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My laptop (Inspirion B13) speakers work

I have the same model and problem. I noticed that audio gets choppy and cuts out the same time the hard drive light is on. The less the light is on, the better the audio quality. I downloaded and installed the latest drivers as suggested, rebooted, and still have the problem, so it must be the hardware.

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  • coffelta Mar 06, 2009

    I installed the Sigmatel audio driver offered from Dell's website for this model. There's only one driver available. I assume the sound card on this model is on the system board and can't be replaced. If it needs another driver, where would I get it?

  • coffelta Mar 06, 2009

    No, it's not under warranty. Other options?

  • coffelta Mar 06, 2009

    It has the latest BIOS and the system was recently wiped and the OS (XP) installed fresh.

  • coffelta Mar 07, 2009

    This makes the most sense of all the suggestions.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Does the same problem happens when the unit is running with the AC adapter plugged in and charging? Or, pls try with the AC adapter/charging.

Offhand, it could be a battery issue or (most likely) an internal power distribution issue. I am tempted to suspect that the audio circuitry is not getting sufficient power when the hard drive motor accessed. Should this be the case, then it would be the system board since the regulator circuitries are built-in to it.

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This is because your Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is set to Programmed Input/Output (PIO) mode. Your HDD should be running in Direct Memory Access (DMA) mode. To correct this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the control panel with Start -> Control Panel,
  2. Double-click on the "System" icon (minus quotes).
  3. Go to the "Hardware" tab (minus quotes).
  4. Click the Device Manager button.
  5. Locate the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers".
  6. Right click the "Primary IDE Controller".
  7. Choose properties
  8. Click the "Advanced Settings Tab"
  9. If Device 0 and Device 1 mention "PIO Only" for the Device Type, you need to change the Transfer Mode to "DMA if available".
  10. Do this for both devices and when it asks you if you want to restart (if it does, I can't remember), select no.
  11. Repeat steps 6 throgh 10 replacing "Primary IDE Channel" with "Secondary IDE Channel".
  12. Now right click everything under the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" and choose uninstall. Uninstall it all but don't worry, the PC will reinstall it all when you reboot.
  13. When prompted each time, to reboot, select no at this time.
  14. Once all the controllers are uninstalled, reboot the PC.
When the PC boots again, log back into your PC and wait. It's going to pop up "New Hardware Found" info down in the corner. This might take a while. Wait until it stops displaying those icons before you restart the PC. Eventually it's going to say you need to restart your PC for these changes to take effect. Select NO to the first ones and ensure it has installed all of them by checking the Device Manager again. Remember, to get here its Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager -> IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. If it looks like it has installed them all, restart the PC.

Once booted, head back to the Device Manager again and check the Primary and Secondary IDE Channel and ensure both are running in "DMA if available".

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    Matt H Mar 06, 2009

    FYI, PIO mode is a severe bottle-neck for PC traffic. It passes information from devices through your CPU which elevates the CPU usage and can cause shuddering in video and sound.

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    Matt H Mar 06, 2009

    Coffelta,

    My solution will fix your problem.


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Im not so sure problem is in the hardware but it could possibly be. you should send it to repair service for checking the whole laptop. another is you can buy an external sound card to check what really the problem is. Like, sound card or the speaker or the driver itself. with the use of a new sound card you can distinguish what or where cause the problem.

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It tends to be hardware problem in your system . There will be a cable inside the laptop which needs to be replaced . It connects the speaker to the power button and you face this problem due to improper power supply to speaker .

You need to dismantle your laptop to work on this problem.

You should have service manual inorder to help in proper connection .

Hope this helps.

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Yes, this sounds like an operating system issue. i suggest preforming a complete restoration of the entire OS. this will fix the choppy nature of the sound. A bios update is needed as well.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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    Michael Masters Mar 06, 2009

    Ok, you mentioned that you have reinstalled windows and the bios has been refreshed. this leads me to believe that this is a manufacturing flaw that resides within the motherboard. i suggest returning this laptop for an exchange. this is a defective model.

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You must first completely uninstall the device driver on your laptop,
reboot the unit, and let it detect the device that need to be reinstalled the driver,

let me know

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    micromaster Mar 06, 2009

    also:

    What OS Operating System you are using.
    Since when you encounter this problem, is there any related problems before the problem appear.?


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    micromaster Mar 06, 2009

    on what specific Application you are using that the audio will begun choppy..?

    Kindly specify and detail it to us..





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Hi..the reason to this problem may be due to
the C-media PCI soundcard.
check it out..
thank u..

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  • Hariharanath V Mar 06, 2009

    hi..you have to go to the nearby computer shop.

    try this out..

    thanks..

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Seems hardware problem, please check is it still under warranty then ask Dell for exchange the notebook.

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    local computer repair shop is your next option.

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It seems that the driver is not compitible with  the operating systm. you need another driver.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

  • crysiszone Mar 06, 2009

    if you install the latest driver, than its better to try a new card.


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