Posted 09 August 2006 - 09:22 PM
Your internet connectivity problem and sound problem have to be two seperate problems.
Try rebooting everything - pull the power cord on the cable/dsl modem, undo the cable, disconnect the router and unplug it
shutdown the computer
Wait at least one minute (sometimes shorting the incoming cable wire to its grounding shield eliminates a static charge that may have built up in the cable)
Reconnect everything and power the modem back on, then the router, then boot your computer.
There are a lot of variables that affect connection speed.
How many other users are online on the dsl provider's equipment (not just in your house)
How many people are trying to access the particular site
As far as the sound problem:
First - test the speakers on your parent's computer
If they work - look at your task bar near the clock. Do you see a speaker icon?
Double click on it. When the control screen comes up, make sure there is no check in "Muted" and the volume is up.
If that didn't resolve the problem:
Open your device manager
(click on "System" in the control panel - then click the "Hardware" tab
then click the "Device Manager" button)
Open the "Sound, Video and Game Controllers" section
Do you see a yellow or red warning icon there?
Do you see your audio adapter listed (something like AC'97 although it may be different)