No sound problem from xp SUDDENLY comes into my face !

By Zeratul
Jan 11, 2007
  1. Hi guys,

    I have a strange problem with my audio.
    I don't know why this happens or when exactly, it just happens.

    While i'm using XP, and try to launch any audio file, or a movie, i notice that it opens BUT NO SOUND COMES OUT, although that everything was working okay a couple of minutes ago !

    I checked the "Windows Audio" service and it was working. I restarted it, but still no sound.

    The only way to fix this is to make a system restart :mad:

    Sometimes i noticed that problem after another XP account is opened (I have more than 1 xp account on my pc, one for me, and one for my brother). When i come back to my account, sometimes, this problem happens.

    Please advise...
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Have you checked to see if the volume is muted or turned down?
  3. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    certainly i did.
    this is the first thing i usually do :-(
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Does your mobo have the normal analog outputs and SPDIF?
    If so, see if it is being set from one to the other.
  5. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    no no rik
    the matter is much simpler
    I guess no hardware is involved in the whole issue.
    it's something with XP itself that makes up that prob.

    any ideas?
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    What I referred to in my previous post IS a Windows-based problem. The reason I mention it was that some time back a friend had a very very similar problem where he was using SPDIF and for some reason it would change back to analogue after a reboot.
    His problem I seem to remember was caused by spyware and was cured when he reformatted and reinstalled Windows.

    I'm not saying that you definately have the exact same problem, i just it was a possibility.
  7. Zeratul

    Zeratul TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    still nothing, the problem is repeating :S

    mm, no, my mobo doesn't have the SPDIF output, but my graphics card does.

    so :-( ??

    Please help rik or anyone, the problem is sticky :confused:
  8. ozric

    ozric TS Rookie

    I was just scouring Google trying to find a solution to my sound problem as well, which is similar to yours. The audio output on my machine works fine when playing music (mp3, FLAC), but I don't get any audio signal or output when playing any video files using every player I have - WMP, MPC, DivX, VLC, Quicktime. I don't get any audio output when watching video on the web too, nor with IM ping sounds.

    My soundcard is obviously working since I can play just audio fine.

    This is really bizarre. Any help would be appreciated.
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