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No Sound on Vista

By Partian Shot
Oct 13, 2009
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  1. Hey, this evening a strange problem has begun.

    I haven't made any manger changes or installed any drivers recently...

    But suddenly I can't hear sound on my pc.

    When I go Control Panel, Audio, Playback though and look at my devices it says my speakers are working and even that they're playing sound (the little green bars move up and down) but I can't hear anything from the speakers!

    Yes, I've checked all the cables, yes I've run a virus scan, yes I've run a registry scan.

    Any help would be really great!

    Thanks!
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    have you tried clicking mute on/off?
  3. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Well, yeah...
  4. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    *Bump*

    This is kinda a big deal for me... :/
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    you might also try click Start->Run, enter dxdiag. Then see if the tool helps indicate any problems
  6. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Thanks.

    No problems detected, though...
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,372   +167

    when you say you "checked" all the cables... did that include swapping cables / plugging in a different cable/speakers/headset as it sure seems like all seems OK as far as windows is concerned.

    My other thought is you might install an alternate OS (like Knoppix) and see if sound works. If it does then its a Windows issue. If it doesn;t, then its a hardware/BIOS issue.

    You download the DVD image here. Then burn it. Then boot from it.
  8. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Well, I can't hear anything through headphones and I don't have access to any other speakers...

    As for installing an alternate OS, I don't think I'm confident enough to do something like that.

    Any suggestions as to what the Windows/hardware issue could be?
  9. Partian Shot

    Partian Shot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 73

    Good news!

    I just updated my drivers and that seems to have solved the problem! :)

    Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner... ^^"

    Thanks very much for your help!
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