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Sound problem with Dell Inspiron 8600

Question: Sound problem with Dell Inspiron 8600

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 no explanation for it at all. Strange.

Do you think it's still worth informing Dell?

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Hi. Am at a loss, have tried paring down easily identifiable application tray programs and other obvious programs that might be tying up cycles. This is a Dell Inspiron 8600. Seems like the CPU gets up to 100% tied up and the disk thrashing at times when the system ought to be idle. Plenty of disk space left (~10GB). The CPU issue occurred even when running in safe mode (ran very slow).Hope you can help. Thanks in advance for any advice.---Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:17:16 PM, on 7/8/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\S24EvMon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZCfgSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\RegSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exe... Read more

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i have a Dell Inspiron 8600 Laptop. It was perfect but one day when i try to play a heavy game on it, it stuck. After that the laptop runs only for 5-10 mins and then shutdowns automatically. When i try to restart immediatly it does not restarts. I installed some temperature softwares and figure out that its VGA's temperature is rising too much.
can any body help me?? how can i cool down the VGA. i have also NVidia Card installed.


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Can somebody help me please!!!! i have a dell inspiron 8600 laptop and the problem is that i turned it on and the image of the screen was not so good ,then i turned it off and when i tried to turn it on again i didn't work...i mean the laptop was on but with no image !!!!!!what do u think is the problem guys????

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Thanks for looking and hopefully helping

I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, with a NVIDIA GeForce FX5650 128mb Graphics Card, and 15.4" SXVGA Screen, running XP Pro. The laptop is 6 yrs. old and about a month ago it started doing weird things, graphically.

The first symptoms were little worms on the screen, while in Windows, moving around in patches, then it progressed to stripes during startup, with intermittent colored stripes, during bios startup, and during login screen, and while running windows. Sometimes it just jumbles the colors and make it really pixilated or fuzzy and freezes the screen.

SO, I figured it was probably the Video Card, (at least that is the cheapest thing to replace) so I bought one on eBay, a GeForce 5200 64mb "tested" card, and it gave me more problems and never got beyond startup. I contacted the seller, he sent a new one (no questions asked) and this one let me get into Windows, but started the same thing again. I contacted him and he quickly refunded my money.

SO, in an attempt to nail down the culprit I plugged the S-Video cable in to my TV, and sure enough the same thing that was on the screen, the colors, the patterns, etc. was on the TV. Now, I am confused as to whether it is the graphics card or the lcd, but common sense tells me it is the graphics card and I would be safe to buy another on eBay (from someone other than last seller).

Does anyone agree with my logic? Or disagree? Or have another way or solution? Thanks ... Read more

Answer:Troubleshooting Graphics Problem on Dell Inspiron 8600

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Tonight I formatted and re-installed XP on my machine. After re-installing everything, and fudging around with the resources CD Dell gave me (I installed what I think is everything; I see nothing relating to video drivers), I noticed something was wrong with my video settings. I only have two resolution settings: 800x600 and 1024x768.

I have tried everything from Windows Update (which on a fresh install only gave me 18 updates, all critical--just security stuff) to getting the latest drivers from NVidia. I believe my card is a mobile FX5200 GO. The card isn't showing up on my device manager at all. I think the problem has to do with my Video Controller, which is showing up as not installed. When I try to install it via the New Hardware Found utility, it says the drivers cannot be found neither on Windows or my resources CD.

Any help is appreciated, I would like to skip having to call Dell.

Answer:Video Card problem on my Dell Inspiron 8600

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8600 Dell Inspiron currently running 512...

Want to increase to 1 G or 2 G if reasonable...

Should I get it from DELL or are there some better recommendations?

Tanks for ur input...

Answer:Ram for Dell 8600 INSPIRON

This has served alot of people well,

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i have Dell Inspiron 8600. it has three lights on its front (i think for keyboard). when i start the notebook these lights blinks for 3-4 times and on the screen nothing displays and then notebook shutdown.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600

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My uncle gave this laptop to me ages ago and I came across this dinosaur and I forgot all passwords especially the administrator password

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Hi ppl, My girlfriend just got this laptop and all is great apart from very very slow shutdown speeds. I have disabled loads of things from starting up etc via msconfig but it still takes ages to shutdown.

