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Windows won't play system sounds

Q: Windows won't play system sounds

Hello,I was hoping someone could help me with a problem that I am having with my computer. I have been searching all over the internet for a solution and nothing so far has worked. The problem is that none of my Windows XP (SP3) system sounds work. If I go into the Control Panel to try and change the sound schemes, the Preview button is grayed out. I also do not get any audio in Realplayer or any web sites that use Flashplayer like Youtube. However Windows Media Player and Winamp both seem to be working fine. This seems to have just started randomly a few days ago.Some people have suggested installing the K-Lite codec pack and using a tool that is included to repair the sound. I have also tried reinstalling my sound card drivers and Flashplayer with no luck. Other people have suggested checking my registry for a missing "wavemapper" key which wasn't the problem either. When I try system restore it goes through the process and then tells me that no changes were made so unfortunately I can't use that.I haven't made any major hardware or software changes recently and I am out of ideas at this point.My motherboard:http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherbo...me=GA-M57SLI-S4Thanks in advance for your help.

Preferred Solution: Windows won't play system sounds

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Windows won't play system sounds

Hi .Have you tried replacing any missing/corrupt system files...by using the sfc /scannow command?LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html Did you try the K-Lite solution?Louis

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recently reinstalled Windows due to upgrading my PC and now whenever a system sound is played (for example the error sound or exclamation sound) all other sounds, whether they be music files or games or anything else, will have their volume significantly reduced, even for a short time after the sound has played. makes it very irritating when, for example, listening to music while editing documents (exclamation sound playing on closing to save) I've already disabled the option in Communications tab of the sound settings but can find nothing else and a google search hasn't helped either

A:windows play system sound and all other sounds go quiet

I would try this: go into the device manager in the system section of the control panel; completely uninstall the sound card and any other associated components; reboot; let windows hopefully re-detect the card and any other components and reinstall them; reboot a second time. Try this out and see if it resolves your issue.

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Ok so I have a simple, but annoying problem. I have no Windows Sound Events like the login sound, the logout sound, and when the battery is low. Every other sound like playing music and running YouTube videos work fine. Even when I turn on my laptop I hear the whole computer startup sound, but I don't hear the login one. I don't understand the problem. I went into personilazation and went to Windows Sounds, but when I select one and click "Play" I don't hear anything. I tried the other Sound Themes and they don't work either. I ran the Fix It program for Audio, and it didn't find anything wrong.

A:No Windows Sounds, but regular sounds play fine

Hello! I have the same problem you have (or had?) with Windows 7 64bit. Everything is working good, but no system sound at all! No sound when I login..no sounds when i insert or remove USB devices..and so on! But sound is ok in youtube or in videogames...how did you fix that? If you fixed it?

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My Windows 7 computer won't play most sounds when an event occurs. I've already gone into the Sound window from Control Panel, and the sounds still won't play. The following program events DO play a sound : default beep, device connect, device disconnect, device failed to connect, empty recycle bin, windows change theme, windows logoff, windows logon, windows UAC, and start navigation. The following events DO NOT play a sound: Asterisk, Critical Stop, Exclamation, and System Notification. How can I fix this? I can appreciate any help. Thanks.

A:Some System Sounds Won't Play

Have you tried changing the Sound Scheme to something other than the "Windows Default (modified)" that you have. Then change it back to the Windows Default Modified and see if that fixes it.

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Some system event sounds won't play in Vista on my Dell Inspiron 1525. It was working until about a week or two ago and I have no idea what happened. I've searched here and elsewhere, chatted with Dell tech support and tried absolutely everything I can think of.

The problem is some even sounds work, like Startup, Shutdown, mail notification and some don't like Asterisk, Default Sound, Close Program. When I use the Test button in the sound scheme scheme area the sound will play, but then the sound won't play when the event happens in Windows.

Things I've tried:
-updated sound driver (confirmed with Dell support)
-upgraded to SP2
-checked items in services.msc to make sure Themes support and other sounds items are running
-used default sound theme and overall theme
-checked Mixer to make sure nothing is muted (even though some sounds are playing)
-other things I can't even remember

After upgrading to SP2 I apparently don't have restore points going back far enough.

Anything I can try? This is driving me nuts even though it's not anything critical. Thanks.

