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Can't play sounds on my computer

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#1 lady dedlock

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 12:34 AM

Hi everyone,

Until a few minutes ago my computer was playing sound files perfectly fine. All of a sudden I can't play any sound anymore. I tried testing Windows sounds in Control Panel -> Sounds and Devices, but an error messages appears which says -


Windows cannot play the file %systemroot%\media\Windows XP Battery Critical.wav file. It may be damaged or may not be a valid sound file. Replace the file and try again.

I'm also unable to hear audio on the Internet and on Windows Media Player / VLC.

Any idea what could have gone wrong? :thumbsup:

Edit: I have a Dell Dimension 9150.

Edited by lady dedlock, 20 February 2010 - 12:37 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 06:28 AM

If you go to start, run, devmgmt.msc do you see any yellow question marks next to your sound drivers? It used to happen to every time I ran windows update on xp, it replaced my drivers with ones that didn't work.

#3 lady dedlock

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:01 PM

Yes, I tried doing that but there weren't any ! or ? marks, so everything was working fine.

EDIT: Just re-installed the sound drivers from the Dell website and my sound is working fine again! :thumbsup: Thanks for your help - reminded me to re-install them since I did run a Windows Update yesterday.

Edited by lady dedlock, 20 February 2010 - 03:03 PM.

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