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Sound icon is there but doesn't bring up volume control

Q: Sound icon is there but doesn't bring up volume control

Windows XP Home SP2.
Pretty often clicking on my sound icon (Which IS present in the system tray), does not open the volume control slider. When this happens I go to Control Panel but Sound controls won't open from that location either. There's no way to control the volume and must reboot to get it back (temporarily, because it keeps happening).

Do I possibly need driver updates? If so, which one of these is my sound card?
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device

Or is it an XP problem.

A: Sound icon is there but doesn't bring up volume control

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Just made a fresh intall of Windows 7 (32 bit). This was done from scracth with Toshiba CD. The drivers I downloaded from Toshiba website. Everything is ok, except the volume wheel it doesn't control the sound.

Does anyone know wich driver I'm missing? Every other butons and functions are active except volume wheel.

A:Portege M750 - Volume Wheel doesn't control the sound


Did you install the VAP (value added package) for Win 7?
On Toshiba EU driver page VAP v 1.2.40 can be found

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I am quoting from the post, I wrote on Norton Community support:"I borrowed my friends USB memory to give him some videos about our project. Well, I was careless and opened the usb drive immediately, and there were some kind of virus in it. I usually check external drives for the virus looking like files with WinRAR, as I use it for the first time. When Norton detected the virus, it was too late. I guess I've got cleared from the viruses; I made a Full Scan. But their affects remained. I can't make the volume control icon appear on the taskbar. I used to miss it sometimes, but just deactivating and activating the icon used to fix that issue. Now it has completely vanished... I can't even control volume from my keyboard shortcuts, which I could before.Also I .mp4 based video files are missing their videos, although I can hear the sound of them. I checked, and found out that .avi files are OK. I don't know if other formats of videos lack video/sound, though... I don't have any System Restore saving point after the infection occured. I tried XP Recovery without formatting my HDD. I don't have enough space to backup my files to my external drives. So, my only option is to make a proper recovery somehow..."Additionally, I used ComboFix and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. ComboFix fixed a problem I had after the infection, I couldn't make protected system files invisible. And Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which I used according to the instruc... Read more

A:USB traveller virus: Missing volume control icon, .mp4 videos without video/with sound

Try downloading the Free version of AVG and Spybot Search and Destroy. Both are very good. As far as recovering your files I'd recommend Recuva. It is also free and very handy.

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I have a friend who has asked me to help with bringing up the sound on her computer. The levels in the control panel are set to the highest. She has no volume control on her speakers. It is a new computer and she has sound; it is just too low. What else can we adjust?

A:help bring up sound volume

Do the speakers have built-in amplifiers? If not, the only adjustment may be to buy some amplified speakers. The sound outputs on most modern computers are not made to drive speakers directly.

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The volume icon in Notification area of taskbar disappeared. I clicked on Customize & the Volume is grayed-out. I then clicked "Turn system icons on or off". Volume is Off; unfortunately, it is grayed-out & can't be changed to On.

Please help. Thanks

A:Volume control icon

I found the solution to the missing volume icon. I downloaded & installed
"MicrosoftFixit50229.msi" from //

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Hi. I am new to this forum, so hello to everybody. I have been having a strange problem with my "Volume Control" icon in the taskbar. It appears as usual on the taskbar when I turn my computer on and it works fine, but then disappears (gets replaced by the unknown program icon) after a while and stops working. I can never work out when exactly this happens but as soon as I restart the computer, it reappears for a while and so on... When I click on this unknown program icon that replaced the Volume Control, Windows start looking for the Sndvol32.exe and then displays the "Problem with Shortcut" message which then suggests either to point to the the nearest match C:WINDOWSPCHEALTHUploadBBinariesUploadM.exe, or delete it. I press cancel at this point because the whole thing sounds a bit strange as things go back to normal after restart. I also tried going to the "Sounds and Audio Devices" in the Control Panel and try to click "Place volume icon in the taskbar" when this occurred, but I got this message: "Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control program has not been installed. To install it, use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel."Could this be related to the Spyware/Adware problems I've been having? (The problem is, no matter how many times I fix problems with Spybot, they come back after a short while and I get many annoying pop-ups.)Fyi, my OS is Windows XP, I use PopupManager an... Read more

A:Help Please, Volume Control Icon

Have you done a Hijackthis log? if you have post it in the Hijackthis Log forum section to be answered.

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For some reason my Volume control icon in the task bar is gone. I can display it by going to the control panel and going thru the Display icon in tray from the sounds and audio, but when I reboot its gone again.

A:Volume control icon

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Hi. I'm new to these forums. I am not sure if it is allowed to post the same query on different sections, therefore I paste the link here. I'd be grateful if somebody helped me with this problem. Thanks...

A:Volume Control Icon

Dear isil,

Not be mean or anything but posting the same question in two forums is not necessary. Your question will usually be answered quickly by one of the fine members at BC. if you would like a move your question you may either PM a mod. or post a reply to your own topic asking a mod. to move it for you. If your question is not answered after a while then you may feel free to putting a new topic in a different forum. Please remember that I am not trying to be mean, but just trying to help the members at BC.

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Hello I hope someone can give me a simple fix to this........

windows xp sp2 512ram
recently had wireless router installed by daughters boyfriend, at about the same time IE 7 decided to put in an appearance, so not sure if either of these are causing my volume control icon to disappear from notification area, had no problem with it in the past. I have to keep going to control panel, sound devices, uncheck the box apply and ok, then have to do it all over again to get it back in notification area..... driving me nuts is there any simple remedy for this not a pc expert...thanks in advance

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hi guys,

i've got a new one:

on my eeepc 1000h, running win7 for a few months now, my volume control icon has disapeared from the bottom right task bar.

i have found in the control panel a set of menus for enabling these items but it wont allow me to change the volum control on/off to on.

anybody else come across this?

A:volume control icon

Did you try restarting?

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I have a shortcut on my desktop for the volume control but I would like to display it below on my task bar. How do I get it to show up at the bottom of my screen?

Thank you.


A:Volume Control Icon

Control panel>sounds & audio devices.check the box for placing icon on the taskbar.

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I have Windows XP (sp2).
I've lost my volume control icon that was in my lower right tray.
Is there a way I can get it back there?

A:Solved: Volume control icon

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Does anyone else have any experience with the volume icon going away? I can still change the volume if I go through Control Panel but the little one is gone---2 reboots later and nothing. This happened once before and it came back but not this time, at least not yet. Must be a Vista thing.

Thanks, ecampvet

A:Vista volume control icon gone

Read THIS.

Then, please remove you e-mail address if you do not want to get spammed to death!

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I have a Dell Computer with Windows XP and just like my former Compaq, I have noticed that my sound volume icon is now missing from the task bar. I have gone into the control panel, clicked on sounds and audio devices and made sure that the box next to show icon on tray is checked, click on apply and then ok. Upon checking the tray, no icon is there. The icon was always correctly displayed previously, but very recently it disappeared.
How do I get it back?

A:Volume control icon missing again

Have you checked the Taskbar Properties? You might have the "Hide Inactive Icons" box checked on.

Right click on an empty area on the taskbar and select Properties. At the bottom of the first tab there should be the "Hide Inactive Icons" box.

You could also click the Customize button to select which icons to keep permanently displayed.

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My Volume Control Icon is missing. I tried going to Control panel> Sound and Audio Devices then When I clicked Place volume icon on task bar, It gave me error.

Screenshot, and I don't know where to install it from Add and Remove

Shot at 2007-07-05

A:Volume Control Icon missing

Are you running XP or Windows 98?

