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Solved: all sounds play static

Q: Solved: all sounds play static

my computer has had no problem like this before.
i have been listening to music on media player all day, watching anime in japanese with subtitles and hearing all the normal computer sounds.
I paused the music to go downstairs and when i got back to press play all of a sudden it was static. The kind of noise from a blank tv channel like the movie the ring.
its not just media player. its every single sound. Msn alerts, vlc player, anything off the net too.
Ive read a tonne of similar problems but none the same. my static is only there to replace the original noise.

Ive tried rebooting, system restore, checking everything to do with sound in device manager, run a couple of different virus scans....I have not had one single error report on any program....

oh man if someone can help with this ill love you
please try something, i havent seen anything like this anywhere

i have windows xp

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A: Solved: all sounds play static

could it be an issue with yr speakers? sounds obvious but have you tried headphones?

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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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Hi, I've recently had a lot of spyware on my computer that I've been trying to get rid of. I've got a big part of it removed, but after my efforts my speakers have something weird going on. I can play music from my iTunes fine, but any sound I try to play from my browser won't play. I don't get any errors, I just don't hear anything.

The only audio device I have in my device manager is "Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device", which makes little sense to me. I'm not sure if that's referring to my speakers or not. When I go to Sounds and Audio Devices in the control panel though, it tells me there are no audio devices connected.

So my questions are: Is this "Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device" referring to my speakers? And if not, what can I do to get my computer to detect the speakers? Obviously they're hooked up right and functional, so what else could the problem be?

My operating system is XP. Hopefully I gave you guys enough information. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Some sounds won't play

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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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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 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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I am using Windows XP. I have good stereo speakers. I am a member of MusicMatch and listen to my downloads all the time. Today the songs have a static sound in the background of the music. The only change I made to the computer was to upgrade to Microsoft 7 explorer. I played the music on Microsoft media program and the same static. I relax listening to the music rather than watch TV. Help me if you can. Thanks

A:Static sounds

TheeMrFrog said:

I am using Windows XP. I have good stereo speakers. I am a member of MusicMatch and listen to my downloads all the time. Today the songs have a static sound in the background of the music. The only change I made to the computer was to upgrade to Microsoft 7 explorer. I played the music on Microsoft media program and the same static. I relax listening to the music rather than watch TV. Help me if you can. ThanksClick to expand...


I get a static noise on my Laptop if the microphone is enabled, it goes away when I mute it, some kind of feedback.

Whilst it's not an answer it might be a pointer, if you have a microphone on the PC ( I also know packard bell monitors have the microphone and speakers on them).


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Hey I just recently re-installed an old 80 gb seagate hard drive of mine as extra storage.. windows is not running off of this, its running of my 200gb drive and iv been noticing some odd static sounds coming from my computer when i scroll along a web page, or close something.. im pretty sure i remember the sounds when i had the drive installed last time. the sound comes from the speakers or the headphones. not too noticable just kind of odd not that big of a deal really but i would like to know if anybody else has this issue.

A:Strange static sounds

hello ,

it could be leading to the hard drive is going to die ? not for sure never herd a harddrive make static noise

do you have the jumpers set correctly on it ? cable select/ slave !! not on master
is it set for DMA mode?

also check to see if you have any usb cables mixed up with your speaker wires for that can also cause a static in your speakers !!


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Just got my new computer a DEll XPS 8300 fitted with a i7-2600 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6670/ Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Music & 8192MB Dual Channel DDR3 1333MHz. It has Windows 7 Home Premium installed.
I connected it to my existing soundworks 2200 5.1 speakers. Not tried any games yet but audio CDs & DVDs play fine. But I get a fairly loud "crack" sound through the speakers whenever I use any system sounds such as the "click" you get when
navigating links on sites etc.
I have tried another set of speakers and I still get this static type crack noise- but the sound is ok through headphones. Any ideas?

A:static noise when using system sounds

I see you reposted here. Was my response on the Dell forum the reason you posted here?

Have you done a search on this section, there is a lot of posts and possible fixes on here.

