I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 Notebook Computer. The mute/unmute buttons and the volume up and down buttons on the top of the keyboard to longer work at all. I can still click on the sound icon and change the volume controls with my up and down arrows. Is there a possible solution for this problem?
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Re: Volume buttons and mute/unmute buttons don't work
First open the Control Panel -> Keyboard Layout. Look for
the dropdown list for different keyboard models. Scroll to the Dell
models and try e.g. the Dell Mulimedia USB Keyboard layout. Stop the GUI with Ctl+Alt+Return, login again and maybe your multimedia buttons will work now. and for more info contact http://tinyurl.com/m7ghqz If there is no keyboard layout that fits your needs, you may download the programs keytouch and keytouch editor, which are very helpful creating your own layout.
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sharonannmoo, Right click on the volume control icon located on bottom right taskbar. It looks like a speaker. Choose open volume mixer. You will then see where to mute/unmute the volume. Thank You, Dell-Jesse L Dell Social Media and Communities
The touch sensors and "volume" button is on the top right corner of the keyboard panel .... above the keyboard keys.
press "1" - left most - to mute and unmute
press "2" - next - going right - to turn volume down
press "3" - next - going right - to turn volume up
you can press (at the same time) the Fn key and Esc (to mute),
Fn key and F1 to decrease the volume, or
Fn key and F2 to increase the volume.
The keyboard's additional keys need driver software in order to operate properly. If you have the drivers at hand just install them. Otherwise look for a folder named SWSetup on your local drive, HP usually keeps the drivers in that folder, and install your drivers. If you can't find both accessible go to this page and download your specific driver. http://support.euro.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=ly&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INS_PNT_P4M_8600&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=
The Dell has a "Fn" key. The "Fn" used with other keys control special features. I have a Dell keyboard here, on it holding the "Fn" and pressing "End" will alternately mute/unmute the speakers. "Fn" + "Page up" will raise volume, "Fn" + "Page down" will lower. You may have the volume muted, or turned all the way down. The keyboard I have is from an 1100, your "Fn" key combinations may vary from mine.
Here's how I fixed mine with Win-VISTA: 1.Click START 2.Click CONTROL PANEL 3.(Switch to CLASSIC VIEW) a.Click on SOUND b.Click on PLAYBACK Tab c.Click on SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES d.Click on PROPERTIES e.Click on CUSTOM Tab i.Make sure PC SPK MUTE is NOT checked f.Click on LEVELS Tab i.Slide PC SPEAKER to 100% ii.Don’t worry about the SPEAKER slider, it’s controlled by the keyboard buttons g.Click on ENHANCEMENTS Tab i.Make sure LOUDNESS EQUALIZATION is checked h.Click OK i.Click OK 4.Close CONTROL PANEL