Apologies for the alliteration... I have a new (brand new from Sonystyle in early June) Vaio CR490, with Vista, and am having volume problems. Every once in a while, typically when first turned on, we have no volume problems at all. After a couple hours or so, the volume's gone. Now, when it's restarted, the volume's also not there. Was wondering (and hoping) you might have an answer for me. Any ideas?
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1. Yes, check to see if you have the volume up for the wave file turned up that is on the program you are using to listen to the Mp3 or sound wave with. 2. check the speaker connector/ Use another speaker that is know to be good and test. Use a set of earphone in the output jack also to test the output. If these things are doing the same then you have failing sound card and it needs replacement.
Restart the System, tapping the F10 key immediately. This should trigger the System to boot directly to the Recovery Partition, and initiate the VAIO Recovery Center, without requiring the Windows Operating System to load.
In the VAIO Recover Center, select the option 'Restore C: Drive' and follow the onscreen instructions to perform a C: Drive Recovery.
Performing a C: Drive Recovery will erase all the data present in the C: Drive and will reinstall the preinstalled Operating System, Applications and the original Drivers.
Windows 7 official release is in Oct. The Windows 7 version you have is probably the Release Candidate version, this is the last Beta version before its offical release. This version does not have drivers for a lot of devices and if you cannot download the driver from Sony WEB site at this stage then you have to wait until it becomes available. The release Candidate will shut down every hour early next year and will stop working completely in June. You will be forced to buy Windows 7 or go back to XP or Vista.
Have you tried going into the speaker settings? We'll assume with a new PC you have Vista installed, click the speaker icon on the right side of the tray, and selecting "Mixer" will enable access to volume control for the output devices and for applications.
If no speaker icon is visible To check the volume controls in Windows Vista, click Start and then click Control Panel. Choose Hardware And Sound and then click Adjust System Volume under the Sound section. The Volume Mixer window will open, and you should see volume sliders for Device and Applications. Click and drag the sliders to view the volume level percentages. If the speaker icons show a circle with a red slash, click the icon so the speakers are no longer muted.
Furthermore, you’ll want to double-check all of your master
volume and mute settings.