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Why won't my sound work?

Posted By : Robert of Mesa Community College on January 9, 2003

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I have had my computer for a year and a half. After having it for about two months the sound went out. My roommate had upgraded a Limewire(a music community) and i covered up the sound. I took i back to best buy and the problem was easily fixed. My sound just went out again. I was wondering if there is anyway i can retrieve the sound without taking my computer to best buy?

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Justin Evans

This question was answered on January 9, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Double click on the speaker icon in your system tray This will reveal the individual controls for your sound Make sure none of them are turned all the way down, or muted Check the settings under "Sounds and Multimedia" (accessed via the Control Panel) just to be sure.

Next be sure your speakers are properly plugged in, turned on, and adjusted.

I suggest uninstalling Limewire, as it is also spyware, and using WinMX instead WinMX works quite well, without all the baggage.

Download a copy of AdAware from or from Run it to see if there are any other Spyware programs running on your PC

Remove the files suggested by AdAware, as many of these utilities can cause problems, aside from potentially watching and reporting every move you make on the internet.

As an aside, before installing any downloadable utilities from the Internet, do a Google search on the files in question Use the name of the program, along with the word "Spyware" as your search criteria Where there is Spyware, there will be someone on the Net blowing the whistle on these computerized parasites.

One of the problems connected with questionable or unintentionally installed utilities may be that of turning off the sound Installing another notorious piece of spyware, RealPlayer, once did so on my own PC.

If you are certain your sound has not been readjusted, either by some software application or by your roommate, try removing the sound card using device manager, then reboot

Reload the drivers from the CD that came with your sound card or system

IRQ conflicts and memory conflicts can also cause your sound to stop working If you're not familiar with how to troubleshoot these things, the kids at Best Buy might be your best bet, after all.


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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 9, 2003

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