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DELL inspiron n4010 sound's problem

Question: DELL inspiron n4010 sound's problem

I have problem with my dell inspiron n4010 sound's.
The sound is not working like before.
I have to try to install the driver of sound, but it's still not working.
Dell Inspiron n4010 core i3, graphic card is intel graphic, not ATI Radeon.
I have to try to install the driver from dell driver CD but, it's still not working, they said it's not working in your system. But I have to checked on web of DELL. My Dell's Laptop working on win 7 home premium 64 bit. I try to install win 7 home premium too, but it's still not working, I have to try almost all of tutorial how to make my sounds work, but it's so frustating me. It's so frustated if you work with laptop that sound's not working ..
Please help me !! Thanks

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Answer: DELL inspiron n4010 sound's problem

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... Have you any errors in the Device Manager ? Did you Install the Driver for the sound from the Dell Website .. The Link is below ...
Product Support | Dell US

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I have
Dell Inspiron N4010
Core i3 
Win7 Ultimate

system hung up while using, restarted it again but it hung up again before , this happened 4-5 times, tried dell diagnostics, but showed no hardware or memory problem, formatted the system , reinstalled Win7 ultimate , installed all drivers and it showed no problem until I installed Intel Graphics Media Accelerator driver, tried installing the updated driver but it didn't help, ran the Intel Processor Diagnotics Tool showed no problem , test result was pass, tried formatting 2-3 times but doesn't help anyway, i have standard VGA graphics now, can't install Intel Graphics Media Accelerator driver as it hangs up after that , plzz help........

Answer:dell inspiron N4010 video graphics problem

Please share from where are you trying to install the Intel Media Accelerator drivers. Is it from the Dell website or from the Intel website? Also if the the Windows 7 Ultimate installed is 64bit or 32bit.
Please update the BIOS to the latest version from here. Make sure the ac adapter is connected and the battery is charged 10% or above to update the BIOS. Also, disconnect all the external peripherals before updating the BIOS. All the programs should be closed and documents saved.
Try updating the Intel Media Accelerator drivers from the Dell Website.

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I Made a bootable usb drive...using ROFUS..(i.e, UEFi supported)

But this Laptop Fails to boot from usb drive...

It Just Boots to Installed Os..

Please Help me to Resolve this Issue..

i Want to Install Windows 8..ASAP

Answer:Problem While Installing Windows 8 in Dell INSPIROn n4010

Hi vinatex,

You have to access the boot menu by pressing a special key (ie, F key, Del, etc) when the splash screen first appears. It should display a text menu that identifies which key you need to press,. Once there, select the UEFI USB boot option and it should boot from the USB drive but "only" if it is recognized as a valid boot drive. However, if it is not, see this tutorial for help:

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

Good luck and hope this helps.


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I have DELL INSPIRON N4010 laptop which works fine.
Yesterday I using it with AC adaptor on and suddenly it turns off.   
Now when I press the power button with or without AC adaptor it won't give any response and no LED is turn on.
When I connect AC adaptor the charging LED is glow for 4 to 5 sec. and turns off. 

I also tried to hold the power button for 30-40 sec. by removing battery and AC adaptor and then reconnect battery but still, I face the same issue. 

Please, could you tell me  possible issues?

Thanks and regards,

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So I've been checking around for a ram upgrade for mine and I was wondering if this kingston model is compatible or not.
KVR1333D3S9 / 4G, 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHZ SODIMM  could someone please get back to me on this as soon as possible? Many thanks!! :D

Answer:Ram that's compatible with my N4010 Dell Inspiron

Hi Kevinsiaw,
Inspiron N4010 supports DDR3 1333MHZ SODIMM  .This computer can support Minimum of 2GB and Maximum memory of 8GB.
The memory which you are referring to KVR1333D3S9 / 4G, 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHZ SODIMM is compatible with Inspiron N4010.
Please let me know if you have any other queries.

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I have been using a Dell Inspiron N4010 since last 6 months. I have windows 7 home basic installed (64 bit) I have come across some problems for which i need ur help

1. Bluetooth doesn't work. I have tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling. it fails again. The system tray doesnot show th icon at all.

2. My windows explorer keeps crashing. I really don't know why.

3.The right click and open with command at times does not work. I keep getting a message telling that "there are no programs associated with this file" Is this really an error?

4. It takes very long time for the system to shut down.

Please help, i am no comp expert.

Answer:Dell Inspiron N4010- issues

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Hi, My Dell Inspirion N4010 working smoothly, just next morning when I switch on NO Hard drive detected and go to PXE ROM msg and not boot due to no OS found. BIOS version I think needs to be updated as shows A08 where current version is A13. but since this BIOS file is EXE not even able to run from DOS. Please suggest what to do ASAP. Thanks and Regards, Santosh

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Hi Team,
    I'm having dell inspiron n4010 14r and would like to upgrade with ssd. Its pretty old and would like to know whether it will increase the speed of system. I mean even though ssd is compatible but if the bus speed itself is slow ssd won't help. So would like to know whether its worth upgrading to SSD?

     I was thinking to upgrade with Samsung 850 EVO 1TB

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Dell Inspiron N4010 Network and sound Driver Problem on windows 7 after installing windows 8 dual boot.
on Friday i install windows 8 on my laptop with wins 7 dual boot. everything was working fine but after yesterday night windows 7 not working good, here r some problem
1) At login Screen when i touch mouse screen light goes dim.
2) There is no Personalize option .
3) No Network icon is Showing and Showing that "No Hardware found"
4) Sound Icon is cross.
5) Windows Theme is in windows Classic mode and Personalize Missing.
Plz Help Sooon

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Hello Everyone,
My laptop running on windows 7 was keep on freezing after boot up. I checked it by running in SAFE MODE. It was working fine in safe mode. I thought that it might be freezing due some Window's issues. So I tried to install Windows 10. When I was installing, it got freeze at the end(Keeps showing JUST A MOMENT). After some time laptop restarted. After restart is was showing Windows was not installed correctly. I tried 3 times but the same issue continues.
Please help me get it fix.

Answer:Dell Inspiron N4010 Freeze after boot.

A bad hard drive is the prime suspect.  F12 at powerup - boot to the Dell diagnostics and run an extended test on the drive.  If you see an error such as 2000-0142, the drive is on its way out and will need to be replaced.

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hi everyone,

i am using Dell Inspiron N4010 laptop. and i just finished making a dual boot for my laptop with win7 & win XP (7 installed first). So, i need some help about win xp 32-bit drivers for my laptop. can you give me a list of drivers that i should installed on my win xp OS???and if u don't mind hope u can share some drivers for me...

hope u all can help me to solve this problem...


Answer:Dell Inspiron N4010 XP 32bit drivers????

It will depend on your hardware you have, can you send a picture of device manager?

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Good Morning everyone.
Intially,My RAM in my LAPTOP DELL INSIPRON 14R N4010 is 2GB DDR3 .
As my computer performance was very slow,I'm looking for upgrading my RAM now.
The original RAM with laptop is 2GB 1333MHZ SODIMM DDR3,256x64,8k,204 pin(If Im not Mistaken).
Enquires listed at below:
1.May I install a Kingston Brand RAM Memory ( KVR13S9S8/4) at the Second Slot ?And I'm still maintain for the First Slot 2GB RAM.
2.My First Slot RAM Memory is 1333MHz 2GB ,is it suitable to put another 1600MHz 4GB RAM at my second slot?
Any Experienced technicians and experts,pls leave your comment here.
Thx for your help.

Answer:Upgrade RAM for Laptop DELL INSPIRON 14R N4010.

Hi Ho Xu Zhe,
The Inspiron N4010 system supports dual-channel DDR3 SDRAM SODIMM with memory speeds of 1333 MHz.

Yes Kingston Brand RAM Memory ( KVR13S9S8/4) is compatible with your system. You can install both 2GB DDR3 RAM on slot 1 and Kingston memory on slot 2.
1600MHz clock speed memory is not compatible your system.

Please let us know if you have any queries.

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My Dell Inspiron N4010 beeped 8 times and had a blank, black screen at start up. Now it doesn't want to beep anymore. I assumed that it has an lcd issue. I replugged the lcd cable and nothing happened. So should I replace the lcd cable or the lcd screen? What is the problem here?