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Recently I had to use my Windows XP Pro disk to repair a problem with Windows XP Pro. Now I don't have the icon in the task bar for the volume control. I have sound, I just don't have the icon. When I go to control panel, then sound and audio devices, and then I click on the box that says put volume icon in task bar. It says the volume control program is not installed and go to add/remove to install it.
Where do I find it in the add/remove section?

A:no volume control icon in task bar

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I have lost my volume control, and its icon. I have an HP PC with the volume wires connected from the screen to the CPU, and I have plugged and unplugged these, and they are properly inserted. I have now lost the speaker icon, and when I go to Control Panel and the Sounds & Audio Devices icon, under the tab "Volume" it states "No Audio Devices".

In the desktop task bar I now have a "Realtek HD Sound Effect" icon.

Grateful if you can advise how I can restore volume control, as I get no sound now from WMP etc.


A:Volume Control Icon Disappeared

See if this helps:Volume Icon Is Not Displayed in the Notification Area, and You Receive an Error Message When You Try to Add It

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I seem to have lost my notification area volume control icon. I have vista on my pc. Any ideas?

A:Solved: volume control icon

Read this.

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volume icon on task bar dissapeared,can't adjust volume. How do I get volume icon back. Using Vista.

A:volume control icon lost

Welcome Betty
No need to have that sad face, the solution is easy
Go to search by the start button
Type notification area.
Then set the way you want the volume icon to appear.
Notification Area - System Icons

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I have been checking for three days as how to recover the volume control icon for my taskbar. I have tried everything from reloading XP, to finding a sndvol32 on another disk and loading via instrcutions I found on the net and I still can't get it back. Right now I am using a copy of the volume panel that is displayed when opening the volume icon that is in Documents and Settings. It's clumsy but it works.

A:Lost Volume Control Icon in XP

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My volume control Icon has disappeared. When I go to control panel /sounds and audio devices/volume and try to put the check in the box to put the volume control in the taskbar it says" windows cannot place the icon in the taskbar because the volume control is not installed to ininstall it use add/ remove programs" How do i reinstall it ? It was installed before and I have no clue how it was removed.

A:[Resolved] volume control icon

BTW I am using WinXP

My System
Amd Athlon XP1800+ processor
40G HD
NEC MultiSync 70 monitor
MSI W6378MS V 3.1 motherboard
Trident Blade 32MB onboard video
WinXp Home OS

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my volume control icon is missing from the systrey and no windows login sound or browser audio. i can play and hear audio and video with itunes, vlc, Etc.. But when i try to listen to music or play video online theres no sound.
please help

A:my volume control icon is missing from the systrey

WHats the make/model of the system and what version of Windows?

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I just had a hijacked browser, which I think I got rid of by scanning with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Initially I had 3 symptoms: 1) received a delivery failure response from an email I did not send to an address I didn't recognize, 2) hijacked browser - search results redirected, and 3) the volume icon in the taskbar would go away. I could re-enable it through control panel -> sounds & audio devices, but next time I restarted the machine it would be gone again. (I don't know for sure that these 3 symptoms came from the same infection, but they probably did).Now - the 1st 2 symptoms appear to be gone, but the 3rd one persists. Everything I've researched online about problems like this say to re-install sndvol32.exe from your OS install disk. Did that, no change. Any one else encounter anything like this?FWIW - here are the pertinent lines from the MWAB log after cleaning the infection:Registry Data Items Infected:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Start_ShowHelp (Hijack.StartMenu) -> Bad: (0) Good: (1) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.Files Infected:C:\WINDOWS\system32\sysaudio.sys (Rootkit.Agent) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.Any insights appreciated...

A:volume control taskbar icon still misbehaving

Fake sysaudio.sys causes Searchengine HijackIts possible sndvol32.exe was corrupted. Go to the C:\Windows\System32\dllcache folder and locate the sndvol32.exe file. Right-click on it and choose copy. Go to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, open it and paste a copy of the file there. Let it overwrite the existing copy if present.

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hi. I really don't know what happen or how to explain this, but ill try my best.

ok yesterday i was getting ready to play my music from my dell inspiron notebook when i turned on the music... it was really loud. So on my keyboard, usually i would hold "Fn" key and the "Page Dn" key (page dn key also is used for lowering volume when holding Fn key) to lower the volume. However, the little "Volume Meter" window popped up and the volume wasn't going up or down, therefore i couldn't change the volume. I also glanced to the taskbar and noticed that the volume icon was missing.

I figured if i opened the volume control from the control panel, the icon would come back, but it didnt. In the "Sound and Audio Device Properties" window, in "Volume" Tab, under "Device Volume" i dragged the bar and that helped lower/higher the volume.

I dont understand why it doesn't work when i try to lower/higher the volume using the volume control, but it works when i try it under the "Device Volume".

I restarted the computer hoping everything will be back to normal, but it still the same.

Any ideas on what has happened? is there something wrong with my audio device or whatever it is called?

Thanks alot for any help/suggestions!

A:Solved: Cannot see my volume control icon on taskbar pls help

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anybody got any ideas as to how one can restore the volume control icon to the windows xp taskbar. I have attempted to restore this icon to its location using the normal means - control panel - sounds and audio devices - place volume in taskbar. Still no luck.

A:restoring the volume control icon to the taskbar

Hi .You might try #320 at . These are safe files to run, a very knowledgeable, reliable source.Louis

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My volume control icon has gone missing from my taskbar. I have it set to show, but it just isn't there. I downloaded TuneUp Utilities recently, so I'm thinking that it is causing it not to show. I can't find any kind of option on the program to make it show though. Perhaps I am just overlooking it though, or perhaps it isn't TuneUp Utilities which is causing this to happen at all. Is there anyone who is familiar with TuneUp Utilities and knows whether or not there is a way to hide/unhide the volume control icon in the tray?

A:Volume Control icon missing from tray


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Ok so this happened before I followed Microsoft's steps:


1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Press and hold down the SHIFT key as you insert the CD-ROM to prevent it from starting automatically.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
4. Type the following lines at the command prompt, pressing ENTER after each line, where CD-ROM drive is the drive letter of the computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD-ROM, and system_root is the path and folder name where the Windows system files are located (generally C:\Windows):
CD-ROM drive:
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe

Note that there is a space between "ex_" and "system_root" in this command.

For example, if your computer's CD-ROM drive is drive E, and the folder that contains the Windows system files is C:\Windows, type the following lines at the command prompt (pressing ENTER after each line):
cd i386
expand sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe
5. Type exit to quit the command prompt.
6. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area (if you selected this option).

Problem is when I enter the required text I get that:


No Destination specified for: expand sndvol32.ex_ system_root\system32\sndvol32.exe
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A:Volume Control Icon missing from tray

Is it the PC's manufactures recovery disk you are using or a Windows XP disk?

Is it just a missing icon here ie does your computer still make any noise?

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I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit and after my recent reboot, the volume icon on the system tray disappeared. I right-clicked and chose Properties on the taskbar and found that the volume icon option has been grayed out. I logged off and found it to reappear. Could anyone kindly shed some light to what has happened? I haven't touched on any of the drivers let alone uninstall any but I did notice this happened right after I installed a truckload of fonts and I do mean a truckload (about 3000+ at one go)... Could that be the problem? Thanks very much in advance.

A:Volume Control Icon in System Tray Keeps Disappearing

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I want to hide the volume icon in the system tray, so that my grandson can only use the volume control in the YouTube videos.

