Posted 11 September 2005 - 10:50 PM
Some things to check:
Double-click on the speaker icon (if it's there!) and you'll get a slightly more elaborate version of the volume controls. Check to make sure the correct sliders are where they should be. Make sure the mute box isn't checked.
Use the Windows key and the Pause/Break key to bring up your system properties, click on the Device Manager and make sure your drivers for your sound card are working OK. Look for a big yellow question mark or exclamation point which means something's not quite right.
If it's a laptop, make sure the external sound wheel or whatever is used to regulate the volume is turned up. Thinkpads have a function key at the top, which is used in conjunction with the function (fn) key at the bottom, and will turn the sound up.