Computers - Software Hardware : TECHIES: Do I still need a sound driver?

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    So I'm on my daughter's laptop...It's one of those small ACER laptops. And I cannot here any sounds. The only sound I can hear is the beeping when I commit an error. I've tried downloading the proper sound driver. But that didn't even help.

    So I was wondering if I can just plug in some speakers and it will work?
     
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    If you have a set of headphones handy, plug those in and see if there is sound. If so then the problem more than likely your on-board speaker(s). If not, check (if you have not already) to see if the PC is not muted or the volume is down. I will proceed next with assuming you are working with Windows, if not you can let me know, but if you do all the previous and still have no sound you can go into your device manager and make sure your sound driver is installed correctly and make sure that it does not have a yellow question mark or a red X next to it. It could be a distinct possibility that your sound card was accidentally disabled as well and you would just have to re-enable it.
     
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    Yes we tried it with speakers and there was no sound...the volume is up and there still is no sound...And yes I'm on Windows XP.
    I tried going into my device manager but I wasn't sure where to look as I didn't see anything that had a yellow question mark or red x....
     
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    So when you go into device manager your sound driver appears to be normal as the image below?

    [​IMG]
     
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    okay let me see if I can get there
     
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    There isn't any yellow questions marks or red X
     
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    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    here is a pic
     

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    Where it says "Legacy Audio Drivers" in your device manager, right-click on that and see if there is an option to enable, if so then that means the device is disabled. If there is no option to enable then another thing to check is your volume mixer options and make sure that one of those are not causing no sound output. Beyond that your issue with the sound may lie physically within the laptop.
     
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    You sure it's not just muted the keyboard? Can you sen a pic if your keys?
     
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    No the keyboard is not muted....I've increased the sound on that as well, but produced no results.
     
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