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Hello, I hope someone on here can help me with this issue. Ok here it goes... I just bought this used laptop. I bought it so I could speak to friends & family on Skype. Before buying the laptop the previous owner was attempting to connect to his wireless internet connection & it would pick up the signal and then loose the internet connection. The computer seemed as if it would freeze for a few seconds when attempting to open up the Internet Explorer browser. The screen was blank and a swirling circle would show next to the pointer. Seemed as it was a bad internet connection or at least that's what he told me. After a few tries we got it connected to the internet and I bought it.

I assumed Internet Explorer 8 was crappy so I downloaded Google Chrome. The speed on the laptop really picked up and it rarely gave me any slow or freezing issues only when I used Google Chrome.

NOW... I downloaded Skype and soon after I tried using it as the laptop comes with an integrated camera. When I double click the Skype Icon on my desktop the Skype window opens for a second and closes immediately. I have to try and open the program 2 to 4 times for Skype to open and get me to the sign in section. Once signed in I attempt to add contacts & not even 5 seconds into it the program freezes. It says program not responding & a screen pops up which says Skype not responding close window. I never get to use Skype and I'm not sure if it's a non sufficient space issue ... Read more


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Go to the link in my signature "PC Running Slow?" follow all steps.
Update all drivers from the manufacture of the machine by model number an Windows version. Chipset, Graphics, Audio drivers.

Also follow these steps below.

Go to "Start" type in CMD located CMD.exe right click on CMD.exe then select "Run As Administrator" at the command prompt type in then hit enter...

type in Y for yes then manually reboot.
This will take time be patient. When this is done do the same as before except type in


Downloading UBCD which is in my signature.Burn the ISO Image to a blank CD using Imgburn (How to burn a ISO Image using Imgburn) burn at lowest speed. With the newly burned cd boot with the cd go to HDD>Diagnostics>The maker of your HDD (Seagate, WD, Hitachi) perform a extended and long test.

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Dear Sir / Madam,
When I power on Dell Inspiron 14R N4010, Dell Inspiron logo appears, progress bar stops in the 75% and long beep sound is coming.
I tried pressing F8 accurately several times, when the computer loads, but it is not working.
Even the boot option is given as F12, but pressing F12 not working.
I also tried pressing F8 separately and along with Function key. Similarly for F12.
Nothing works out.
When I tried pressing Esc key, the BIOS information appears. F2 for Setup appears. Pressing F2, just hangs by displaying "Entering Setup...."
Please kindly suggest what can I do? Looks like some malicious software cleaned up the whole system.
I also tried putting Windows 7 repair disk (generated from another system) into the drive, but not working. I think only after changing the boot option only it works.
Expecting your kind help in this regard.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 14R N4010 not booting up F12 and F8 not working

Hi Bala,
Do you get any error message on screen?
Could you please let me know the series of beep code that you hear when you power on the computer.
You can drain out the residual power of computer and then try using the computer:

Power off your computer. 
Remove all the external peripherals connected to your computer.
Please remove the AC adaptor and battery of your computer. 
Press and hold the power button of your computer for 10-15 seconds to drain out the residual power.
Release the power button. 
Insert the battery in and connect the AC adaptor.
Then try powering on the computer.   

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I am sending you a private message as well. Click on “Inbox” to respond to the message and provide system’s Service Tag and contact details so I may access your system records and check for further course of action. You could also click on Start Conversation to send a private message. 
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hi everyone. I am new to this forum and also i am a windows 7 beginner. I have bought a dell laptop 14Rr inspiron n4010 (intel core i5 processor 450M 2.4 Ghz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320 GB HDD) last month. I have small issues in it. I got 3 partions in it: one is OEM, reserved partion and another is OS partition. can anyone help how to make partitions in it and use for storing data and my files. i dont know about active partitions and extended and logical partitions. what are they? This laptop comes with windows 7 home premium 64 bit. i want to install windows xp dual boot with windows 7 HP, is it possible. i searched a lot in many forums but cudnt success. i saw this forum also, i found the related but i fear to try whether it works with windows7 HP. i want to practice my old apps compatible with XP so i need good assistance(hopefully a tutorial with screenshots) i really need to know all about this issues in laptops.

Answer:Dell Laptop New Inspiron 14R N4010 solutions

Hello greengtl and welcome to the forum. Windows 7 is quite a bit different from XP. A lot of things you might be used to doing in XP won't be applicable in 7. They are two completely different systems. If you're not sure what you're doing with the partitions you can turn your machine into an expensive paper weight.

Having said that, the first thing I'd suggest you do is make a system image of your 14R along with the accompanying system repair disk. A system image will allow you to restore your machine exactly like it was when the image was made ... the operating system, updates, all personal settings, files, folders, data, etc. You could use 7's built in imaging tool or a free program called Macrium reflect. Many people recommend storing the image on an external hard drive rather than using a lot of DVDs.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Imaging with free Macrium

Once you have your image and repair disk you can be safe in messing around with the partitions and learning from experience. As far as dual booting XP, you might consider running XP in a virtual machine. A virtual machine is a software program that installs on your machine just like any other software. Then you can install XP into that software and run it as a separate program rather than creating an additional partition on your hard drive and possibly creating other boot problems. A couple of virtual machines that seem to be popular are VirtualBox and VMware Player.

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Dell Laptop Inspiron N4010 screen has a big black splotch and the screen has lines all over it when I try to use it. It was working fine till day before yesterday and I've no idea what happened to it. Do I need to replace it? How much would that cost me in India? Is there any other possible solution to this

Answer:Solved: Dell Inspiron N4010 screen has a big black splotch!

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Plz check serial no. CN-04YRJH-PAS00-6CQ-O0OA-A04
Plz check this part I bought recently

Answer:To check dell original battery for my Inspiron n4010 laptop

sharma.gagan07,Unfortunately, I can only look up Del Part Numbers and not the serial number of the battery.

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I have a Dell Inspiron n4010  laptop and as soon as I launched games on it, it shows this message(image down below).
I later found that there was no problem in the system, all the drivers were up to date rather the graphic video card wasn't downloaded. So I download the specific intel graphic card, installed it and restarted the laptop. it started to work as I expected it to and the games to ran well but later the next day, I found out that my laptop was not able to start. It needed a startup repair and after the repair was made, the graphic card was uninstalled. So it is now back to the same condition.
please help.


Answer:graphic card for intel m380 not working on dell inspiron N4010

Let's start with a run of the Dell diagnostics (F12 at powerup).  Be sure you run the extended test on the hard drive (this will take 2+ hours -- NOT just the quick 10 minute test).

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hihelp memy laptop dell inspiron n 5010 have sound problem as it is not working in headset and speakers also.
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Answer:Dell inspiron n5010 sound problem.

richardwalterHere are some details
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Gasp, I know, I know, A problem with a Dell computer/laptop, can you believe it!? Sigh.

Anyway, I discovered the problem this evening (it's 1am in the morning here, Christmas day, but I refuse to rest until I can reach a conclusion on the problem - how sad!). I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop. I folded the lid down while the laptop was still running, then when I picked the laptop up again and tried to play music, there was no sound. None atall. No sound from Windows Media, no system sounds, nothing. When I plug the headphones in all I get is a fuzzing noise with an occasional feint bleep.

Ive gone through XP's 'troubleshooting' thing: there is no conflicts or anything like that, all the hardware is there. I had no problems with sound prior to this evening.

I know it's vague, but thats pretty much the gist of it. I cant think of any reason why the sound has just...stopped working. My only guess is that the machine has taken a bump and somethings become dislodged internally or something, because I cant find fault with any hardware. But I know comparitively little about computers.

I will ring dell in a few days time as I should imagine their officers will be closed, so until then, Id just like a second opinion if possible.



I turned the laptop off for the night. Then remembered I needed to transfer some files over onto my other PC (music files etc.), then suddenly the sound came back on my laptop!

Absolutely ... Read more

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I have had this for about a year now. Just recently the sound starts off fine but fades out after about 10 seconds as to where I can barely hear it. I have tried to reinstall the driver but its still doing the same thing. Sound works fine with headphones just not thru the speakers. Please Help!!!!