She has Mcafee AV and firewall running which came with it msn and the usuall WIFI stuff. Not sure why it takes so long to shut down but its really annoying start up goes lovely and quick just shutdown is the problem.

Hope u guys can help

Many thanks

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600

can we have a spec of it please??

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This is my fault but what happened is I have this Dell laptop and one day I was board so I thought what better to do then rip it apart and see whats in there. I did just this and put it all back together or so I thought. When I turn the laptop back on the caps lock light flashes 9 or 10 times and the system never boots up. I am pretty sure that this light is flashing to tell me where I messed up but I can't find my answer anywhere. I was hoping someone knew the dell site a bit better then I do and could help me find the answer to my small but painful issue.

Thanks Ben

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 Issues.

When you opened it, did you change anything inside? ie connections, devices etc

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Hi all, I am experiencing very slow start up, shut down, and application run times on my Dell Inspiron 8600. It has a 1.5 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM. It seems like there may be something running in the background thaat I can't find. I ran Ad-Aware and Spybot and cleaned out the temporary internet files. I've also run a registery cleaner and I run Norton Anti-virus on a scheduled basis. Hopefully one of you can spot a problem. Help!!!!ogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:22:52 PM, on 7/12/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe... Read more

Answer:Slow Dell Inspiron 8600

Hi BillVan58,

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My wifes inspiron has problems. When I try to boot on the battery I get

Manufacturing Mode: Level [67]
Press Fn-X to return the system to normal running mode.
No timer tick interrupt.

Fn-x does nothing.

If I boot up with the charger plugged in it may or may not boot all the way into windows, and if it does make it to windows it locks up before you can do anything. Same thing in safe mode.

Ran all the Dell diagnostics.

Pre-boot System assessment: all passed

Express Test: all pass

Extended test: Hangs on Battery Charger test

Custom tests: passed 3 iterations of all except battery charger test, which hangs.

Charger is charging the battery and battery is holding charge, as indicated by batteries onboard LED's.

I have reseated the RAM, HDD, and DVD.

Please help.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 problems.

This seems like a question for Dell. How old is this machine?

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I'm looking for an aftermarket replacement hard drive for a dell inspiron 8600. We ordered this: and it won't fit, even though newegg said it would. It has a form factor of 2.5", and it looked like the old dell hard drive had shorter pins. I can't find much specs anywhere so does someone know of one that would work? thanks a bunch.

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yesterday, my computer was in the middle of a chkdisk i switched off the power point because of a thunder storm, to prevent a surge. ironically, i havnt been able to get it to turn on since.
a few things about my inspiron 8600; the power cord had previously been cut and re joined and since then never worked on battery alone. but still always worked on power adapter. is this something to do with the power adapter or a bigger problem? wen i press the power button it lights up for 1-2 seconds then goes dead. the screen flashes for a second then nothing. do i need a new power cord?
thanks in advance for any advice anyone can give...

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Within the last day my screen will go completely black... not like when it is turned off, but a completely deep black. No cursor, nothing. Is this a virus I have??? It's a DELL Inspiron 8600 with Win XP Pro. It did it the first time while on Facebook. So I shut it off and tried again. Second time it did it on Facebook again, third time, on desktop screen, fourth was at start-up. I booted in f 2 and went to diagnostics and it went black as soon as page popped up withCPU or whatever and then proceeded to do a series of 3 beeps at different intervals. After listening to that horrid sound for about 3 minutes, I shut if off !!! lol Turned on and again did f 2 and started in first option (can't recall exact name) of internal HD ??? and this is how I ended up here . Still on and going, but for how long? No clue. Am wondering if this is a virus I have or is my laptop really about to bite the dust? Currently running a full scan on Malwarebytes. Thanks for any help offered !!!!

Answer:Screen goes black on DELL Inspiron 8600 Win XP Pro

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I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 in which I bought years ago. At that time I bought it with only 25Gb hard drive space. I want to replace it now and buy a new hard drive. Does anyone know which hard drives are compatible with this computer Dell Inspiron 8600? Thank you.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 Hard Drives?