A:*Some* System Sounds Won't Play

other drivers can conflict with this..u can try getting drivermax its free and it will tell u what drivers need updated and things like that..idk try that

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Hi everyone,

My USB headphones worked perfectly up until last week. The headphones still play the Windows 8 system sounds, but when I try to use them with Youtube or VLC, they don't play any sound. The strange thing is when I go to Playback devices, the headphones are connected and installed as the default device, and they work perfectly if I test them in the playback menu. Headphones also work when I connect them with the 3,5mm cable.

Any one knows what might have caused the problem and mainly how to solve it? Thanks!


A:USB headphones only play system sounds




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I installed the XVid player for Windows XP Home the other day and it hung during installation so I had to restart my computer. All of a sudden I don't have any more system sounds and I can't play .wav or .midi files. I tried doing a system restore, but of course none of my restore points allow me to roll my computer back to that date. Then I tried troubleshooting it through Windows Support...no go. I removed and reinstalled my sound card and drivers (Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live!) and installed all the codecs I could find, still no dice. Here's the kicker...I can play MP3s through WinAmp and video with sound through Windows Media Player, but I can't play .wav files or .midi files. Whenever I go into Sounds and Audio Devices and highlight an event sound, the play button remains dimmed. If anyone has any ideas on how to fix this issue short of formatting my HD and reinstalling Windows, I would be very appreciative.

Losing patience quickly,


A:System Event Sounds and Wav Files Won't Play

In the sounds and audio control panel is your sound card registered as the preferred device for playback ? What is listed in the MIDI box ?

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Hi, I recently upgraded to windows 7 (from vista) on my HP Pavillion dv9000 series (specifically dv9850ea)

Beforehand when I ran the upgrade advisor, I got a few warning about incompatabilities - the graphics card for example - but all seems fine after the upgrade.

My problem is with the audio - system sounds work fine, audio from youtube for example, works fine... but when I play divx videos (still need to test other formats) there is no audio with either media player or divx player. Also when I play a song on itunes, it will just hang on 00:00 and go no further.

I know its not a driver issue, as some sounds ARE working... but im stumped!


A:Laptop will play system sounds but no other audio!

Quote: Originally Posted by jhughes1986

Hi, I recently upgraded to windows 7 (from vista) on my HP Pavillion dv9000 series (specifically dv9850ea)

Beforehand when I ran the upgrade advisor, I got a few warning about incompatabilities - the graphics card for example - but all seems fine after the upgrade.

My problem is with the audio - system sounds work fine, audio from youtube for example, works fine... but when I play divx videos (still need to test other formats) there is no audio with either media player or divx player. Also when I play a song on itunes, it will just hang on 00:00 and go no further.

I know its not a driver issue, as some sounds ARE working... but im stumped!


It is probably one of a few things. a driver or codec, or configuration issue.
Just because sound works on some formats doesnt necessarily rule out a driver so I would check in device manager.

Codec--You may need one to plat the respective format, or you may have two codecs conflicting.

Config--something is configured incorrectly like a control panel

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Can anyone help me!?!?!? I have an hp pavillion 750c with XP Pro. My system sounds are not playing. I can play audio with Winamp with no problem but when I check the properties for Sounds and Audio Devices it says there are no audio devices, playback devices, etc. I have rolled back, uninstalled and updated drivers (not necessarily in that order) and have had no luck......Today all system sounds came back after a System Restore but were gone again after the next time I started up. What is going on here!?!?!The audio driver is Intel(r) 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller
Please help!!!!

A:Can play streaming audio, but no system sounds

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Well my computer had a virus, and thanks to the awesome people on this site I was able to fix it. Prior to that I tried to fix it myself using Malwarebytes. Anyway my computer was clean and everything was running normal. However, after I uninstalled Malwarebytes I tried to play music on Musicmatch Jukebox, and I got the error: Waveout not supported. This was odd because I was able to play music on itunes and Windows Media Player. Then I realized that I also could no longer hear system sounds and that I couldn't hear sound on youtube. I checked my soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster Live, which was working fine. I tried to reinstall Windows Media Player, which didn't help. I installed K-Lite Codec pack, which also didn't help. After I uninstalled K-Lite and went back to my original codec pack, CCCP, it was then that I got a prompt telling me that I was missing some Registry Keys which would affect my computer's sound. I'm wondering if I accidentally deleted something when I uninstalled Malwarebytes.You can view my original topic here, the sound issue is on the second page.http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/276614/my-desktop-has-a-green-screen-telling-me-my-system-is-infected/Help to fix this issue would be greatly appreciated ^_^Thanks so much!