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Hi-I'm having problems with the sound levels on my laptop. Although I have it set at 100%, in order to hear the sound in a movie, I have to hold it in my lap with the speakers facing up towards me-not good if someone else also wants to watch. I've tried everything that I've found online to fix this problem. A lot of the suggestions say to go to the enhancements tab under speakes, but I don't have an enhancement tab on that page. All I have is General, Levels, Advanced, and Spatial Sound. Does this model not have the enhancemet tab? If not, is there a way to increase the sound level (something not too difficult-I'm not a computer expert). The sound used to be fine, but in the last couple of months, something changed (maybe an automated update or another update?) I use the computer for my job writing and for browsing and watching movies and tv - nothing that would require me to make any changes. Anyway, is anyone has an answer to this problem, thanks in advance.

Answer:Sound problem with Dell Inspiron 3558

Does this have anything to do with a Windows 10 update?
If so, join the club.

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i own a dell inspiron n4010, just recently been using VMWARE. for my work. running 2-3 OS making my machine so if i want to upgrade the Memory Module, how much can it goes for my laptop? 6gb?8gb? pls help 

Answer:max RAM for Inspiron N4010

The maximum memory for the Inspiron 14R(N4010) is 8Gb.  You can use either two (4GB) DDR3 PC3-8500 or two (4Gb) DDR3 PC3-10600 Non-ECC  RAM modules.  Memory for the 14R(N4010) is available here:

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I unplugged my pc and moved it into the other room. Now my sound blaster recon 3d pcie soundcard isn't working at all.

I took it out, put it back in (same slot and even tired a different slot), Installed the Windows 8 driver for it, restarted my pc and it's not there. No where.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 660 - Sound Blaster Recon 3D PCIe Problem

What is the status of the sound card in the Device Manager? Does it show as working correctly or does it have an error code? If you reinstalled the driver that says Windows is recognizing the sound card. If it wasn't being recognized the drivers would not install.

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I am using Inspiron n4010. It speaker and wi-fi is not working since long time. If i check in device driver manager driver shows working correctly. I am not able to find realtek manager . I amd using windows ultimate. sometimes it works. there is not hardware issue as well.

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I installed windows 8.1 pro on my laptop which is an inspiron n4010 r, which came with windows 7, decided to upgrade. the wifi card works, it detects wifi networks and all, it connects to my wifi network but it says limited. i tried googling some info about, tried the suggested drivers and none work. again im running windows 8.1 pro 4 bit. an it detects the networks and connects but stays on limited. also when i go to device manager on other devices, the PCI Simple Communications Controller has a yellow exclamation. cant find a fix for that either, any help would be gladly appreciated.

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I need to upgrade the RAM of my N4010,now I have only one slot working (the other is not working) with 2gb samsung memory.
My questions are?
Does N4010 support any 8gb module? If it does, which type of DDR3 module? (I have tried Kingston kvr16ls11/8 but did not work)
If it supports up to 4gb which type of memory does it need? (I have tried Kingston Kvr13s9s8/4 but it did not work either)
Thanks in advance for your help

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hello guys, I have an inspiron n4010 that usually came with windows 7, don't know exactly the version but it was windows 7. now I upgraded or did a new install to windows 8.1 pro, have all the updates installed, but my wireless card doesn't connect to my network, it stays on limited. It detects all networks wirelessly but when I try to connect it to mine it stays on limited, only way I can access the internet is by Ethernet. I went to the dells website and downloaded every single driver for it but nothing works. I have tried everything on google regarding this problem. its 64 bit windows 8.1 pro, any suggestions? I really need my wifi to work. from limited to connected.

Answer:Inspiron N4010 Windows 8.1 Pro New Install

Try these commands from an elevated (run as Administrator) Command Prompt (press Enter after each one):
netsh int tcp reset
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
Try the computer at another wifi hotspot to see if it works there.

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I want to record from a turntable with RCA jacks (Audio Technica AT-PL50 with a pre-amp) but my Inspiron N4010 does not seem to have a line-in jack.
1) If I can find a RCA to USB adapter, will that work? any specific recommendation on adapter?
2)  if the mic input is some kinda combo jack (3.5 mm) is that preferable to USB? 
3) can either of these options record in stereo? I'm not looking for audiophile quality but stereo would be nice
4) other options that are pretty straightforward? :) I'm looking for cheap & easy!
THANKS in advance for any suggestions, and feel free to laugh at my dated equipment! JB

Answer:record from turntable to Inspiron 14R N4010

jbkatcallmy Inspiron N4010 does not seem to have a line-in jack.
Hello JB. The audio input port of the N4010 is not a standard combo port, but it might have a dual function -- mic jack and stereo line-in. The Inspiron 14R N4010 Setup Guide, page 23, says the port "Connects to a microphone or inputs signal for use with audio programs." If you plug in a mic and then see a popup box that asks you whether you plugged in a mic or a line-in, then it is a dual purpose port. You would have to have the proper Realtek audio driver, for your model and operating system, installed for any chance of that happening. If you do get the popup, then you could use your pre-amped turntable with it by getting the the adapters needed to go from male RCA to male 3.5 mm.plug, and then selecting line-in on the popup.
If you don't get the popup, or can't find some other way to configure the port, then it probably just functions as a mono mic jack, which would not be a good choice for your purpose. If you already have the adapters on hand you could try making a recording through the port and see if the result is in stereo or not, and if you can set the levels properly (when configured as a mic jack, there will be a mic pre-amp in the signal path, which will boost the line-level signal too high, but you might be able to over-ride that with the level settings).
If you don't have the popup or some other way to configure the port, the best solution would be to get a usb audio d... Read more

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My DELL INSPIRON N5110 Windows 10 64 Bit having Crackling Sound Problem on Both Speakers and Headphone. I have already tried twice to format window, uninstall sound drivers and only keeping High Definition Audio native driver only but the problem is not getting rectified. I shown my Laptop to a Mechanic also and he said speakers are ok. So the problem is with Software but yet I am not sure about where is this problem in Software or Hardware? I have also done diagnostic test but everything fine in Test. Please help me with this problem, I am unable to listen music and watch movies. Your Help will be highly appreciated.

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I have encountered the "8 beeps on start up" problem. 
I've tried pressing "D" plus the power button to do the screen test which shows several solid colors flashing and then goes black after about 10 seconds. The power button stays lit but there are no "working" sounds coming from the computer. The fan runs lightly.
I've tried hooking up to an external monitor and there is no signal or display.
I've tried taking apart and reconnecting cables inside computer with no success.
Any other ideas? Could it be a hardware problem that I can replace myself?
Thanks in advance.

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I purchased some memory today and installed it, once installed I wound up in an endless loop of restart and never got Windows to load.
Old ram was put back in and computer works fine.
The RAM I bought was kingston DDR3 1333 CL9 (4GB)
I have a core i3 cpu in this Inspiron N4010 - and I am running a 64 bit operating system.
Is there some reason that this RAM would not be compatible? what can i do to solve this issue? 
thank you 

Answer:Inspiron N4010 Memory upgrade issue

Is this Value RAM (KVR)?  That's known to have compatibility issues with Dell and other systems.

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Hi there!

I have a Dell Inspiron n4010, and recently my speakers stopped working. At first, it was just one of them, but later the other stopped working too. Everything in the OS seems to be right, the drivers are installed, etc... So I decided to open it so I could see if the connection on the motherboard is alright. And they were, so couldn't solve that.

Anyway, the big problem came later. When I plugged the three ribbons attached from the top panel to the motherboard (one for the powering button, another one for the keyboard, and the last one for the trackpad), and put all the screws back in, the laptop didnt boot up. So after playing around a bit to try different possibilities, I realized that is only when I connect the trackpad ribbon that the computer doesn't boot. If it's unplugged, there is no problem.

Searching for a solution I found this on another post on /vb/topic37680 (Add at the beginning and .html at the end, cause I cannot post links).

But that works for a different model, and implies breaking a sensor, which I'd rather not doing. So I would like to know if anyone knows the solution to this, or if there is anybody out there with the same problem and had success fixing it. Thanks and regards!

