with no luck. I have Chromium on it, so I can't close it. The sound used to work a good six months back. Earbuds? They used to work by perfectly turning, curling, and messing with the wire in order to hear something for about 12 seconds- until I had to fix it again. Now, it entirely doesn't work.. wtf. I don't know if I somehow muted it or something, or if the speakers are just plain blown out. O.o

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Moving backwards;

A) Suspect a broken wire in your earbuds. We are talking hard wire, right? Plugs into an audio port on the laptop, and not a bluetooth device?

B) Windoze probably lost the address to the audio driver files.
Happens when you get an Operating System that is bloated with too much stuff, and is based on a bad kernel design. (NT)

Suggest you download, AND install the audio drivers.
This doesn't work, then we may go with the premise the speakers are blo-wn.

(New earbuds work after reinstalling drivers, and speakers do not? There are still some settings to do before assuming speakers are blown)

Dell Vostro 1400?

Cool. Now I wish I knew what the Operating System was.

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/Product/vostro-1400

Under the heading in the middle -> Refine your results (51 files), and the subheading under it -> Operating system - in blue, click on the blue Down Arrow to the right of the box.

In the drop down list click on the Operating System you are using.
I'm going to use Windows XP for an example.

Under the blue Category subheading click on the blue Down Arrow, to the right of it's box.
Choose - Audio

Under the blue subheading Release date, and Importance; do not click on anything.

Below you see Audio (2)
There are two audio files listed.
You want the blue - SIGMATEL - Driver
Release date 12/20/2007

Go to the right, click on the blue - Download File.

Under the bold - Choose Download Method - subheading, make sure there is a Green dot in the small circle, to the left of -
Single-file download

IF not; left-click in the empty circle to the left of - Single-file download. (Puts a green dot in it)
Now click on Continue in the blue oval.

A small window will come up - Openijg R171789.exe
Click on Save File

A small download window will come up. Allow the file to fully download, then DOUBLE-click right on the file name.

[If a Microsoft 'squawk box' comes up ignore it, click on Yes, or OK.
If another one comes up click on - Run.
I assure you it's OK, it's from DELL. Can explain further if you like.
Post in a Comment ]

At the bottom of the next 3 small windows, click on Next, Next, and Finish. (DO NOT change any settings. Windblows knows where to put the Audio driver file )

If you are not asked to restart your computer, do so.
Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen.
Restart your computer.

[WinXP?
Click on Start > Turn Off Computer > Restart

Win Vista or Win 7?
Click on the Windows logo button, then on the small side arrow to the right of Turn Off, and in the drop down list click on Restart ]

No Sound icon in your system tray?

Click on Start (Or Windows logo button),
Control Panel,
and Sound, Speech and Audio Devices.

Click on - Sounds and Audio Devices
Under the blue subheading - Device volume, click in the empty square to the left of - Place volume icon in taskbar.
(Taskbar = System Tray)

Go below to the Right, and click on Apply.
Then go below to the Left, and click on OK.
(No need to restart your computer as it takes effect right away)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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Make sure your audio settings are on and that you have the correct speaker device selected in the device mgr. It sounds like your settings need to be opened and checked?

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Just do one of these slolutionss.

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