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Volume control icon missing from my desktop

As well as the icon missing, when I try to open the volume control from start programs accessories entertainment volume control, I get a message stating there are no active mixers available. Could you please help me to fix this problem, as I can't adjust the volume.

Also my generic host win32 keeps closing everytime I log on, why is this happening and how can this be fixed?

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  • davidaj May 16, 2009

    Go to control panel, open the sound folder, click the box to show on start bar or desktop



    I am unable to do this as the show on start bar or desktop is greyed out.

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Go to control panel, open the sound folder, click the box to show on start bar or desktop

Posted on May 13, 2009

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    Brittany Garner May 17, 2009

    Run a virus scan with something like spybot search and destroy or comodo antivirus, which are two free programs that work great. I actually have them on my computer.



    Visit this website for more solutions to your host problem:



    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=89439...

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Hi friends,

This problem is due to some virus attack on to your computer...Scan through antivirus

or

Generic Host Process for Win32 Services Error is a broad issue.microsoft has a patch for this issue.You may download the patch KB894391, to fix this issue.

or



Alternatively you can do windows update manually (Note that the above patch solution and the following windows update solution works only on PC/computer running genuine Windows and not pirated versions):

  • Go to the start menu
  • Right click “My computer”
  • Click “properties” then the “automatic updates” tab
  • Choose “turn off automatic updates”
  • Restart your computer
  • Go back to start menu and in all programs go to “windows update” you have to be connected to the internet
  • Manually update windows
  • Turn your automatic updates back on
You can also try the following solutions to fix this error:


Solution 2:
  • Go to Run and type regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >> SYSTEM >> CurrentControlSet >> Services >> Browser >> Parameter
  • look for the key IsDomainMaster
  • Set its value to False
  • Restart the computer

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Yes, you might have turned off the sound in your PC.

For Windows Xp this is the procedure to turn it ON.

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Here you will get a window where you will find all the sound related options.Here you will beable to modify the volume levels and check whether the mute checkbox is ticked, if yes then uncheck the box and click on OK.

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I have XP Home,and for some reason,my volume control icon is missing from my taskbar.When I opened "Sounds and Audio Device Properties",and checked the "place volume icon in the...


Method 1: Add the Volume iconTo add the Volume icon to the notification area of your computer, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK: mmsys.cpl
  3. Click to select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
  4. Click OK.
If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area of your computer, you are finished. If you cannot add the Volume icon or if you receive an error message when you try to add it, the Sndvol32.exe file might be damaged or missing. Go to method 2. uparrow.gifBack to the top Method 2: Save a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file on your hard diskIf the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing, you must extract a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer's hard disk. PrerequisitesThis method requires you to have your Windows XP installation CD.

Note If you do not have access to the Windows XP CD that contains the installation files, ask the network administrator for help if the computer is at your workplace, or contact Support. To contact Microsoft Support, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/ (http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/) To extract a copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer's hard disk, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK: cmdThe command prompt opens.
  4. Type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press ENTER. For example, if your computer's CD drive is drive E, type the following, and then press ENTER: e:
  5. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER: cd i386
  6. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER: expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exeNote system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located on your computer. This is usually C:\Windows. If the folder that contains the Windows system files on your computer is C:\Windows, type the following, and then press ENTER: expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exeNote There is a space between "ex_" and "c:\windows" in this command.
  7. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
  8. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area (if you selected this option in method 1).
If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area, you are finished. If the Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, go to the "Next steps" section.

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You experience one of the following symptoms on a Windows XP-based computer:

* The Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar.
* When you try to add the volume control icon to the notification area, you receive the following error message: "Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed. To install it use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel. "

Therefore, you cannot start the Volume Control program and cannot adjust the volume and sound level settings of your computer.

There are two possible causes of this problem:

* The Volume icon has not been added to the notification area of your computer. (The Volume icon is not displayed automatically when you first install Windows XP.)
* The Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing.

Solution:

Method 1: Add the Volume icon

To add the Volume icon to the notification area of your computer, follow these steps:

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
mmsys.cpl
3. Click to select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box.
4. Click OK.

If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area of your computer, you are finished. If you cannot add the Volume icon or if you receive an error message when you try to add it, the Sndvol32.exe file might be damaged or missing. Go to method 2.

Method 2: Save a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file on your hard disk

If the Sndvol32.exe file is damaged or missing, you must extract a new copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer's hard disk.

Prerequisites
This method requires you to have your Windows XP installation CD.

To extract a copy of the Sndvol32.exe file from the Windows XP CD and save it on your computer’s hard disk, follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. Copy and paste or type the following command in the Open box, and then click OK:
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4. Type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press ENTER. For example, if your computer’s CD drive is drive E, type the following, and then press ENTER:
e:
5. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
cd i386
6. Copy and paste or type the following, and then press ENTER:
expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe

Note: system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located on your computer. This is usually C:\Windows. If the folder that contains the Windows system files on your computer is C:\Windows, type the following, and then press ENTER:
expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
Note There is a space between "ex_" and "c:\windows" in this command.

7. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
8. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area (if you selected this option in method 1).

Hopefully the Volume icon is now displayed in the notification area.

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I'm presuming that the sound is actually working, and the missing icon is your only problem. If so, then there's no problem with your sound card.

I also presume you mean it's missing from your system "Notification Area" (aka "system tray"/"systray" located on the bottom right next to the clock on your "Taskbar").

If you're refering to your actual sound card GUI's (graphical user interface) icon:
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  2. Find the configuration area within that program that toggles on/off the icon you're missing, and viola!
If you're referring to the Windows "Volume" icon:
  1. Open "Sounds and Audio devices" in your list of "Control Panel" items.
  2. Check mark "Place volume icon in the taskbar" found on the "Volume" tab, and viola!
NOTE: You may need to restart (reboot) for the change to take effect.

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