A:Cannot play system sounds or hear sound on youtube

have you tried removing your sound card from device manager, reboot, when computer restarts it will find the sound card and you can then re-install the drivers.

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Hi, i really really need help, coz my laptop compaq presario V3203tu does not have anymore sound coming out of the speakers or even when i try to plug in a pair of headphones and even the system sounds wont play..

i really want to get this fixed, but i dont know how? please help.


A:Solved: No sound through speakers, headphones and even system sounds dont play.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6600 @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3963 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 6 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 464503 MB, Free - 109261 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: Norton 360 Premier Edition, Updated and Enabled

As the title suggests no sound through the laptop speakers or the headphone out. Last Saturday my laptop prompted me to download 2 important Windows updates. One of the two updates was Internet Explorer 10. After installation and restart everything seemed ok. Then I went on the internet and almost immediately I was getting this popup "Ulead MP3 Codec: About" "Ulead MP3 Codec v1.0.18" and then an OK button as the only option. You could proceed no further unless you clicked OK, but once clicked the web page froze. I believe I was trying to read NY Post online at the time. So I started Googling the problem and see that many others have the same most in association with checking either AOL email or some other web based email program and it was associated with sound. The fix recommended for everyone was either to turn off sounds in email, download Windows 7 Codec pack from MS Updates or to put Ulead.com as a blocked site on IE. I tried the latter two as I do not us web based email, rather I use MS Outlook. ... Read more

A:Solved: No sound through speakers, headphones, system sounds, DVD wont play

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Hi,. i for some reason cannot get my windows sounds to play. In the control panel/sounds and audio devices box, it is set to play them. But for soem reason doesnt. It also doesnt preview them. All other sound play, and when i manually play the files via c:/windows/media they play fine through windows media player. Can anyone help with this?? I have also noticed i can't seem to get sounds to play through webpages. For example, www.ebaumsworld.com, none of the sounds from there will play. Any help would be appreciated, thanks


P.S windows XP Pro

A:Windows sounds will not play.....

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Some of my Windows sound scheme sounds do not play. In the sound scheme settings, under Program Events ,regardless of sound scheme selected, the Sound events for Windows DO NOT play, but sound events for Windows Explorer, and every single other application, DO play. When I click Test, the sound always plays, but in practice, never does. This only happens with the sound events under the Windows category? everything else plays fine.

I?ve tried changing the sounds around (using different sound files), and it?s not the sound files themselves, my sound drivers, or anything like that. I?ve tried checking the registry, and that seems to be set up correctly. I?ve tried creating a new user profile, and it has the same problem.

If you redirect me to a thread about similar problems, chances are, I?ve already read it if it?s easily found by a Google search. Not everyone has had the same exact problem anyway (where it plays when I click Test and only the Windows events are affected). Please don?t tell me to re-format, re-install, or repair Windows. :-)


A:Windows Event Sounds Do Not Play

Update… I noticed something strange… the restore up, restore down, minimize, and maximize sounds still don’t play in Windows or any Windows program, except for Excel. I have Excel 2007. For some reason, Excel is allowing these sounds to play.

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Hello! I am having a problem with the sound drivers/cards on my Dell optiplex gx620. I can only run 1 program with audio (normally windows media player). I treied youtube on Google chrome, lunascape, IE and firefox. wont work at all. and if windows media player isnt the first program i run, then it gives me an error message that states that i may not have sound cards/drivers installed or may be in use by another program. i have gone through my audio devices and found nothing. I click on the volume controll and an error message that says "There are no active mixer devices available"

If any other details are needed then feel free to let me know.

Great melinko

A:Windows wont play sounds


Try to restore your current setting. From Advanced Boot Options (By pressing F8 on BIOS) select Last Known Good Configuration (advanced).

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Hi all - I didn't have time to go thru' & read all the threads here to see if there's a solution to my problem. Man! You guys are prolific!

I actually have two problems, but I'll stick with this sound one for now.

I customized my sounds for the opening & closing of Windows way back in the XP days. The changes have played thru' all the updates & the older Windows like Millennium & Vista, but now on Win 7, they won't play. (??) If I go to my control panel, they are there, if I hit the test button I can hear them. For all intents they should play, right? But they don't.