Answer:Inspiron N4010 won't turn on if trackpad is connected

You have probably shorted or damaged one or more of the ribbon cables wires. Did you release the ribbon cables properly by releasing any plastic clips, or just by pulling on them? A Windows re-install might have brought the sound back to life. An errant Windows update might have caused this loss of sound. Now you have really messed things up

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I purchased some memory today and installed it, once installed I wound up in an endless loop of restart and never got Windows to load.
Old ram was put back in and computer works fine.
The RAM I bought was Corsair CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9 (2x4GB)I have a core i3 cpu in this Inspiron N4010 - and I am running a 64 bit operating system.
Is there some reason that this RAM would not be compatible even though configurators I found online say it should be?
is there a limit to the amount each one of the chips can be with the Core i3 (e.g. cannot be built off of 512mb but has to be 256mb)??
Any help is appreciated

Answer:Inspiron N4010 Memory upgrade issue

Hi SeaNomad,
The Memory modules which you have purchased are compatible with the system. Please use the old Memory and update the BIOS using the link below.
Connect the Ac Adapter before updating the BIOS and do not use the system until it restarts after the update. Once the BIOS is updated please install the new Memory and check if the system is working fine.

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i have dell inspiron 14R N4010
2 day before working fine 
yesterday start my laptop to screen show black screen
me installer new os win7 - 64b install successfully 
install all divers but last video driver  R268991  install to laptop Aegean stop and black screen show
i check all testing but no found any problem 
this driver to install in laptop every time stop 

Please Help me

i3 cor
6 GB Ram (2+4)
1 TB Hardtack 


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i have just purchased a DELL Inspiron 15 5000 SERIES - 5559 with Windows 10 Pro pre-installed in Spanish. I have also purchased a DELL 24" additional screen SE2416H.
Whilst watching live internet broadcasts (TV, Youtube etc.) on Chrome, Edge or Firefox, as soon as I connect the screen to the laptop by HDMI cable, the sound on my laptop speakers disappears. Upon disconnection of the HDMI screen cable, the sound re-appears.  
However, the sound doesn't disappear when using other sound applications such as Skype. 
This means I can't enjoy watching internet TV with sound on the 24" screen.
Please advise how to fix this as the main point of purchasing the 24" screen was precisely to be able to watch (and listen to) TV programs.

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Hello, I'm having this problem with my dell n4010 laptop, which is the same as this picture below:

The ac battery cord was unplugged for a few days without notice, as I was using another computer at the time. But then when I turned the laptop on, it shut off due to low battery, so I plugged the ac battery cord in, to let it charge. The ac battery cord's light is on green, so I assume it was charging, but when I tried to turn the laptop on, it briefly starts up, but nothing shows on the screen, and the three lights that I circled in red in the picture above starts blinking.
The light on the left goes white once, followed by the middle light. But then when it gets to the third light, the light is orange instead of white (like the other two), and then the laptop shuts off. 
I don't know what this means. I know the battery was very low, but it somehow managed to stay on when I rebooted my laptop for the first time after a while (I've been using another computer like I said). But I left it charging for like 3+ hours now, and it still does the same thing (first two lights glow white, but then the third light glows orange and the laptop stops making it's usual start-up sounds). Meanwhile, nothing on the screen at all. 
Can someone please, please tell me what this means? Do I just need to let it charge for a whole day?? It can't be THAT drained, can it? Or is there something wrong with the battery itself? 

Answer:Dell N4010 Laptop Won't Charge? Please Help Me!

Unplug the system, remove the battery and hold the power button for 30 sec.  Reinstall the battery and connect to AC power -- the  system should then power up.
If it doesn't, retry with the battery disconnected.  If it'll then power up, the battery is bad.
If it won't power up thereafter, the mainboard is bad.

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Hello, I just installed a SSD in my Dell N4010 Laptop. Loving it. Boots up clean in about 2o seconds as opposed to the 3+ mintues it was doing before, and it's quiet. I love the upgrade.

However, obvisouly with the new SSD I was required to reinstall windows on the HD, went pretty flawlessly.
The screen is SOOOOO bright. This laptop has brightness keys on the f keys. in fact the f keys are Fn (function keys) so the brightness keys (f4+f5-) are to be hit alone to attain desired brightness function. This function did work prior to the reinstall and HD upgrade.

Those aren't working. How can I get them to work. I'm currently wearing sunglasses until i can find a fix..

Thank you

Answer:Brightness keys on Dell N4010

Have you installed all your drivers from Dell's website?

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I seem to be in hardware purgatory these days.... partly deliberate as I bought a handful of non-running systems trying to yield 2 decent running systems for needs I have.

this is a Dell Inspiron N4010 - fairly recent vintage that ostensibly shipped with Windows 7 Home Premium. It won't boot anything but test cd's. currently running "Inquisitor". Though there is a windows 7 load on the HDD, it will not come up in any sort of useful fashion. Once by accident I got it to a point where it wanted to do a repair routine but never got past that point.
UBCD, trying to load various tools, would report [I guess via the linux dervative that was needed to mount the called-for utilities] things like "no sensors found" or "device not found". I tried BIOS reset utilities... 4 of them - all failed. none of the commands would work. I put a Windows 7 Home Premium DVD in and started it but it failed giving a "bad device" error.

anyone familiar with this system? I am pretty well familiar with dell support etc but here's one I haven't encountered: when I punch in the Service Tag to Dell support, it identifies the system as a Dell Inspiron 14R. Are those two monikers for the same machine? [N4010, 14R]?
Pulling up images and some details, they do look at the very least similar if not exact.

Some of my cryptic utilities may be too threadbare for this later hardware... is that a possibility?
If any of you know of ... Read more

Answer:Need help with Dell N4010 sicko notebook

From your description I would guess at bad hard drive,that's the first thing I check when the only symptom is windows installation lockup,double check your disk is free from scratches also.

The best way to test it is to remove from the laptop and connect to a desktop sata cable,make a note of the make and model of the drive and from there download the manufactures diagnosis software to check the health and functionality of the drive,post the make and model if you can't find the software.

Has the computer ever locked up while in the bios? If so it could also be a memory issue,you can make a mem test boot disk which will run on start up and check the memory without the need for a windows installation,you can also run it with the hard drive removed if you experience problems.

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It's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
I spent an hour on the phone with a technician who restored the laptop with Windows 8.1 to an earlier point in time and it stopped crackling for the rest of the day, but the next day, the noise was back.
The worst are "ding" sounds, they have more crackle than ding. Video playback is bad but at least we can understand what is said. Youtube is bad. mp3 audio is bad. Crackle is there with earphones too.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 11 (3147, Mid 2014) makes crackling sound whenever sound is played

lelouIt's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
Hello. If it made the noise right out of the box you probably should have returned it as defective during the brief return period. 
Does it make the noise only when running on battery power or also when plugged into house current?

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I have 1 RAM stick and that is 4GB.
at Computer>Properties It shows that my memory is only usable 2.93GB
My laptop is 32 bit

please help.

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I beg pardons for all forumers here if I post in the wrong Subforum & also for my bad english cuz it is not my native language.. :D

I have dell inspiron n4010 notebook, runs win 7 home premium with SP1.
it can't detect any removable device I connected also my internal card reader.
if put a memory card to my card reader than nothing happen.
at first I though it maybe my internal card reader failed, than I try to use external card reader attached to USB port, than I found another problem, it detected, but when my win 7 cannot detect the driver, I used this this external card reader before n it works fine.
than I tried to attach a mobile phone that have a mass storage function. it happens again it detected but the driver not found. I'd attached this mobile before n it also works fine.
afterthat I tried a flashdrive, it also had same problem like above.
- win 7 supposed to detect any generic device isn't it?
- those devices above work fine before, but somehow now it cannot recognized.
- it's only happen for removable devices, cuz when I tried to attach keyboards and mouse the usb port work perfectly.
I should say sorry again for my bad spelling, n thank for the patient to read all those bad spellin' and more thanks if any of you can help me solve this problem.

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Hi all, as the thread title says, I am having trouble with my laptop. I just reformatted and did a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64. I have installed all Windows Updates and installed all drivers in the order Dell specifies here: How to reinstall drivers in the correct order | Dell US EXCEPT for the video drivers. I should mention the video drivers I am trying to install are the Intel HD graphics drivers for my onboard graphics. This is because as soon as I do so and restart, Windows hangs on a black screen right after the "Starting Windows" screen and my laptop fan goes on full blast. The computer at this point is unresponsive, forcing me to do a hard power down. The only remedy after this is to either do a system restore to before the video drivers were installed, or boot into safe mode to uninstall the video drivers manually and run CCleaner. The laptop runs fine running on the default "standard VGA drivers" with the exception of poor resolution and unable to run anything graphics intensive. I've tried using drivers from both Dell and Intel's websites, via .exe installers and manually via .zip folders. I've attached my SF diagnostic .zip folder. Also forgot to mention I am running the most updated BIOS with default settings loaded. Please help and thank you in advance!