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The audio on my HP dv6 laptop cracks up and sounds like static at times. I contacted HP and they told me to uninstall & reinstall IDT audio. I did that and even updated BIOS, but I am still having the same problem. This laptop is only about 3 weeks old. Its new. I mostly notice the cracks and static sounds when I play youtube videos. The static sound comes and goes.

I don't think I have a bug, but it could also be the case too.

A:Help! Audio cracks and sounds like static

Are the cracks and static always web based? If you play a CD or DVD no static? If thats the case I would look at your Internet connection as the primary suspect.

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Newbie here with my first post....I just did a RAM upgrade to my Dell Dimension 8100 from 256GB to 1.256GB. When I turned the computer back on, when the windows music would normally play, it now plays static. Any other event where there would be a sound/wav file, same thing...buzzing or static sound. When I try to play a CD, no sound at all. I have a turtle beach santa cruz sound card which i took out and reinserted. This is my first post on here. Otherwise, the perforance of the computer works great with the new memory. Thanks in advance for any assitance.

A:Sounds are buzzing / distorted static

The version of Windows would be a help in resolving this to sum degree. Most likely, a
failure occurred in Windows detection where the drivers were not installed completely,
or a faulty card is the case. Your mention of removing the card with a reinstallation is
also a possible factor if esd(electrostaticdischarge) precautions were not taken. It can
take a split second to permanently damage pc hardware without realizing it. With the
card still in the case, remove all software and drivers for Windows to detect the card
afterwards on a system restart. Before the initial reboot, right click on the MyComputer
icon or enter the control panel to double click the system icon. Once this is done, open
the hardware manager to scroll down to the sound devices catagory. Upon opening it
up, look for the name of your card to see if there are any yellow exclamation marks on
the sound card device listing. If so, choose the "update driver" option to manually use
that browser to install drivers off of the software cd. If this is effective, the software
removal won't be needed. If it fails, return there and choose the uninstall or "remove"
option to have Windows delete the listing. Upon a reboot,, allow Windows to redetect
the sound card and ask for the needed drivers as you see the "new hardware found"
popup message. If Windows installs the drivers readily and there is still no sound after,
the most likely cause is a device failure. The 9x versions of WIndows... Read more

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Hi, I notices that static sounds keeps on while the drive light located on the right side blinks.. Is this normal? What to do? My Hp Notebook is newly purchased.

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In the past 2-3 days, my Windows sounds (X-Fi Platinum, ASUS A8N-E, Vista Ultimate 64-bit w/latest Creative driver) are very tinny/scratch/static filled.

I've checked the connection for the speakers at both the sub-woofer (Bose 2.1 system) and sound card, and everything is fine, as far as I can tell. Sounds through the speakers are great once I log into World of Warcraft, but the quality of normal Windows sounds sucks right now, and it's driving me nuts.

Anyone else experienced this?

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Well, I have had SRS sandbox installed and working perfectly for a few months now. Last night, upon restarting my Laptop, it no longer worked! It only produces horrible static and crackling sounds. This only occurs when SRS Sandbox is enabled. This literally happened upon a restart of my laptop, and I have no clue what could be causing this. I have done everything I can to try and fix this, including playing with the preferences in the options tab of the SRS Snadbox, Playing with the sound settings, and I still get absolutely nothing. Anyone have any suggestions? Your help will be greatly appreciated!

SRS v. 1.10.2, driver v. 1.10.1 (apparently the newest driver)
my sound: ATI High Definition Audio Device, IDT High Def. audio CODEC, SRS filter
(all drivers updated and working properly)

Please let me know if I need to give you any more info on my comp.

A:SRS Sandbox suddenly producing only static and crackling sounds!!

Have you tried a System Restore back to a date when it worked properly? If not give that a try. System Restore can be accessed from Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. Select an available restore date when it did work properly. System Restore will not delete any user data or e-mails but if any programs or updates were installed or uninstalled they will have to be redone. System Restore also has an "undo" feature that you can use if it doesn't help.

