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Hello,
I am very smart with computers so before you respond do NOT try telling me to plug in my speakers or something dumb like that.
I have an emachines computer tower running Windows XP Professional. I just downgraded to Windows XP last month and my sound was not working. I have tried fixing this but everywhere I go they say to re-install my drivers. After hearing that over, and over, and over again I finnaly re-installed my drivers, 4 TIMES!!!! Nothing happened!!! Now I think the real problem is not that my driver isn't installed but that my sound card isn't installed. Any ideas??? Please help

P.S.-Don't say for me to reinstall my driver.

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Instructions
Things You'll Need:

* Driver and Application Recovery CDs
* Updated sound driver software

Check the Speaker Connections and Volume Control Settings

1. Step 1 Verify that the lack of sound is not due to faulty speaker connections. A simple way to test it is to substitute the speaker connection with headphones and see if you get any sound.


2. Step 2 Open the volume control window by clicking your "Start" button and then "All Programs." Click "Accessories," then "Entertainment," then "Volume Control." Alternatively, just click on the speaker icon that's in your System Tray.


3. Step 3 Check the volume and mute settings. If any of the mute check boxes have been checked, uncheck them. If this doesn't work, read on.



Perform a System Restore If Necessary



4. Step 1 If the sound has been audible from your computer's speakers and is suddenly lost, you may need to perform a System Restore. Click on the " Start" button and then "All Programs."


5. Step 2 Click on "Accessories," then "System Tools," then "System Restore."


6. Step 3 Complete the System Restore Wizard. If this doesn't work, read on.



Delete and Reinstall the Original Sound Drivers



7. Step 1 Deleting and reinstalling your sound driver may resolve the problem. Your sound driver may have been corrupted or may be missing. The result of this is that the restore utility menu won't be available. For Windows XP, follow these steps.


8. Step 2 Click on your "Start" button. Click on "Control Panel" and then "System." Next, click on "Hardware," then "Device Manager, then "Sound, Video and Game Controllers."


9. Step 3 Click on a sound device named in the Device Manager, and then press the Delete key on the keyboard. Click "OK" in the window that appears. Remove all the listed sound devices i this way EXCEPT Audio Codec and Legacy Audio Drivers.


10. Step 4 Restart your computer. Reinstall the deleted drivers using the Driver and Application Recovery CDs that came with your Windows XP system.


11. Step 5 Visit your computer manufacturer's official website. Check for any updated sound driver software for your sound card. If any, download them along with the installation instructions.
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Hi buddy, u said u r very smart with computer, may be some smart persons forget to do one thing. Just check this out. If not u r problem rectified i cant do any thing dude.

My computer -> properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager

in that device manager double click sound , video and game controllers. In this any symbol with question mark appear that means u r sound driver is not installed. Then simply right click on it and click upgrade. Before doing upgrade put u r mother board drivers that is which is having the sound drivers, and simply upgrade it. I hope it will be fixed. I am sure
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When I click on Control Panel-> Sound Options. It says that there are no sound divices installed because there is nothing to click. So I know it's my sound card. I do NOT have any of my CD's for installation of motherboard,sound card,etc.
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Step 5 Visit your computer manufacturer's official website. Check for any updated sound driver software for your sound card. If any, download them along with the installation instructions.