Any HD with a ATA-6 interface would work with you're laptop, heres a link with all ATA-6 specific HDDs.

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I'm having the same problem as everyone else, when I turn on my computer I get : This computer system, #3PR4741-595B, is protected by a password authentication system. You cannot access the data on this computer without correct password. I've tried the paper clip method, and it did not work. So I was wonder if there was any other way I could get this crap to pass. Tried to call dell, no luck........ Help.......... A million thanks in advance

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 password Authentication help

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Have a laptop; Dell 8600 from daughter that was full of junk and had to go into safe mode to boot and delete programs to work. Must have deleted something that I was not supposed to becaused now the computer will not connect to internet. Card on back shows yellow and orange lights as card. Need help to get it to work.

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I need to replace my inverter on my 8600 but I need the part number to get the correct replacement. Can you advise how I can find this part number?

Thanks, Joe

Answer:Need inverter part # for Dell Inspiron 8600

I would try the DELL website.

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dell inspiron 8600 frying inverters. anybody know why?

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 frying inverters

is it the LCD inverter?

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I have a very slow computer and want to format the hard drive and start from scratch. How do I proceed?

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Do you have EVERYTHING from the hard drive stored on CD, DVD, or other hard drive?Do you have the restore discs for the machine?Formatting the drive is not a problem; it's getting the drivers and windows back on and working that is the challenge. The restore disc for the machine will format and install at the same time. Just boot that disc and away you go.If you want more information, we need make and model of your system.

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Ok, so I don't know if it is the motherboard or if it is actually the lcd monitor.
I will be using the laptop and then all of a sudden the screen goes black, like the computer was turned off. I pop up the power button panel and pill the monitor cable from the motherboard, wait a few seconds and plug it back in and it will work for a few more seconds and then go black again.
I believe that it is the monitor, but I am not sure. I have been noticing that whenever I turn my laptop on from the sleep mode, that the screen is a pink color and then slowly goes to the normal white color. I am not having any other problems with the computer, except the microphone jack. When trying to use a microphone, when it does detect sound, it just plays back a high pitch static sound.
But besides the monitor and the microphone jack, I am not having any other problems.

If I have to replace my motherboard will I loose all of my info on the computer? Because I will have to try and get it all backed up if so. Please help me!!! Thank you so much!!!

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I just reinstalled Windows + drivers on my dad's Inspiron 8600 laptop. It's showing that I am connected to my wireless connection, but can't access the internet. All the drivers installed except the PCI modem, which I disabled because my dad has broadband. I'm pulling my hair out trying to get online to run updates. Any thoughts?

Answer:Wireless problems on Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop

have you looked in device manager to see what the wireless network adapter shows ? does it have a yellow question mark or exclamation mark by it if it is at all listed? apparently you see the wireless utility showing its connected does the wirelss router have wep encryption and you still need to setup the connection with the wep key??? or do you have zonealarm firewall ? if so disable zonealarm?

post back with results

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Hi, I searched your forums and many others and cannot find an answer. A friend has given me his laptop to try and get it working. I work on pc's and not laptops so I'm a little bit in a stump.

When turned on the laptop would boot for a bit and then I would get the virtual memory dump message and it would take about 2 mins to reboot again and it would all repeat again. I finally got it booted up and tried safe mode with the same issues.

I then booted the laptop up again in safemode but had networking disabled and it worked. No virtual memory dump issues and I had the laptop restored to default factory setting. Its running windows xp professional. I cant update and get online with it because of disabling the networking functions. Anyone have any ideas on how to get around this?

Thank you in advance!

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 will only boot in safemode w/out networking

Hi my friend and welcome to mg's :major , do you have the win xp dvd ? You can watch this video

and this guide

i hope it helps you !!

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I swapped out an Intel 2100(b) for a 2200bg. Windows wants to load a driver for it but cannot find one. I've downloaded various drivers that are stated to work with the 8600 and for the 2200bg but still nothing.

Any ideas? Either I get a message the hardware is not installed or the driver is not installed. Depends on the version of software/driver I install.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 & Intel 2200BG WiFi

I've installed a lot of 2200bg cards into Dells, and only ever used the regular 2200bg driver off Intel's site.

With XP, I prefer to let it manage the WiFi connections, so I just download the bare driver rather than their whole utility.

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Hey, folks. Love any suggestions on this one: My boss has a two year old (appx.) Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. It seems to run fine plugged into the wall when the battery is removed. However, when I insert the battery and plug into the wall the charger gets fried after a few days. Two new chargers and a new surge strip (thought that might have been the issue) later, still same issue. Checked the parts number for recalled batteries and his removable battery is not one of the listed models.


Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 frying battery chargers

You need to get that Inspiron 8600 to the hospital. This is a known problem which Dell should still take care of...

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The DVD/CD optical drive in my Inspiron 8600 is starting to go intermittantly bad on me and I'm looking for a replacement/upgrade. Dell wants $100 for a REFURBISHED replacement. I'd like to get an upgraded drive (DVD/CD burner with Blueray), but am unsure as to what specs to look for. Newegg/Amazon/Tiger Direct/etc... have several to choose from, but I don't want to buy unless I'm relatively sure it'll work/fit in my laptop. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

The existing drive is a Hitachi U5251, 24X CDRW/DVD HLDS DMOD.

Answer:Need Replacement DVD/CD Optical Drive for Dell Inspiron 8600

I think any slim DVD drive will fit as long as it's the correct format (IDE or SATA). You could also check

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The LCD screen failed on my Dell Inspiron 8600. I purchased a used one and put my hard drive and memory into the purchased machine. Prior to the swap both machines connected wireless to the internet. I do not see any reference to wireless in the new set up. When I go to device manager I see a yellow question mark Other Devices and list Networ Controller, PCI Modem, and Video Controller ( VGA Compatible). I went to Dells website entered my service tag and dowloaded drivers for Conexant D480 MDC V.92 Modem, Broadcom 440x 10/100 Intergrated Connection, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO TURBO video, and the recommended wireless driver. I went to add new hardware and could not load the drivers. Any direction you can provide will be appreciated.
Dell Inspiron 8600 Windows XP Professional Version 2002 service pack 3 Intel Pentium M 1.60 HGz 1 Gb Ram DVD-CDRW,

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 hard drive swap

you went to "add hardware"?? did you try to install via just double clicking the downloaded driver?
double and trebble check its correct driver first
try to install via safe mode f8 omn start up to enter safe mode

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my laptop screen stays blank with a visible blinking cursor but can not move at all

Answer:dell inspiron 8600 laptop screen stays blank

At what point does it do that?It is no good providing no background information or circumstance in which the problem is manifesting.How can you expect reasonable answers?How do we know what is happening with your system?We have no crystal ball.So do tell us more about your fault and at what stage it is happening, what happens before you see what you are describing.Do you or do you not have a windows XP CD?Can you get into safe mode? When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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Ok had to reload win xp on this laptop only thing not working is the wifi I saw the earlier post someone had and ran the msinfo32 and got this Network Controller PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_4318&SUBSYS_50101468&REV_02\4&39A85202&0&18F0 the drivers for this device are not installed can someone please help me find this missing driver I have been looking for 3 days now

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 network controller driver missing

So are there any techs on this site that can help been about 5 days since my post and nothing... really need help please

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Hi, I hope somebody can shed some light on my problem, which is that I get a continuous beep after turning on the computer. The computer then appears to shut down. No messages are shown on screen as nothing starts up, so the computer doesn't get that far. Description of problemAlthough Windows XP has been updated to service pack 3. No drivers have ever been updated to my knowledge since the computer was bought. In an attempt to speed up the computer I decided to update some drivers from the Dell uk website on 12/Sep/08.The list of drivers downloaded is as follows;Dell Application - Driver reset tool 07/02/2005 1.02LDell Application - Crash analysis tool 16/05/2006 (EMT) A05Sonic Solutions Application - Record Now 7.0 (Dual Layer) 26/01/2006 4.98, BHLDS - Firmware GCC-4241N Slim 24/24/24x Combo Drive 28/01/2004 A101, A01.00Broadcom Driver 440x 10/100 integrated controller 19/05/2005 v.4.23-NDISNVIDIA - Bios Geforce FxGo5200 15/09/2004 A03NVIDIA - Driver Geforce FxGo5200 16/08/2005, A05All appeared to download correctly however, when it came to restart the computer. The computer would not restart. It appeared to an un-educated eye that at least one of the display drivers for the NVIDIA Geforce FxGo5200 did not load correctly. (bios?)When turning on the machine the power comes on, the three lights( num lock, caps lock & scroll lock ) come on together but then go out to be followed by a long continuous beep - more correctly a long burst of conti... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 8600 start up problems - video bios?

