no sound all of a sudden

September 27, 2009 at 12:17:53
Specs: Windows XP

My computer just suddenly stopped playing audio. I left it on for a few hours and when I came back to use the computer there was no sound at all. Before that it was playing fine. There's completely no sound not even system sounds. I checked the speakers, they are working fine and connected properly to the computer. I find it ironic because nothing was adjusted and it just stopped working. It's not on mute either. I checked in device manager and it says that all the audio components are working properly. I even tried to system restore to previous time when it was working but to no avail. Could the sound card have crashed? Or what could be the problem?


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#1
September 27, 2009 at 13:28:37

".... I left it on for a few hours and when I came back to use the computer there was no sound at all."
Sometimes the sound isn't enabled properly after the system goes into Standby mode and you then get the computer to come out of Standby.

Have you tried re-booting the computer?

If that works, you probably need to load the specific main chipset drivers for your mboard in order for the sound to work properly after coming out of Standby. .

On most laptops the built in sound is disabled when you plug in headphones - are those plugged in?

If you use the headphones port a lot, it has a mechanical lever on the inside of the jack in the laptop that can eventually malfunction, and in that case you may get no sound when you unplug the headphones or sound from only from one channel. In that case try inserting a jack in the headphones port, wiggling it, then pulling it out. If that doesn't help, you may need to replace the headphones jack in the laptop.


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#2
September 27, 2009 at 14:00:34

it worked!! after i rebooted the computer. previously i just clicked on restart and it didn't work. this time i switched it off completely and it works fine now.

thank you very much =))


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#3
September 27, 2009 at 14:44:29

In that case, you probably need to load the specific main chipset drivers for your mboard in order for the sound to work properly after coming out of Standby.


State the make and model of your brand name system, or if it is a generic system, the make and model of the desktop mboard.
The specific brand name system model is usually on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model of the mboard in a generic system is usually printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the card slots.


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