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Now theres sound, Now theres not!

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Please help me

In some games I get sound, and with some games I dont get any

I cant access sound options in control panel, when I double click the Icon my computer does nothing, It never opens.

The little speaker in the desktop toolbar has dissapeared.

Cant turn the sound up or down. In the game where there is no sound, It wont let me alter the sound options

Not sure what the problem is, but this is my computer:

Operating System Microsoft Windows 98 SE
OS Service Pack -
DirectX (DirectX 6.1)
Computer Name OEMCOMPUTER (Unknown User)

CPU Type Intel Pentium IIIE, 533 MHz (4 x 133)
Motherboard Name Dell OptiPlex GX110
Motherboard Chipset Intel Whitney i810E
System Memory 128 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (01/28/00)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter Intel® 82810E Graphics Controller
3D Accelerator Intel i752
Monitor IBM 6331 E54 [15" CRT] (23-71635)

Audio Adapter Creative SB PCI128 (Ensoniq ES1371) Sound Card

IDE Controller Primary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Secondary IDE controller (dual fifo)
IDE Controller Standard Dual PCI IDE Controller
Optical Drive LG CD-ROM CRD-8480C (48x CD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (FAT32) 6122 MB (3287 MB free)

Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse Port

Network Adapter PPP Adapter. (
Network Adapter PPP Adapter.
Modem ESS ES56H-PI Data Fax Voice Modem

Printer Canon BJC-265SP
USB1 Controller Intel 82801AA I/O Controller Hub - USB Controller [B-1]

thanks a tonne

kelly :whistling:
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Go to start menu -> Run -> Now type in -> mmsys.cpl and see if you can access the control panel for sounds and audio devices. Also you could try using start menu -> run -> Sndvol32 for the master volume control

Just a couple of other ideas... Have you got the latest drivers installed for your sound, have you got onboard sound and a seperate soundcard that is possibly conflicting.
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Thanks for the quick reply

I did what you said and an error occurred

This file does not have a program associated with it for peforming this action. Creat an association in My Computer by clicking View and then Clicking Folder Options

Im not too sure of what I have and what I dont, I cant access microsoft help either

I think that my drivers my be old or wrong, and im not sure what hardware i actually have and if it is working.
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I still need help with my computer... I have the game called "starcraft", the sound works in the introdution of the game, but then cuts out as soon as you start playing, then in the videos throughout the game, the sound comes back again...

any ideas guys?

any help would be great

thanx for ur time

kelly xxx :whistling:
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The first thing i would check is to look in the bios and see if the sound is set for on-board instead of the sound blaster card. If it is then you need to set it for the SB card. Then look in device manager and see what drivers it says are for the sound card. If it says just windows audio codecs then you don't have the sound blaster drivers installed. If there's sound blaster drivers there then you have the creative drivers. Those cards are getting pretty old now so i would think about upgrading to a better sound card anyway. Although i have a couple of these sound cards i only use them to test systems with.

Heres the drivers website if you need drivers.


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