Answer:Dell N4010 Win 7 x64, freezes on restart after installing video driver

Hello Flipzag and welcome to the Forums,

Please download and install the KB971033 Windows Update.

When done, please follow the Genuine and Activation Posting Instructions and provide us with the log created to see if the update is successfully installed.
Good luck and keep us posted,

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Delll Laptop with windows 7 64 bit IDT HD Audio the drivers are there and uptodate from the dell web site and I tested the sound with a live linux disk and it work great so how do I find the bug

Answer:Dell inspiron No sound

Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Manage Audio devices > and make sure your speakers are enabled.

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i've been looking around for days, so i wouldnt be posting here unless i was completely desperate.

i got my laptop, Dell Inspiron 6400 about 2 weeks ago. Tried Vista, hated it.. formatted to my old XP Home. realised i had to download and install all the drivers myself as i dont have any cd's or manuals from Dell. so i did that..

only problem is my 'Ethernet Controller' and 2 'PCI Devices# have yellow exclamation marks next to them, and i have no sound on the laptop. ive tried absolutely everything. hundreds of different drivers, tutorials, etc. i'm very desperate. i need my sound back. please help if you have ANY idea's.

thanks very much.

Answer:No sound on Dell 6400 Inspiron

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I re-installed Win XP onto my I2500 and now the sound card is saying that it's installed properly, but it cannot start. I've misplaced my Dell Diagnostics & Utilities CD that has all the original drivers. Unfortunately, Dell's website isn't any help because they don't have the drivers for my integrated speakers. Does anyone have the cd that I need?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 2500 (no sound!)

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gday ladies and gentlemen. I have just signed up to your fabulous forum to help find a solution to my current problem.

i have a dell inspiron 1525 with windows vista and am currently experiencing problems with the sound. Specifically i have none and want to know why.

I have checked the sound settings in the control panel, device manager and taskbar and have had no success as yet. Everything says its all AOK.

So any help or tips would be very much appreciated.


Lost in Computer Quagmire.

Answer:vista no sound dell inspiron

Hi roger.ledger, welcome to TSF..

Best thing I can advise is to uninstall your sound drivers and install the latest available from Dell:

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my dell inspiron 531 desktop computer's sound is not working, but speakers says it is correctly functioning...we did have a second power outage on electric today...any answers?

Answer:dell inspiron sound is not working how come?

I have spent all day trying to restore and download drivers. Dell is absolutely no help if you have no support contract. - I hope someone can give us an answer soon. -- any of these download driver sites want $$$ and I KNOW it can be fixed easily because I had run an update last night and had sound for about 3 hours.. ran shutdown and today no sound again -- grrrr

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i have a dell inspiron 7500 with windows 200 installed on it. i just tried to play a music cd and wmp said it "cannot play the file b/c there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer it may be in use by another program, or it may not be functioning properly". i ran diagnostics and it came back with no errors on the Audio port. i was able to hear all of the sound test w/o any issues. I have updated the drivers for windows 2000 on my laptop also. I checked for question marks or exclamation mark in Device Manager! Did not have any there? I also uninstalled and reinstalled drivers. when i go to properties for the sound drivers everything is grayed out! Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Dell inspiron 7500 no sound

i can see the the speaker on my taskbar but nothing comes up when i click on it!

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Hi there, i have a dell inspiron 9400 with no sound. I t has sound coming through headphone jack and sound appears in the volume mixer but no sound at all.
There does not appear to be a problem with the driver or device and i have just replaced the speakers and still no joy, please help and thanks in advance, Damian!

Answer:Dell inspiron 9400 no sound

This seems to be a common problem with Dell's. You might want to try the solutions posted in this thread.

DELL 9400 No sound via internal speakers

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while listening to a mp3 from a music web site, i had inadvertently gotten my leg caught
in my lap top speakers and pulled out the jack . When I hooked them back up I was unable to get the right speaker to work unless I played with the jack.

I unhooked the speakers thinking I could still listen via the built in speakers.

I now have no sound! What would have caused this? Do you think a wire is loose ? all the controls show the volume up and the mute is off.

Any thoughts help ideas many thanks

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I have an Inspiron 660 desktop that I bought about 3.5 years ago. I updated to Windows 10 and have recently started using a Dell U2415 UltraSharp Monitor. The sound bar was working well with the new monitor and desktop until about a week ago I noticed the sound started getting low, then completely out, then came back on like normal.  It worked fine for the last week, then it started doing it again today and now completely no sound.  I have tried headphones and two different Dell sound bars and the sound doesn't work on any of them.  I have looked at settings and device manager and it says the 'Intel (R) Display Audio' is working correctly.
I have looked at different solutions, including downloaded the latest audio (Conexant Smart Audio Driver) and chip driver updates (12/15) and still no luck.  Can someone please help?

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I have had my dell for approx 3 years now and the other day my sound suddenly stopped working (no sound from ear plugs either). I restarted the computer and it made no difference. I can't play any sounds (no sound when the comp turns on, no sound on itunes, "Itunes has detected a problem with your audio configuration,"Youtube etc etc you get the picture.

I found some solutions online but none of the settings seem to have changed when I attempted to change them. So I went into safe mode and the speaker icon on the bottom right hand corner has a cross on it indicating that there is no sound (there was nothing of the sort when i wasn't in safe mode) I looked for solutions online and went into Services > Windows Audio to press START and the following came up "Windows could not start the windows audio service on local computer error 1068: the dependency service or group failed to start."

I have also tried system restore, but am unable to do so and the following appears "No restore systems have been created on your computer's system disk."

Please someone help, thank you in advance

Answer:No sound at all on my Dell Inspiron 1545

The first thing I would recommend would be go to dell's site and download the audio drivers for your machine

Drivers & Downloads

make sure to download the right one for your operating system (vista, 7 or xp)
install them and see if that fixes the issue

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I thought I would start a new thread as the old one was getting a bit longAS I said everything is functioning fine except the sound I know it must be the software as it works fine with another hard drive inIt seem that the software has never been installed from the Dell resource diskI cant find the disk so if I go to the dell site and download the audio file from there would that do the trick?

Answer:Dell Inspiron laptop pt 2 no sound

Probably click here=

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I just received this computer in the last couple of weeks.  The bass and lower end frequencies sound really really bad on this system.  I thought it was a problem with the internal speakers but I just tried a set of tried and true external speakers and they sound exactly the same.  Mid and upper range frequencies are nice and clear but anything low sound muffled and clipped.  I've played with all the various settings and tried different EQ settings - nothing.  Anyone else have this issue and know a fix?

Answer:Dell Inspiron One All-in-one computer sound is awful

That is unusual. The sound out of the audio jacks should not be affected by any internal processing unless you specifically enable it.  Here are a couple of things to try. 
1) Disable all of the THX sound features. You have to disable them all one by one.  See if that changes the sound output
2) Disable all Realtek sound effects in their control panel (EQ, reverbs). See if that changes anything.
3) Finally, disable al audio enhancements in the Windows audio control panels. This can be done by right clicking on the Windows speaker in systray, select Playback devices, double click on the Speakers or Line Out/Headphone Out bar in the list, select the Enhancements tab, and click on the "Disable all enhancements." NOTE: this is very literal. It will disable all of the audio effects on that output device including the two items listed above. It basically forces the driver to stop doing any extra stuff it was doing before.
If you do resort to step 3, you will need to be careful with playing back audio on the internal speakers. Sometimes there are Equalization and filter settings to help protect the speakers inside the system.

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Can anyone help here?

I got a Dell Inspiron 1525 back in September. Runs on Vista.

A few weeks ago, I began noticing a crackling sound that was coming from the top left hand corner of the keyboard section of the laptop, right near where the 'Inspiron' logo is. It doesn't usually start until I've had the computer running for 30 minutes or so.

I called Dell and shipped the computer to their facility since it's still under warranty. They sent it back saying that they could not detect any problem with any of the hardware and therefore, did not fix anything. Sure enough, after getting it back and turning it on and being on it for 30 minutes or so, the sound is still there.

Everything about the computer works fine...the Internet, my progams. It isn't slow or anything. But this sound just doesn't sound right.

Does anyone have any ideas what this may be? Could it be an issue with the laptop's fans? If so, aren't the fans considered to be part of the hardware?

Thanks for any light anyone may be able to shed on this issue.

- Brian

Answer:Crackling Sound From Dell Inspiron 1525

Is laptop staying cool or did you try to update your wireless/network card? When you listening music can you check CPU usage and temperature (with temp additional program) under task manager. Also, CPU fan is not making that noise.

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my laptop buzzes during audio and video playback. Kind of like a surge or skip buzz, like it gets hung up then continues. I can not burn audio or video disks because the noise burns onto the disk as well.

Answer:I have a dell inspiron with windows 7 with sound problmems

Hi tmrhods,Let us know the following details:1. System Model2. Are you playing Audio/Video disk using the optical drive?3. Is it happening with the audio or video stored on the system hard drive?Meanwhile, refer to the link mentioned below:, perform diagnostic on the System using Dell PC Diagnostics: hardware test on the sound card and optical drive.Thanks & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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to start with the only time I got any sound is when skype was operating thought something was wrong with it so i deleted skype..well.. now there is no sound at all. I check device manager and it says that the sound device is I deleted the drivers and went to the dell site and down loaded them and installed them and still no sound so I went through and deleted againg...checking in device manager and in programs and features to make sure they are gone...when I rebooted they came up and installed themselves...i didnt go and download them again...still no sound but this stupid computer is in denial because the device is still not working. I did have sound earlier today and did not do anything just seemed to suddenly stop working. please help...I have been working on this for hours and getting no where. I have checked the sound settings over and over ..they are set right..and still...when I test nothing happens...and it is not on mute

Answer:No sound suddenly on my dell inspiron 1545

The internal laptop speakers are INOP?

Go into Device Manager, expand "Sound..." and uninstall ALL devices.

Reboot the system.

Check audio.

Update drivers -

Is Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed?

Regards. . .



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I'm working on an inspiron 6000 and it doesn't have audio. I reinstalled the audio drivers (sigmatel STAC 975X AC97) and it worked fine. Sent the customer home with it fixed. She called an hour later and said there is no sound. I confirmed with her that it wasn't muted or something dumb like that. She brings it back and sure enough there is no audio. The device shows up in device manager like it should, no yellow ? or anything like that. I re-reinstalled the audio driver again and it worked fine......until i did a reboot.

Any Ideas why it seems to fail over and over after reboots???

Answer:Dell Inspiron 6000 keeps losing sound

try reseting the primary ide channel by uninstalling it in device manager and restarting the computer

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I have brand new a Dell Inspiron 7559 (Core i5 model) which i received 2 days ago.  The inbuilt speakers work fine. But when I plug in my earphones, the is sound only on the left side and a very faint sound on the right one. When I check the left and right sound in the sound properties, both the test sounds appear on the left side only. The earphones I am using are Klipsch R6. And here are no issues with the earphones since they work perfectly with my phone and other Dell Inspiron laptop.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I have been trying to get an old Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop working with the help of the very helpful people on this site and I am very nearly there but for one problem I can't get any sound.I have 2 hard drives the original one which is very small and as such everything was going at a snails pace it could take 5 mins just to open up Word etc so I have replaced it with a larger hard Drive which works a great deal quicker But I just cant get the sound to work. I have checked out the sound in control panel and all the options are greyed out and when I went to device manager everything was ther ok except for "Sigma Tel C-MAJOR Audio (with a yellow !) I clicked on this and ticked the option to update driver and it came back with unable to find a better one than the one installed can any one help me out wit what could be the problem Cheers Ray

Answer:No sound on Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop help

I have had similar problems. First things is older laptops will be slower and the clock rates inside are slower and the software is getting mor demanding on speed.I would recommend reinstalling XP (I assume it's this) to clean everything out). You should have the DELL discs, if not get them from DELL. Make sure you extract all Keys from the laptop first so the reinstall is legit and you can get all the updates (SP3 etc).If you don't want to do that get the audio driver from DELL (that's what I did on the same laptop some time ago).I would not think the laptop can be upgraded to Vista (too slow) but you may consider Ubuntu as an alternative (may not be quicker but just a thought).Google your problems and you should get answers for a common laptop such as that one.

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I have an N5110 Inspiron. I bought it around 6 years ago. It had a faulty HDD so I had it replaced about 5.5 years ago. It has been working fine since then.
However, it has been making a weird clicking sound from the beginning. It usually occurs when the HDD is idle (the HDD led isn't on). Sometimes it doesn't happen for minutes whereas other times it happens a couple of seconds apart. I was wondering what could this be?
My laptop is getting quite old and currently, I cannot replace it so I want to keep it functional as long as possible. Could this clicking reduce the life-expectancy of my HDD, is it a sign of something faulty? If yes, what can I do to prevent an HDD failure and losing all my files?

Answer:Dell N5110 Inspiron HDD clicking sound

They don't call it click death for nothing.  The drive is trying to recalibrate track zero and isnt finding it. So the drive is likely to die very soon and lose everything.  Drives die, this isn't a fault anymore than the brakes on your car or other mechanical things like tires wearing out from use.

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I have dell 15R (N5010) and have problem with audio drivers. When i upgrade to Windows 10 my audio drivers doesn't work and no have sound. I spoke with Microsof community, he send me to dell... It's rly funny because dell leave users of older laptops because they no have profits for that. The warranty is over so bye :) Someone can help me?

Answer:Dell inspiron 15R n5010 no sound, Windows 10

Warning to anyone reading this thread:
Make sure you know your model name before installing a driver!
The subject of this thread is "Dell inspiron 15R n5010 no sound, Windows 10". The problem is that there is no model with that exact name. There is an Inspiron 15 N5010, and an Inspiron 15R N5110.
They are different models and use different drivers. In other words, the audio driver for the N5010 is not meant for the N5110, and vice versa.
To complicate matters, somebody named aimeehuang posted in this thread and put in a link named "dell 15r n5010 drivers download". But if you click on the link it goes to a page for Inspiron 15R N5110.The person named "aimeehuang" is not a regular on this discussion board and probably got the model names confused.
Check your model name. If you have an Inspiron 15 N5010, use the IDT R280657 audio driver. It is meant for Win7, so install it into Win10 using compatibility mode (instructions below).
If you have an Inspiron 15R N5110, use the IDT audio driver. It is meant for Windows 8. It might install without a problem into Win10, but if there is a problem, install it using compatibility mode (instructions below).
1. Download and save the audio driver to your desktop or any convenient location on the hard drive..2. Double click on the new folder to extract (unzip) the driver files.3. The extractor wizard will create a new folder for the driver files. It will be at "c:\dell\drivers\xxxxxx". Write... Read more

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1. Does the Inspiron 3650, Realtek Integral Sound System support a 5.1 speaker system. If so, how is that 5.1 speaker sytem with three audio jack connected
2. Does the Inspiron 3650 support a separate sound card.

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Hi all
Just done a fresh install of XP Pro, now no sound, no startup/shutdown music. The sound card is OK, the speakers are working as the error bleeps etc are making there sounds. Any ideas please?

Answer:No sound from Dell Inspiron 6400 Laptop

It sounds like you haven't installed the sound/audio drivers, which aren't part of XP and which you should be able to get from the Dell website. There may be other drivers you need to install too - look in Device Manager for yellow exclamation marks.

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How can I receive a sound when switching the display to hdmi-in? My model is Dell Inspiron 24-3459. Using Screen 0ff/on button i can receive video from device connected to hdmi-in port but there is no sound from this device. My operating system is Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 Notebook computer running Windows 2000, Version 5.0 (Build 2195: Service Pack 4). I have no sound coming from my speakers during windows start-up or if I try to play an mp3 file. I also have no speaker icon on my task bar. Looking at the Device Manager ? Sound, video and game controllers area I have the following:
-Audio Codecs
-ESS Maestro PCI Audio (WDM)
-Legacy Audio Drivers
-Legacy Video Capture Devices
-Media Control Devices
-Video Codecs
One device is showing the dreaded exclamation point (!). It?s for the ESS Maestro PCI Audio (WDM) device by ESS Technology, Inc.. Checking the properties, the device status window notes the following:
?This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)?.
Looking at the Sounds and Multimedia Properties icon, under the Audio tab, all the items are grayed out (Sound Playback, Sound Recording and MIDI Music Playback).
This issue started after installing a LinkSys RangePlus Wireless Notebook Adapter. Can you assist me in getting my sound back?

