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« on: November 25, 2006, 01:13:34 PM »

Hey guys

i'm having a problem, i don't know whether it's hardware or a virus though

My sound keeps getting turned down randomly. i'll open up the volume control . .and put it all the way up and it's like someone is turning it down, i turn it up they turn it down...

very weird!

At the time when it first occured i wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary. . just all of a sudden my music went out. . thought the cord had fallen out .. but it was just turned down..

if anyone has any help or ideas it owuld be much apprecieted

thanks guys
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2006, 01:48:28 PM »

Which operating system?
What make and model sound card? Is it integrated in the motherboard or a real card?
Did you test different speakers?
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006, 03:08:30 PM »

wow thanks for the fast reply!


i'm using  Windows XP home edition version 2002

Realtek AC97 audio

I haven't tried other speakers. . but to control the volume of the sound i have to use my keyboard theres a little toggle on it. there is no sound toggle on the speakers

hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2006, 05:17:38 PM »

Realtek AC97 means you have integrated audio on the motherboard. Those chips can fail after a while. And they can't be repaired. The only way around it is to change the motherboard (expensive) or add an external PCI soundcard (cheaper) and use that instead of the integrated sound.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006, 12:57:03 AM »

Before you try replacing any hardware, first check your audio settings in the taskbar for the little speaker icon.  Right mouse click and select audio properties.  This will pop up another window you want to click on the audio tab and click the volume tab.  Under sound playback.  Carefully look at all, the volume settings, and you'll notice a separate panel for each device that you have, what often happens with audio.  Is that one device will try to take control of the audio over another device such as when you open a TV tuner card.  It will take control of your sound playback, and simultaneously lower or adjust the other settings.  So here's the track.  Keep that window open and open and close some other programs, where you've noticed the sound going up and down.

Eventually will become clear to you which program is becoming dominant.  Sometimes just a lot easier to keep the window open and adjust the sound back to the way you want it.  When you want it that can be irritating, but it's a lot better than replacing aboard
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