I tried the following:

- Right-click on taskbar
- Select "Properties"
- Click "Customize"
- For Volume, select "Hide icon and notifications".

But nothing happens. The icon is still present on my Toshiba, and on my Dell. Reboot does not help.

Please advise.

A:How to hide the volume control icon in system tray?

You were so close

Right click the taskbar>properties>Notification Area>Customize>Turn System Icons on or off

System Icons - Turn On or Off

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Normally when I boot there is a volume icon in the taskbar tray that I can click on to control volume, but it's disappeared. I went to sounds and audio devices on the control panel and sure enough it said no audio device. Interestingly, under the hardware tab when I selected the SoundMax Digital Audio, which is the normally used device, it claimed the device was working properly and it was also listed in my device manager. I even disabled and re-enabled it to make sure it was installed and enabled, but it still showed "No audio device" under the first tab (of Sounds and Audio).

Does anyone know how else to install or enable this (or any other) sound device? I should note that I'm listening to music over the Internet as I type this, so I do have sound, just no sound control except for the control within the media player.

A:No audio device....volume control and icon missing

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I'll be frank and direct: I'm going INSANE with this god damn problem. I my volume control icon has disappeared from the system tray which means I can't control my volume the way I like (choosing how loud each application would sound, adjusting sound volume manually instead of using the Quickplay buttons I have).

I have tried like five different freaking solutions and I just hate none of them working. I've looked all over the internet and no one has been giving me the right solution.

1. I tried erasing Pasticonsteam and iconstreams via regedit, and it didn't work.
2. I tried adding two or three registry items offered by websites to supposedly fix the problem: it didn't work.
3. I checked my device manager to see if my sound card was iffy (with and exclamation mark) and no, it works fine.
4. I tried "enabling" the volume control via the Properties option on the task bar but the volume control is GRAYED out.

NOTHING works. Someone please help me, I'm really annoyed wit this stupid problem. ANy help is HIGHLY appreciated.

A:Missing system tray icon: Volume control. PLEASE HELP!

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I have been searching different forums where the speaker icon has disappeared from the notification area of the task bar, but have not found a solution to the particular problem I am experiencing. In my case the speaker icon is still visible but when I click on it, I no longer get the vertical bar which allows me to adjust the volume. I have made no recent changes to my computer and cannot understand why this has suddenly happened. I have gone to taskbar properties and tried turning the volume icon on and off but this has not cured the problem.

I have discovered the problem I am experiencing is limited to my user account only. I have one other named account and a guest account. The other user is able to adjust the volume from the speaker icon on the notification bar, and when I log into the guest account I find it is also working perfectly. However, when I log into my user acount it does not work. I have also tried adjusting the volume by going into Control Panel - Hardware and Sound - Sound - Adjust system volume but when I click on it nothing happens. However, when I go into the guest account I find I can adjust the volume from both the icon on the notification bar and by going through the Control Panel method.

I therefore suspect that my user account may have been corrupted in some way. I should stress that my problem is limited to my inability to adjust the volume in my user account. I do have sound, I just am unable to control it!

(I should add that I have run th... Read more

A:Cannot adjust volume from speaker icon or from Control Panel

The problem is obviously corruption of the user account. Try an sfc and maybe it will be corrected
System Files - SFC Command

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I installed windows 10 and i like it very much, except for one thing; i can't adjust my windows volume.
I had this problem before with previous windows but i could fix this to right click on the volume icon right below the the task bar and press playback devices. Here you swa to devices speakers what was set as default en digital output. nothing's change there very much but before i could fix the problem trought set the digital output device as default, but now nothing changed. I tryd to disableing the other devices i tryd to update the drivers, i cant change any thing in the driver settings what can help me.

I can adjust the volume at youtube its just the volume of windows i cant eather mute it.
i'm sorry for my bad english i hope i'm clearly enough and hope some one can help me.


A:Windows 10 volume control doesn't work

my solution:

CTRL+ALT+DEL, restart Windows Explorer

I have this problem when my computer comes back from sleep

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I'm running Windows XP SP2 and I have all my sound drivers installed (I can get sound just fine in every app), but I can't control the main volume in the Volume Control. I can adjust the volume with the Wave slider, but the main one doesn't do anything, including mute. Individual applications' volume controls work fine too, just not the main Windows one. It wouldn't be a problem, but it might be the reason why I'm not getting any volume on the Stereo Mix recording option. I just finished a clean install of XP (for a different reason) and it wasn't working before, either. Any ideas?

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OK, so here's the deal.

Lately my volume icon has stopped showing up in the system tray on Windows startup.

I made sure that "Place volume icon in taskbar" is checked in Sounds and Audio Devices from the Control Panel. Here's the funny thing - if I uncheck it, apply, then check it again and apply again, THE ICON SHOWS UP! On startup, however, it doesn't show.

I also tried reinstalling my sound card drivers (it's an old card, Realtek AC97), but it didn't help.

It's weird, because I don't have any sound problems at all, but the icon won't show up.

Also, I'm running ESET Smart Security and for some reason I think it may be causing the problem, because after I changed some settings on it and restarted my computer, the icon permanently stopped showing.

Any help, please?

Nice forum, btw.

A:[SOLVED] Volume control icon won't load in tray on startup

have a look at the following (scroll down to relevant line)
Windows XP from A-Z

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Hi, I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium (service pack 1)

The volume icon isn't showing up on my toolbar for some reason....the volume works fine and I can hear sound but it gets annoying when I have to control the volume by other means because it's not on the toolbar. I tried right-clicking on "start", clicking on "properties" and then "notification area" but when I get there I'm unable to click on "volume." I also tried going to the sounds portion of the control panel and couldn't find anything. I'm hoping this is just some simple option that I'm not finding (I'm not exactly great w/ computers), and if anyone could help me out that would be great. Thank you!!!

A:Volume icon doesn't show up on toolbar

hello naper

how many icons do you have in notification area ?

if you have to many. you cant see all of them. is this the problem ?

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Yesterday I reinstalled Windows 7 on my notebook PC. I had to use a Microsoft installation disk because unfortunately, serious errors resulted after I installed from the HP recovery program. Consequently the HP drivers that were installed automatically with the recovery program weren't installed on my system. I had to install several of them from the HP support site. I got everything to work except for the Touch volume control, or the Volume Scroll Zone as referred to by HP in the service guide. This is the device located just above the keyboard that increases or decreases speaker volume when you drag you finger on it. I installed the Quick Launch button driver but that only applied to the mouse and pointer touchpad. I looked at the devices listed in my startup configuration. I saw the synaptics pointing device and the HP quick launch buttons listed. So is the IDT PC audio driver.  What am I missing? Where I can I find it to activate the touch volume control?

A:Touch volume control doesn't work on dv6, looking for driver

@accordeoniste Try these. REO

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Since upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit I can't turn the volume all the way down by using the volume control at the front of the notebook. Worked fine under Vista 32 bit.
The volume control still works but no matter how far I wind it to the left there is still sound coming from the speakers.

Any help appreciated.


A:Tecra P5 - Volume control doesn’t work properly

As far as I know volume control in the past was mechanical but now it works on different way and it is controlled by specific tool/utility.
To be honest Tecra P5 is not known to me but obviously it is Australian notebook model and according to Australian support page this notebook model is not supported for Windows 7.

That doesn?t mean you cannot use it but this means there is not software package designed for Windows 7 that can be installed so I think there is no much you can do about it.

I know it is annoying but for volume control you can use Windows option placed in task bar.

