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It's So Quiet!

It's So Quiet!!
by Gary Woods

Have your PCs speakers suddenly gone dead on you? If so, here are few things you can try to get them working again. First, make sure that the computer's speakers are powered on and properly connected. I spent an hour talking to someone on the phone once before they mentioned that the speakers weren't plugged in.

So first, check your headphones or speakers to see if they're plugged into the correct port. To do so, put an audio CD in the tray and make sure it's playing then move the cable from port to port. Also, jiggle the cable to see if you hear anything.

It that doesn't get it, next launch Windows Volume Control (go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volume Control) and determine whether the check boxes labeled mute are selected. If the mute boxes are chosen or if Mute All is selected, then un-check them.

If that's still not it, find out if the correct sound audio source is selected. Some computers have more than one source. In the Volume Control applet, selection Options, Properties and make sure the item listed in the Mixer Device drop-down menu is your sound source.

If you installed hardware or software right before the problem started that could be the issue. You might need to reload your drivers.

If all else fails try doing a System Restore. Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore and choose Restore my computer to an earlier time.

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc