Silly as it may sound, check your connections. secondly, take the lid off the machine and remove the sound card, then replace it making sure it is properly seated. Thirdly, go to device manager and delete the drivers for the sound card(not the modem), shut down and restart, if the computer does not reload the drivers, load them manually. If none of that works, I'd say the card is buggered.
So.....RealPlayer plays something, Windows Media Player gives this message:
Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer, it may be in use by another program, or it may not be functioning properly.
I'm facing a bad problem. I have lost the volume icon as well as all form of windows sound, but there is nothing wrong with the sound card itself as I manged to fiddle faddle with my Winamp settings and can play mp3s fine.
Upon inspection, the Multimedia properties of my driver (SiS 7018 aUDIO dRIVER) says that the driver is enabled but inactive due to an unknown problem. The playback device area is grayed out.
There are no crosses or exclamation marks next to any device in the Device Manager.
PS This is not a sound problem, but I have to ask anyway - shortly after this problem occured, I installed Internet Explorer Six, and suddenly, whenever I type in a forum, the words lag very badly...after I type, the vertical line moves very slowly across the screen and it is a long time before my message materialise on the screen. How do I fix this? It was never like this before. The scrolling is slow too.
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