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#1 blov10

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 07:59 AM

Hello,

I am missing my volume control on XP home edition. I tried this fix but it didn't show up. Any more help/suggestions?

Thanks in advance

Ben

RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, extract a new copy of Sndvol32.exe from the Windows XP compact disc to the system_rootSystem32 folder on your computer's hard disk. To do this, follow these steps:

Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent it from starting automatically.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
Type the following lines at the command prompt, pressing ENTER after each line, where CD-ROM drive is the drive letter of the computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM, and system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located (generally C:Windows):

CD-ROM drive:
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ system_rootsystem32sndvol32.exe


Note that there is a space between "ex_" and "system_root" in this command.

For example, if your computer's CD-ROM drive is drive E, and the folder that contains the Windows system files is C:Windows, type the following lines at the command prompt (pressing ENTER after each line):

e:
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ c:windowssystem32sndvol32.exe
Type exit to quit the command prompt.
Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area (if you selected this option).

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 08:17 AM

Does your computer play sounds at all via system sounds, music, mp3's,etc?
What is the make and model of your computer?
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 08:40 AM

While I am thinking about it, Did you do this process that you described above because of an error message or was this something that you tried because you didn't have a volume control icon in your system tray?

Can you open up your device manager, click on the view tab at the top, check "Show all Hidden Devices", expand ALL "+"'s,and check for ANY red "x's" or yellow "!'s"?

Can you open up a "cmd prompt" (winlogo+r), type "dxdiag" without the quotes, click OK, click on the sounds tab, Test button...Do you hear any sounds? Click on the music tab, Test button, Do you hear any music?
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 12:47 PM

Hello,

I got the error message when I tried opening the volume control. I googled the file and found the supposed fix for the problem listed above.

I have speakers hooked up and they do emit sound. I just dont have the icon in my tray anymore and I am unable to locate it.

My computer is a Dell Dimension 2350.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:05 PM

OK, press Start>ControlPanel>Sounds,Speech and Audio Devices...On the volume tab around the middle of the window is there a check mark in box labeled "Show icon in Task Bar"?

Edited by douglas martin, 05 May 2008 - 01:09 PM.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:19 PM

Forgot to add to click on "adjust volume" after opening "sounds, speech and audio"....Sorry
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 02:48 PM

I received the error Windows cannot install the Volume Control Icon in the taskbar becuase the Volume Control Program is not installed. Use Add/Remove programs to install it.

Edited by blov10, 05 May 2008 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2008 - 02:57 PM

Never seen this before but take a look through this article maybe it can help you...

http://www.jakeludington.com/windows_xp/20..._installed.html
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:04 PM

By reading through this article a little closer it gives two options for re-installation: 1. Recovery partition and 2. XP CD using command prompts similar to what you tried initially. I don't know if it will help you much. Sorry...
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:10 PM

Try this one:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qi...19191849AAFCfwE
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:42 PM

If none of this works I would first contact Dell support. They may be able to guide you in the right direction. Secondly, you might consider doing a system restore to a time before this occurred. Most people worry about doing this a they feel that they lose data and updates and it takes to much effort to retrieve them...I just bite the bullet and do it...

One thing though, when you tried the command prompt were you using a XP CD or recovery CD's from Dell...It makes a difference.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 03:57 PM

Thanks for the help. I found the missing file on another board/thread and it seems to have done the trick.

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 04:29 PM

Good to hear...Maybe you can post a link to it so that everyone that is having this issue can have a look...
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