I can't get any sound out of my computer (quite an old PC with no extra soundcards or anything installed). I bought some new speakers, thinking this might sort it out, but no luck. From reading other postings, it sounds like I need to check whether my on-board sound has somehow become disabled but I don't know how (what are these BIOS anyway and where do I find them? - sorry sounds stupid I know!) Hope someone can help. AmandaB
Before going into that have you checked the speaker icon (double click the icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. On win xp it may need you to click the left arrow to see it. Make sure the speaker isnt muted.
Sorry for delay in replying - had to force fish fingers down stroppy child! In my control panel, there's no `sound and audio devices'. There's 'sounds' but that seems to be setting the bleeps and alerts for various things and there's 'multimedia' which I've explored but there's no update driver in there. I'm looking in the control panel which is in the my computer bit- hope that's the right one!
Looks like no sound drivers loaded in device manager.
You will need to know the type of sound card (on board sound chip) you have fitted. SIW click here will tell you all equipment install in your PC.
Did you have a CD with motherboard drivers with the PC? If not we can find the drivers on the net.
To check in BIOS if on board sound is enabled: Reboot the PC on the first screen there will be message "Press ??? to enter setup" or something simular, ??? is the key to press may well be Del F2 Esc etc. depending on make of PC. once in BIOS look for Advance setting soun should be in there, do not forget to save and exit once enabled.
I feel like an idiot but where in the system info programme do I find the information about the soundcard? I've found audio and video codecs but there's lots of things in there! Am afraid I don't have the cd anymore (have moved house several times since buying the computer)
Have finally found the sound thing in the BIOS and it is indeed disabled so I clicked to enable it then it said it couldn't find a driver for this device. What info do I need - and where do I find it! - to get the driver installed properly?