Did all the basics first checked if it was muted then went to device manager to enable it , then went to dell to reinstall driver, I even did the boot diagnotsic and used the syptom tree diag. and it test fine I even heard sound for the first time, but as soon as windows starts nothing nada
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check if computer is mute, check in sound properties if speaker headphones is selected, check if sound device is detected in device manager. try uninstall reinstall sound driver. to perform factory image, press F8 up to 10 times during the DELL LOGO, select repair your computer, select language then click next, click Dell Factory image Restore.
check if comp is mute, check sound properties if correct device is selected, check if sound device is detected in device manager, uninstall reinstall sound driver, perform 32 bit diags on sound using the drivers disc of comp
check if the speaker is mute or in very low volume. check if correct device is selected for sound. check if sound card is detected in device manager - if ahve driver problem, uninstall and reinstall sound driver
For some reason known only to Dell, the default setting for the Inspiron 6000 built-in wireless network adapter is 'off' or 'disabled.'
If you used Dell's restore disk to reinstall XP, the radio button is turned off. Go to control panel/system/device manager, find the wireless LAN device, right-click on it and choose 'Properties.' Under 'Wireless radio' check 'on' or 'enabled.'
Go back to Windows network setup wizard and go back through the steps using the 'restore network connection' button. You should be good to go.
There's an EXCELLENT network manager from Cisco named 'Network Magic' that takes all the guesswork out of setting up your internet connection. I highly recommend it. They offer a free trial and I think may even have a 'Lite' version that helps with simple connections without the bells and whistles of the full blown program. I'm not sure about that, but I can't tell you how much time it's saved me troubleshooting and setting up networks for my clients.
Look on the keyboard and see if it has a key with a symbol for a wireless device. If it does, click it with the FN (function) to enable or disable it. You can also see if there is a switch on the front or sides of the laptop for a wireless device. Finally, go to start>control panel>system. Access the device manager. Click the plus next to network devices and see if any wireless devices are listed.