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Windows 7: Some sounds missing


07 Feb 2010   #1
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Some sounds missing

I've got one that is driving me nuts.... I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate with all patches. My system is a Del Dimension E520 w/4GB. The sound card is a Sigma Tel High Definition.Recently, I don't know when, I lost my startup and system sounds. I've also lost sound when IE plays a video. An example would be Tech Republic R Dojo's pages.

It gets a bit wierd, though, because I can "play" all the sounds (*.WAV), movies (MPG & WMV) as well as the sounds that are supposed to be used as system sounds. If I open the mixer and select the "Speakers" icon, I can "test" a sound. If I select the "System Sounds icon, no sounds. I should note that if I then "search" for sounds, I get a list of the sound files (WAV) and I can "play" them.

Also, if I launch a game like "Left 4 Dead 2". the opening "movies" play with no sound. However, once teh game starts, sounds are back.

I've uninstalled, installed the drivers several times with no luck. I did note, though, that i have 2 "Sound" icons in the Control Panel. They both do the same thing and neither works.

Any ideas would be much appreciated....

Hank Arnold (MVP

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