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My computer is on the fritz part 2 Answered

So one day my speakers, scanner, and internet stopped working (about a week ago). I fixed the internet by reinstalling the driver, and I'm too lazy to reinstall the driver for my scanner. But what I'm most concerned about is that my sound doesn't work. I've tried reinstalling the drivers a couple times, and it works perfectly, except it doesn't work, lol. It's fine until it says restart my computer, after it does it it boots up like the driver didn't do anything. I'm using a realtek driver, I've both tried installing it off of the cd that comes with my computer and downloading the driver straight off of their site. I NEED SOUND!!!!

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

12 years ago

I fixed it, here's the story a couple weeks prior I installed a webcam driver Immediatly after I went to TSA nationals for a week. When I got back my internet wouldn't work. I uninstalled the camera driver and reinstalled my internet driver my internet worked my sound nolonger worked eventually I just decided to reinstall my webcam driver cause I wanted to use it. That fixed the sound for some reason

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forgesmith
forgesmith

Reply 12 years ago

Resource conflict. On my computer I'd go Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager, click on component, then the Resources tab if there. That'll show you what IRQ, DMA, I/O range(s), whatever applies, are used. Allegedly Windoze will automatically set those things without any problems, but I've found it doesn't always get it right, and certain things prefer certain settings. Installing drivers in a certain order has been known to fix things.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

12 years ago

Try going to Run and typing "dxdiag." That worked once for me. Other option, obnoxiously simple: In the Volume Control, "Wave" or "SW Synth" sliders occasionally somehow are moved all the way down. I'm the only one who uses this computer, so it's not from someone playing around. I dunno how it happens, but it kills all sound.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

hmmm... It can't detect my speakers nor my microphone... did I maybe blow my sound card (well, it's integrated into my motherboard, so my sound section)?

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forgesmith
forgesmith

Reply 12 years ago

dxdiag is DirectX diagnostics, sound can be played without using DirectX.

If the sound is built into the mobo and it ain't working, uh-oh. Maybe the board was flexed too much and a circuit trace broke, might be a component blew, with a surge maybe a trace blew. I'd be contemplating getting a new mobo. This could be your "advance warning," do something before things really go bad and possibly take out stuff attached to the mobo, anything from memory and CPU to HD.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

I'm pretty sure that's what happened, cause EVERYTHING on my computer that deals with audio complains about something related to audio. I think I might just go buy a cheap soundcard from a place like newegg...

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 12 years ago

I know nothing other than what I said...dxdiag fixed my computer twice, so it's high on my list. You can get a sound card for under $10 from Newegg, so that might be a good place to start.

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Yerboogieman
Yerboogieman

12 years ago

1. Go to Start -> Run 2. Type services.msc This will open the Services window. 3. Scroll down to Windows Audio 4. Right-click and select Properties 5. Make certain Startup Type is Automatic 6. Is Service Status is Stopped, click Start

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forgesmith
forgesmith

Reply 12 years ago

2. Type services.msc This will open the Services window.
That's an XP thing, right?

On mine I'd go Start -> Settings -> Control Panel, select Sounds and Multimedia. See if it's set to the audio card for the different functions (Audio and Voice tabs). Click on the Devices tab, check Audio Devices, see if the card is mentioned. (Oh, and while you're there, check for oddball listings, for example mine has "Audio for Unimodem Half Duplex Wave Device" since Win thinks my modem card does audio (speakerphone?), disable oddballs by selecting, then Properties, Do Not Use and Do Not Map.) If the sound card is listed then check Properties to see if it's enabled, in not then change it, back at Voice and Audio select the card. Note this is Windows, reboots are likely needed before changes take effect.

If the card wasn't there or the sound still isn't working, then Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager tab, check Sound, video and game controllers. See if the card is listed, related items like "joystick" may be too (joystick plugs in on audio card). Remove card and related.

Next step depends on card. Some prefer you use their own installer, like Sound Blaster. Others you may just need the drivers. If installer, do not reboot, run installer. If that works then fine, you may have to go back to Sounds and Multimedia and select it for use. If installer can't find it then reboot, if Windows finds it then do not install drivers, run installer. If doing a drivers-only install, just reboot and let Windows find the card, if it doesn't maybe you need to do a manual install.

If the card still doesn't work, try this. Power down, complete shut down, unplug. Open case, remove card, re-install in a different slot that preferably is open (no card-swapping needed). Try again. Sometimes, for reasons unknown to barely understood, cards stop working in a particular slot. Perhaps it worked loose and lost contact, the little metal fingers inside the slot weakened and no longer have good contact (only takes one to go bad), or the system just doesn't like the card there. It happens.

If still not working, then you try it in a different computer. Then declare it dead.

Side note, the drivers the installer and/or Win prefers might not be the ones that work best. Both keep wanting to use WDM on my system, but that bogs it down with overhead, I use the older VXD ones (for Win95!) with much less hassle.

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forgesmith
forgesmith

Reply 12 years ago

PS, if the sound is integrated on the mobo then it would be difficult to swap slots. Everything else though applies.

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

hmmm... well everything is fine in services... My computer all of a sudden just found an audio device on high definition audio bus, I think this is good