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I have a weird problem. On an XP machine there is no sound anymore. I don't know how or when the problem occurred, but now it looks like this:
- the sound card is installed, device manager doesn't report any problem
- I tried to uninstall and reinstall the latest driver, doesn't fix the problem
- I have the sound icon in the systray
- I'm able to access all the sound related items in control panel, no matter how I set them, doesn't fix the problem.
- I'm able to access Realtek sound utility. It even detects when I'm connecting the headset
- I checked the headset on an other computer and is ok
Any ideas?
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by:Hamid Reza Molahadi
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Try to use Windows Fixit:
fixitcenter.support.microsoft.com/Portal/GetStarted
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Hi,

If all when OK, then you might want to change the sound card (or install other sound card it is buildin) for checking purpose, might be the sound out socket stuck or damage, like having some small ants inside it, or some of the shoulder point broken.
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You may want to have a look on MS step by step trouble shooting page, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/no-sound-in-windows

and here is how to change your sound card, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-or-remove-a-sound-card

different sound card and computer may have different way to do it.

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Remove all the soundcard software and drivers, reboot them install them again.
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by:Rockpig
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Do you have a sound card?  I mean a physical PCI one plugged into the motherboard.
Do you have integrated sound device on the motherboard as well?
We're assuming it is a desktop PC.
How old is the PC?
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See if  my sound procedure checklist helps :
-check if the device is enabled in the bios
-in device manager, check if the card is installed without errors
-look if there are driver updates available, and install them
-if needed, install / uninstall the  UAA HD Audio Bus driver    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888111
-start>run>services.msc  and check if the Windows Audio service started and set to automatic?
        then, from Device Manager>view   click "show hidden devices" , now  right click your sound devices, and select Uninstall.
        Reboot, and cancel the wizard to reinstall
        Install your latest drivers, and reboot to complete the install......
-in the audio and sound applet>audio tab check if the sound card is selected
-in the volume section, check if the sound is turned up enough, and NOT muted
-in the audio and sound applet>sounds tab select the start windows sound, and check if you can play it
-check if the speakers are connected to the proper sound output (green)
-test the speakers on another PC

of course, if the sound device is bad - it won't work, but you can test that by running from the live Knoppix cd - you should hear the welcome sound : ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.4.4CD-2011-01-30-EN.iso  
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I tried with a Knoppix CD and it had the same behavior. I presume the sound card is damaged.
I had to buy an other sound card.

Thanks!
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txfor the feedback; sorry it turns out that way
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