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drizzledrizzt

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I am currently running Windows XP a very old Dell Inspiron B120 laptop. Until recently, I have unable to get the sard card working. When I go to audio properties in control panel, it says there is no audio device. If I click on the hardware tab, it only shows the codecs and CD/DVD dive. Whenever I try to play an mp3 in Windows Media Player, it says "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly." I tried the malware cleaning guide, still didn't help. I also tried restoring the default BIOS settings and that didn't help either. Also tried redownloading the drivers and that also didn't help. If somebody has a clue to this solution, please help.
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Booting a Linux distribution will allow you to test the sound hardware, so:
If you are able to, get hold of a Linux live CD (Ubuntu (to download and burn from www.ubuntu.org), for example, which costs nothing), and see if the sound functions correctly. This will help to rule out hardware failure, while not needing to fiddle with XP just yet.

If sound works under linux (or you were unable to test it), then what you can do is enter device manager, and scan for hardware changes. Failing that, choose to install legacy hardware.

Sorry if this doesnt help, i realise it is a little generic.
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Please Go to
1: STARTand the click on RUN
2: Type in devmgmt.msc
3: Click Enter
4. Look for any entries with Yellow Exclamation ! marks or Red X's

In your next reply please include those results
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I tried the device manager, and everything appears to be working correctly. No yellow or red x's of any sort.
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Which is why I suggest testing for hardware failure using a bootable linux distribution.

Thanks,
Josh
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I am unable to do that
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Are you able to do a system restore to before the sound stopped working?
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I am unable to do that


Can I ask why you are unable to do a Linux live cd?
Is it due to not having any cd's to make the live cd?
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I tried doing a system restore, but I can't restore to any date earlier than Dec 26th. So that failed. And correct, I do not have any CDs to make Linux with.
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I tried the device manager, and everything appears to be working correctly. No yellow or red x's of any sort.


Can you get a screenshot of your Device Manager?

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
Now go to Start and then to All Programs
Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop


Attach it to your next reply
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Here is the device manager. I even opened up the Sound device chain.

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try going into the bios and finding the onboard or integrated peripherals area. Check to see if the onboard sound is enabled.
To get to bios you would usually click the Del button on the first post (Black) screen where it is counting up memory.
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I tried that and there are only 3 onboard devices: Integrated NIC, MiniPCI status, and Modem Enable which are all enabled.
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Then you sound is a add on card then right?
If so then the problem is for sure a faulty sound card and a replacement is the resolution.
You stated you even downloaded the drivers... What drivers are you referring to.
Motherboard drivers ,,,,make and model please
Sound Card Drivers
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My sound card is not an add on, i have always used the onboard sound. I redownloaded the legacy audio drivers, which are the motherboard audio drivers I do believe. The motherboard model/make is a Dell 0KD941 with Intel Celeron M processor (acquired using system information for windows (SIW)).
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