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No Sound

By pcammuso ·
In Windows XP, when attempting to play a sound I get a message "Windows cannot play the sound %SystemRoot\media\<sound file>.wav Your sound card may be in use. Checked Device Manager and all devices are working fine.

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by willcomp In reply to No Sound

Device Manager is not a reliable indicator of functionality.

Did it work before and quit or has it never worked?

Is correct playback device selected when playing test sound?

Are you using on-board sound or an add-on card? If add-on card, is on-board sound disabled?

If it worked before, is set correctly and on-board sound is disabled for an add-on card, I suspect a corrupt driver. Uninstall and reinstall drivers for sound card (adapter). If that doesn't work, sound card (adapter) has probably bitten the dust.

Good luck,


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