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Solved: Sound from speakers barely audible

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Drew1776, Nov 16, 2011.

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  1. Drew1776

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    Last night my computer was producing sound just fine. This morning it stopped! It's not a speaker issue as they work fine with another computer. No changes were made to the system so I don't know why this would happen all of a sudden. I uninstalled all of the drivers. When the computer somes back on they are re-installed. I also downloaded and intalled the Realtek driver R266. I had had an older version of this driver. The speakers are turned up and are set for maximum sound in the volume mixer. If I play something it is barely audible if my ear is right next to the speaker. I checked the device manger and did have two devices so I disabled one. Everything looks like the sound should be blaring but I get only the faintest sound. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     

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  2. Elvandil

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    You probably shouldn't be disabling something when having problems. That other device is probably the problem. Do you have any sound capture software or display driver hooks installed for VNC or something else, like a screen recorder?

    Try all the devices listed in Sound in Control Panel.
     
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    I tried disabling as was suggested in another thread. At any rate if I remove it, it is automatically reloaded when the computer is restarted. From your other comments I'm not sure what else to do.
    Thanks
     
  4. Drew1776

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    I don't think have any sound capture software
    I'm not sure what a driver hook or a VNC is...
    Sorry for my ignorance
     
  5. Hermitt43

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    Drew1776, have you tried running a System Restore Point?
    Maybe one dated 1 or 2 days before this sound issue began?

    Jim
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Do you see the dropdown in the Sound applet in Control Panel? What devices are listed there for you to choose from?

    Do you have any audio or video programs installed?

    Enable everything in Device Manager until you get the problem solved.

    (A restore point is a good thing to try.)
     
  7. Drew1776

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    After doing a complete reinstall of the machine the speakers are still messed up. Dell has decided that there is something wrong with the motherboard. So I guess that's the solution to this one. I've had Acers and eMachines last for years and I get a Dell and the motherboard craps out...

    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Thanks for following up.

    Good luck.
     
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