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hi,<br />
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recently the volume icon had disappeared from my system tray for no apparent reason whatsoever. <br />
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This also resulted in me not being able to hear any sound on the internet, windows sounds work fine most of the time, (with the exception of the few times where I have to reinstall my soundcard to hear any sound whatsoever. It gives me some error message saying something like ‘no mixer devices found/available’ when I try to open volume control)<br />
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i did some research on the internet and followed some common procedures such as uninstalling and re-installing the soundcard, and ticking the "<b>place volume icon in the taskbar</b>" checkbox whilst in the "sounds and audio devices" properties (via control panel); but it was all to no use.<br />
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I found that sound from applets embedded on the internet such as windows media clips would play fine, but its stuff like games and the content on sites like ‘youtube’ that doesn’t appear to have any sounds. Real media player also plays to stream on the internet.<br />
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There was also another so-called 'fix' that was recommended to me. i was told to enable '<b>systray</b>' from msconfig (or system configuration utility) from the startup tab, i couldnt see it there (no i did not do something to it), and as far as I know, my sound used to work properly without me having systray in the past. So i was basically told to add some new key in the registry to make it appear.<br />
Anyways, i enabled it and still, had the same problem.<br />
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Enabling <b>systray </b>did jack all (in terms of benefit), the effects were quite the opposite infact. It lowered my comps performance quite dramatically. Every time after i login, the CPU runs at a very high rate, it almost like if it is loading some ‘big-arse’ application like limewire or something, but really there is nothing to load (and yes, my startup folder is practically empty).<br />
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So I tried to remove systray from loading (via msconfig), and what happens?, it decides to take all my other startup applications with it (i.e. antiVir virus scanner etc.)<br />
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i still have the problem, and I am stuck with msconfig and having no sound on the internet.<br />
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Something has gone wrong somewhere, but where?<br />
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Ps. I also dried downloading different drivers for my soundcard from DriverGuide, all of them had good feedback from users for xp compatibility, but none of them seem to work for me.<br />
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Btw, my soundcard is: <b>Creative SB PCI128 (Ensoniq ES1371) Sound Card PCI</b> as stated in Everest Home edition.<br />
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Thnx in advance
 

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Have you tried removing it in the "Device MAnager" and rebooting. It's work a few times for me.<br />
I have had the same thing with the same card in my 4th system which runs on 98SE do that occasionally.<br />
So long as the drivers are still loaded it always found them and automatically reloads them. If it has a hard time finding the driver when doing the aboce, scroll to System32 folder, it should find them there.
 

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yea already tired that; after i remove it from device manager and then reebot, i get a message saying something like "new device found....." etc., then a few seconds later it installs it and says "your new hardware is ready to be used..."<br />
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then the cycle starts again<br />
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the thing is that the so called 'best drivers' it finds automatically do not work either <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Unistall and reinstall your card. And make sure to remove the drivers thru Drivers Cleaner Pro, also go to Administrative Tools in the Control Panel, then go to Services, from in there Check Windows Audio and make sure its set to Auto and is enabled.<br />
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its no good, i tried that and it didnt work. <img src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Confused" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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EDIT: here's and update - i tried downloading some new drivers from the internet, when i came to play any sound or video clips i now for some reason I get the BSOD;<br />
well the one which displays the <b>Driver_IRQL_Not_Less_Or_Equal</b> error to be precise<br />
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if it helps, heres the code thats displayed at the bottom: <br />
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***STOP:0x000000D1 (0x00000000, 0x0000002, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

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</div>From this it seemed like id have to change the IRQ of my sound device; it was set to 10 previously and i managed to get it to 5, and still the same problem
 

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Sounds like your card is on the way out to me. I have the same\\similar card somewhere. Quality is better than onboard by far.
 

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yea, mine is an onboard.<br />
i have a feeling that it aint the 'new' drivers causing the problem but some setting i need to change, maybe in the registry perhaps? <br />
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i say this because with the old driver (the one that windows automatically finds after rebooting comp) i could atleast listen to some sound in windows.<br />
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<u>To recap:</u><br />
The only thing with the old one was that there was no sound on the internet and there didnt use to be the volume control icon in the system tray. (it wasnt like this when i did a fresh install of xp)<br />
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With the new drivers however, i can do nothing at all whatsoever. To make thingas i also got the BSOD now everytime i try to play something. As of now, i have disable my sound in device manager to prevent that from happening.
 
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