Restore Sound in XP

January 13, 2009 at 07:11:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.593 GHz / 1022 MB

I lost my "Sound" to my computer a few days ago and have been trying to get it back.
I was able to get sound to play CD's and MP3 Files on my computer. I have "Creative Soundblaster 5.1
However, if I go to You Tube or any other site, I have no sound. I also have no sounds for my E Mail or for Start up.
In the Sound Tab I am unable to change the Volume. It's grayed out. Also next to the Sound speaker it says "No Audio".
In the "Sounds Tab" it is Blank. Below that are Program Events listing several things.
If I click on an event, it let's me scroll down to several choices. If I click "Browse" it takes me to a "Media" page with more sounds. and there is a box called Program events to do with sound. I also went to "Folder Options". I'm not sure if I should go there and what to choose on Sound Types.
I sent this question in on the software side.
I went to run and typed services.msc. Somehow I lost my Drivers doing something stupid. I had a Computer Tech come out and he screwed me over. He said he restored all my drivers. in "Run" "service.msc but I saw that my Symantec Drivers were not running (I lost my Norton 360 when I screwed up my computer.) I restored those. Norton reappeared and said to contact Technical Support. I sent this question to the Software side. I received one answer and previous attempts to recontact the person resulted in no answers or replys. If "tubesandwires" is around he has helped me in the past.

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January 13, 2009 at 07:17:23

Phil, Go to the link below and click on the "?" to the left of "Where did my Sounds go?" to expand it and you'll find some possible solutions.


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January 13, 2009 at 09:00:53

Norton may be your problem. You can use the norton removal too from their website to totally uninstall it. Then you may want to re-install an up-dated version. Norton and McAfee cause many problems on PC's.

IMO I would suggest dumping norton and trying Avast Free, install it and allow it to do a bootscan on reboot and send all it finds to the chest. See if that helps your problem. It may be worth a shot. Good Luck

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January 13, 2009 at 10:03:27

I figured it out. In Sounds and Audio Devices, I had Default in the Audio and Voice Tabs. I changed them to Creative Soundblaster. Thanks a lot.
OK. I have a couple more questions. This "XP Home" computer is 5 years old. Do you think I need to update the Drivers? If so, when I look for Drivers for XP Home, all I keep getting are these Programs that want 29.95 to update them.
Finally since my computer is running slow,in msconfig I went to "Selective Mode" thinking I can Disable certain programs from running all the time. What do you two think?
Thanks, Phil

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January 13, 2009 at 11:29:28

your PC is probably running slow because of spyware or like I said earlier Norton. Norton is a known resource hog....good luck

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