The sound on my computer (Dell Optiplex) keeps going out. If I restart the computer, it will come back on, but I don't know how to stop it from happening to begin with or why it keeps cutting out. It's quite annoying.
When I click on the sound icon in the right hand corner, I get this message: "There are no active mixer devices available." I have tried all the suggested fixes for this, but the only thing that works is to restart the computer.
I have gone to the control panel to add new hardware. That doesn't work as everything shows up as working just fine. Can't add anything.
I have checked the device manager -- nothing has a yellow exclamation point.
I have tried to update the driver -- I get the message that I have the latest driver installed.
I have tried to stop and then restart the service in services.msc. No change. Sound still won't work.
According to belarc advisor, this is what I have on my computer:
ADS DVD Xpress B
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
USB Audio Device
This could be worse - I could totally and always without sound, but it's really quite annoying to have multiple programs open (I work from home on the computer) and have to close everything down in order to restart to get the sound back. It's such an unproductive waste of time and suggests that there is something wrong.
Anyone have any other ideas I haven't tired yet?