Keep tapping F8 at start see if you can boot to safe mode.then delete the video driver.

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Hi, I'm new to the forums so I'm not sure if this is in the right section but on my old Dell Inspiron 8600 the battey led light keeps flashing orange 4 times followed by a green light. I've read that this is caused by a faulty battery cell. However, since this model is so old it would be a waste of money to buy a new battery. Is there a way to fix it so that this doesn't happen without buying a new battery or taking the battery out of the laptop? Is there a registry fix or what not that will sort out this problem or will I have to shove my battery in the fridge (an answer to someone else's post on another forum)? Thanks

Answer:Incessant 4 orange and 1 green blinking lights on Dell Inspiron 8600

do you use it with the battery portable - or always plugged in ?
does it work without the battery installed - some machines will and some wont

as you say may not be worth replacing - certainly not, if always plugged in

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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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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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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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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

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 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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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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guys i got dell inspiron 8600. All of a sudden it doesnt turn on any more.

If i press power button screen flickers for a half a second and turns off. Also if i do it more than once or if i keep it pressed my dell power adaper somehow switeches itself off (i can see the light on adapter turns off)....

Anybody got any idea on what could be wrong????

Answer:dell insiron 8600 turn on problem

Wow! I thought I was the only one with this problem. Mine quit yesterday. It's still under warranty but getting support from Dell is a joke. From what I am understanding from other forums it may be the motherboard. Ouch!

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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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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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There is no dedicated Windows 8 Driver for the ATI Mobility X300/X600/X1300/X1400 graphics cards but I have documented that the Windows Vista Driver R153383.exe will install and work reliably in Microsoft Windows8. 
The steps for installation are listed below:

Download the R153383.exe drvier from: and extract the compressed files, then cancel the automatic installation of the driver (It crashed out on me when I ran the install)
From The Style UI interface, move the mouse pointer to the lower left corner, and Right Click, select Device Manager from the pop-up menu.
Click the arrow next to Display Adapter, Microsoft Basic Display should be listed.
Right Click the Microsoft Basic Display and click Update Driver, then select Browse My Computer ...., then Click Let Me Pick From a List ....
Click the HAVE DISK Button in the Install from Disk Window, browse to the C:\Dell\Drivers\R153383\Packages\Driver\Display\LH_INF folder and click CL_45540.inf then Click Open and OK to install the driver.

I have completed this process on both an Inspiron E1505/6400 and Inspiron 6000 and both systems are working fine, even power management seems to function well.

Answer:How to install Windows 8 video/graphics drivers for an Inspiron 6000/6400/E1505/8600/9100/9200/9300/9400/E1705 Latitude D610/D810 or Inspiron XPS notebook system

Can you get a multiple display with a projector? I was able to get the ATI Mobility x300 as the display adapter, but I can only get one display at a time. With XP, I could see my laptop screen duplicated on a projector and I would like to be able to do the same under Windows 8.
When I check the display with the Control Panel, it allows for only one display and the monitor is a generic PnP monitor and the adapter is the Microsoft Basic Display driver.
I didn't use the method that you suggested to get the X300 adapter.
Any suggestions?
Thank you.

