|Apparently Eee PC 904HD is a laptop. |
Laptops will NOT produce sound from their built in speakers when you have something plugged into the headphones jack on the laptop - do you / did you have something plugged into that jack ?
This is very common...........
The headphones jack on laptops has a mechanical switch inside of it. It's supposed to disable the sound from going to the speakers built into the laptop whenever you plug a plug (on a cord) into the headphones jack.
If you have plugged into the headphones jack a lot, it's common for that mechanical switch to malfunction. You could try plugging a plug into the headphones jack, wiggling it, then pulling it out, that may get one or both speakers working, but the only real solution is to replace the headphones jack - that's an item frequently replaced by laptop repair places.
OR - you could make do by plugging amplified speakers into the headphones jack.
It's NOT normal for you to lose your audio, unless you have
- dropped the laptop or have spilled liquid on it
- muted the sound or set the master volume too low in your sound mixer settings in Windows.
- installed XP from scratch from a regular XP CD - it may not have the proper drivers built into it
- installed software that is interfering with the audio working properly - relatively rare.
- installed the sound software for the WRONG sound chipset, or you have installed the software for the right sound chipset the WRONG way - very common !
"You need to uninstall whatever drivers have been installed, reboot and install the one provided by Asus Support ! "
On the right under General Download
Select Product - Eee family
Select Series - Eee PC
Select Models - 904HD/XP
Click on the Search button
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 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 re-install the sound 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.