Computer sound problem– Help!

I suspect that I’ve inadvertently done something stupid to the computer, because all of a sudden I’m getting no sound: not even system sounds. It was fine yesterday afternoon.

I’ve checked all the obvious things–speakers seem to be connected, no wires appear to be loose, I’ve not unplugged anything accidentally, volume is on the usual place on the slider and not muted, the sound-card seems to be working, there don’t appear to be any hardware conflicts in Device Manager.

What’s interesting, though, and may provide a clue to a person who actually *has* a clue about this stuff, is that the sound’s still fine through headphones.

When I’ve had sound problems in the past there’s always been a very simple solution, arising out of the fact that I’ve done something daft. Does anyone have any ideas, please?

9 Responses to Computer sound problem– Help!

  1. have you accidently turned the volume down on the speakers, do they have their own power source and if so is that plugged in?

    • peewiglet says:

      Thanks, Darren. I don’t *think* I’ve turned them down. They do have their own power source, and I’ve checked the connections and the little dial on it, but all seems to be okay. I’ve been wishing I had another set of speakers to try. I don’t think the power source can have failed because it’s warm to the touch.

      Confusing… the speakers, in one way or another, do seem to be the most obvious candidates.

  2. alan.sloman says:

    At least you won’t get that annoying Microsoft ‘DING’ when you do something the computer doesn’t like.

    Buggers up YouTube a bit though!

    Today I have been mostly listening to Alfred Brendel.

    No idea though, to answer your question, Wiggly; you are a computer genius compared to me!

    • peewiglet says:

      Buggers up YouTube a bit though!


      Today I have been mostly listening to Alfred Brendel.

      Ooh, lovely! I’ve just been over to YouTube (thank goodness for the headphones).

  3. paul says:

    could the speakers plug have been plugged in the wrong port? eg the mic port/ rear channel?

    What happen if you plug the speaker in to the port for the headphones do they work?
    *mumbles* should of got an mac

    My speaker tend to “go to sleep” if not used, everything switched on and plugged in but no sound for a few sec until they wakeup.

    • peewiglet says:

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for helping 🙂

      *mumbles* should of got an mac

      LOL… you could well be right there.

      I’ve not moved any speaker plugs around, but I’ll try plugging the speaker into the headphones port and see what happens. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Gordy says:

    You are unplugging the headphones when trying to use the speakers, right? :O)

    If so, try removing the sound card from device manager then rebooting. It will (or should!) reinstall and hopefully set everything to the default settings at the same time, fixing any configuration oddness.


  5. JJ says:

    The speakers are almost certain to have their own power supply – usually a plug-in adapter type. They sometimes look like a large 13a mains plug but with a thin wire coming out and leading to one of the speakers.

    Check that this wire actually is connected to the speakers. If the wire is connected, you need to check that you’re getting volts from the power supply, it could have failed.

    I’ll email my phone number, don’t hesitate to phone…but not tonight ‘cos I’m off to bed!


  6. Theo says:

    The same happened over here at about the same time. Bought some new speakers but haven’t tried them yet.


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