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I was wondering if anyone knew how to fix this issue. My computer is making static noises every couple minutes while I watch a video. It also sometimes occurs while I listen to music. Below is the title of it from Amazon/
Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop (6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ Processor up to 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, Windows 10)

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There is a wierd static sound coming from my pc by the cd rom and there is no disk inserted and occasionally there is a beeping sound coming from the pc aswell, my pc is a new HP 250 G5 Notebook, everything seems to work fine, but i am jst worried it might be a sign that something is abt to go wrong

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So I just bought a new laptop, toshiba satellite p755-s5390, and have been noticing some static crackles/ lag. When I play music (pandora) sometimes it randomly has a static spike and lags my mouse for 5-10 second periods, then goes away. This also occurs when I'm playing an online game (airmech). When it happens while playing, it lags my screen and shoots my ping up to 500-1000 when its normally around 75-100. I also hear the static while its lagging. I have tried re-installing my sound drivers but that didn't fix anything. I know its not my outlet because I have gone to different homes/hotels and its still there. Could it possibly be my Ipod? Thanks for helping!

BTW, running Win 7 64bit

A:Random static sounds and lag while listening to music and playing games.

Bump, Pls help...

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Hi, Dell Community,I have some problems with the sound on a Dell Inspiron 15 7577 running Windows 10 Pro Creators Update (with the latest quality updates), all latest drivers installed. The laptop is configured with i7, 16GB, 256 SSD + 1TB, GTX 1060.First: I have discovered that if I plug in external speakers after I have booted the laptop and if I adjust the volume or play a Youtube video for example, there is a static glitchy sound before the audio starts - as if the sound card is activated. A quieter noise is heard when the audio stops - again, as if the sound card is shut down (to conserve battery?) If I boot the laptop with the speakers plugged in, this doesn't happen, so I believe it's a matter of a software glitch that should be addressed in a future BIOS update. Of course I have tested the speakers separately and they're fine. All of this happens with the laptop plugged in. The issue is resolved if you put the laptop to sleep and then wake it again. Still, it's quite inconvenient.Second: I have noticed serious lagginess with the notification sounds. If I am playing some music, it seems the notifications are OK and on time. But if no sound is playing the UAC prompts or confirmation prompt sounds play 1-2 seconds after the popup appears or they don't play at all. Taskbar notifications seem to work a bit better. Maybe again it's a matter of keeping the sound card *alive*?Does anyone have the same problems? I believe these are software bugs that ne... Read more

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I'm new to the forum and am looking for some help.

Suddenly my computer is booting up really slowly. All sounds, whether they be Windows sounds, music files, movies, ets. either skip during playback or play with a lot of static. Also, Itunes often locks up and the "send error report?" message pops up with a mention of some sort of problem with wininet.dll.

I've done virus scans, registry fix programs, and even reformatted a few times. The computer runs fine after reformatting but midway through putting my music back on, the skipping, etc. starts up again.

I'm at a loss. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm willing to try whatever it takes...



A:Startup Slow, All Sounds Skip Or Static Sounding, Itunes Wininet.dll Error

Did you just install ITunes or any other program?

In any case, if this anomaly just began use Windows System Restore to revert your system state to a date when everything worked properly.

start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore

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I can't play sounds in Safe Mode, why? I'm sure you'll be asking me wtf would I want to play music on Safe Mode. Ok, here's the answer, it's because I planned that I will use an automated software that will alert me when the scan (avg, ewido, spybot, adware, etc.) is finish, and I chose the option to play a sound when that finish, that's why.

Please help

A:Solved: can't play sounds in "Safe Mode"

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It's the newbie problem of accessing a non-static method from a static context. However, I can't seem to fix the problem. The program "should" just create a PNG and JPG file of an image I created.

Here is the code:

import java.awt.image.BufferedImage;
import java.io.*;
import java.awt.Graphics2D;
import java.awt.image.RenderedImage;
import javax.imageio.ImageIO;
import java.awt.Color;
public class WriteText_PicTest {

public RenderedImage myCreateImage()
int width = 100; int height = 100;

// Create a buffered image in which to draw
BufferedImage bufferedImage = new BufferedImage(width, height, BufferedImage.TYPE_INT_RGB);

// Create a graphics contents on the buffered image
Graphics2D g2d = bufferedImage.createGraphics();

// Draw graphics

g2d.fillRect(0, 0, width, height);
g2d.fillOval(0, 0, width, height);

// Graphics context no longer needed so dispose it
return bufferedImage;

public static void main (String args[])

// Create an image to save

RenderedImage rendImage = myCreateImage();

// Write generated image to a file

try {
// Save as PNG File
File file = new File("newimage.png");
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A:Solved: Newb Java Problem - non-static method cannot be accessed from static context

Just an FYI for anyone who might read this thread to find the answer to their own problem.

The solution was to make the method static. I could then use the first variable declaration 9see below) without any problem.

RenderedImage rendImage = myCreateImage();
Though, it still isn't clear to me why the method has to be static.

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hi i have a touchsmart 600-1120 running windows 7 64bit..i have a problem when using oera google chrome and internet explore was working perfect but know thats messes up 2. when ever i play videos in hd on websites like gametrailers.com or ign.com i got green lines on the video its all distorted and unclear. i have no idea how 2 fix it hoping someone can help.

A:Videos play with static and unclear

Have you tried watching dvds or other format video rather than the net video?
Second check the drivers for the video card, run windows update - check for Silverlight amd Flash updates -does the machine fun hotter than usual?

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Hello......i would really appreciate it if someone could help......every time my computer try's to play audio...all i hear is static Ex. YouTube videos, media player etc....anytime i try to play sound all i hear is static....please help...this just started like 15 minutes ago

A:All i hear is static when i play audio

Sorry everyone......i got it fixed

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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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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.

Add-Ons listed by IE:
Adobe PDF Link Helper
Diagnose Connection Problems...
HP Clipbook
HP Print Clips
HP Print Enhancer
HP Smart Select
NitroPDFBHO Class
PDF Download
PDF Download - Options
Shockwave Flash Object
Windows Messenger

I don't see a Windows Media Player ActiveX listed. Should there be?


A:IE does not play sounds

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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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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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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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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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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 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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Sorry if this question or issue has already been addressed, but I am going crazy trying to figure this out. Im on the Lenovo ideapad y700 and I am having some issues. Ill post a picture as well. Here is the issue. Whenever, and only, when I am in a game, my screen will create these static lines that flicker on and off the screen. Its not screen tearing, its static. Think of the horror movie scene where the kid is sitting infront of the screen at night, with nothing but static on the TV; thats what it is.  Here is what I have done so far:1.) Everything I can think of.... 2.) Updated EVERYTHING. Gone into the Device Manager page and updated literally everything.3.) Everything. I dont know what to do at this point. Its less then a year old so this bum's me out that something like this is already happening. PLEASE HELP!! 

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Okay, so I recently purchased a new system and put all the stuff together, this isn't my first build but it is my first problem with building so I have no clue how to fix it .
The computer freezes randomly nothing really makes it freeze you could just be browsing the web and then it freezes and static sounds play through the speaks?

I have replaced the video card because the first one we got was just dying? the screen would go black and then the DVI port on the video card wouldnt work so you would have to switch to the other one every time it did it...

That doesn't seem to be the problem anymore after we got the new card just giving you a little background.

Here's the specs:

Windows Windows XP5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2

Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180

Memory (RAM) 3071 MB

CPU Info AMD Phenom(tm) 9850 Quad-Core Processor

CPU Speed 2510.4 MHz

Sound card SoundMAX HD Audio

Display Adapters NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+ | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD

Monitors 1

Screen Resolution 1680 X 1050 - 32 bit

Network Network Present

Network Adapters NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport


COM Ports COM1

LPT Ports NOT Present

Mouse 8 Button Wheel Mouse Present

Hard Disks C: 232.9GB

Hard Disks - Free C: 210.6GB

USB Controllers 4 host controllers.

Firewire (1394) 1 host controllers.

PCMCIA (Laptops) Not Installed

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A:[New Build] System Crashes and Speakers Play Static!


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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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Hey all. I'm wondering why windows 7 doesn't allow you to play sounds thru 2 different jacks or ports. As in, my case has USB, front headphones jack, and rear speakers jack.

But I can only at one time use one of the 3. I can only have sounds routed thru my speakers. Or thru my headphone jack, or my USB headphones. I can't have 2 running.

