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PC Speaker control grayet out

My sound is Conexant AMC Audio. Lately the volume levels have been lower than they used to be. I have to move the slider to the top to get what used to be about the medium volume. When I double-click the sound icon on my taskbar, the controls on the PC Speaker one are grayed out. I have working controls for Volume Control, Wave, SW Synth, CD Audio, Line In, and Microphone. I can't say that I remember the PC Speaker control ever not being grayed out, but I'm wondering if that's why my volume isn't working like it used to and how to correct it if so. I went to the Conexant website but could not find a driver download for Conexant AMC Audio. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Thanks for the comprehensive answer, Bill. My Windows Audio Service was running and set to automatic.Everything was also fine on my Volume, Audio, and Voice tabs. While on the Voice tab, I did the microphone and speaker tests under "Test hardware." The meters moved but I had to speak loudly instead of at a normal volume to get them to move even a little. The Speaker test meter didn't seem to go above the 1st or 2nd tick on the meter unless I get very close to the built-in mic.

It didn't occur to me to go to my laptop Manufacturer's support area. I have a Gateway CX200X Tablet PC. I upgraded my driver and the sound seems back to normal. The PC Speaker controls on the main Volume Control window are still grayed out (sorry about the typo in the title). Maybe they're supposed to be since the main Volume Control controls are active? At any rate, you pointed me to the best place to find current drivers for my system, and downloading and installing the update resolved my main problem. So thanks. If you have an answer to the secondary question of whether the PC controls are supposed to be grayed out, I'd be interested in hearing it also, but  can also Google the question. It's not that important.

Thanks again,

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Microsoft Windows XP is the sixth release of the NT series of operating systems, and was the first to be marketed in a variety of editions: XP Home and XP Professional, designed for business and power users. The advanced features in XP Professional are generally disabled in Home Edition, but are there and can be activated. There were two 64-bit editions, an embedded edition and a tablet edition.

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