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Windows 7: Audio notifications: Very inconsistent

17 Aug 2017   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
Audio notifications: Very inconsistent

Usually they work perfectly but sometimes they don't and I have no idea why. Of course I've checked to make sure Control Panel, Sound is set up properly. It always is. What can I check?

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18 Aug 2017   #2

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Can you give some examples both of audio notifications which work correctly and which don't?
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18 Aug 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit

Email notifications mainly. Also some websites that use audio notifications. Its intermittent, that's why its so vexing.
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18 Aug 2017   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I have a similar problem with email coming via Thunderbird. But it is consistent. The delay between the notification appearing on the screen and the bell sounding is several seconds.
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18 Aug 2017   #5

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Stabbing in the dark, but here are some thoughts:

* Do any other sounds which normally work, work when the audio notifications don't work? If some do and some don't in those situations, which ones don't?

* Perhaps there is some ill-behaved process running in the background which sometimes interferes with sound. Whenever the problem occurs, go into Task Manager and kill one non-essential process at a time, then test sound again, to see if the problem at one point goes away. If it does, you have likely found the culprit.

* Reboot into Safe Mode with Networking, to see if the problem occurs there. Only the bare essentials run in Safe Mode, so if the problem doesn't exist in Safe Mode with Networking, then it's probably a Windows issue which can be tracked down and disabled, thereby enabling the sound to work.

* This one will take more time and patience than the above: Run MSCONFIG, and hide all Microsoft processes. Disable one or two non-Microsoft, non-essential-looking processes at a time from running at startup; then reboot, and see if the problem has disappeared. If you're able to finally track down the offender in this way, then you simply leave that one item disabled from the startup process.

Good luck.
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