1. Are your speakers turned on and plugged into the correct jack on your sound card?
2. Is your sound card recognized by your OS?
In Windows, press the Windows Key+Pause/Break to bring up the System Properties page.
CLICK on the Hardware tab, then Device Manager.
Is there a yellow exclamation point under the "Sound, video and game controllers" subheading? If so, you will need to either install/reinstall the sound card's driver or resolve a device conflict. Walk through the options on the device's Properties page.
3. If your speakers are on and your sound card is working properly (as reported by Device Manager), it could simply be that your sound is muted. Open the Control panel (Start>Control Panel)
Open the "Sounds and Multimedia" icon.
Verify the "Show volume control on the taskbar" checkbox is checked. If this option is not available or is grayed out, see below.
If you were able to check this box, click ok and close out of this window and the Control Panel.
Double-click the sound icon in the systray and verify that all the sound volumes are mid-way or higher.
4. If Windows thinks your Sound card is working properly, your speakers are on and turned up and Windows' software volume control is turned up, go back to Device Manager and Highlight your Sound Card. Press the Delete key on your keyboard and confirm that you do indeed want to remove this device.
Reboot. If your Sound card is functional, Windows will redetect it and offer to install the drivers for it. You may need your original Windows CD to complete this step.
Jul 17, 2008 |
Acer PC Desktops