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No sound on my computer-need help

Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:08 pm

Help! Please.

All of a sudden I have no sound on my computer. It was working fine the other day.

Eveything is plugged in. When I go to the control panel then to sounds, speech, and audio devices under the sounds and devices tab it says No audio device.

What happened?

I cannot play any music from cd's, files already on the computer, or from the 'net.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:42 pm

try unplugging the speaker then plug them back up and then go to control panel and click on Add Hardware it might work.. :?:

Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:47 pm

Have you reinstalled the sound drivers?

Start, run and type in services.msc. There is an entry for audio management that must be enabled. Left clicking brings up a description of how if it is disabled windows audio and all components depending on it will not work. Put the setting on automatic. Reset the PC.


Click on the Start button and select Run.
Type in dxdiag and click OK.
After the DirectX Diagnostic Tool loads, click on the sound tab.
The version of the driver you have installed should be listed under the driver box next to the word version.

This utility also has sound test you can run to help troubleshoot


Here's a couple websites with general audio troubleshooting ideas: ... US;q307918

P.S. Let us know what you find for a fix.

Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:59 pm

You could also possibly to a "system restore" from a previous date that you know you still had the sound on your computer.

Elvis fan

Mon Feb 20, 2006 10:00 pm

I'm with Jeff on suggesting a system restore as the first option. If it works, you'll have avoided inadvertently messing something else up when tweaking settings.

Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:30 pm

If I get any problems, things not working properly, or sometimes not at all, I always try simply restarting the computer.

This works 99% of the time.


Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:57 am

My first suggestion would be to go to Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices and make sure you have not put your speakers on mute by accident.

Of course verify that you havn't come unplugged

Then I would do as suggested and system restore to a previous date.

Thu Feb 23, 2006 6:04 am

Thanks for all your replys.

Here's what was wrong:

In the sounds/audio devices panel and then to the "audio" tab.

The default device somehow got swithed from soundMAX digital audio to modem#1 line playback.

I don't know how it got switched but a friend of mine was able to 'walk' me through it to fix it.

Thanks again, I appreciate it!



Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:09 am

I was I get a consolation prize or something?