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#1 chinaski

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 03:08 AM

Howdy everyone, am in a bit of a pickle and would appreciate some pointers.
The past 2 days i have lost the sounds of my operating system, cannot stream audio and have lost my volume icon from the taskbar.

I am however able to listen to CDs through itunes, media player etc and can watch DVDs fine. It is just there are no sounds on windows start up and games etc and no streaming audio on Youtube, Myspace etc.

I have tried many things, obviously ticking, un ticking the box in control panel etc. Have tried system restore, been on kellys korner or whatever its called, looked up the problem but i need XP driver disk to reinstall sounds card. I dont have XP driver disk.
aswell i tried downloading new soundcard which didnt work. Was clutching at straws really.

i think some kind of codec i downloaded started the problem. My "show desktop" and Thunderbird icons have also disappeared from other side of taskbar.

My system is XP Pro, a Compaq Armada M700 laptop. Soundcard is a ESS Maestro 2E
Im usually pretty good at solving these kinds of problems, have been googling this for ages tho to no avail

if anyone could help that would be great

thanks
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 07:52 AM

Try this:

Set windows to show hidden files,
How to see hidden files in Windows
Then navigate to:
C:\ Windows \ System32 \ dllcache
Locate sndvol32.exe
Right click it, and select Copy.
Navigate to C:\ Windows \ System32
In an open area, right click and select Paste

If Windows says the file already exists, do you want to replace it, select Yes

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#3 chinaski

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 03:01 PM

Hi, thanks for the reply but this didnt seem to work either.
i dont have a file called dlcache in system 32 but found the volume icon sndvol32.exe and another one called the same but with pf on the end. i tried making another copy of them in the same folder. Nothing happened.

clicking on sndvol32.exe just brings up my advanced volume control.

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 04:49 PM

Perhaps try this link.

Hope that helps, if not pop back!
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 11:37 PM

Yeah, thats no good. i have tried obvious things like microsoft site. Microsoft sucks but thats another kettle of fish entirely.

when i have been into control panel the "display icon in taskbar" is always switched on , i dont get an error message.

Also i DONT HAVE XP Disk so cant do what it says on the microsoft site anyway.

thanks anyway dude

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 04:45 AM

Try looking at this. or this.
If all else fails, hit the reset button.
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Posted 21 March 2007 - 06:11 AM

Have a look at this page with all the drivers.

Off topic : Great link the Winhlp one firecracker thanks

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:00 AM

Have been trying the Systray icons missing site tho nothing is working so far

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 03:37 AM

Volume Icon Is Not Displayed in the Notification Area, and You ...

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:29 AM

have tried all that , dont have xp disc

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:33 AM

Here you have the new file...

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:11 PM

Hrm. Well I have the volume control that doesn't appear in the task bar, but I have no issues with sounds per se.
Not sure if i should have started a new topic..

I do have the legit winXP cds and did what microsoft support suggest (see links posted by FireKracker and fozzie /http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319095)
But for me it doesn't work.. i get the following message in the cmd system32 window

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
© Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Dominique>d:

D:\>cd i386

D:\I386>expand sndvol32.ex_ windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
Microsoft ® File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
Copyright © Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

Expanding sndvol32.ex_ to windows\system32\sndvol32.exe.
Can't open output file: windows\system32\sndvol32.exe.


I looked in the microsoft question db, didn't find anything about it.

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Edited by azulite, 22 March 2007 - 02:14 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:00 PM

thanks fozzie but i already have the mixer/advanced volume control. it is working fine.

Its the little one i need and some sound

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 10:32 PM

Problem solved!
I have the icon back - i downloaded a big pack of codecs - K Lite Codec Pack and it sorted it all out.
I think the problem was where i hadnt finished downloading some codecs, or they werent properly installed on the machine. Anyway when i installed K Lite it cleaned up some corrupted registry files, most from Advanced DVD player that i had installed a few days ago. Seemed to work!

Anyway thanks for all your suggestions and help

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:57 AM

if you dont have the disk then you are up the creek
you need the disk to extract the
the sndv path to your compt
to make it work
if you look in control panel sound and audio devices
and the box place a volume icon in you task bar
should be greyed out
ime nor sure how to fix it with out the disk
perhaps buy a disk or
borrow one
marty




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