Barely hear sound / No sound at all

Fujitsu siemens / A7n8x-vm400
January 20, 2009 at 11:50:14
Specs: Windows XP Pro 5.1.26 SP2 Build 2600, x 86 Family Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD 1991MHz / 2GB
Hi guys & gals, here's my problem, hopefully you can help me.

I recently fell foul of a virus which left my machine practically unworkable, eventually leaving my screen blank and no sound. So I formatted my drive, reinstalled windows and am currently trying to update everything to its original state. I had a nVidia 6200 graphics card which is still in place, but not installed. I am currently using the GeForce4 MX integrated chipset that came with my computer.

Here's the rub; no sound. No system sounds, and barely audible sound from PC games even at the highest volume. Running the NVidia settings panel does produce sound perfectly when customising audio preferences, but nowhere else. Everything is plugged in. The Drivers came from the driver pack provided with the computer.

The only clue I have is that the volume control icon is nowhere to be found, but I don't know how to go about getting it back.

Any ideas?
Thanks a mil!

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January 20, 2009 at 13:06:48
I found this. It may be useful.

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January 20, 2009 at 13:50:33
Ta. I'll give it a go and let ye know how I get on...

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January 20, 2009 at 14:04:27
No dice - but we might be getting somewhere - it suggests going into the control panel/Sounds and Audio Devices/Volume panel and simply clicking the 'place volume control...' button. On clicking though, it says that it cannot do so as the volume control programme has not been installed(?!).

On clicking into the volume button of the Playback device (under the Audio tab of the same window) a dialog opens saying "Windows cannot execute SndVol32.exe. Use 'Add/Remove Programs' control panel to install"

Brilliant, except there is no SndVol32.exe file listed in the Add/Remove Programs populated list. There is a 'High Definition Audio Driver Package - KB835221', but only gives the option to Remove. Do you know is there a way of manually finding this file? Does it not automatically install with windows?

Apologies if I'm missing something huge, but thanks so much for helping me this far. Any further suggestions?

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January 22, 2009 at 12:52:20
Ok, the Sysvol.exe file problem is easily solved. Apparently re-instalations or restores can corrupt or delete this file, so if you're missing it, here's how to get it back:

Insert your XP installation disk, but exit out of its control panel once it auto plays - r hold down SHIFT to stop it autoplaying altogether.

Go to Start, then open the 'Run' dialog

If your Hard drive is 'C:' and your CD drive is 'D:' type the following (obviously substitute the letters above if your drives are labelled differently!):

"expand d:/i386/syndvol32ex c:/system32/sndvol32.exe"
(there is a space between 'sndvol132ex' and 'c'...)

This will retrive a copy of the sndvol32.exe file from your XP disk, and paste it into the correct windows directory for you. You can now place the volume icon on your task bar, and set your system volume settings.


Except I still have absolutely no sound...
Can anyone please help? I'm stuck.

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