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Have you check all the Volume setting on you computer?
On the lower right side look for the computer Icon check if there is a red X on the speaker Icon, if there is then it can be that here is something wrong with the speaker driver or it does not detect the speakers.
If you do not see the speaker Icon then the Driver for the Audio card is not installed on the computer and you may need to re install that Audio Card Driver to be able to regain the audio from your Speakers.
Also the speakers should connect to the Green Audio Jack behind the computer, if it is then still no Audio you can try the Audio Jack in front of the computer as well to check the Audio Card in the Machine, if the front and back audio jacks do not detect nor produce sound when the speakers are connected then re installing the driver for the Audio card may work, unless during the installation an error shows that the there is no audio device detected then it means the Audio Card is busted.
Let us hope not since it is very seldom an Audio Card could go busted.
I hope this helps.
Have nice day,
99% of the time this is related to the sound card driver installed.
Either you do not have the correct driver or you have not loaded the sound card driver at all for your machine.
When you can't see th Audio icon in the system tray (by the time) this means windows cannot see any device which can play sounds.
My advice is to go back to system website (hp.com, Dell.com) look up your machine in there Support -> Drivers area and download the sound driver again. Once installed properly you should see the speaker icon appear in the system tray as expected.
If there is no sound card. Probably it was disabled the sound and maybe there is no really sound card was installed. To make it short buy a PCI sound card, turn off your computer and install the card to PCI slot and turn on your computer and your computer will detect that there is a found new hardware. Ignore it and insert the cd installer and install the driver of your sound card. If it's ask you to restart just restart your computer to update its system. In case that there is a built in sound on your computer check your motherboard model and search for the driver from their official website and download and install, if you download the correct driver it will automatically installed your sound and your sound will be working. Have a nice day!
The volume speaker Icon wont show usually because you have no sound drivers installed. To confirm this,
1) Go to your control panel and double click on "Sounds and Audio devices" 2) The window that appears sholu show the device volume slider active - which means the driver works fine and is installed. If this is so, click on "place volume icon in task bar".
If not, you need to install the sound drivers for your device.
A very common mistake that people make, is to accidentally connect the speaker cable (one with the green connector pin), to the Line-out or Microphone socket on the back of the computer. Just double-check to make sure, this is not the cause of the problem. Make sure that the connector pin color matches the speaker jack color on the back of the computer.
Also, check whether you can see the speaker icon in your Windows system tray (near the clock). If it has a red cross over it, it's quite possible that your sound card (if you have a separate sound card), was accidentally displaced or pulled out of the card slot. This caused sound from working. (If you never saw the speaker icon in the system tray, you'll need to enable it from the Control Panel 'Sound and audio devices'.)
This youtube video may help you install the card properly:
If the speaker icon has a red cross over it, does it show any error message, if you point over it with the mouse? If yes, then most likely the sound driver is missing or corrupted. You can try updating the drivers, other than with Microsoft update wizard, either by manually downloading the drivers from your computer manufacturer's website, or with an easier method as mentioned below.
Here's the easy way to get or update your sound drivers:
You could try to use this driver scanning tool, which would scan your computer for needed drivers and has an option to automatically retrieve them for you.
You can download this free driver scanning tool from here or directly from this link (copy and paste the link into your browser, if you can't click it).
After you have downloaded the above file, double-click on it and follow the simple steps to install it. Then, when it asks if you want to run it, just answer yes. This is easier than manually searching, downloading and installing the drivers.
If, with all of the above, sound doesn't work, you can try with the System Restore. To know more about System Restore, go to this link.
If none of the above methods worked, pull out your sound card and test it in another computer. If your computer doesn't have a separate sound card, try re-installing Windows and lastly try another sound card.
check to make sure you have the speaker icon in the bottom right hand corner. If you do, see if you can move the sound bar up and down. This will verify that you definitely have the right sound drivers installed and they got installed properly.
Make sure you have the speakers connected properly. Here is a setup poster to show you how. Follow this just to be sure
Once you verify this and the sound still doesn't work then it could be a problem with the speakers or the sound card or sound chipset (if you have integrated sound on the motherboard).
To verify whether its the sound card or sound chipset on the motherboard or whether it could be the speakers. Put the speakers on another machine that you know has the sound drivers installed and turn up the sound bard in the operating system thru the speaker icon. If you get sound then its a problem with your other computer. If you still dont' get sound then the sound speaker system is bad and would need to be replaced.
I don't think you are talking about a sound card. You may be talking about a driver. If you are talking about a driver then when dowloaded on your friends computer you could transfere it to yours via usb flash drive or even cd with the driver on it.
You may not have the correct sound card drivers installed. When you go to Device manage do you see any yellow exclamation points on any of your devices? To get to Device Manager in XP right click on the my computer icon and then select properties then the Hardware tab. You can try using Windows update to see if it can find the drivers, just choose custom instead of express when asked. See if it shows any hardware drivers when it gets done. The other method is to try the manufacturer's website.
If this does not work then post back what model computer or sound card you have and we can troubleshoot further.