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sounds like it can be the hardware. try to uninstall and reinstall the latest audio driver then configure your speaker settings and volume settings. if this does not work, you may need to get the audio card or motherboard replaced.
new to you , its very old, and officially retired at HP.com
its 14 years old today. yah, old. last one sold at $30(fleabay)
what ever OS (windows) it runs its not safe on the internet.
windows 2000? or XP?
called legacy now. (means zero support at HP and MS)
no dell monitor stated, endless kinds over 20 years. made.
what makes you think the dell has speakers/ lacking the 3.5mm
phone jack on it. did you forget to plug the sound cable in?
the hard drive has nothing to do with sound.
one can boot to a LINUX CD and play music all day long.
a fact. same with booting to USB thumb drive.(linux)
why not buy some external speaker, for $10 or at Goodwill(tm)
stores. dirt cheap or heck , upgrade to good sounding speaker
no monitor can ever do that. well.
good luck and next time tell the helper what DELL that is.
the model is on the sticker on the back most times.
I got mine today (not new) and took it apart and saw two wires that SHOULD go to the bass speaker completely off. It seems to me that there was a line of units that the wires were too short and the workers just pulled them out. I would take it back if i were y'all (if it wasn't from a thrift store like mine :) )
I had the same problem; my laptop's speakers suddenly stopped working but I could still use the headphones and sound was fine.
I played around a while and searched the net; and I got them to work:
Open Control Panel- Sound, Speech, Audio Devices-------->
1) Audio Tab
2) Under 'Sound Playback' hit Advanced
3) At the bottom where it has Speaker Setup change it to "Laptop Stereo
Speakers" (mine was initially on "Desktop Stereo Speakers" for some odd