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Re: there is no sound coming from my speakers
If you connect to the internet and reboot the machine, the computer will sense the "new" hardware and search for a driver for it. When it finds the appropriate driver, it will load and configure it. If it has trouble doing this, you can go to the Dell support site and put your model number in the text box and search their drivers file. The link is below.
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Your momitor might be having a speaker and the sound is being channeled thru this speaker.
Go to your "Control Panel" and select the "Sounds and Audio Devices". Select the "Audio" tab and pick your current sound card as your default playback device
Go into your sound card settings and reconfigure your speakers. It might require inserting one output at a time and each time the computer will require you to confirm if its "subwoofer" "rear" or "side" speaker.
Does your motherboard has an onboard sound card? If it has then read your motherboard manual especially the audio section of the manual where the topic is described how and where to plug in which audio jacks coming out from you speakers (speaker system) to which part of the external audio ports usually located at the rear end of your computer case. You need to install the sound card drivers to activate audio properties of your computer of course, to actually use the speakers. You can also use the front panel audio port of your computer case where you can connect your speakers to as well. In case your motherboard did not come up with sound card installed you can always install an external sound card and then connect the speakers to the proper external audio ports of the card. Just read your motherboard or sound card manual. It is all there.
You may need driver and application recovery CD's nd updated sound driver softwares. First you must check the speakr connctions and volume settings. follow this steps,
Step 1 - Verify that the lack of sound is not due to faulty speaker connections. A simple way to test it is to substitute the speaker connection with headphones and see if you get any sound.
Step 2 - Open the volume control window by clicking your "Start" button and then "All Programs." Click "Accessories," then "Entertainment," then "Volume Control." Alternatively, just click on the speaker icon that's in your System Tray. Step 3 - Check the volume and mute settings. If any of the mute check boxes have been checked, uncheck them. If this doesn't work, read on.
Perform a System Restore IfNecessary
Step 1 - If the sound has been audible from your computer's speakers and is suddenly lost, you may need to perform a System Restore. Click on the " Start" button and then "All Programs."
Step 2 - Click on "Accessories," then "System Tools," then "System Restore."
Step 3 - Complete the System Restore Wizard. If this doesn't work, read on.
Delete and Reinstall the Original SoundDrivers
Step 1 - Deleting and reinstalling your sound driver may resolve the problem. Your sound driver may have been corrupted or may be missing. The result of this is that the restore utility menu won't be available. For Windows XP, follow these steps.
Step 2 - Click on your "Start" button. Click on "Control Panel" and then "System." Next, click on "Hardware," then "Device Manager, then "Sound, Video and Game Controllers."
Step 3 - Click on a sound device named in the Device Manager, and then press the Delete key on the keyboard. Click "OK" in the window that appears. Remove all the listed sound devices i this way EXCEPT Audio Codec and Legacy Audio Drivers.
Step 4 - Restart your computer. Reinstall the deleted drivers using the Driver and Application Recovery CDs that came with your Windows XP system.
Step 5 - Visit your computer manufacturer's official website. Check for any updated sound driver software for your sound card. If any, download them along with the installation instructions.
control panel sounds and audio devices select advanced there might be a tick in the mute box untick it or select audio from the microphone drop down list make sure you have the right one selected and in the volume box make sure the microphone box has a tick in it or select the voice tab and make sure that you have the right media selected also select volume make sure the box for microphone has a tick in it if you mean that you cant get any sound on your computer control panel sounds and audio,volume you can adjust the volume or advanced,speakers select appropriate speakers or audio you will find 3 drop down lists make sure you have selected the right speakers or control panel,administrive tools,computer management,device manager scroll to sound,video and game cotrollers could be a yellow question mark? right click to re-install drivers hope this helps
Means windows cannot find your sound card and has not installed drivers for it. Thus no sound. Need to reinstall sound card drivers. First check if hardware / device manager shows error state for sound card. ie yellow circle with exclamation mark. If so delete those drivers and restart to reinstall. If you're lucky it will install correctly next time. Otherwise you need to install drivers yourselves from m/b or sound card driver CD
To determine if the speakers are faulty or the computer, plug the speakers into a stereo player. If the sounds come out of both speakers then they are OK and the fault is with the computer/s.
It could be software or hardware fault (ie. the audio card).
From a distance, it sounds like you do not have the sound card drivers installed. Since it is a SoundBlaster card, go to creative.com and download a utility that finds, indentifies, and then installs the drivers for your sound card. That should fix the problem. If not, then you have other issues going on with motherboard drivers not being installed installed.
if they are external speakers you dont need an installation disc. make sure that they are plugged into the correct port for external speakers then make sure that the computer is not muted and that the volume is turned up both on the speakers and the computer. beyond that you will have to look at the audio card in the computer as the source of the problem