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This would be the first step, short of having your laptop sent in for a hardware repair: making sure that your audio software is updated and working properly.
Please take a moment to visit the Support.Dell.com site for your Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook. I've already sorted by Windows XP, but you can change this to Windows Vista if you've upgraded to Vista.
Unfortunately, Dell's website does not give the exact software update for your specific computer because Dell allows for customization during the build process and more than one brand of component may be used.
There are two drivers, a Creative Labs driver and a SIGMATEL driver. I would download both of these and then attept to install the SIGMATEL first. If it gives you an error that it couldn't find that device, go to the next Creative Labs driver.
If you need further clarification on how-to install a software update like this, report back and let us know!
Keep in mind, this software update may or may not resolve the speaker issue. If you speakers have been "blown" due to excessive volume or a defect, then a software update will not fix this.

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A Few Things You Need To Check..
1. Incorrect Driver can cause this.. Go to Dell Website and Reinstall Audio Driver..
2. A pinched wire can cause this.. Removal of the case will be needed to check the speaker connection..
3. The Speaker has blown.. This will mean replacing the speaker set..To Check if you have a blown speaker or simply a "Bad" driver.. Easiest Thing To Do Is To Reinstall Windows.. Upon Reinstalling Windows It Might Load Your Audio's Default Driver.. if it does, you'll hear the Windows Tune Play Upon Boot-Up Just After Loading To Desktop...
You Might Need To Install Your Audio Driver After Reinstall Of Windows.. You Can Get Driver Either From The Restore CD or By Going To Dell And Downloading Your Specific Models Drivers..

If You Choose To Reload Windows, you can also Copy all your Drivers and Their Setup files THey Are Stored In Your C Drive... C:/

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