My guess is that the driver was somehow uninstalled. If you have a CD for you sound card or one that came with your computer, try reinstalling the driver off that. Otherwise you can Google search it. There are a ton of websites out there that can help you find and download the right driver. (Check the Sponsored ads first.) Hope this helps!
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If you do not have sound on 2 different operating systems then make sure everything is plugged in correctly and powered up. Make sure your speakers are on and the volume is turned up. the problem is pointing to the card or speakers if 2 operating systems cannot make sound.
If the audio driver is not installed then you won't get any sounds. You can download the drivers from Dell WEB site, the support download page. Make sure you select your model desktop or laptop, better still, type in the Service Tag number, it is printed on the label on the bottom of the laptop and on the back or sides of a desktop. (If the Service Tag label is missing then go into the BIOS setting and on one of the BIOS pages, the Service Tag number will be displayed). This will open the page where the specific drivers for your model computer are located. Also make sure you select the Windows XP or Vista version of the drivers for your Windows operating system. Click on this link: - http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
In my experience, you get a memory parity error when one of your memory sticks has gone bad. I don't know how many sticks of memory you have or what size they are, but you can try removing one and see if the error goes away. If not, remove another and try again.
You're probably looking at buying some new memory. If so, use the opportunity to increase your memory within the limits of your operating system.
Win XP, 32 bit, will see up to about 3.2MB of RAM 64 bit can see over that up to about 8MB
you will need to go into system maintenance/loacte sound and insure that the motherboard has sent the request to reflect your sound card is there. if no sound card is listed you will need to do a add/remove hardware search. see computer/right click on properties and then device manager, then go to sound and see if all device drivers are there.