Thank you,

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8100 Notebook-No sound

The device with the "!", right click on it and select Properties, then click on the Details tab, then on Hardware ID in the dropdown box. It should be in this format:"PCI\VEN_4444&DEV_0016&SUBSYS_40090070&REV_01"Post back what you find.

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Hello everyone,
I recently purchased a Dell Inspiron 15 7537 i7-4510U, 16.6" Touch. It had Windows 8.1 in it.
It has been working great so far, apart from one BIG problem - the audio playback quality is terrible.
When I try listening to music, I can barely hear any low-ends (or bass). I tried different plugging different equipment - my Sony stereo system, as well as, Beats Pro headphones - both yielded dissapointing results. For example, the same file played on my iPod sounds MUCH better than it does on my new Dell Inspiron. Same goes for playing the same YouTube video on another computer using the same headphones. It seems that every other equipment (another laptop, iPod, iPhone) all sound the same and much better my Inspiron.
The audio drivers are up to date (they were selected automatically based on my model on I also tried changing Equalizers on the Realtek sound card settings. I noticed the difference, but all of the options still resulted in a vastly inferior sound quality vs. my older laptop (which I'm pretty sure has default settings, as I never had any problem with audio quality).
Does anyone have any idea how can I fix the issue? I heard Windows 8.1 on some laptops may have some problems with low-end sound, could that be the case? My older laptop also uses Windows 8.1, as does the stationary PC, so I personally doubt it. Is it possible that this could be a manufacturing defect on the sound card?
Any ideas how can I fix the sound quality are much ... Read more

Answer:Bad sound quality - Dell Inspiron 15 77537

Hello. Try switching to the Windows native audio driver:
1. Open the Device Manager (type devmgmt.msc in the search box).2. Expand the "Sound, video & game controllers" and right click on "Realtek High Definition Audio".3. Select to "Update Driver Software".4. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".5. Click "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer".6. Put a check in the box "Show compatible hardware" if not already checked.7. In the list of devices, click "High Definition Audio" (the native driver).8. Click "Next".9. On the Update Driver Warning box, click "Yes" (install the driver). 10. Restart the laptop if prompted. If not prompted, then no need to restart.[To get back to the Realtek driver,  do it again but reverse the names in steps 1 and 6.]
If there is still no bass then it could be a hardware problem and for that you should contact tech support. Make sure that the eq in your music player (i.e. Windows Media Player) is set to normal. Also when comparing to other playback devices, all of their eq and other enhancements should be set to flat, to try to compare apples to apples as much as possible.

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Now, this proves to be an elusive solution. Even when I first had to worry about this back about a year ago. Unfortunately I cannot find the answer anymore.

I was unfortunately put into a situation in which I had to get Vista on my computer (I for some reason didn't even think to set up a dual-partition) which is the Inspiron 6000 by Dell. With the Sigmatel C-Major Audio card there don't seem to be any primary drivers that work with Vista. I know there is a third party one out there somewhere, however I have had no luck. Does anyone happen to have a solution to this? It is driving me mad.

Answer:Sound Driver for Dell Inspiron 6000 gone

Hi Develop! Have you tried here? Hope that helps. If not, just Google 'Sigmatel C-Major Audio. There's a whole list pertaining to your card.

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I have lost the sound on my Inspiron 3500 laptop. I have tried removing the drivers and re-installing them. Any ideas on what else to try.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 3500 Sound issue

I still have a problem but got sound to work. Recently I installed the most recent version of windows media player 9. I did not check it after install for sound after the install. I uninstalled it and have sound, but no sound icon in my system tray. It is running Windows 98SE.

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my Dell Inspiron 14z is stuck on the Dell Logo at boot up.
it was working well yesterday, but just become freeze at boot up
I can't press F2 F8 or F12 because it freezes at this point.
Releasing the residual charge did nothing (I drained the battery, have no courage to remove battery as the procedure is kind of complicated) - same problem
Restarting and tapping F12 highlights 'Boot options' but at this point it freezes.
Restarting with Fn pressed had no effect - same problem.

Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Hello everyone I have a very pressing problem. I had Vista running on my Inspiron 1520 Laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, ever since then I have had terrible trouble with my Wireless Card. The driver for the card often comes up as not being able to start I often get Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card can not start Code 10. I have read that this was a problem when reinstalling a OS or installing a new one with this card. I believe I may need a driver for the chip set or something similar. I also understand that I may have to swap back to Vista though I really do hope I don't. I do believe that a recent update from Dell has made this problem chronic as I did not have this problem when I immediately got the laptop back.

I really am hoping that I can get some help here as Dell is not bothered to help as I am out of warranty and they don't seem to care about this older model laptop.

Thanks again for all your help


Answer:Dell 1520 Inspiron Problem with Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card

Welcome to SF, Conor. Dia dhuit.

Dell does not have a Windows 7 driver for your card. You can try installing the driver in compatibility mode.

HOW TO: Install a Hardware Device Driver using Compatibility Mode

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Since a few weeks ago, my microphone has only been working when tilting the screen forward. I saw a previous discussion ( ) where people have reported similar problems. Although my laptop was still under warranty when I reported the problem to Dell, they proceeded to sending me an onsite technician with a repair microphone part who said that he could not replace just the microphone because I had a touchscreen (you would think Dell would have checked to send the right part), then a refurbished new screen that did not work at all on my computer, and then refused to solve the problem by arguing that my system was no longer under warranty (which it was not by the time they finally sent the non working screen and I called back to ask for another one to be sent—it was all problems from their side). Wondering if anyone has had a similar problem and if they were able to fix it themselves, as now my microphone is not working at all, not even when I tilt the screen.

I have also noticed the same problem for the touch screen. It only works when the screen is tilted forward, and I am afraid that, like the microphone, it will reach a point of no return. It seems to me that there is some faulty wiring from the screen components into the base. Any help would be much appreciated!

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Is it possible that UHD screen on my new Dell is looking like that? Should I return it? Please let me know your thoughts!  Please see how it looks in the dark!  

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Hi Guys,
New laptop Dell Inspiron 13 5368 2-in-1 was bought in November 2016.
It worked fine during certain period; however, rather weird issue with sound started occurring. It disappears randomly. For example, sound can disappear during Skype call (the main purpose of laptop usage). It disappears almost completely; it is very hard to hear something. In the event of regular Skype call (when sound is present), you can hear your own voice with some extra noise.
Several scenarios were performed:
1) Reinstalled drivers from official Dell website;
2) Unchecked the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” (speakers -> properties -> advanced)
3) Selected “do nothing” in Sounds -> Communications
4) Driver was changed to Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from Dell website
5) Driver was changed to standard Microsoft one
Reinstalled drivers in different order

1) Reinstalled Windows 10 using the recovery disk from Dell support website
2) Installed drivers according to the “Installation order” section at
Sound disappearing frequency is random, from one week to 1.5 months.
Then sound can appear in one of the following cases:
1)     By itself, without any action
2)     Reboot
3)     Reinstalling audio drivers
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Answer:Sound disappears randomly. Dell Inspiron 13 5368 2-in-1

usatankThe issue seem to be similar with the following one:
Hello. In that thread, Alan_P_Rice  wrote: "I have not experienced this when using headphones. " I took that to mean that only the speakers fade out, while audio remains okay through headphones. I should have asked him for clarification about that. Is your issue just with the speakers, or does headphone audio fade out too?
usatankReinstalled Windows 10 using the recovery disk from Dell support website
usatankSound disappearing frequency is random, from one week to 1.5 months.
When an issue is not resolved by re-installing the OS, that is a pretty good indication that the problem is caused by hardware. However, if the issue did not reappear until weeks after the OS reinstallation, then can't tell if it is a software or hardware problem.
usatank Reinstalled drivers from official Dell website;
In the thread referenced, celtic_mist reported fixing it with the Reaktek 2.81 driver. He linked to a third party site, however that is the driver which is directly available from Realtek's site, if you want to try it.
usatank the suggestions didn’t help me to resolve the issue.
There are additional suggestions in the Recent Issues FAQ, under Inspiron (13") 53xx & 73xx, Issue 2, but that was an issue with only the speakers, not headphones., and it occurred much more frequently than yours does, so might not apply to your situa... Read more

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dell inspiron sound not working

Answer:my dell inspiron 1525 laptop sound not woekin

3 x postings ? did it ever work ? have you changed any settings ?have you been to Dell Support and downloaded/installed the Sound Driver ?

