posted on Nov, 8 2011 @ 08:48 AM
reply to post by DJKris
Try this (unless your motherboard is incredibly old).
Unplug the speakers from the sound card and then attempt to adjust the volume level in windows. If all is good in the world, windows will tell you
that it doesn't detect any speakers plugged in.
That being said.......
windows 7 is pretty good at picking up generic drivers for your system but......
some systems require the chipset driver to be installed before attempting to install or active onboard devices. This is more common with laptops
Are you SURE you have installed the correct driver packages from the motherboard manufacturer? windows doesn't do that for you in most cases.
another thing to check is in your BIOS settings, make sure the onboard sound card isn't disabled in the bios. Most computers require an F key
pressed during boot to bring you into the bios. Commons keys are:
F2, F10, F12, ESC.
Don't fiddle with any settings in there though, just verify the onboard devices are enabled.
also in windows ensure the speaker configuration is correct, if you only have stereo speakers, set it as that, not as surround sound. If set
incorrectly, and you have a HD audio card, your green "speaker" port becomes the center channel only, and unless you are watching a DTS dvd, you
won't hear a peep out of the speakers.