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Windows 7: sound off sometimes

17 Mar 2013   #1
jrmnr

win7 64 bit
 
 
sound off sometimes

Often the computer starts without sound or it looses sound. It gets resolved by restarting, sometimes it requires two restarts.
I updated the Dell sound drivers but it did not help. Any suggestions?


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17 Mar 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

What is the model number of the Dell? I can't research anything without it.
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17 Mar 2013   #3
jrmnr

win7 64 bit
 
 

Inspiron 546
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17 Mar 2013   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Do you have the VIA integrated (on the motherboard) audio or the optional SoundBlaster?

If you have the SoundBlaster, make sure the Integrated audio is disabled in the BIOS (F2 Setup). If they are both enabled there can be conflicts and the problem you are having can happen.
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17 Mar 2013   #5
jrmnr

win7 64 bit
 
 

I do not have SoundBlaster
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18 Mar 2013   #6
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

When you start the PC, was it completely powered down, or was it Hibernated?

Also, what programs do you have in the startup, that uses audio, e.g. Skype or any media players?

Also, is THIS the driver you have installed? This is the latest version listed on the Dell downloads for your model and Win 7.
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18 Mar 2013   #7
jrmnr

win7 64 bit
 
 

It is completely powered down.
I have Skype automatically and I play Backgammonmasters.
Thanx for looking into it.
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18 Mar 2013   #8
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Disable Skype, so it doesn't start when you startup Windows and see if that makes a difference. If the Backgammonmasters starts at startup, disable it too.
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30 Mar 2013   #9
jrmnr

win7 64 bit
 
 

Sorry, ir did not help.
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30 Mar 2013   #10
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

There has to be something in the startup that is causing it. Look over what is in the startup (msconfig) and try temporarily disabling non essential items to see if it makes a difference.

Click on the Start orb and then enter msconfig in the search box.
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