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i just recently bought a small set of computer speakers for my dell inspiron 3847. i plugged it into the back of the tower via usb, and now when i plug in my headphones into the front headphone jack on the tower to listen to the audio for movies or music,no sound goes through the headphones. need help troubleshooting this.

Answer:dell inspiron 3847 no sound from 3.5mm headphone jack

In this case the system is working as per design. When the headphone's are plugged in the systems ask's you which is the device you chose for audio output. In this case check if the headphone's are selected as the primary device for audio output then this could be the situation.
Hoping this helps.

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The laptop is totally new. It's delivered 2 days ago. Everything is fine until I find the sound issue.
The sound is working as I turn on the laptop, but if I restart the laptop, the sound is gone.And if I shut down the laptop completely, then turn on the laptop again, the sound is working again.
Sound device is Conexant SmartAudio HD CX20722, OS: WIN10 home 64-bit
I have tried re-installation of the audio drivers which is download from the Dell website, reinstall WIN 10, and all other kinds of suggestions. But sadly they are all failed.
I am really appreciated anyone can help me with that. Thanks so much.

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it has been just 20 days since i bought my dell inspiron 14.... n when i use the touch pad.. the mouse cursor gets stuck at times...
and today... when i switched on the laptop.. i had a problem with logging in... the display got stuck and the music i ve kept start making a bizarre sound..(like dat of trrrrrrrrrrrrrr) it kept repeating almost again and again when i tried to shut down and switch on again!!!! plssss help!!!!!!!

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Dell Dimention 2400 using Window XP. Speaker were working fine. I may have deleted something. I need to reactivate the sounf card. ( Messege says No Play back device). When I reinstalled from the original disk Message say identified new hard drive. When testing the messfe says need software.
How can I reactivate the sound card

Answer:Dell Inspiron 2400 sound card needs reactivation.

and welcome to the Forum

Look in Device Manager and see what is shown for the Sound devices . . You may just need to reinstall the drivers, go to the Dell support site, enter your Service Tag Number and download the drivers

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Please assist me to find a solution to a problem on my DELL INSPIRON 9300 WIN XP SP 2. The situation is that every time that I click the mouse or turn the Mouse Wheel, the AUDIO get distorted ...... and muted for a short period of time.Please help to find a solution… Thanks!!!

Answer:Solved: Noisy sound an my dell inspiron 9300

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When I turn on my laptop the screen remains black and there is a continuous beeping sound. I ran a diagnostics test and there were no errors. The problem is still the same. What can I do?

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Hi, I recently bought a new Dell Inspiron 6400 about 2 months ago.

For the past few days,I've been getting sound only on the left laptop speaker. It is not permanent, it is intermittent and the sound on the right still works, but it keeps switching on and off. There is no disturbance in quality.

I've checked my driver (SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC) and there are no updates for it.

I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic.

Anyone have any idea what this is caused by? Have I damaged something?


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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop with Windows Vista Basic.  Today after plugging in a headphone set both the speaker and the headphone sound stopped working.  I have not changed any audio settings but checked them anyway and nothing was turned off or muted that I could see.  I have tried downloading and re-installing the audio drivers from the Dell support site but when I go to install them I get an error message saying that 'This is not the correct audio driver for this system. The installer will now exit.'
Any suggestions to get the sound working again? 

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop sound not working

Try using System Restore. Try running the Dell Diagnostics audio tests to rule out hardware failure. See the "No Audio" FAQ for details.

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I have bought a Dell Inspiron 15 7567, and yesterday I noticed, that my laptop makes very quiet ticking sound. The sound very similar to HDD's head movement sound, the only problem is, that in my laptop there is no HDD. I use just 2 SSD (1 X M.2 PCI-E x4 [Samsung 960 EVO], and 1 X SATA 3 2.5" [Samsung 850 EVO]). In this model there's no optical drive, so the only mechanical part of this laptop, that coud generate this sound, if it would be mechanical sound, is the fan system. but strangely the ticking sound only hearable when the fans stop spinning.
So I don't think, that the fans would create this sound, because when I can see in AIDA64 that fans speed is 0 RPM, the ticking sound exactly then hearable.
Additionaly strangely, when I unplug the laptop from AC, the ticking sound almost stops (It not stops, but the click sound becomes rare)... After I plug the AC back, the ticking continues...
Do somebody sensed the same? Is it normal? My opinion, that the sound caused by on of the electronical units bad groundings, or something. Although there's no power or other issue with my laptop now, but I don't want to wait until it gets bad...

Answer:Dell Inspiron 15 7567 ticking sound issue

Hi lightpowerKB,
Just to eliminate the AC adapter, can we try another adapter on this system? Update the BIOS and chipset driver to the latest available from our Dell support site.
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.

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Hey, worked for me on my Dell Inspiron 6400, with the home drive installed as drive E: instead of C: which happened when I put in a new hard drive. Anyway, the sound has not worked for 3 years and this fixed it I ran the exe it asked wher to put the driver and I selected the E: drive, and the folder that exists in dell/drivers/R12nnnn which I wont spell out because of you know, hackers and stuff.Rebooted and she's all done.thankyou thankyou thankyou.

Answer:had no sound on the Dell Inspiron 6400 for 3 years - fixed

Hi fandoog,We are glad to know that you got it working.If the issue reoccurs, install the latest drivers using the link given below: & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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I have a 3520 that was upgraded to Windows 10.  It was giving just 3 beeps on post and nothing else.  I replaced the system board as per Dell, and now it boots up but the right speaker is silent.  The left one works fine though.  I tried headphones and they work normally with sound out of both sides.  I replaced the speakers but it did no good, same issue.  I checked all the audio settings and they are correct.  Any ideas?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 3520 - sound not working on right speaker only

Thank you for writing to us!
We would like you to perform one more test before we conclude a hardware failure , please run the PSA ( LCD test ) and confirm if the same this happens.
Also private message the service tag and email address .

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Did all the suggested trouble shooting uninstall/reisntal drivers/sound devices etc. Eventually after stressfully dealing with Dell customer service I sent it in for repairs. They replaced the left speaker but when I got the laptop back it still had the sound issues. I
Eventually I  had my laptop replaced with a new one and same distorted sound problems are present in this new replacement  laptop which I received today.
I think I might have discovered what the issue is. my suspicion is that it is a problem with the product line.
It seems that in an attempt to make this line of laptops as thin as possible they shoved too much inside so that the keyboard cover is not fitting snuggly or tight enough and is causing vibration on the left side when audio plays.
I also found that when I apply pressure to the left side near where the Dell sticker is it helps with the vibration and it sounds a little better. Which does me no good because I can't keep my hand there forever. Long story short, I think it is a manufacturing/assembly problem in this product line.
What now?
Is anyone else having this issue? I know of at least one other person who has been having the same problem even after receiving  replacement. So that makes 4 laptops with the same problem.

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The laptop is totally new. It's delivered 2 days ago. Everything is fine until I find the sound issue.
The sound is working as I turn on the laptop, but if I restart the laptop, the sound is gone.And if I shut down the laptop completely, then turn on the laptop again, the sound is working again.
Sound device is Conexant SmartAudio HD CX20722, OS: WIN10 home 64-bit
I have tried re-installation of the audio drivers which is download from the Dell website, reinstall WIN 10, and all other kinds of suggestions. But sadly they are all failed.
I am really appreciated anyone can help me with that. Thanks so much.

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I had issue with laptop and found that it had some issue in chip level. the local guy got it corrected and later now i am facing continous sound of driver installing sound ( in singles), i checked in my devices, there is noting in yellow or exclamatory mark.. this sound is really annoying and its like continous, i tried restarting and many more things. 
an early support on this will be highly appreciable.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Dell Inspiron 15R, continous sound of something( Driver) installing.

Look for a damaged or shorted USB port.

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