Ho everyone -
This is my first post. I live in central Michigan. I found this forum by looking for help for my sound problem I have read aqll of the posts on this, and have tried most of the suggestions, except those either I was araid to, or those that didn't apply due to different OS or different computer.
My problem: First, my computer crashes on a dailey basis, 3-4 times aday and then runs scandisk every time, sometimes twice in a row. For sure, every time I try to run a "help-type" program or try to install Windows Media Player 11. there are other times, but those are the main instances. Microsoft says it is a driver problem. What this has to do with my sound, is that I think after a crash before I went to bed the other morning, it did something to my sound, because now, I get the error message from my RealPlayer, " Cannot Open Audio Device, another application may be using it ". I check with Taskmaster and there is nothing in there which would be using it. I checked my Device Manager, and I get the message " Thisd device is working properly. " I have a Legacy soundcard and tried to find their website to try downloading a new driver, but, I don't think I did, not sure, I have done so much in the last 24 hours. I also downloaded a audio device, C-Media A97. I thought for sure THAT would do it, but, hope! No sound ...
So, I checked the sound monitor - volume control and it is all greyed out and says No Audio Device. Short of doing Reistry stuff and Reformatting, I don't know what else to do ... I tried Reformatting my computer myself, several years ago and eneded up wiping out my Bios, so I am terrified to do THAT again! LOL Oh, and ALL of the items in the Device Manager under "Audio, Sounds, etc.", are all according to D.M working properly. All of them also say "Use this device" (I think, or something like that.) A message from volume control says, There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices go to control panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Add Hardware. I go to do that and "everything is working properly". ??????