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Sound Only Works Through Headphones.

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#1 Tsula


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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:14 PM

I have a Gateway laptop with onboard audio. One day the system froze and I had to just shut it off without properly shutting it down because it froze in the middle of a game and wouldn't correct itself after a little while. Upon rebooting, the sound never worked, not even system sounds. I threw on my headphones and the sound worked (USB headphones FYI). I really don't feel like wearing my headphones all the time, but upon checking to see if the sound driver corrupted, found nothing wrong with it. Any ideas? Thankies =3

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:34 PM

It could be that even though the sound card has the drivers (which I would recommend that you try and update), the speakers themselves are not detected by the computer. Your best bet would be to try and download a new set of sound card drivers, uninstall the one you have and then install the new one.

If that doesn't work, perhaps you could try a repair of the windows XP installation (so not a clean install) so you don't lose any of your files.

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 11:35 AM

<<...but upon checking to see if the sound driver corrupted, found nothing wrong with it. >>

Well...I don't know of a way to check for file corruption in any function (other than system files)...so I'm curious as to how you did that.

The only files that I know of which allow a check of any sorts...are the Windows system files. The rest of the time it's nothing but a guessing game, since file corruption in any other file normally yields no error message or sign that something is amiss.

I think I'd remove the current drivers...then reinstall same.

From what I read and "understand", USB headphones don't rely on the sound card/chip inherent in the system. So any output you receive via such does not eliminate/affirm a problem with your drivers for your sound card/chip.


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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:55 PM

Most laptops have a set of keys that work with the function key (fn) to raise volume, lower it, or mute. Whether this affects the headphones, I'm not sure, but i'd try playing with the keys just to be sure. Look for a little blue speaker imprint on the sound keys.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:20 PM

sounds like drivers, becauce you said USB headphones work. Just use device manager and install some new drivers. Or google the name, and install them off the offical website.
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