SavageKarma May 25, 2010 at 08:06:37 Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.862 GHz / 1022 MB
Girlfriend's laptop - 3rd or 4th hand. Hard drive departitioned (only c drive). Initially had limited sound - very low volume - then no sound at all. Tried reinstalling drivers. Ended up clean reinstalling OS as well as XP drivers from Acer site. Audio set to realtek HD default (only option given anyway), mute buttons unchecked, all volume settings on max, advanced speaker option set to laptop stereo, windows audio set to auto (started) in service manager. Device manager says everything OK. Did try to do the trouble shooting thingo in the audio device properties but it couldn't complete as it didn't detect my voice through the microphone. Have I missed something? Any help much appreciated.
Being a laptop I'd have to pull it apart to do that. Externally it's in pretty good nick and apparently the speakers were working before. I am thinking it might be the hardware - it would be an integrated sound card and that means a new mobo and I don't know if it's cost effective enough. Headphones don't work either. If nothing else comes up I'll pull it apart (not that I'd know what I'd be looking at) and check the speaker and headphone wiring. Thanks for the reply :)
As both sound and microphone don't work it does seem hardware is most likely. It might be possible to add a sound card and disable the onboard sound in BIOS. You still have to go inside but it's cheaper than a mobo.
Pulled it apart and couldn't see anything obvious. Seems as though it's the mobo (could buy a new laptop for the price of a replacement board!). Checked out some of the soundcards for laptops and might try one of those if she really wants sound (she's a bit tight fisted when it comes to spending money on her computers and she's already got a desktop). Thanx for the input.
On the rear cover it says 5610, on the front sticker it says 5613, and the mobo ser. no. indicates it's for a 5630. Prices (for mobo) vary from $400 - $750. Could get a better new laptop for $529. For what it's used for, sound's really not that big an issue. Would've been nice but not really necessary. Thanx for the input.
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