Now problem two - I am a pinhead when it comes to computers so any solutions you might have for me are going to have to be explained like you're talking to a hamster?
It's so weird that I can operate a blog, run a hockey board, but can't do the simplest things with Windows.

A:Sounds for opening & closing of Windows will not play

I haven't tried it on my Win 7 install, but I too used to use custom startup and shutdown wavs. However, I recall there was something I saw on the web about Win 7 not working or working properly with user sounds and the reason I've never tried it.

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I have had this problem for as long as I can remember... I have no idea why they dont play. In the control panel Sounds & Audio or whatever, i selected Windows Default sound scheme, both Windows Startup and Shutdown sounds are activated and the sound files work fine. All other normal windows sounds work.

Anyone know what the problem is? Thanks

A:Windows startup and Shutdown sounds do not play

Long shot but it could be a third party program which is set to disable to logon/logoff sounds in an attempt to speed up the process.

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Windows do not play any media files and more but I can hear the sound effects windows play (Critical Alarm, Windows Start-up, Windows Shut-down, ding, beep etc..) and also I can hear any sound/music, etc from Firefox browser.
I can also hear any music/sounds etc from games
the only problem I have is the media files.

Windows Media Player won't play any media file I throw at it the same problem happens with Media Player Classic Home Cinema (codecs are optional)
this has happened after I followed these guides:
Remove Favorites, Libraries, and Homegroup from Navigation Pane
Computer - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane

I clearly wanted and I still want to hide some items from navigation pane.
If you use it much some items are not needed and are bothersome if you have them.

So I hid Libraries and done everything as it says to remove Homegroup.

So what I have to in order for Media Players play media properly once again?

Except of Restoring everything as it was.

A:Windows do not play any Media Files (you can hear sounds though..)

1. Go to device manager, find the audio device, and make sure it's enabled.

2. Update your on-board audio device.

3. Click on Start and type SOUND. Click the tab PLAYBACK. Right click to show Disabled and Disconnected devices. Make sure your speaker is Enabled. Right click on speaker and run Test. Should hear up and down notes. Double click on your speaker to bring up Speaker Properties. Go to tab Levels and make sure nothing is muted.

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my computer won't play any sounds other than system sounds. i have a creative sound blaster PCI512 sound card and im running windows xp pro. i tried downloading the driver update from the creative website, but it had no effect.

A:trouble hearing sounds other than system sounds

try uninstalling your sound card from your device manager and check if your card is seated properly in the slot. re-install and boot.
if problem persists call a doctor. lol.

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I've got a weird one: I hooked the HDMI from the PC to the television and get great picture, but the sound is weird. I get system "dings" and whatnot, but I don't get the audio from games or YouTube videos. I've already tried setting the default audio device to the HDMI port, but I get sound from the speakers on the PC, not via HDMI.

The video card is an EVGA 750 Ti SC, running on a Biostar HiFi A85W.


A:Get system sounds, but NO YouTube or game sounds. Help?

If you have the Default Audio Playback Device set as HDMI then you should be getting sound only from HDMI. Sounds like that is not happening.

You should have the NVDIA High Definition Audio and the regular PC audio (whatever that is) shown in the Device Manager, Sounds section. If you do not have NVIDIA High Defintion Audio, or only the generic Windows installed "high Definition audio driver (codec) shown for the HDMI audio that could be the problem.

Uninstall the Video Card, in the Device Manager (do not uninstall the drivers) then restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the Video Card. See if this corrects the problem. If not, install or reinstall the latest NVIDIA driver.

Jack (too)

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I've got a problem with the sounds in Windows 8 64bit editon.

No startup sound, no sound when the system shuts down, no sound played when I get a Facebook notification. It's really annoying.

Computer plays videos, music, Skype etc. without a problem. It's just that the windows sounds aren't playing I'm attaching a picture. Will appreciate your help. Thank you

A:Windows system sounds

Click the speaker in the bottom right of the screen, then click Mixer.

Is IE and System sounds turned up?

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I'm running Windows 10 Pro with Creators Update
Fully Licensed...

