Sounds works sometimes, then not, then again, ...

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by De Vee, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. De Vee

    De Vee Guest

    I've read interesting posts about realtek audio on Vista. I have a similar
    problem as most of these people, except that I don't connect my WMCenter to
    speakers, but to an amplifier.
    THe connection cable is an optical one. So realtek audio displays an icon
    for "realtek digital output" and one for "speakers". Through trial and error
    in the past I found out that the first is for the digital connection (optical
    cable), the latter for the analog connection (red/white cinch).
    I've had problems in the past, which I was able to resolve by playing with
    enabling and disabling devices or rebooting the PC, reconfiguring the sound
    in the WMCenter application, ... but it was never clear what exactly resolved
    my problem.
    This time the problem occurred again: I listened to the radio on my WMC this
    morning, switched off the PC (standby kind of mode on the ACER Media center
    PC). When I wanted to listen to the radio again tonight no sound to be heard.
    (not only in te WMCenter application, but no system sounds, nothing). I've
    done the same checks as always. Everything should be working and the little
    green "volume" bars next to my realtek output device icon in the "sound" box
    move nicely up and down when playing test sounds, but no sound to be heard....
    Any idea how I can resolve this problem once and for all??
    De Vee, Jan 6, 2009
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    dbknox Guest

    Hi *De Vee* I had a couple of friends computers that they asked me t
    fix for them and after hooking up my speakers to one of them ( not sur
    which one it was) and booting up my computer again, I had no sound wit
    all the same symptoms as you describe. I went into "device" manager an
    uninstalled the sound card and rebooted. Vista installed the sound car
    again and all is well. It doesn't hurt to try this, Hope it works fo
    dbknox, Jan 9, 2009
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  3. De Vee

    De Vee Guest

    Thanks dbknox. I tried doing this. Unfortunately, apart from Windows crashing
    and having to recover, nothing much happened...
    It is really weird. I really have the impression it is related to the
    standby mode. When I posted this message, I switched off the MC (in standby).
    Next day when I switched it on everything worked fine again. For a couple of
    days I was able to put it in standby and back on again without any problems.
    Yesterday however I put the system in standby again and today, when I
    switched it on, I lost my sounds again. I tried everything, from disabling
    the device to uninstalling the sound card, but I still end up with a "Realtek
    Digital Output" device in the "sound" menu that appears to be working
    properly, but doesn't. Even when I play a test sound, the "volume bars" move
    up temporarily, but no sound to be heard.
    Could this be related to the Codec? I assume not since the volume bars
    indicate that the sound is played back, meaning that the codec produces
    I'll put it in standby again and hope that some magic elfs come and repair
    it again tonite....
    De Vee, Jan 11, 2009
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