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My sound recorder is missing?

June 14, 2011 at 20:28:25
Specs: Windows XP, 2.188 GHz / 958 MB

Hello,

I don't seem to have a sound recorder any more for some reason. Start>All Programs>Accessories>Entertainment>empty

I noticed that my sound icon that is usually on the bottom right of my screen has not been visible for a while.

This may sound stupid, but I don't have a clue where to look. Thanks!

Linda


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#1
June 15, 2011 at 09:25:59

Well it is not a serious problem, just missing shortcuts and taskbar icons. First for the shortcuts in the Entertainment Folder:
1. Open "My Computer".
2. Open your "C" Drive.
3. Open "Windows"
4. Scroll down and open "System32"
5. Look for a program called "sndrec32.exe".
6. Once you find it, right-click it, open the "Send-To" menu, and click "Desktop, Create Shortcut".
7. Now close that open window.
8. Right-click the "Start" button.
9. Click "Open All Users"
10. Open "Programs", and navigate to the Entertainment folder through the Accessories.
11. Drag and drop the shortcut from your desktop into the Entertainment folder and rename it "Sound Recorder".
12. That will fix the missing shortcut.

Now for the Volume Icon:
1. Click "Start".
2. Open "Control Panel".
3. Open "Sounds and Audio Devices".
4. If the "Place volume icon in the taskbar" is checked, uncheck it, and apply. Now recheck it, and apply. If it is not checked, just check it and apply.
5. You should see the sound icon again!

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#2
June 15, 2011 at 18:38:54

Thank you. I didn't know about the sound recorder shortcut. It worked. Unfortunately my problem is much more that I originally thought. I do not have any audio devices. I have tried several things, no luck.

Steps I have taken so far. I searched MajorGeeks and tried downloading the Realtek drivers. Then I found http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showpo... and tried it.

I now have several files in Programs>Realtek, but no apparent way to activate them. The last thing I tried was this from TechSupport Forum, it was a response to a similar problem:

"Let's try this.
Boot into safe mode and go into device manager. Right click on and uninstall each of the following:
Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Drivers
Media Control Devices
Realtek AC'97 Audio For VIA (R) Audio Controller
Video Codecs
and anything else that my be listed under sound devices. Also click on "View", "Show hidden devices" and see if there are any exclamation marks. If so, uninstall them also and reboot into normal mode. Windows will detect the devices and automatically reinstall them."

I had all but the Realtek item in my registry. Now I have nothing in Sound devices at all. One more thing, my computer keeps finding new hardware "multimedia audio controller" that it wants to install. I don't know what it might be. I am unable to install it.

Linda


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#3
June 15, 2011 at 19:30:35

Many computers use a driver called "SoundMax Digital Audio". It at least is used on pretty much every Dell. I'm not sure about its compatibility with Compaq's, but it might work. Download it from here:

http://download.cnet.com/SoundMAX-I...

Again, I don't know about the compatibility with your system. Download it and install it, and it should get rid of the missing multimedia audio controller. This will only make audio work, not video. Video codecs are included in the download I talk about next.

If it is not compatible with your system, you may want to try the K-Lite Codec Pack. It contains audio and video codecs that should be compatible with your system. Install it, and everything should be taken care of. Download it here:

http://download.cnet.com/K-Lite-Cod...

Hope this helps. :)

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#4
June 15, 2011 at 19:50:11

I was able to, via the Compaq website, download the original Realtek AC97 drivers and everything seems to be working now. It's strange because I downloaded what I thought was the same driver previously and it didn't work. Oh well. Now I have to figure out how to get these other drivers downloaded. I don't know what they are for, but they were there so I'll search for them.
Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Drivers
Media Control Devices
Video Codecs

Thank you so much for your help! I now have my shortcut in entertainment, AND my volume icon :-) I am going to save your two links for future just in case.

Have a wonderful evening :-)

Linda


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#5
June 15, 2011 at 19:55:42

Okay then, good luck with the codecs!

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