All Sounds work except for System sounds.
I have re installed the audio driver
when i click on sound then system its on windows default and they all play if push play.

really weird...even in outlook when i empty the deleted items when it pops asking if im sure a sound would play..the exclamation sound doesnt play...

any ideas

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I want to change the system sound that plays when my pc completes formatting a USB drive. How do I do this?

A:Windows System Sounds

Hello hamwich

You will need to change the "Asterisk" sound in appearance and personalisation for that one (I Think). If its not that one just play around with the others till you find it.

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My system sounds work fine: if I navigate to the folder c:\windows\media and double-click on a particular sound it plays correctly. However, if I go to Control Panel\Sound and select the "Sounds" tab none of the system sounds responds when I click on the green "Test" button. Can anyone suggest how I can put this right, please?

A:Can't test system sounds in Windows 8.1

Right-click the sound icon in taskbar, open mixer, and verify that system sounds are not turned off/down. This would still allow those sounds to work if you accessed them directly in a folder.

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This is a little Acer Revo with Win8.1. For some reason I no longer hear system sounds. I have tested playing random wave files which produce sound. But when I test the system sounds I get nothing. I could have somehow caused this some time ago. I really hate the default Win8 sound scheme. I was trying tinkering to change it.

I have not used this PC for months, so I do not know when I lost these sounds. Can someone help?

A:Windows 8 System Sounds do not work

They may be just turned down, where is the slider when you go to speaker icon on taskbar and "Mixer" ? Sounds are also at Control Panel > Sound > Sounds.

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Here's a strange one (at least to me): I did a reinstall of Win 7; the default Windows sounds work fine, even if I change the theme in the personalization options or in the Sounds control panel tab. But if I change a system sound to a .wav file from my own folder of custom sounds, Windows won't play it. Oh, by the way, they will play fine through Windows Media Player (or any other media player I've used--just not in the System Sounds function.

I've used these sounds many times before and my other computers running Win7 have been customized to use my sound files, but this one will not play them. I'm guessing I could reinstall Windows and they would probably work, but I really don't want to go to that extreme (yet). Any thoughts on why Windows won't use these substitute sounds?

A:Windows 7 System Sounds Issue


I'm not sure if this will help you at all, but could you see if this is any good?

Sounds - Change

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Hello, this just happened today.
I got on my computer, and the system sounds weren't working. There was no log in sound, or chime when receiving Outlook e-mails, etc.
All sound works just fine, like Pandora or iTunes, it's just the system sounds.

In the sound settings, where you can modify the system sounds, when I clicked test, it still didn't work. I went to C:/windows/media, and all the sounds there played just fine, so they aren't corrupted.

Any ideas on what's wrong here?


Hi, go to start ,search and type cmd, right click on the returned cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the prompt copy paste:-

reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32" /v wavemapper /s > 0 & notepad 0
press enter

Post the notepad outcome here

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I noticed that I have no systems sounds currently being generated from Windows 7. Start>Control Panel>Sound>Sounds..Program Events. No highlighted event creates a sound when it is tested or when the action occurs during normal operation.

The system plays music, etc. just fine which indicates that the sound card is fine.

I can't find where system is supposed to find the sound or a way to check to see if it is pointing to the correct file location which it obviously isn't.

Am stumped.

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Hello guys,  Because i saw that a lot of u guys out there already have been updating your pc to windows 10, i decided also to update mine elitebook 8440p to windows 10 last week. Everything went smoothly until i found out my audio system wasn't working anymore. It seems like the audio systems are turned off. Does anyone know how to solve this? I'm pleased to hear your suggestions :=). 

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A:No sounds system after windows 10 update

PeiYu wrote:Hello guys,  Because i saw that a lot of u guys out there already have been updating your pc to windows 10, i decided also to update mine elitebook 8440p to windows 10 last week. Everything went smoothly until i found out my audio system wasn't working anymore. It seems like the audio systems are turned off. Does anyone know how to solve this? I'm pleased to hear your suggestions :=). Hi PeiYu, Kindly follow this article here http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04973149 this works a lot incase youve upgraded to windows 10. Please update us with the progress. Good luck!!

