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Audio issues i tried to put in a new stick of ram and somewhere along the line i think i botch up my sound is running ok but no audio playback devices are available...all drivers are good, what NOW?

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Re: audio issues

Try to configure your audio hardware and software....

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Re: audio issues

I am sure you did a reboot more than once, So lets make sure your plugged into the right plugs all speakers, Now have you went into you control panel and checked all audio properties, under sounds>audioplayback> Try doing a sound test and see if it resets you sound properties so that they work again. Also did you try your onboard card, or maybe it is the onboard card, If so did you try another set of speakers, Make sure also that no one muted something in the properties too, I don't know what you could have did to your sound card just by putting Ram in, I mean something can always happen but is highly unlikely and my just be something simple, "HOPEFULLY" If you have already tried those things write me back we can try more Its just getting a little long LOL Short Sweet and Simple I sure hope you get it going.

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Re: audio issues

Remove the sound card from the board and put it back in. Enter the mixer, by clicking on the speaker icon at the buttom of the screen or going ito axcessories / entertainment / volume control

Click device and put your sound card as the default device..

If that dont work you might want to try remove the sound card and using your onboard audio or getting a new card..

just rememer to set what ever device you are using as your default device..

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