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Why don't I get sound on my system?


About 2 months ago, I suddenly didn't get any sound from my computer. I suspected a faulty sound card so I had it replaced (along with a modem upgrade) with no positive change.I then had the new sound card with it's driver installed on another computer. It worked just fine on the other computer. I then had Windows reinstalled. Still no improvement. The speakers are good since I do get sound from electronic greetings cards....loud and clear.

But no other audio is attained.....not even the normal windows "noises" as it loads. I do not even get

the dialing tone when connecting to the network. If I attempt to use a CD game which requires

audio, the computer immediately freezes. This happens even with old DOS based games which use

a minimum of sound.

This problemm has me completely buffaloed so any tips that you might give me to solve it would be

greatly appreciated.


This question was answered on September 22, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Your problem seems more of a hardware problem then the software problem The sound in your PC comes from a card that is inside your computer attached to the main baord Turn off the computer and disconnect all wiring form any power sources Ground yourself (to avoid static electricity ruining the computer parts) and open the computer Check the card, by holding it by its edge and nudge it to see if it is loose If its loose, ease it back into the slot and put the case back on and start your computer again Make sure that you don't mess w/ anything else in your PC

The windows 'noise' as the system starts is from the spinning of the hard drive

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on September 22, 1999