I have a Dell 3000 and about one year ago, my sound stopped working. I have tried a lot of things and nothing works. This computer works great except for the sound and I really don't want to have to purchase a whole new computer just because of the sound but I really really need this so if anyone can help me, I would be so greatful!!!!
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Did you get your set fixed or did you replace it? My same set did the same thing. Turned it off for 2-3hrs after watching it and when I tried to power it up- nothing but the sound it would normally make just before the major power up, sort of a relay click sound. No picture or sound but the red light blinks non-stop.
What have you tried so far, specifically? From the description provided I would try two things. First, I would check on Dell's support site to see if there's a newer driver available for your sound card, as they update them fairly regularly in most cases.
Assuming you have Windows XP, this link should get you to their audio driver section for your machine:
Do you remember making any system changes from the time the sound worked last until it stopped? Maybe something was installed that caused a conflict with your sound card. Does everything appear ok in the Device Manager? (Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager) Nothing shows up with a red X or a yellow exclamation point?
Here is the download page for the Dimension 3000 (Windows XP): http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/devices.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&SystemID=DIM_CEL_3000&os=WW1&osl=EN
Go to the audio driver page and assuming you have the built-in audio card this should take care of you.
If you by chance have some other operating system here is the link that will allow you to select the correct one. http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?