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Old 04-30-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Hey All,

I'm not much of a tech person but hoping someone here is. Basically my computer is a Dell Studio laptop from 2009. It runs Windows Vista and this morning it stopped producing sound. No sound for music, videos, dialog boxes, etc. I checked the volume and it's off mute and the volume is on. I don't have any external speakers so there aren't any connection issues. I tried headphones to see if it was the internal speakers only and still no sound. I was hoping it was an isolated incident and turned off my computer and back on again but it still doesn't work. Any solutions as to why the sound would suddenly stop working?
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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I had that happen once on my HP and it turned out the default for sound had been changed in the settings. Not the volume, but the device.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Newark, California
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I just checked the volume mixer and the device is checked as Speakers/Headphones IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. So it seems like my internal speakers are still the default device for sound.

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Control Panel/Sound/Playback tab

That assumes Vista is the same as Windows 7 for that.

Mine is set to Speakers and Dual Headphones.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Yeah, I just edited my previous post. The device is the correct one, still nothing.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Dell Studio Sound Issue-sound.jpg

When I try to play sound the mixer under Speakers shows that sound is supposedly playing. It's like the entire system is on mute.
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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Do you have a separate control panel item for the sound in Control Panel? I have "IDT Audio Control Panel" and if you have a similar one for yours there may be a setting in there that has changed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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There are many things that can be tried to find out if its a software or hardware problem or you can simply go onto ebay and purchase a USB sound card for under $3 load its drivers and thus have sound again. If you want to try the software direction I'd revert the system to a date of when you had sound by using Windows System Restore (Not Dell Restore).

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/turn-back-time-on-your-pc-undo-system-changes-with-system-restore
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:48 AM
 
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Download the driver from Dell's website and reinstall it, you'll need the service tag that's on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop.
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