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    All Sounds - Gone

    <img src=/S/cooked.gif border=0 alt=cooked width=50 height=46> My goose is cooked, seems to be overdone.
    All the sounds I chose have disappeared. Went to Control Panel and dbl clk'd on Sounds, every thing is grayed out. My computer is as silet as a graveyard. They were there yesterday and the only things I removed was: Microsoft's Net Meeting and Microsoft's Outlook.

    I love my sounds and want to get them back. Will someone please help me?
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    First thing to do is see what the status of your sound card is. Open Control Panel, System and click on the Device Manager tab. See if you've got any "yellow" marks in the area of your sound card, like where I am in my attachment. You might also click on each entry and select properties to see if you see any conflicts. If there's nothing wrong here, we'll have to try something else. Sometimes removing the sound card in Device Manager and then re-booting, will let Win98 "re-install" it, but first let's see what you see.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    There are no conflicts or yellow question marks in Device Manager. Sound, video and game controllers show my sound card: Creative SB Live! series.
    Properties state that This Device Is Working Properly.
    The only words not grayed out in Sounds are Events, Sound and System. There are no events to select, no place to scroll for where my sounds are located on my hard drive.

    Only Windows sounds are affected, sounds on games and the Internet are ok. That's the way things stand at the moment. I sure hope you or someone else can come up with a fix.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Ouch! Now I understand the problem, but I don't know the answer (yet). Hang in, OK, while we give it time for another Lounger who may have experienced this one. I don't know if there's a quick-fix (registry) or a repair-reinstall would be necessary or what. Hang on.....

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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    I would still try Al's suggestion of removing the audio device and rebooting.

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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    The more I think about it, Duchess, the more I think you should try running System File Checker. It's usually in Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information. Whew! It's way down there, huh? You could also do it from the Run command, but I thought you ought to know where it lives in your menu. See attachment. I don't know what it will find, but you might have your Win98 CD handy, just in case.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Been there and done that.. I'm at my wits end.

    Since I posted last I've reinstalled Windows 98 SE from my CD.
    Reinstalled Microsoft Office 2000 Premium, and searched the Knowledge Base. I don't know what else to try. The problem has to be with Windows, because I can hear sound when I send cards, play Solitaire and hear the click of the cards.. I can hear in Instand Messenger when someone enters or leaves and when I send or recieve a message. It's only the Microsoft Events sounds that are alluding me.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Hi Dutchess

    Considering all you've done, including reinstalling Windows, perhaps it's another application setting.
    Are you using a Theme Manager such as "Desktop Architect"? If so, you might have your "Windows Sounds" turned off there. Such settings would take effect after a Windows reinstall.

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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    You may be right and your post reminded me to tell you and bigaldoc about some error msgs received during the reinstall of Windows. "When the install reached "Save System Files"? a message apeared that said and I quote "Display - Your display adaper's not configured properly. To correct the problem, clk OK. to start the Hardware Installation Wizard." I clicked OK and another error msg came up from Windows that said, Invalid VXD dynamic link call from VWin32(01) + 00000714 to device 0009m servuce 1, Your Windows configuration is invalid. Run Windows Setup program again to correct this problem. To continue running Windows press Y or Enter. To quit the current program press N. If you continue running Windows, Your system may become unstable. Do you want to continue? Press Y for yes or N for No.

    I pressed Y and the desktop screen went black. The 3-fingered salute didn't work so I did a hard reboot. Registry Checker appeared next and when it finished it said that a good copy of the Registry had been restored and to press Enter to restart computer, which I did. Then I restarted the installation and everything from that point on went fine until yet another msg.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Thanks for your interest Ken. I'm not using any thing like you mentioned, no screen savers only wallpaper that makes no sounds.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Well, I'm like Ken, after all you've done, it has to be a setting somewhere, except....

    I have a question about the Windows re-install you did. Did you just install "on top of" your existing copy? It looks like "something" is corrupt somewhere, from the error messages you got at re-install. Looks to me (unfortunately) like you might have to do a format and clean install. If SFC didn't find anything it could "repair," I don't know why you got those error messages. Some driver, somewhere, is corrupt and needs to be replaced. I don't know what else to do.

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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    Yes, I did install it on top of itself and it's working fine. No more error msgs. Sometimes Windows gets as confused as we are about this sound thing.

    That's one of the problems with Windows, it gives you error messages, then doesn't tell you what is wrong or where the error lies. Like someone saying there's a house on fire but not saying the burning house is yours or at least giving you the address.

    Please do not use that dirty word 'format', I would rather upgrade to Windows XP than go that route. I have the CD, just waiting for 98 SE to act up and it's out the window (no pun intended). You may not know what to do, but I do (smile).
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    <hr>... Yes, I did install it on top of itself and it's working fine. No more error msgs...<hr>
    But what are you telling us - has the sounds problem resolved itself? If it's still a problem, then it really isn't "working fine."

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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    No indeed, sounds are still the same, it's Windows that's working fine. Sorry if I confused you.
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    Re: All Sounds - Gone

    <hr>...If you continue running Windows, Your system may become unstable...<hr>
    So, you've got an unstable system if there ever was one! I for one don't think there's any need to poke around in your INI files. It sure looks like a corruption in the registry from what you've shown us. There's a thread right next to this one containing <!post=this post by R2,220194>this post by R2<!/post> on the subject of registry backup and restore. However, before you can tackle such a job, you need to look in your Windows folder (see attached clip) to see IF you have a registry backup that pre-dates this problem with the loss of sound events. How 'bout taking a look and come back and report.. Personally, I only know how to use those registry backup the MANUAL way. I don't know if the SCANREG /RESTORE command will let you pick which backup to restore. BUT, the important thing pointed out by R2 in a different thread, is to notice that the registry backup CAB files are not numbered by date.
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