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Sound level indicator does not display

January 23, 2011 at 13:58:54
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8G Processor; 2G RAM

On my acer aspire 5102, an indicator used to display the sound level by a series of bars, from none to (approx) 12 bars corresponding to the sound level. Since some recent Windows automatic updates, the indicator no longer appears. Can you tell me how to get the indicator back?

Any advice you can offer would be sincerely appreciated.

Bob Kunz


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#1
January 23, 2011 at 14:22:23

Just to clarify, you are pressing the volumne +/- button on your laptop and these bars will appear somewhere on your screen?

If that is the case, this is not a part of "Windows." You might want to check your sound card and see if the drivers are up to date. Or, more simply, it might be a setting in the sound card properties that needs to be checked or unchecked.


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#2
January 23, 2011 at 17:03:51

On my Acer laptop, I can change sound level by holding down the Function key and then clicking on the up or down cursor buttons. The function still works but the indicator no longer appears on the screen.

In my Device Manager, I checked all seven drivers associated with the Sound entry by asking Windows to find a better or newer driver. Each search responded with the message that they couldn't find any better driver than was already installed.

Thank you for your suggestions. Sorry they didn't solve my problem.

Bob Kunz


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#3
January 23, 2011 at 18:01:01

The display of the bars is probably produced by software installed along with the sound drivers. If you un-install the sound software in Add or Remove Programs, then install it again properly, the bars display should be there.

The proper sound software is in the downloads for your model on the Acer web site.

Sound and video "drivers" always have associated files that must be installed properly along with the actual drivers. If you install only the actual drivers, it's likely the device, and/or the other software associated with it, will NOT work properly.

Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise....
(this ALWAYS applies to video and sound adapters )

You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting into Windows, if the software for the device has not been installed yet - when Windows detects a generic device or New Hardware while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web.
The same applies no matter when Windows finds New Hardware !

If you DID install drivers that way,

(The following also applies if you want to un-install previous software, or re-install the same software)

- for video "drivers"....

- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, let the desktop screen fully load.

Install the video software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the video card that's in a slot, or if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the video software installation from the installation program on that.

for sound adapter drivers...

- go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting.

- go to Device Manager.
(e.g. RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager)
If the sound adapter is still listed, RIGHT click on it and Un-install it.
If that was there, and you un-installed it, Reboot at least once.
DO NOT install drivers while booting.

Install the sound software properly by running the proper download you got from the web, or if you have the CD that came with the sound card, or if you have the CD that came with the brand name computer that has the Drivers on it, run the sound software installation from the installation program on that.


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#4
January 23, 2011 at 18:29:19

Thank you for your very detailed instructions on how to reinstall the software and drivers for the sound system in my Acer Aspire. I won't be able to do that tonight, as I want to first back up all my files and then proceed carefully.

Most sincerely,

Robert Kunz


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