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Missing SNDVOL32

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kole, Mar 30, 2008.

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  1. kole

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    Whenever I try to access the sndvol32.exe file I get the following message:

    "There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, adn then click Add Hardware. This program will now close."

    The sndvol32.exe file does appear in the System32 folder, but when I click on it or try to run it from the Start menu I get the above error message. If I go into the Control Panel and look in the sound section, most of the options are disabled (I can't adjust options). I'm not sure what's going on because this seems to only affect my ability to watch Youtube/Google video as I still get sound when I'm playing music from Windows Media Player or in Quicktime....

    Any advice?
     
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    Welcome to TSG, I've split you off the other poster, you should try to start a new thread for your own problems whenever properly.

    Here's the solution to your issue: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319095
     
  3. kole

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    Hi Triple6:

    Thanks for the tips :) (will make sure to start new threads for specific problems in the future!)..
    I unfortunately don't have my Windows XP disks. Is there another way of doing something similar to reinstall the file? I tried downloading Couriant's zipped file, but the same message comes up when I try to use it....

    All the best,
    kole :)
     
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    Do a search on your hard drive for SNDVOL32.EXE, you may have a backup copy in the Repair or Cache folder that you can copy to the C:\Windows\System32 folder
     
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    The only two that come up is the sndvol32.exe file that is in the C:\Windows\System32 folder and the sndvol32.zip from Courriant...

    Anything else I could try?
     
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    kole, Go into Folder Options>View tab and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (recommended)", click Apply/OK. Now you should see the C:\Windows\System32\dllcache folder. There should be a copy of sndvol32.exe in it.

    Tufenuf
     
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    If that above doesn't work, which the above could be very well why, then extract the SNDVOL32.EXE from Courriant's ZIP and copy it to the C:\Windows\System32 folder overwriting the one thats there now.
     
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    I did both of the suggested actions that both of you, Tufenuf and Triple6, recomended and the same error message comes up as shown in my first post. Not sure what the deal is :(
     
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    Have you tried downloading and reinstalling the sound driver?
     
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    From where can I download this? I tried Courriants and it didn't work? Anywhere else I can get a sound-driver? Do I need to know specifications of my sound-card? how do I find that out?
     
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    Is it the Compaq? If so you should be able to download the driver from their website.
     
  12. kole

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    Hi Triple6:

    Thank you soooo much for all your help / patience with this! Still haven't figured it out but I found the download site for drivers related to my notebook on the Compaq website. There's an extensive list of drivers and none are explicitly for sound: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareList?os=228&lc=en&cc=ca&product=385154&dlc=en. Do you think that "Notebook Recovery Disc Set Windows XP Home PR" is the one I want?

    Regards,
    Kole
     
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    Is it just a Presario 2500 or is there another 25xx number on the bottom. What does Windows say your sound card is?
     
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    how do i find out what my sound card is? seems like its just a presario 2500
     
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    sorry was hoping to pick up this thread again if anyone has any advice....

    from what i can tell it is just a presario 2500, but i'm not sure how to check what my sound card is...

    is there a way of resending the couriant file, so that i can retry some of this stuff maybe. it's soooo frustrating!!
     
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