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[SOLVED] Low volume for system sounds? - Configuration - Windows 7

so for some reason communications option to reduce the volume of sounds wen recieving calls affects system sounds all the time, even wehn no call is active.

dont know exactly when it happened, im guessing with some of windows update bc im pretty sure it wasnt like that when i first installed

also it seems to kick in some time after boot as (i think) window login sound at boot isnt affected (have to check few more times to be sure)

lenovo g500
Conexant SmartAudio HD, driver version:

A:Windows 7 system sounds and communications option

The issue can be solved by disabling the communication option and restarting before enabling it again

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I have just built a system with the following Specs:

Core i7 930
Asus Rampage III Extreme
Creative 5.1 Speaker system
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

I can open the sound and test the speakers fine, I can play music and watch videos fine. However I do not hear any System sounds at all, I have tried changing system sounds and re-installing the device driver (Realtek High definition Audio but still no system sounds, anyone have any Ideas.


A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Ultimate 64 No System Sounds

OK, you can ignore this one, I have figured it out, I deleted the realtek driver again and then let windows install it instead of using the one on the support CD, not sure why it worked as both drivers seem to be the same version.

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I installed the latest build 7100 and it won't let me play my music. I get a popup window with the message:

Windows Media Player cannot access the file. The file might be in use, you might not have access to the computer where the file is stored, or your proxy settings might not be correct.

I tried taking ownership of the directory, but still no go.
What am I doing wrong??

A:Won't let me play my sounds

Did you install the driver for your soundcard?

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Hi there,
Recently I've been having a problem with the sound on my computer. I can only play MP3s and WMAs, but only in Windows Media Player. .wavs do not play, which means there are no system sounds. And when I'm watching something on a site like youtube, the sound won't play either. I've also tried to install codecs, but that didn't work either. I'm using Windows Vista.

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My IE will not play sounds from sites like ebaum, youtube, etc. I went into IE advanced settings and checked the box beside play sounds but nothing is working. Any advice would be appreciated.

A:IE7 will not play sounds

What are the settings on "control panel">device volume>advanced???

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Over the past couple of days, my kids have been saying that they hear sounds starting to play out of nowhere. I've checked active programs and processes, the only thing that is suspect is an item in start-up: c:\progamfiles\commonfiles\alg.exe ... I've ran MalwareBytes, removed the items it suggested, uninstalled the torrent and p2p program the kids were using, and performed the log scans as outlined. Here they are. Any help would be appreciated...

JP Balzen

DDS (Ver_09-11-24.02) - NTFSx86
Run by John at 21:35:53.21 on Fri 11/27/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18828 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_17
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.1918.785 [GMT -5:00]

SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
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A:Sounds play out of nowhere


Please do the following:

Download Combofix from either of the links below, and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop**

IMPORTANT - Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right click on the System Tray icon. They may otherwise interfere with our tools. If you have difficulty properly disabling your protective programs, refer to this link here

Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.When finished, it will produce a report for you.
Please post the C:\ComboFix.txt for further review.

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Well, that's it, mostly. I know VB.Net can play sounds, but I have no idea how to do it. Little help please?

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Hi there,
Recently I've been having a problem with the sound on my computer. I can only play MP3s and WMAs, but only in Windows Media Player. .wavs do not play, which means there are no system sounds. And when I'm watching something on a site like youtube, the sound won't play either.

A:Certain sounds won't play

I've also tried to install codecs, but that didn't work either

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Windows XP Home Edition
IE 7
Windows Media Player 11
(All of these installed a week ago)

Webpages with mp3 backgrounds (i.e., bgsound) are not played by IE7; there is no sound.

What works:
- Playing the same file directly from my PC (no IE).
- Get sound OK from this webpage using another PC.
- Get sound OK playing YouTube vids

- Browser Setting - Playing sound from webpages is enabled.
- Volume: All volumes up; no volumes muted.

- A popular registry import fix (no change); re-imported original key settings
- Installed Windows Media Player SDK (no change).
- Ran FileMon during the time when the webpage would be initiating the mp3. Some files were shown as "not found", but those may normally not be found, for all I know.

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A:IE does not play sounds

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I've got the RC beta of W7 installed on the 5th.
My motherboard is an Asus P5Q-E with Soundmaxx audio.
I plug my headphones into the front audio jack and it is NOT seen by W7.
I move the plug to the rear jack and it is not recognized.
Go to Sound control panel and the headphones are listed as the default device but it is greyed out and can't be used.
When I look at the volume settings for the system I see the green bars moving. There is sound in there somewhere but I can't access it.
The headphones work.
The front jack works.
According to W7 my drivers are OK.
I do not have enough knowledge to know where to look next.
Hope somebody can help me fix this.

