'Selective' Sound Problem Mystery

By Northridge ยท 4 replies
Mar 7, 2007
  1. OK, OK, where to begin...

    I have a 'selective' sound problem on my computer.

    I am not computer-savy; my dad 'is,' but he's from Vietnam and computer-lingo isn't exactly his forte. Recently, he's upgraded my computer. From what I can gather, my computer now has:
    Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
    2.79 GHz, 1.50 GB of RAM

    The pertinent addition (and maybe problem child is:
    Realtek AC97 Audio device

    State of sound on my computer:
    Videos from Youtube work, BUT don't play sound.
    Certain PC games work, BUT don't play sound.
    Web games work, BUT don't play sound.
    Anything that uses Adobe Flash Player 9 doesn't play sound.
    Windows XP OS sounds, ex: startup sound, prompts, etc.

    iTunes, sound still works.
    Starcraft, (why it's sound still works, is beyond me)
    streaming Window's Media Player content from the web, such as CNN or filecabi.



    I don't want to use Window's Troubleshooting again! Help me solve this @#$%-ing mystery!!!
  2. shanek1980

    shanek1980 TS Rookie

    Im have the same issue
  3. Northridge

    Northridge TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Nice to know I'm not the only one!
  4. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 930   +33

    have you try reinstalling the Realtek device? Make sure you know the exact version of the software and you could download it straight from the website.
  5. Rayss523

    Rayss523 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    What motherboard do you have?
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