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VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

I pray that someone can please help me with this problem before I lose my mind. I have a Dell Desktop Vostro 200 Windows Vista 32-bit. I have not had sound since last year, and ever since then i've been on a mission to regain sound. I've NEVER had a problem with my computer and sound until last year. I listened to my music on a daily basis via my computer and one day I shut it down, turned it back on the following day and NOTHING. Ever since then i've been trying everything under the sun to fix this problem, i've even been in contact with the windows vista techs so they could help me fix this problem and still nothing. I've gone to device maanager: sounds, game controllers... and scanned hardware for changes and nothing, i've gone to control panel and tried seeing what I could do there and still nothing. Nothing works at all, you name it and im sure i've tried it. I have RealTek HD. I've even scanned my computer while it was starting up (F8) and it did a "tone test" for the front and back speakers and they are working fine because I was able to hear sound. My computer tells me that nothing is wrong with my speakers at all. I've even bought several different speakers for my computer because it didn't come with any and none of them will work. I've come to realize that it isn't the speakers, it's my computer. Recently I had a BSOD and I re-started my computer to factory settings, so everything is how it was when I first bought this computer and all the stuff I had on it before was wiped out, and it STILL didnt fix the problem. Im tired of seeing that red X and reading "no audio output device installed," when im clearly looking at my speaker cord hanging from there. Also, i've done the uninstalling and re-installing for everything. I highly doubt it's the sound card being that I was able to hear sound during the "tone test" my computer did. Im at my wits end. So can someone PLEASE HELP ME!!! All help will be immensly appreciated. Sorry for giving you a story, I just wanted you to have all the facts before you attempted to help me. Once again, thank you.

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fireberd
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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

Have you tried installing the Dell sound drivers? If not, that is the first step.  HERE is the Dell driver download.  Click the Blue download button to download, DO NOT use the Dell download manager.  Follow the listed instructions to install the sound drivers.

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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

Thank you fireberd, I tried that and still nothing.
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The_Namek
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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

MorenitaMami,
Exactly where are you seeing a red X and reading "no audio output device installed?" It almost sounds as if your sound card is disabled in Windows. If that's the case all you need to do is re-enable it.

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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

 picture of a speaker with a red circle and white X inside of it. I've tried everything. I even checked to see if the volume was muted and it says no audio device installed. I un-plugged and re-plugged my speakers and still nothing. I also uninstalled Realtek and re-installed it, and im having the same problem

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The_Namek
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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

What's listed on the Playback tab of the Sound applet in Control Panel? How does the Realtek device appear in Device Manager? Is there an exlamation point or red X on it there?

XPS One. Core2 Duo @ 2.2GHz. 2 GB DDR2-667. WD2500AAJS 250GB SATA. Intel GMA 3100 video. 20" WSXGA HD LCD. 2 Megapixel Webcam. 8X DVD±RW. 8-in-1 Media Reader. 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless. Integrated High Def Audio. Internal Bluetooth 2.0. NTSC/ATSC TV Tuner. Windows 7 Professional SP1.

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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

On the playback tab it say's, speakers: Realtek High Definition audio not plugged in and the speakers are clearly plugged in, I've even tried headphones and still nothing. It says the same thing in device manager and it says that everything is working properly. There is no exclamation point or red X at all.

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The_Namek
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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

My XPS One also has Realtek HD audio. Open the Realtek HD Audio Manager. Is the Set Default Device button grayed out on the Speakers tab?

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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

Yes. When I click on Realtek HD Audio Manager, on the right side under analog all of the tabs are grayed out, front and back panel including the speakers tab.

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The_Namek
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Re: VOSTRO 200 "NO AUDIO OUTPUT DEVICE IS INSTALLED"

You may have a newer version of Audio Manager installed if there are tabs along the right side of the interface. Is there a button labeled Set Default Device just to the left of the word Analog over there? Do you have a Digital Output tab next to the Speakers tab?

XPS One. Core2 Duo @ 2.2GHz. 2 GB DDR2-667. WD2500AAJS 250GB SATA. Intel GMA 3100 video. 20" WSXGA HD LCD. 2 Megapixel Webcam. 8X DVD±RW. 8-in-1 Media Reader. 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless. Integrated High Def Audio. Internal Bluetooth 2.0. NTSC/ATSC TV Tuner. Windows 7 Professional SP1.

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