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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 have posted here before with amazing results so I am again asking for your help. I have an Inspiron that recently started acting up. The LCD would dim at odd times so after assessing that the screen was good, I ran diagnostics that came back with a failing mobo. I replaced it and all was going well for a few days until today. Now when I go to boot up, nothing shows up on the screen and then I hear two beeps. I hear the CD drive going through its normal start up sounds and the sound of the hard drive, but no Dell logo on the screen, nothing. Just the two beeps. Anybody? I am frustrated beyond belief at this point. I consider myself pretty adept at handling any issue as to component replacement, I just need to know what is going on. I have no warranty left. Thanks for any light you can shed...

Answer:Inspiron 8600 HELP PLEASE!!

Beep codes
AMI is the only one that shows two beeps and it says bad memory.
If you have two memory chips in, remove one and boot up. Granted, the computer will be noticeably slower on half the memory. If you hear no problems, then the other chip might be bad.

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I have a new issue with my Dell Inspiron 8600 series computer. I recently relocated and my new condo will not allow me to turn on my computer normally. It will allow me to turn it on in safe mode. Periodically it will boot up normally then crackle, show a black screen, shut down then automatically reboot only the same thing happens over and over. I've taken it to Staples and had a diagnostics test and tune up. They basically looked at me like I had 2 heads when I told them what was happening. They found nothing wrong. I was then told they would have only checked my hard drive and it may have something to do with my software. I have Window XP. Strangely enough, I can open my computer and use it normally at other locations like Panera Bread and the Library. I feel like this is a simple problem but I'm not that computer savy to know what is wrong. Can someone please give me some input on this issue.
Thank you kindly,

Answer:Inspiron 8600 help!

you're speaking of a laptop if i am correct. i know my brother had a similar issue, but he fixed it. his issue was one of the computer chips was not popped in all the way as it had came loose.

i am not a laptop expert, desktops are my specialty

hope this helps

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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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My daughter dropped the laptop and no I cannot get it to power up.
I tried to turn on with the battery out and just the adapter plugged in to no avail. There are no lights on the laptop coming on at all, even while charging with the adapter. I have tried to remove the ram and reinsert, still nothing.
I took the hard drive out to see if it was damaged, nothing to the eye.
I am hoping it's nothing serious, the laptop is kinda old but has been working perfect till the drop. Just wondering if there is anything else I can try?

It landed on the top left corner on the bottom where the fan is and there is a little crack in the plastic, but other than that I see nothing physically broken.

Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:Inspiron 8600 No Power

That isn't good.

I'm thinking the motherboard inside could have cracked or something came loose inside if it won't turn it.

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I have tried to upgrade my g/f's inspiron 8600 to windows XP PRo, i have formatted her HD and deleted all partitions, and made it out to be a fresh install of windows xp pro, i get to the splash screen for windows then it gives me a blue screen, gives me an error saying INVALID_WORK_QUEUE_ITEM. I have tried numerous things, switched to selective startup and disabled everything, disabled mostly everything in device manager, i am now isntalling SP2 on the pc, does anybody have any idea what is going on, when i installed XP, i formatted the HD deleting the 3 partitions that were on the drive to begin with, i then created a brand new partition, I am able to get into safe mode but when i try normally i get to the splash screent hen i get the blue screen.. Please Help!

Answer:Installed XP PRO on inspiron 8600

A quick Google search found this. Looks promising. Read the whole thread.

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I haven't been out here in a while; but as a result of previous forays on Tech Spot, I regularly update and run AVG free 9.0, Malwarebytes' Anti-malware, Super Anti-Spyware, Ccleaner and Easyclean - I additionally run Threatfire and Comodo, which take care of themselves. None of these applications have detected anything more than "potentially dangerous objects" (in super Anti-Spyware) .. even when run as "full" scans.

However, lately I've been encountering all manner of intermittent minor but annoying issues:

- no response when I click on anything in a browser while online .. though not a firm "lock up" situation necessarily. I've discovered that during these non-responsive episodes, that opening Windows Task Manager "unlocks" the situation and I can once again click on something and it will work. However, many times I will have to leave Task Manager open and repeatedly click anywhere on its open window to "toggle" on a response mechanism in my browser so that I may continue with whatever I was doing. How weird is that?!?