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I did a scan from 317 here are the results

Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.89
Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86
Internet Explorer 8
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Windows Security Center service is not running! This report may not be accurate!
AVG 2013
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Java 7 Update 71
Java version out of Date!
Adobe Flash Player Flash Player out of Date!
Adobe Reader XI
Mozilla Firefox 32.0.3 Firefox out of Date!
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Total Fragmentation on Drive C:: 2%
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I clicked control panel and printers faxes. Says no driver detected, so I installed the driver. Still says no driver detected and my volume control doesn't show up . Any ideas on how to get this printer going again? I got a business to run. I use the card reader on this Epson CX6000 printer to upload photos onto this PC, and I haven't been able to for 3 weeks now........

A:no driver detected and my volume control doesn't show up

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I don't know what's happening lately. I've changed a few settings for quicker bootup time, but it had nothing to do with those. I had to restart the computer because the volume and the battery icon wasn't in the system tray. Right now, only the battery icon is showing and the volume one is not there. Any reason why it might be doing this? Any way to fix it?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6100 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 7854 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -296 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 294674 MB, Free - 190891 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO, N/A, N/A
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Battery or Volume Icon Doesn't Show Up on Startup

I would suspect that you did turn off the system tray indicators. You might not realized that whatever you changed would affect them.

The volume indicator you should be able to turn back on by going into Volume Settings, there should be an option for Show in System tray or something similar.

The same should go for the battery, but I am not an expert on notebooks (still learning )

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I recently had to reinstall windows XP on my computer. I installed the video and audio drivers that came with the motherboard cd. There is sound and the microphone works, but I can't control the volume normally, it can be controlled as wave.

Also the mixer device appears as SiS 7012 Wave.

I already uninstalled and installed the driver several times from the CD and I downloaded it and installed it too and the problem persists.

A:Volume control doesn't work (SiS 2012 Wave problem)


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I have an hp speacial addition lap top my volume control does not work ,,,, when I reboot my computor somestimes it comes on but most of the time it is off can anyone help.... Thank you  Bob King

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where is my control for sound ?

A:where is my volume control for sound

Hi Please find the steps given below might help you to resolve the issue. 1) Check at the right hand side bottom corner off your screen you will find a speaker icon and check if it is not muted on system tray. Incase the speaker icon is not listed please try the step given below.  Click Start, type Customize icons and then click Customize icons on the task bar.Click Turn system icons on or off, and then set Volume, Network, and Power System to On.Make sure that the behavior for Power, Network, and Volume are set correctly, and then click OK. 

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I purchased a new computer (well second hand) and installed a fresh version of XP Pro on it. The computer now does not have sound or a volume control in the task bar. I assume the computer did have sound previously as there were a large assortment of video and music files.

When I search for volume control and click on them I get this message:
"There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices go to control panel, click printers and other hardware and then add hardware.

The program will now close"

On the side of the computer it has the following listed as its audio device:
Integrated Realtek ALC658 Digital Audio. Dolby 5.1 surround sound ready'
Anyway, i downloaded a Realtek ALC658 driver from google and still no use.


A:No Sound or volume control

Right-click My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager. Is there any devices with a red cross or a yellow exclamation/question mark?

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i put a soundcard in and i have volume control display but when i double click it it won't show up,,,,i don't have no sound ////got a creative lab///512

A:no sound no volume control

When Installing your sound card did your PNP detected it or you installed it with force.? Do you have an on board sound card (Sound card on your mother board)?

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Hi there, my computer has been working fine until it was infected with a trojan and i do a system format to it. Well virus is gone etc. and was very happy about it.

But one day, when i try to listen to some music, the pc speakers just do not have any sound. After several attempts in finding out what is the problem, which i did not, I have decided to just jack in its plug/cable to the earphone slot. There sure is sound coming out then.

Still, the problem still persists when comes to streaming of videos online. There is video visual but simply no audio. Its like watching a mime show. I have been tolerating it for about 6 months but simply could not held it any longer.

The audio in my com is realtek hd audio manager. Please do help me solve this problem.

Another problem i have is that i cannot place my volume tray icon at the taskbar. Couldn't even checked the box as all was blocked. how?

A:No Volume Icon And Sound!

Set windows to show hidden files,How to see hidden files in Windows Then navigate to:C:\ Windows \ System32 \ dllcacheLocate sndvol32.exeRight click it, and select Copy.Navigate to C:\ Windows \ System32 In an open area, right click and select PasteIf Windows says the file already exists, do you want to replace it, select YesReboot

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WinXP: Somehow I have lost my sound icon in the taskbar. I use it to regulate sound volume. How can I get it back? Thanks.

A:volume/sound icon

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The sound icon is missing from the do you get it back?

A:Sound Volume Icon

Are your sound drivers properly installed. you can go to the properties of file explorer, then device manager to sure you have no red X's due to unknown hardware.

Do you have a default device set to audio out?

If you get sound, then go to Settings, System, notifications & Actions then click on Turn system icons on or off. If volume is off, turn it on.

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Hi, my speakers play sound but when I plug the headphones into the master speaker on the right it doesn't play audio anymore through the headphones. I tried several pair, one even brand new and no luck, however when anything is plugged in the audio stops. I tried plugging them into the back of the desktop and the front even but none of the 3.5mm audio jacks seem to want to allow Windows 7 to recognize the head phones.

My son is playing some browser game and it's driving me mad to have to listen to it in the back round and was hoping someone could help me navigate the volume control options in Windows 7 so I could fix this for myself, thank you

A:[SOLVED] Volume control options > playback devices doesn't list my headphones just sp

First thing, are you sure that the jack on your speaker system works?

Next, I would advise you reinstall your sound driver.

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Yesterday my mother complained about a lack of sound on her laptop

HP dv5 Vista Home SP1 X64 AMD 4gb
Today the the volume control is missing, though ive encouraged her to explore windows, i doubt that she is dense enough to delete her own Drivers, thinking that the icon had been disabled from the task bar, I checked the properties, the box for the sound monitor is grayed out...

A:Sound & Volume Control missing SP1


Firstly try a driver download from here:

Fill in the correct information.

It will give you the driver download list.


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Hello, All! This is my first problem request so if I forget something please humor me.

Yesterday I played a YouTube video on my eMachines laptop (reconditioned, and purchased in 2004, that has worked just fine all this time but I know has to be replaced). When I tried to play this video for my daughter, the slider on the volume control in the system tray and the slider on the Windows player refused to hold the volume I wanted and slid to the low position, causing the sound to be nil.

I went to a Windows forum and searched for the problem - to no avail - but downloaded SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition to check to see if I had bugs. Aside from the usual ad-related stuff, it found something called Trojan.Agent/Gen-Krpytik which it subsequently quarrantined and I deleted. However, that seemed not to have solved the problem.

Then I looked in my Bookmarks and found you lovely folks. Since I'd forgotten the name/password I'd used the last time I had a problem, I joined again, and spent two or three hours searching for a post describing the same problem. Today I continued by lonely search with no more success than I had yesterday.

I'm posting in hopes that you will be able to help me with this. There was one person who had a similar problem some time ago, but that post had never been answered. Help, please?

Many thanks and bright blessings!

A:No sound due to sliding volume control

Does it slide down on its own? Maybe one of the hotbuttons on the keyboard that turns the volume down is stuck.

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Intel Pentium 4, 2.53 Ghz, using Win98. Sound worked fine until one of the following was installed: Nero 5.0, Kazaa, AT&T Broadband. The CD player volume works; you can listen to CDs. You cannot hear any Windows sounds, cannot listen to downloaded music, cannot listen to any media player, etc. It is frustrating. Any ideas?

A:No sound; no volume control in taskbar

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I just installed Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal. I have no input volume control. If I select mic input I get a bad buzzing. If I select anything else my Spin It Again program tells me the volume is too low. Does not respond to volume controls of any sort. Could use some help please!

A:No Volume control for sound card

try using the windows mixer. this allows you to choose which input device u want hear and has a volume slider

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When I click (once) on the little speaker in my system tray, a volume slider comes up. Whenever you click on the slider, it makes a tone, presumably so you can hear how much it needs to be adjusted. It should make a "ding" and "click" sound, but instead I'm getting the system beep, which is always the same volume. It used to work like I wanted it to, but I recently reinstalled the OS, and I don't remember having to change anything for this. I have looked through the sound effects listed in the "Sounds and Multimedia" applet in the Control Panel (I'm using W2K), but none of the listed settings seem to affect this sound. I've even looked through the registry for "beep", but I didn't see anything that was clear as to what it was intended to do. Where do I go to make this adjustment? I also noticed that, when using MSN Messenger, the popup tray notification (for when someone on your list logs in) is using the system beep sound instead of what it's supposed to use.

A:volume control sound effect

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Hello all...
have a big problem - the volume icon in the taskbar has disappeared suddenly. Have been trying to get it back all day! - very frustrating.
However, im still getting sound through my speakers, via itunes and dvd player so thats ok. Streaming audio is not working though, youtube etc. Nothing. Streaming in Quicktime DOES work strangely enough. Also the sounds XP makes (i.e. startup jingle, game sounds) are not working.
Right, ive tried many things before i came here. the obvious ones - control panel, tick box etc i have done. Have googled loads but to no avail. Have tried downloading and replacing a file in system32 folder (the vol icon thingy). no luck.
I was thinking maybe delete sound cards then reinstall when re-booting, only i dont have the driver disk so am scared i wont be able to replace them or they wont reinstall without it.

I think the sound disappeared when i downloaded a plug in to watch a video online. Maybe there was a virus that has corrupted my sound card. (device manager says everythings working normally though)
thats all i can think of that happened -seems like its fairly common problem

I am running XP pro, my laptop is a Compaq Armada M700
I think my sound card is ESS Maestro2E PCI Audio Drive (there are other audio devices listed - video codecs etc)
Not sure theres anything else you need to know.

some help on this matter would be very much appreciated


A:no sound or volume icon in windows xp

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well i got a bunch of viruses on my computer so i fixed it the easy way by formating the hd then reinstalling the operating system. after that my sound wasnt working adn there was no volume icon on the taskbar. any advise would b helpful

A:no sound or volume icon on win2k

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I am running Windows Vista on my HP laptop. My sound volume icon has disappeard from my row of icons on the bottom right of my screen. The icon is not among the hidden icons. I must have clicked on something by mistake and the icon was removed. Is there any way to get it back?


A:Sound volume icon has disappeard

For Windows 7 open Control Panel, select Notification Area Icons & then look for the Volume Icon & then set it to Show Icon & Notifications. I think Vista is the same.

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Help someone please!!!

I have lost the volume icon on the task bar. When I go to Multimedia and Sounds in Control panel, it says that I dont have any sound driver. When I go to Start, Accessories, Entertainment and Volume. When I click on volume it does nothing. I have tried to restore back to when I know I had sound and it still does not bring it back. I am running windows ME. What can I do?



A:No sound and volume icon has disappeared

Sounds like your soundcard driverh has been corrupted or is missing altogether.

look in device manager are there any devices that show a yellow question mark or yellow triangle next tot hem? if there is then you need to reinstall the drivers for your sound.

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Well, the Volume mix/ Sound icon in bottom right hand corner in the task bar, won't turn on! It is grayed out when I try to turn it on in notifications, I wish to be able to use this icon, but frankly, I can't. Please help me, I'm not that tech-y as most of you, I think you guys will show me a way to do this. I will explain furthermore if needed.

A:volume Mix/sound Icon not showing.

Welcome Riddlemaster,
See if this tutorial can help you out, It's pretty simple and self explanatory.
Notification Area Icons - Reset[2]=Taskbar Start Menu

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I am running Windows Vista on my HP laptop. My sound volume icon has disappeard from my row of icons on the bottom right of my screen. The icon is not among the hidden icons. I must have clicked on something by mistake and the icon was removed. Is there any way to get it back?


A:Sound volume icon has disappeard

For Windows 7 open Control Panel, select Notification Area Icons & then look for the Volume Icon & then set it to Show Icon & Notifications. I think Vista is the same.

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Hi there,

Bit of a weird problem here. The sound was working absolutely fine on my PC until recently. The machine is second hand, but according to my control panel, I have an M-Audio Delta Audiophile soundcard installed. This hasn't been changed. When I first got the machine, I ran the audio through the in-built speakers on my monitor. Then, briefly, I ran it through a stand-alone speaker. The sound came out of the machine just fine at this stage. When I moved the audio to go back through the monitor, it would not come through. I then tried to run it back through the speaker, but still no joy.

Now, as I've already said, this machine was second hand, and in the time I've had it, I didn't fiddle about with any of the audio settings through control panel, so I can only assume that the ones I see before me now are the ones that were presented to me when I got the machine. However, the first major thing that I notice is different is that I no longer have a speaker icon on my task bar. When I go into Sound and Audio Device Settings, the Device Volume section is greyed out. As are the speaker settings options. I cannot hear system sounds either.

I have two system conflicts in device manager - both of them are listed as RAID Controller. I have no idea what these are, so I'm not sure if they would be causing anything, but as I've not added anything new to the system, I should have thought that these would have been present when I received the machine.

So, I'm at a bit ... Read more

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I have an older Dell Inspiron with WINXP. Over the past week or two I've been burning a lot of CD's to iTunes, typically listening to them while they copy.

Today I just wanted to play a song in iTunes but speakers were quiet. I checked speaker volume, it's on. Task bar, it's showing that it's mute. So I single click the speaker icon, and it does not show that sound is mute. Volume is at 75%. I also opened the volume control panel and same thing, none of the mute buttons are showing mute.

While typiing this post, I had some other ideas... when I opened Quicktime it went into an install process. I then tried playing an song in itunes and it works fine. HOWEVER, the task bar speaker still shows mute.

Question: Why does the taskbar show MUTE when I can play music and the actual volume control does not show mute? (If I open the volume control and click mute, it mutes but the icon does not change).

Thank you very much,

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I have a dell windows 8.1. Everything has been fine for a long time and now... no sound. I must admit to never really understanding how sound works on my laptop. After some fiddling around I managed to get some sound - but only when speakers are plugged into the headphone socket. Now my PC controls make no difference to the volume. I think the ss below suggests that I want the sound to go through the 'speakers headphones' but the sound level meter says its using the communications headphones.
This is what I have for my sound card.

The same happens when I stream audio - only works if headphones connected and no control over the column from pc.

Lastly, when I right click on the top one and click test it says 'failed to play test tone'

Can anyone help please?

Many thanks


A:sound only works with headphones - no control over volume

The first thing I see is you do not have the correct sound driver. You only have the generic, basic function, Windows installed High Definition Audio Codec (Driver).

First step is to install the correct hardware sound driver. Not enough system spec's provided so I can't research what you need. If its a factory built PC, go to the PC vendor and download the Win 8.1 driver. If its custom built, go to the motherboard vendor for the driver.

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I tried to remove un-needed windows components & I guess I removed windows sound mixer & volume control. Now when I try to place the volume control in taskbar or access the sound mixer, I am instructed to install them in add/ remove programs. I have tried this (several times) but these items are not listed. I even tried exploring the restore discs that came with my pc but cannot find them. I'm really not sure what to do! I guess I was hoping someone out there has encountered the same problem and can tell me what to do. Please help!

A:Sound Mixer & Volume control problem

Welcome to TSG....

Try to do a repair-install using the windows software for the computer aka. recovery disk and you will need it for this. This should replace the files.

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I was working on trying to get my bluetooth keyboard to work so I installed updates to make sure that wasn't the problem and now I restarted my computer I have no sound. I tried doing a rollback on my sound driver but that just got rid of the ability to control volume and it said no device so i downloaded and installed the device driver and no I can control volume but still no sound is coming out. Any ideas? I went to add or remove programs and it said the most recent updates I did were on the 14th so I don't think that'll help uninstalling since I just got the problem about an hour ago.

A:[SOLVED] Lost sound But can still control volume

What brand is your PC & where did you download the sound driver from?

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Hello guys,

I searched the forum for common problems but unfortunately I could not find any useful information for this issue.

I hope you can assist me as the Windows 7 volume mixer is freaking me out and I cant seem to find a way out with this...

I run Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron 6400 and I use the volume buttons on front a lot to increase/decrease/mute the sounds... however this feature is not working with Windows 7 or maybe I have not fixed the correct settings.

Also I have a Logitech MX610 mouse with volume buttons on it that don`t work as well.

Here is a screenshot of the volume mixer.. I`m not sure if that`s helpful..

Any help will be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance guys

A:Volume mixer issue / sound control

viachy, welcome to the forums.

For the volume buttons on the laptop, is there or did you install a driver for it? It may or may not be needed, but from the sounds of it, it is.

For the mouse, what version of Setpoint do you have installed? The latest is 4.80 (for Vista, but works well in 7),

Logitech > Support + Downloads > Downloads > Mice > MX?610 Laser Cordless Mouse

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I have speakers plugged in to my computer running Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit. The computer is recognizing that I have speakers plugged in and when I play something the green bar moves with the music. However, no sound is coming from the speakers. I have gone into the BIOS settings and enabled onboard audio. All sliders are at their full volume. I have unplugged and replugged the speakers, rebooted, shut down, uninstalled and reinstalled the sound driver, all to no avail. I have eliminated the possibility of the speakers being broken by testing them with an iPod.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Green Bar in Volume Control is Moving, No Sound

May be a "duh" but have you checked the headphone jack in front to see if you get sound there ??

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Is there anyway I can disable the sound unmuting when i turn the volume control knob? Vista didn't do this and it's really annoying as its on the bottom so i always catch it when the laptop is on my lap.

A:Sound unmuting when I touch volume control?

Hello Adam, Welcome to the Forums!
I don't think so, at least not using native capabilities. There may be a third-party app that will do that, but frankly, I doubt it.
Sorry I could not be of more help.

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Hi all,

Just joined up....
What I want is actually the opposite of what most people are looking for.
I want to install windows 8 on my kids computer but want the volume level to be set at a certain level so the sound is not to high no matter what they do.

I am able to achieve this right now as the desktop is on XP and i have the wave bar set to a certain level so no matter how high they put the volume bar it just stays at a certain level.I have hidden the wave bar so they cannot even get at it by mistake.

The main thing is that I am using a sidewinder X4 keyboard which has the vol+/- so they can easily increase the volume even if I hide the volume tab from the desktop in windows 8, while in XP it remained a certain lvel even if they put it upto 100%.

I have been searching for win 8 mixers where I could maybe have the same type of control as the XP but so far have found nothing.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated and used

A:Want to disable sound volume control in Windows 8

If they know what they are doing they can get around this.
See pictures :

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I have a friend who bought a new microphone for her laptop, which runs Windows XP Home Edition. The mic is one of the ones with the pink input plug, which her laptop does support. When she plugs it in and tries to record something, it's just dead silence.

I tried to walk her through un-muting the mic, but she has no options for that under Sound/Volume control. Under Options->Properties there is no option to select Microphope or Line In to be enabled in the main window.

I got her to update her sound drivers, but it didn't help, either.

Anyone have any idea what might be wrong, and why there is no way to enable microphone settings under the Sound/Volume control section? Thanks...

A:No microphone settings in Sound/Volume control?

When you were checking in Options => Properties, did you look in both 'Playback' and 'Recording' (click the radio button). They can be listed in either/or or both.

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I appear to have the same malware as several others on this forum see

I have run Malwarebytes, Sybot, Avast, MSE, Ad-Aware, and Kaspersky all to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.

My hijack this log is:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 20:58:25, on 7/20/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32... Read more

A:Iexplore.exe Ad pop ups, sound pop ups, loss of volume control etc.

Worked with Microsoft tech support for a couple of hours. They removed IE 8 and 7 and said the infection is in my Svchost.exe file. They recommend reloading XP

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Hello to all. I hope that someone can help me out with the sound problems that I am having on my computer. I've tried searching the site, but nothing came up which pertained specifically to my problem.

Recently, after my computer boots up, I get the following message:

SB AWE32 MIDI Synth Cannot load default synthesizer bank

Along with that, the little speaker icon in the system tray is missing. This just started happening a couple of days ago after my son was viewing a video clip on one of the sites he goes too. He said that when he went to turn the volume down, the speaker icon disappeared.

I've gotten the above message before on rare occasion and I've never had problems with the sound. But this time around, the sound is acting a little funny. Sometimes it sounds fine, sometimes it sounds distorted and full of static. Sometimes the above mentioned message appears when I start up, and sometimes it doesn't. But regardless, my volume icon is still missing.

I would appreciate it so much if someone could help me work this problem out. Many thanks in advance!

Also, I am running Windows 98SE.

A:Sound problems and missing volume icon

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hi, i have a toshiba satellite L655 that runs on windows 7. i'm having a problem with the volume icon on my taskbar.. it's not there. It was there yesterday, but when i logged on today it wasnt on the taskbar as it should be. The volume on the computer works perfectly normal. i can turn the volume up and down with the volume buttons or simply going through the control panel. i've tried to look and see if i could solve the problem myself, but i have been unsuccessful. I dont understand why it just "vanished" from the taskbar. if anyone knows how to help, let me know! i would appreciate any type of help! thank youu

A:Sound is fine, but no volume icon on taskbar?!?!?!

try this

Right click in the task bar where the icons are normally displayed
pop up menu
Under system icons
always show
check volume.
Click Apply.

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Hi All

I have been on this form before the members on here have solved every issue I have had in the past. Hoping someone can help me out with my latest "issue".

I came home today to find my computer has no sound. I also have no volume icon in the task bar. When I right click on the task bar to make the volume control visible - there is no option to do so.

When I go to the volume control option under All Programs - Accessories - Entertainment, I get the following message:

"There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices go to Control Panel, click printers & Other Hardware and then click Add Hardware. When I do that it seems as thought it wants me to install the "Multimedia Audio Controller" but the install always fails.

Help!! I am out of options.

Thank you very much!!!

A:No Sound/No Volume Icon/No Playback Devices

Please post the computer model on your next post. Did it worked prior and did it just happen suddenly? Please check your device manager for any marks on your sound controller.

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Hey all,

I'm running Windows Vista 32-bit on an hp Pavillion a6110n and recently my computer has completely lost sound and any help would be greatly appreciated in finding a solution.

