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computer won't play sounds

NeiceH
My computer has stopped playing all sounds. It was working fine yesterday, but today when I woke up, any sounds I attempted to play wouldn't. The start up/shutting down sounds don't play. Neither does Windows Media Player, any internet sounds/videos/etc., or regular system sounds. When I look at my volume mixer, it shows the bars moving when sounds play, but nothing comes from my speakers.

I have Windows 7 home premium, and an IBM Thinkpad laptop (don't judge, I like it)

I've tried a system restore, which worked the last time this happened. I've also let windows install all the updates I've been avoiding. I tried configuring my speakers, and troubleshooting audio playback.

Is there anything else I can do, or have my speakers just quit on me?

It's my computer speakers, not outside ones

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Plugged in my headphones, and I heard some sound, but it was really really faint.

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TaylorS0113

Two questions:

Have you tried unplugging and re-adding your speaker cable (making sure that it's plugged into the correct I/O port)?
Do you get sound when you plug in headphones to the port?

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    NeiceH

    Plugged in my headphones, and I heard some sound, but it was really really faint.

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    databaseben

    it could be hardware or software problem.

    if it is software, you may have to re-install the sound drivers for your laptop. they are available from the laptops home site.

    however, before doing so, i would browse the system for third party sound drivers and files, then disable them.

    you can use a free program called autoruns from microsoft, that will list allow you to disable any you find..

    it will show you a slew of system files and drivers that are installed on the system.

    first make a system restore point, which will restore the modifications you will make by the following steps. (call the restore point something like "before autoruns")

    nest step is to look around your system with the autoruns freeware. search for any entries that reference sounds.

    then check the box for that line item and double click it to ensure it becomes disabled in the registry.

    next flip over back to the open auto runs window and repeat the above for the next entry referencing sound.

    afterwards you flush your system from drivers and files that reference sounds,

    reboot and go to the home site to re-install the standard sound driver for your laptop.

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    NeiceH

    How do I know which things are referencing sound?

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    databaseben

    "How do I know which things are referencing sound?"

    there will be column with lengthy descriptions in them.

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    NeiceH

    Plugged in my headphones, and I heard some sound, but it was really really faint.

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    databaseben

    it could be hardware or software problem.

    if it is software, you may have to re-install the sound drivers for your laptop. they are available from the laptops home site.

    however, before doing so, i would browse the system for third party sound drivers and files, then disable them.

    you can use a free program called autoruns from microsoft, that will list allow you to disable any you find..

    it will show you a slew of system files and drivers that are installed on the system.

    first make a system restore point, which will restore the modifications you will make by the following steps. (call the restore point something like "before autoruns")

    nest step is to look around your system with the autoruns freeware. search for any entries that reference sounds.

    then check the box for that line item and double click it to ensure it becomes disabled in the registry.

    next flip over back to the open auto runs window and repeat the above for the next entry referencing sound.

    afterwards you flush your system from drivers and files that reference sounds,

    reboot and go to the home site to re-install the standard sound driver for your laptop.

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    NeiceH

    How do I know which things are referencing sound?

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    databaseben

    "How do I know which things are referencing sound?"

    there will be column with lengthy descriptions in them.