|"I had the thing working for a short while yesterday. But I reinstalled to make sure I could get it working from scratch.but I do not know what setting I changed to get it working... "|
Don't try to fix what ain't broke, especially when you're not sure what you did to get it to work..
What did you re-install? If you re-installed the sound drivers, see MORE INFO below.
Start, Control Panel, Sounds and Audio Devices,
(or Right click on the speaker icon in your taskbar lower right corner of the desktop screen, choose Adjust Audio Properties)
Volume page - Advanced at the bottom of the page -
make sure the Speaker setup is set to something appropriate other than No speakers or stereo headphones.
RIGHT click on the speaker icon in your taskbar.
Choose Open Volume Control.
Make sure none of the volumes are minimal, try them in the middle,and that none are muted except Mic if that's there (the program that uses the Mic un-mutes that while the program is being used).
If that doesn't help, at top left choose Options - Properties
enable all the selections that might apply by clicking on the blank box at left to insert a checkmark, click OK, and make sure the volumes for those added ones are not minimal.
Do you also have regular speakers?
If so do you get sound from those?
You may not be able to get sound from both the USB and regular speakers at the same time - probably one must be unplugged, or you have to select one or the other in the sound properties somewhere as mentioned above.
Do you have any headphones plugged in?
If so, though it's not at all common with desktop mboards or headpone ports in desktop cases, sometimes doing that disables all other sound ouput frrom speakers when the headphone is plugged in.
Which USB speakers are you using?
Did you have to install software for them?
If you did, did you follow the installation directions?
e.g. you often have to NOT plug in a USB device, you install the software FIRST, THEN you plug it into a USB port.
A got a pair of USB speakers for a friend to use with her laptop - no software installation required - plugging them in disables the laptop's speakers automatically - no changes to any settings were needed. When she plugs in headphones, that disables the sound output from the USB (or built in) speakers (that's common with the headphone jack on laptops).
When you install or re-install sound drivers, you have to do it the right way, and use the drivers on the cd that came with the mboard, or the ones for your mboard model availble on the MSI site. There are zillions of different sound chips, so if you got drivers for the sound from another source, there's a strong possibilty they won't work with your sound chipset properly.
When sound drivers have not been installed yet, or if you un-install them in Add/Remove Programs as you're supposed to do BEFORE you re-install them, if Windows detects the sound chipset while booting, if it doesn't automatically find drivers for it, it asks if you want to have it look for drivers. If you answer yes, it looks for drivers - if it doesn't find any, it asks you to point to the location of the drivers.
If you do that, the sound drivers and associated programs that come with it will probably NOT install properly.
When Windows doesn't find the drivers while booting, CANCEL pointing to where the drivers are, and continue on to the desktop screen, and install the drivers and associated programs that come with it, by using the proper installation or Setup program from the mboard CD, or by using the download you got from the software listed for your mboard model.