No Sound

By cableman
Apr 23, 2009
  1. I don't have any idea what happened but the sound just stopped working, I have a Dell computer with windows XP. The video card is built in to the mother board but I don't think anything is wrong with the hardware.

    When I try to play a song in realplayer it says that another program is using the audio software and hardware but I can't find anything using it or stopping it from working, I have checked all the drivers and there are no conflicts. Please help if you know what to check. I'm out of ideas.
  2. VistaXPNewbie

    VistaXPNewbie TS Rookie

    This might seem really basic but have you tried other audio programs? Like Windows Media Player, etc? Just to see if it's a RealPlayer issue or a Device/Driver issue.

    Also, try uninstalling/reinstalling the device driver?

    Lastly, do your windows sounds still work? ie is it just movies/songs that don't play or are the speakers entirely mute?
  3. cableman

    cableman TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 248

    No Sounds

    Oh yes!! I have tried everything. There are no windows sounds either.
  4. 1941

    1941 Banned Posts: 20

    Maybe your sound card is shot.
  5. cableman

    cableman TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 248

    Now has sound

    I already did everything to the drivers etc. Finally found that the plug on the end of the speaker cord is bad. You would never know it to look at it but it is. I fixed with new plug from radio shack and all is well.
  6. VMSandman

    VMSandman TS Rookie

    Is it an AC97 chipset?

    They are notorious for dying!

    If it is the only thing you can do is get a cheap soundcard and install it.
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