Basically sometimes I want game sounds thru speakers and vent thru headphones. Or much simpler, I want 2 headphones running so my girlfriend and I can watch hulu together.

My audio drivers are all up to date. It's a Windows 7 option/setting or lack there of.

How do I get it to play sound thru both the front and rear speaker jacks simultaneously?

A:Play sounds thru 2 ports

No help?

Not even a "Sorry, that's not possible?"

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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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I click on the speaker
then audio devices
then sounds
I click on (example desktop mail notification)

windows notify email. wav pops up
I click on test

no sounds

and this goes all wav. files

A:no wav. file sounds will play

Do you have a filetype association for .wav - here: Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations

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Hi everyone,Until a few minutes ago my computer was playing sound files perfectly fine. All of a sudden I can't play any sound anymore. I tried testing Windows sounds in Control Panel -> Sounds and Devices, but an error messages appears which says -"ErrorWindows cannot play the file %systemroot%\media\Windows XP Battery Critical.wav file. It may be damaged or may not be a valid sound file. Replace the file and try again."I'm also unable to hear audio on the Internet and on Windows Media Player / VLC.Any idea what could have gone wrong? Edit: I have a Dell Dimension 9150.

A:Can't play sounds on my computer

If you go to start, run, devmgmt.msc do you see any yellow question marks next to your sound drivers? It used to happen to every time I ran windows update on xp, it replaced my drivers with ones that didn't work.

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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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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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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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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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Hello, from my username you can tell I am experienced with Macs. However, I am using a Windows computer for a school project and I am having trouble with Powerpoint.

I'm using several sound files for my presentation. Most of them are midi files from Clip Art. Everything was working fine, and all the sounds were playing, so I saved the presentation and then I added another file, in wav format.

This file wouldn't play in previews or in the slideshow, so I deleted it and tried again. Still didn't work. I took it out again, and tested the presentation without it. None of the other sounds would play.

How can I get the sounds to play, and what do you think caused this? I didn't move any files or anything. This is so confusing!

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Powerpoint Won't Play Sounds?

What version of PowerPoint are you using?

Are you sure the sound has NOT been "muted' on this system?

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When I change a few system event sounds, such as Logon and Logoff soundswith two particular files, NOT default Windows sounds, and "test" they won't play, but if I set them back to default or any other .wav file in the drop-down list, those all work. I might note, that I made this change and did have the sounds working, but now, they won't work at all. I have tried to move the file and redirect the "system" to the new location and nothing. I can open the sound clips in Media Player and they are fine, but "windows" just won't play the audio when I logoff or logon. Any suggestions folks?

A:Sounds will not play when not set to default ones


Did a driver rollback on my Raeltek HD audio card, retried and all is working! Funny thing is, ALL the defaul Windows Media .wav files played, but messing around, I also found that Windows Narrator wouldn't work either! After I did the driver roll back, all was fine!

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I have Win XP Home SP3 and I use mIRC 6.35 for xdcc download. When I choose mp3 file to play sound for events that listed at Tools --> options -->sounds,

mIRC crashes and a message appear saying that " mIRC has encountered a problem and need to close".

If I went to set sound for even I have first to convert them to .wav.

What is the solution since some scripts like xdcc klipper for mIRC doesn't allow you to choose the files for the sound and they are mp3?

Note : I can play mp3 file normally outside mIRC ( I can play them with windows media player 11 , media player classic or VLC)

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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

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

Tried:- 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.

Add-Ons listed by IE [toolbarcop.exe not runnable]:
Adobe PDF Link Helper
Diagnose Connection Problems...
HP Clipbook
HP Print Clips
HP Print Enhancer
HP Smart Select
NitroPDFBHO Class
PDF Download
PDF Download - Options
Shockwave Flash Object
Windows Messenger

I don't see a Windows Media Player ActiveX listed. Should there be?


A:IE doesn't play sounds

Try to use that web site with the Mizilla firefox , it working , then its a case with internet explorer , for that sake , open the internet explorer Tools > internet options > advaced . and click on the reset. it will solve your issue .
But if that is not playing then its a case of device drivers . on the computer .

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