A:W7 does not play any sounds. Need help.

Hello Halfbaked,

First of all, have you the latest Vista driver for your chipset ? You can find it here : http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mis...10_Vista_n.rar

Then I heard of that problem, it seems that your headphones are the default device whereas you should have the speakers as a default, try to install the driver i linked in order to see if it can solve that problem.

Good luck !

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I've been troubleshooting an issue i noticed with System sounds over HDMI when connected to an ATI XFX Radeon HD 5450. In my case, i;ve isolated the problem to a specific scenario... Wondering if anyone else is noticing problems with playing system sounds (e.g dings, alerts, device insertion/removal tones, etc) over HDMI so we could compare notes.

If so, could you pls also state your System specs including OS, computer/make model and your HDMI card mfr/model

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My landlord's relatively new Dell Pentium 4 XP Home Edition PC does not play the system windows default sounds (boot, close, program error, etc.). He lost the sounds once before, and they mysteriously reappeared. Now they have been lost again! The sound card works because other sounds and audio players work fine. We have gone into the sound settings and set the default Windows XP sounds, and they test okay in that panel, but they don't play when we shut down and reboot. Silence!

Any clues as to what to do to restore the system sounds?

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It's wierd,I can play music in Itunes but I can't hear sounds from anything else! I opened sound properties everythings like grayed out! And when I try to play windows sounds it says that it can't play the sound and my video may be in use. I tried starting the service but it wan't work!
Here's what I see:


A:Solved: Cannot play sounds

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The volume on taskbar is turned all the way up like it playing but no sounds plays.
I dont know what happen to the sounds.I went to sounds and its say it's works.

A:Sounds wont play

Originally Posted by lynn618

The volume on taskbar is turned all the way up like it playing but no sounds plays.
I dont know what happen to the sounds.I went to sounds and its say it's works.

Hey lynn,

Did the sound work before?

When you went to sounds and it was working do you mean here?

If yes then try clicking configure and follow the Wizard to setup your speakers

Next click on properties
and then on levels
Then make sure that the sound is turned up
I hope this helps


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Okay, so this problem has been bugging me for a couple of weeks now. My computer will not play any sounds through the speakers unless it is through a media player and the file is on my computer. I have a Realtek AC97 sound driver. I know that my speakers are fine because my Xbox 360 is hooked up to them and they play perfectly.

I have even done an XP repair install, this has not helped either. Sometimes, when a sound needs to be played, the speakers make a bumping crack (if you know what I mean ). When I play a game on my computer, they just make a constant crackle. It is as if they want to play an instrument but don't have a music book.

I tried downloading that codec pack (forgot the name, but it's popular). I have tried fully uninstalling all my sound drivers and stuff and then reinstalling from manufacturer's website. I have tried all the suggestions out there about editing the registry and stuff, they haven't done anything either.

I did get it back from the pc shop recently because they replaced the hard drive with a new 500gb one and the sound did not work from the moment I turned it on. I would like to avoid having to spend more money there and instead see if this is something I can fix with a mouse and keyboard?

Thanks for reading and I hope you can help.

A:Sounds ONLY play from files?

Take the computer back to the repair shop. They shouldn't charge you to fix this sound issue

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I've been having this really strange problem lately. Sometimes when I plug in or in rare cases when I unplug my headphones random sounds starts playing. Advertising, sounds from movies, music, anything.

It seems to start playing, not at the beginning of the "sounds", and it does not play until the end of them. Also, these sounds are NOT on my computer anywhere. They are completely unrecognized by me. When they play, a strange "program" appears in the sound mixer. See attached screenshot.

Anyone else having this problem?

A:Random sounds play

Sorry for another post, it seemed like the image was deleted from the host server.

Also, I might add that there are often several random sounds playing simultaneously.

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Audio output in media player 9/10 sounds like it is playing too fast, the person's voice sounds like they are one of the chipmunks. No not Alvin hahaha
Anyway what would cause this? ALVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha

A:CD's play but it sounds like the Chipmunks

WMP9 win2K rebuilt computer a while back and it has been this way since. Maybe up for XP and WMP10 but would like avoid that if possible for a year or two. XP's not cheap. Any help would be very much appreciated. Jim Croce doesn't cut it as one of the chipmonks.

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