- I don't set up a screensaver on my desktop, so when a set amount of time has gone by without activity, the screen will just go black. All I have to do is touch a key to restore the desktop. But I've occasionally noticed that this doesn't happen .. the desktop just remains visible, often for hours, without any action from me (and I haven't changed any ... Read more

Answer:Troublesome Inspiron 8600

do not install more than 1 antivirus on a machine. You''ll get conflicts and that will generate problems. Run crap cleaner or glary soft registry repair. Or run CHKDSK C: from the command prompt.

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According to the folks at Dell I need a new motherboard. I'll put it to you here first. I get error messgaes when running the diags either from the CD or from F12. Here are the symptoms that prompted the diags. My screen boots in a dim mode. from the dell logo on it looks like the screen is in a power saver mode. Both on AC adapter as well as battery power. All power saver modes are off. If I adjust the angle of the screen, it'll go blank sometimes or other times the images on the screen are shaky like they are vibrating. If I type, the screen goes back and forth between full backlight and dim backlight. Sometimes it even gibberishes the words on the screen to look like another language. If I bumb it just right, the screen will boounce back to normal. If I bump too hard, the display goes out. At reboot, I get a "two beep" signal and no boot. I have opened it up to check connections, I have replaced the LCD with a new one (thinking it might be the inverter or backlight) but still the same behavior. That's when I got Dell online to help me troubleshoot and they said definitely motherboard issies. Any thoughts before I invest further? Thanks folks!

Answer:Inspiron 8600 LCD is acting up

I can't believe I'm saying this, BUT: I'd have to agree with Dell tech support ( There's a first time for everything! ). If a new LCD didn't fix the problem, it's probably the motherboard. There's a chance the AC adapter isn't strong enough; maybe hook it to a multimeter to be sure it's kicking out the correct amps, volts, and watts. If any of those are low, you would see a dim display.

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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'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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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I have just recently noticed that my Dell Inspiron Laptop is running at a slower processor speed that it should be... It should be running at 1700mhz and is only running at 594 mhz... Its plugged in and I just did a fresh install so its back to factory default... I have tried to contact the customer support but all efforts have failed because they don't understand what I am talking about... I hope someone can give me an idea of what I should do.. Thanks!

Answer:Inspiron 8600 Processor Issue...

Please Contact Me On This Issue. Had Simmilar Issues. No Expert, But Have Had 5 Years With Dell Laptop Usage, Inspiron 2650,8500,8600,e1505!!!

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I have a Dell Inspiron 8600, my hard drive crashed and I need a new one. My problem is I cannot seem to find one that will fit my computer. The drive that came out of it has 22 contacts and 3 pins that go into the interface in the computer. I can only seem to find drives that have all pins. Even Dell has sent me the wrong drive 3 stinkin times. First they sent one with all pins, next the send a HD that resembles a cd/dvd drive.

HELP!!!!!! Can anyone out there help me???

Answer:Hard Drive for Inspiron 8600

Did you try to install any of the hard drives they sent you?

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I recently dropped my Inspiron 8600 Notebook. It landed on a corner. It is still working, but it occasionally it won't power on unless I mess with the screen (flex it up and down). It used to standby when I closed the lid. Now it stands-by for about 2 minute intervals (standby then comes back on, standby then comes back on....). I've checked my power options and they haven't changed. Sometimes, when I power it on, the light that indicates I am connected to AC power doesn't immediately come on as it used to. It may take having the laptop turned on for 5 plus minutes to finally see the light come on. My volume controls and mute button that are located right above the keyboard no longer work. I have to use the volume control properties on my system tray to adjust the volume. I'm not sure if my fan is working like it used to. Does anyone have any recommendations? Could it have knocked something loose when I fumbled it? Is it a relatively easy fix or should I ship it to Dell or another laptop repair service? If so, does anyone have any recommendations outside of Dell? Thanks in advance!!!

Answer:Solved: Dropped my Inspiron 8600

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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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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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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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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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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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Recently I have update my dell Inspiron N5010 to windows 10 OS and everything was fine on the first week now whenever I am playing a video in that sound is not coming.
And I have checked sound drivers and all are updated to latest version.
Could some one help on this ? Is it possible to fix this issue?

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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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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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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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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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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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