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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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.
Try to insert the CD from VAIO that came with your purchase package. The CD shoul have the Driver for your soundCard. Try to run and install the soundCard Driver. Or perhaps it just an accidentally you put your MUTE button on Speaker? Try to remove the check-mark on the Volume button on your Windows.
Compress an entire NTFS volume You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
Double click on My Computer on the desktop. Right-click the volume you want to compress, and then click Properties. In the General tab, click to select the Compress Volume to save disk space check box, and then click OK. In “Confirm Attribute Changes”, click the option you want.
You may have already attempted this but Maybe not....
This error usually happens in Linux but occasionally within windows.
My apologies if this does not help.
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.
The sony VAIO Pcv-j200 only runs with Windows 2000, windows Me and windows xp. The current operating system Vista on your computer right now will work but some of the features of it may not. The link below shows all the drivers for your unit for diffent operating systems (not vista). What you can try to do is to download the audio driver for windows xp