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Volume control icon dissappeared

Hi. After uninstalling a few programs, a few settings in my inspiron 6400 got screwed up. Im now trying to fix them one by one. One of these is the Volume control that appears on the lower right corner when you adjust the volume. It wont come up anymore. Can anyone tell me how to get it back up, or how to revert to the original computer settings (which would be even better) Thanks in advance!

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  • rico355 Feb 06, 2008

    No guys the problem remains, I've noticed its not only with the volume, but other icons that should appear when i use the hotkeys (hotkeys are working), for example, when I lower the brightness a sun icon usually came up to show me how bright it is, its not anymore.

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Open Control Panel, Open Sound & Audio Devices. Click the Audio tab. Check what device is listed, Sound playback device? Click the Voice tab, it should list the same device. You can reinstall the driver software from the Dell download site listed below. Fact all your drivers here are listed.
http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INSPIRONI6400/E1505&os=WW1&osl=en&catid=&impid=
Every file you install uncompress it's self & creats it's own folder inside the main folder located on your drive named Dell. Keep this in mind because windows may loose the path to a driver. You will have to show windows where the driver files are. Now your armed with that knowlage (just in case).
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    Mike Peluso Feb 07, 2008

    So when you open control panel & open Sound & Audio devices the check mark is checked to place volume icon in the taskbar? While your there see if a device is listed in Audio & voice? Lastly, I'd like you to open System listed in control panel. Click on the Hardware tab & than click on Device manager. Notice any yellow ! ? Post your answers.

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    Mike Peluso Feb 08, 2008

    There is always system restore!

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