So I'll start from the beginning in case it helps. I got some new sick speakers the other day so I played them and they worked fine. Next day, they're not working. So I do a lot of toying with the sound and playback devices options (Later I found out that the problem with the speakers was just a power problem and had nothing to do with the computer or them malfunctioning). In the process of "fixing" the speakers however, I have destroyed the sound in my computer!

I messed with the playback devices options, configuration, but the actual sound only cut after I installed a new driver I found online in another attempt to fix my perfectly fine speakers....

So after I logged on with the driver I had installed, I found a red circle with an X on the volume icon in the tray, when I scroll over the icon it says

Volume: 0
High Definition Audio Device

and when I go to the volume mixer to ensure it is not a simple mute problem it says No Audio Device is Installed even though I have my new speakers installed.

The other sites I've read about the same problem suggest that I right click on the volume icon, click on playback devices, select my speakers and click Set Default. However when I attempt this in the playback devices menu the Set Default button is grayed out!... Read more

A:No sound, red X on volume icon, driver problem??

Oh and some information about the Realtek driver

Driver Provider: Microsoft
Driver Date: 6/21/2006
Driver Version: 6.0.6000.16386
Digital Signer: microsoft

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Hi All

I have been on this form before the members on here have solved every issue I have had in the past. Hoping someone can help me out with my latest "issue".

I came home today to find my computer has no sound. I also have no volume icon in the task bar. When I right click on the task bar to make the volume control visible - there is no option to do so.

When I go to the volume control option under All Programs - Accessories - Entertainment, I get the following message:

"There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices go to Control Panel, click printers & Other Hardware and then click Add Hardware. When I do that it seems as thought it wants me to install the "Multimedia Audio Controller" but the install always fails.

Help!! I am out of options.

Thank you very much!!!

A:No Sound/No Volume Icon/No Playback Devices

Please create a topic in respective operating system forum

good luck

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I'm having a little problem here which I wasn't quite able to solve using the official Creative Support.

First a little explanation:
Before installing my new Sound Blaster ZxR I had to temporarily use the Onboard Sound of my Asus Rampage IV Black Edition because of a SLI Water cooling component blocking the necessary PCI Port of the former Sound Card ( a Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional ).

Because of the cracking ( grounding loop? ) I receive during the startup when using 3.5mm jacks ( or 1/4" with the ZxR ) I stopped using them whenever possible and instead started using the Toslink connection on both the Recon3D AND the RIVBE as it electrically disconnects the PC from the Sound System.

Now here comes the Problem:
Using the new Sound Blaster ZxR and having it connected via Toslink to my Sound System I'm not able to control the Volume using...
Multimedia Keys on my KeyboardVolume Mixer from the TaskbarEven Muting isn't possible

The only way to change the Volume level from now on has been by doing one of the following four...
Change the Volume level by Hand in the corresponding App itself, not the overall System Volume - Kind of sucksUsing the Hardware Dial on my Speaker System - Hard to reachSwitch from Toslink to Jacked Cables - Startup cracking

Switching the default Playback Device from Speakers to Digital Audio (S/PDIF) - Will cause me to loose the ability to run Encoders like Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect and it's DTS Neo:PC Music... Read more

A:Sound Blaster ZxR and Toslink - No System Volume Control

I have a recording studio and use Toslink's. I have to control the volume level in my recording program. There are level controls on my recording interface unit (Roland Octa-Capture) but it is for analog only.

In a PC, when you use a digital output, that bypasses all (or most all) of the sound card as the device its feeding is the one that has the volume level control. I suspect this also applies to what you have, as it apparently works the way my Toslink works (the level control in the application program).

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Recently I went through a day of torture by an unsuccessful attempt to System Restore. I lost a display driver from some inadvertent deletion in either Sytem Mechanic or some other registry cleanup program. I tried several solutions, then, perhaps prematurely, reinstalled Windows XP Pro. Experiencing further difficulties, I then reinstalled Service Pack 1, which fixed the display problem pretty much. BUT... some sound problems developed:

a) I was no longer able to locate any volume or play control. I found an article in the Windows Knowledge Base that told me how to install the play control panel through the command prompt from my XP Pro disk. This fixed this problem... But...

b) While I can now control the volume through the sys tray icon and the play control panel, I no longer have this function on my keyboard! I reinstalled the keyboard software from a download site, and the keyboard's shortcut button functions all work BUT NOT the volume control. The mute button works fine, but NOT the volume control buttons (the - and + buttons). They were working fine previous to my reinstalling Windows. I fear that some registry file or setting needs fixing.

c) Lately I have discovered a final and third problem. There is no sound recorder in my files! I find NO sound recorder in my Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment section, nor anything like this by conducting a file search. It seems that this recorder didn't get installed when I reinstalled Windows. Is there a file... Read more

A:No Sound Recorder in Windows XP and Can't Use Volume Control on Keyboard!

Check Device manager and particularly the Keyboard and Sound items. If either have yellow marks or don't agree with what you know to be the correct item, delete all of the listings and ask for a new detection, as you can do there.

Even if there are no apparent problems shown there, delete those two items anyway, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Windows will pick them up again and perhaps you'll get lucky.

Beyond that, be certain that you are supplying the correct drivers for the enhanced keyboard that you apparently have and if you have sound card drivers, supply those instead of letting Windows do a default selection for you. Normally XP does well that way, but you're evidently not a normal case.

Good luck.

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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop running Windows Vista. I recently bought a USB audio sound card (since my computer's headphone jack was damaged).

The volume control on my computer has always worked fine, but when I plug in the sound card I'm no longer able to control the volume via the sound icon on the taskbar. The sound card's volume always comes in full blast, and I can only lower it through the controls in the program it's currently running (i.e. the volume control in a YouTube video). Therefore, when I try to control it directly through my computer it doesn't work.

Is this a common problem? Is there any way I can get this fixed or configured, or is there a problem with the sound card?

A:USB Sound Card - system volume control not working

As this is a software issue my response has to be quite limited. Basically, you may need to check a box specifying your default audio device in your sound settings. Hope this helps, if not drop your question into the software section.

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Hey there! A few days ago I changed my hdd because the last one got corrupted and had a lot of bad sectors so I installed a new windows 7 OS. Everything was smooth until the sound suddenly stopped. I wasn't doing anything in particular. I noticed the green bar on the volume control is moving but I had no sound. I plugged headphones in - same thing. Anyways it fixed with a reboot and I thought it was a one time bug. But it happened 4 times already and the only other thing that fixes it beside rebooting is uninstalling the sound device from the device manager and installing it again. What is causing this? I downloaded my Realtek drivers and I ran them with the setup.exe file and they are currently installed on my PC but they don't seem to do anything. These are pictures from the various things I wanted you to see that look normal:

imgur: the simple image sharer

What may be causing this and how can I fix it?

A:No audio but the green sound bar on the volume control is moving?

Welcome to the Windows 7 Forum.

The first thing I see is you do not have the correct sound driver installed. I don't know what your hardware is but what is listed is the "High Definition Audio Device" which is the Windows installed generic sound driver. You should install the correct driver from your PC vendor.

In addition I see the NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device and that has caused some problems in the past. Temporarily disable that in the Device Manager and see if that helps.

Please fill in the "My System Specs". It helps us to try and help you.

Also, here is the instructions on posting screen shots on this forum:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Very helpful threads from others on the same problem I recently encountered, to date. I picked up some useful leads on restoring or re-doing the icon in the sys tray; but is there anyone that knows of way to restore it without the need or having to have the CD rom to do it?

