No sound from the CA speakers - but controls still work!
The speakers appear to be functioning given that the volume and mute functions control the laptop speakers The leds are lit too - so i know that power is getting to the ca speakers through the USB port.
What should happen is that the CA speakers should take over from the Laptop speakers but that is not happening.
Is there a setting in the control panel I have not setup?
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The mute button is noting more than an on/off switch that electronically disconnects or blocks the sound signal temporarily. If both the Mute and Volume controls won't function then you have a power amp dysfunction to the speakers. Go to Tiger Direct on the internet and get a replacement system from the refurbished section at a good price.
I don't want to make you feel like I think your stupid but have you checked to see if the speakers are working? It's easy, ust unplug them from the computer and plug them into a MP3 player or anything that uses headphones to make sure the speakers are working, if not figure out the problem with them, batteries, is it plugged into power, is it turned up, etc. If you know the speakers are working, click on the volume control and check to see if the mute box is checked, if you have a expanded volume control check every channel for the mute check box. if there is no check in the mute check box's make sure all the sliders controls are turned up. If your still having problems try to reload the drivers for your sound card and see if that fixes it. Finally if you have a extra sound card replace the card and see if the other card works and go from there. Some worms, malware, and viruses can check the mute boxes, also some programs (IE: games and other programs that uses the sound system) can have automatic settings that can mute the volume and does not un-mute it when you close the program, making the sound un-available for other things until you uncheck the mute boxes. Check the mute boxes, reload the sound drivers, check the functioning of the speakers. Good luck!
Laptop's sound can fail to work for a couple of reasons:
(1) the sound drivers are not properly installed - as far as I know, every computer manufacturer's web site will allow you to download their hardware drivers for free. Hope you've already done that.
(2) the sound hardware in the laptop are either disconnected or failed - a small number of laptops actually use separate sound cards (instead of integrating the audio hardware on the main board). Hopefully you've already checked that, too.
(3) the audio output jack (headphone) is damaged - in which case the sound hardware is functioning 100%, but there's no sound produced due to a shorted jack.
That being said, if it's neither of the above, the cheapest means of getting some basic sound to a muted laptop would be a USB sound card and a set of external laptop speakers. If it sounds elaborate and expensive, I assure you it's not. Assuming you're running Windows (hopefully XP or newer), you can buy a USB sound card on eBay for around $2 and pay about the same price for a cheap set of cheesy laptop speakers - plug the USB sound card into a working USB port, plug the speakers into the USB sound card, it's plug and play, and ... viola - you'll get $4 worth of cheap sound. It's a bit cumbersome but it's a cheap workaround that I've done before when a laptop went mute and I had only a shoestring budget to work with...
Check the volume control properties t oensure the speakers aren't muted, if they are not muted then the mainboard's volume control overide program has them turned down! To turn them up from there sumply locate your function key and they key that corrosponds with the volume up or volume down features. (usually the up or down arrows, but not always) they will be marked with a speaker icons and some variation of up or down markings.
As far as the warning sounds, that in its self is a seperate speaker unit that is not controlled the same way your actual speakers are, hence you can still hear the audio warning sounds. Good luck, thanks for using FixYa
select and mute pc speaker ..its the only way ..ya can also take a look into control panel at sounds and audiodevices.....select sounds..and try to see if that came from a one of the functions and xp sounds...
you might want to look into one of two options... either an external sound card, or a keyboard that has mltimedia buttons on it.
If you go with the former, the Audigy 2 NX external sound card might be want you are looking for. It's small and has volume controls right on the top. Granted, it is overkill if you just want simple volume control. However, if you don't have a high-end sound card already, it could be a nice addition to your desk..?