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Loss of Sound

I also have a Toshiba M50-164 and the sound has gone off. I have tried going into control panel/admin tools etc (as advised on another site) to make sure Windows Audio Service was showing AUTO, it is so I am now at a loss. Any help would be appreciated. Last weeks it went off but then came back, but no such luck now.

I put in the product below even though it is a Toshiba M50-164, because I can't find correct produt in your list

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  • rosmwil Mar 04, 2009

    I have AC97, so I clicked on that. I have Windows XP so I then clicked on (2nd blue line) Windows 98Gold....2000/xp......I wasn't sure what to click on next as there was steos 1, 2, 3 and go, so I clicked on step 1. It went into the updating mode and it installed whatever that was but nothing has happened. I am not any good at this so I might not have done what you meant me to do. Can you help me again please. I will need to be told in plain (very plain) english as this is all new to me. Thanks (RosMWil@aol.com)

  • rosmwil Mar 05, 2009

    Thank you, I have done the scan and it came up with 20 critical outdated drivers but I was bothered about going further in case it made other things go wrong. Last night my nephew checked the Windows drivers and said everything was showing fine (everything was ok except it got a small black square when he clicked to show no sound was coming out). He thinks it is the hardware rather than the software, ie. speakers/lose connection?. Thanks so much for getting back to me, I will have to just use it without noise until I get another computer.

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Your unit uses a Realtek audio driver and is one of the following:

Realtek AC97 HD or Realtek AC97

The download link is here.

Please post your results here (especially if the reinstallation doesn't fix your issue).

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 04, 2009

    Sorry for the confusion, let's try this download link. The driver is compatible with Windows XP (and several other OSes but most importantly XP).

    A quick install of that driver using the setup file should do the trick.

    Post back if you have any problems.


  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 05, 2009

    You should just have to download this file (WDM_A406.exe) and run it. It should restore the sound on your unit (you'll probably need to reboot after install).

    As for the other outdated drivers, I wouldn't worry so much about those, it sounds like you're running a program like nodevices or something that scans and downloads new device drivers (or at least you're using the trial version of it), you should only need the audio driver I've linked...

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