I don't remember if I unticked or unloaded one of the components in that check list among the add/remove programs, but each and every time I go to tick the box under the properties of putting it or showing it up in the notification area it bams me with the message that the volume icon needs to be added to add/remove programs in control panel (oh yeah, but which one and how can I be directed more specifically because as I go there, there's no from that checkpoint, where to go next (?)) Thanks.

A:Solved: Windows XP sound volume missing icon

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i looked at archived forums and tried to follow these instructions:
1. right click start orb and choose properties
2.go to notification area and tick Volume icon in System Icons
problem-volume box is shaded in and i can't tick the box, so i lokked at another answer and found another step:
3. go to taskbar and untick Lock the Taskbar then repeat step #2
problem- the volume icon is still shaded in and i can't click on it

any help would be aprecciated, thanks!

A:can't get volume icon back in sound tray even after following instruction

Hi stresseduser and welcome to Vista Forums

Have you checked out this Tutorial?

Notification Area - System Icons

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I have a Dell laptop with Vista and have recently lost the volume icon from the lower task bar (lower right corner).

I have gone to the "Sound" application on my control panel and have seen nothing that may help.

A:lost volume icon on lower tool bar and can not get sound

hi and welcome you could try this

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I have windows vista home premium 64 bit and have lost the volume icon in the system icon tray. I have tried the notification Area - Sytem Icons tutorial, method 4. In step 4 I click HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
All I have in the right hand pane is: (Default) REG_SZ value not set. Can comeone help me out. Thanks

A:can't get volume icon back in sound tray even after following instruction

Hello, and welcome to the Vista Forums!

Try this (large chunks copied from the Tutorial - thanks Brink! Notification Area - System Icons)
Navigate to that registry keyIn the right pane of Explorer, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value.Type HideSCAVolume and press EnterIn the right pane, right click on the one you just typed to disable and click on Modify.Type 0 and click on OK. (See screenshots in tutorial if necessary)Restart your computer.Test and report back.Thanks!


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I have E-MU 1212M sound card, Windows 7 and I can't fix this problem which I haven't had before. I reinstalled the Windows 7 and now I can't move my Volume Control and affect my sound card volume. My sound card volume wont move until I move it.
It's like my volume mixer is pre-effected,before my sound card.

any help will be appreciated, Thank you

A:Volume Control wont move sound card slider

Quote: Originally Posted by samsung3D

My sound card volume wont move until I move it.

Did it before? The Windows volume control doesn't affect any of my players volumes, so if I have Winamp open for example, adjusting the volume with the Windows mixer control doesn't move the Winamp slider, nor does it move the WMP slider, which is why I leave Windows volume at full, and adjust the volume from within what ever program I'm using to watch a film or play music.

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I recently bought a dell computer second-hand from my friend, who had XP installed on it. It came with a subwoofer and a set of 4 regular speakers. On it, he had installed a form of creative volume control in addition to windows volume. The way it worked was he had the windows volume set to 100% at all times, and the creative volume control around 3% for regular browsing, 10-25% for gaming and 50% or higher for rocking out with music. I recently acquired windows 7 home premium x64 and upgraded my operating system. My soundblaster card has all the necessary drivers and the audio is all hooked up properly, and the only thing missing is this form of volume control. After looking around for the old software and trying a few different freeware and shareware programs, nothing has pulled through for me; any suggestions?

A:Creative sound card, windows 7 compatible volume control?

What exact sound card do you have?

Have you checked creative's website for additional software that goes along with the driver of your card? Is the windows volume not sufficient for you, or do you just want the extra ability for volume control?

If you installed the creative driver, have you checked in the audio control panel that's built into the driver?

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Hi. I have this annoying problem in my PC. i dunno how it happened, my PC was working fine the other day, but since yesterday, many stuff seemed to be missing in my PC. I searched in the system32 folder, but they're gone! is there any way for me to get them back without reinstalling the whole system? please help.

missing in my PC were:
-all windows games
-volume control
-sound recorder
-WMplayer (but I downloaded another one so its ok now)
-and many others

please help me. thanks so much!!

A:Lost mspaint, games, volume control, sound recorder

I would go here;
read the sticky posts and then contact an Expert and have them help you, don't do anything until instructed to do so.
Log Analysis/Malware Removal - In order to ensure that advice given to users is consistent and of the highest quality, those who wish to assist with security related matters must first graduate from one of the malware boot camp training universities or be approved by the administration as already being qualified. Those authorized to help with malware issues have a gold shield next to their name and authorized malware removal trainees have a blue shield next to their names. Anyone wishing to participate in a training program should contact a Moderator for more information.

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I have problems with an application written in Visual Basic. The application is supposed to be able to control the volume of different output channels of the sound card RME Fireface 800. Within the VB application direct sound is used to control the volume.

However, volume control changes work for some of the assigned channels but not for others. Looking at Window's volume control mixer it can be confirmed that the output channels are correctly assigned to the application but the volume control changes are ignored for some of the channels.

The application and the volume control changes worked fine with the same application and sound card on a Windows XP machine.

I'm thankful for any suggestion on how to solve or work around the problem.


A:Volume control issues with multi-channel sound card

Hello welcome to TSF!!. Have you tried updating the software to a newer version that is compatible with Windows 7? Also have you updated the drivers for your sound card?

Try looking here to see if there is an updated software version for Windows 7. RME: Downloads

Also may I ask what is the make and and model of your machine and sound card?

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Hi guys,

The following set of exes allow you to map custom buttons on laptops to Windows shortcut commands . Currently supported is : to increase and decrease volume/brightness by a single click . Quick brightness change is great for long gaming or development sessions on the pc !

I have been missing that feature badly.

Also sending shortcuts i.e ALT+TAB is supported.

You need your laptop to have the software that can map the button to the exe.

This is donationware so all help is appreciated.

Coming soon also one-button changing the Nvidia color levels, as this is another thing that has been killing me.
Get it here.

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I've long used Winamp while watching videos on my computer. They've always peacefully co-existed but now things have changed. I did a clean install of Windows and now Winamp is dramatically louder than any other movie file I play. Games and program sounds are just fine but movies seem to have sound issues.

It isn't that Winamp is louder than normal, it is very much at the volume it has always been. Movies are just sooo friggin quiet now. I have to turn my speaker volume all the way up, turn the media player volume all the way up, and then turn the Windows volume all the way to max for the WAV slider. It is ridiculous.

I even loaded an ASF file into Windows Media Player, Windows Media Player Classic, The Core Media Player, and PowerDVD. All had the exact same super low volume. I loaded that same video into Winamp and it sounded so much louder. I had the video playing in Winamp and WMP Classic at the same time and the difference is crazy. So what is going on? Why does Winamp get normal volume but all other sources that play video files get super low sound?

I considered a codec problem, sound card problem, and/or a media player program issue, but then Winamp wouldn't be able to play a video at normal volume. Does anybody know what might be going on?

OS: Windows XP Pro SP2
Sound Card: Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Speakers: Logitech X-540
Winamp: v5.35 (x86) May 14th 2007
Winamp Skin: Modern
Note: All drivers are current and all Windows Updates are up to date

A:[SOLVED] Sound Volume Doesn't Match Up

Try and play the movies in VLC media player to play the video files.

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I think I know the answer to this, but it doesn't cost me anything to ask.

Is there any way to control the sound from a desktop icon - either turn sound on/off or volume up/down?

Thank you,


A:Desk icon to control sound?

Welcome MikeStahl, Here's a gadget that's pretty cool, You can also right click on the speaker in the system tray and adjust it there too.
Windows Live Gallery

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