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    System Sounds

    Recently my system sounds have ceased working. (XPPro).
    I can play audio CD's OK, software with waves play OK, I have loaded the Win default sound scheme and when I click the play sound button for any of the program events it plays OK from the control panel but doesn't play when the event occurs.
    When I receive mail instead of a wave sound I only get a faint bleep from the internal speaker.

    TIA

    Neville

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    Re: System Sounds

    This problem is mentioned a few times in the newsgroups, without a single clear solution. A recurring suggestion is to make sure that you are up-to-date with Windows XP patches and updates.

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    Re: System Sounds

    I must admit I'm always hesitant to recommend this site to folks since it has MANY registry tweaks that may or may not do the job. But if you're up to it, try Kelly's Korner, and right-click and save #6, for restoring sounds. Once you get the .REG file on your hard drive, you might want to look at it and see where in the registry it's gonna go, so you can EXPORT a backup copy of that key for safety's sake. I believe the file is in Unicode form, but Office will open it just fine.

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    Re: System Sounds

    Thanks for that, I tried this reg tweak but it hasn't made any difference.

    Guess I'll have to put up with it or do a new install of XP.

    Neville

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    Re: System Sounds

    There's a function in XP, in the Recovery Console I think, that allows you to "repair" your installation. I'm not familiar with it personally but know it's been bandied around here in the lounge in the past.

    I'll see what I can Google up. But in the meantime can someone help me out here ???
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    Re: System Sounds

    Kelly's site has 15 divisions, and particularly the A-Z is a great reference area with extensive discussions and links. The tweaks site is a rich source of fixes and tweaks to add features, and almost all of them work, and it grows every few days and is made up of regedits and VB scripts. But since some of the fixes she attemps are big components of XP--Help and Support, Search, ect. and the fixes are complicated and individual machine dependent, there is no way to have a guarantee that they are going to work for everyone as you know.

    I've had a lot of success with the tweaks and pretty good help with repairs, and as a knowledge source I'd recommend the 14 reference sections of the site enthusiastically. I think it's a great "go to" and keeping A-Z minimized to read through its features and learn can help a lot of people at many levels.

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    Re: System Sounds

    The Recovery Console has commands that perform a number of tasks and repairs when you just can't get to Windows from outside Windows including 13 regular dos commands and other commands of it's own. But I don't know of a specfic command I'd use to go after this system sound problem--unless say you couldn't get to Windows and knew renaming or deleting a specific file were the answer to this problem. And the operative phrase here is couldn't get to Windows. I'd aim at the registry or if it's known when the system sounds in the sound scheme went on the blink try System Restore.

    As you know the RC is a powerful tool to do good or harm (probably a sentence or two like this in Harry Potter) and I stay away from it normally if I can reach Windows with one important underused exception--it is a very helpful place and many write (but I don't have bench lab testing) the best place to run "chkdsk /r" and I do that from the RC every once in a while or if I have a special problem.

    Recovery Console in XP--Kelly

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    Re: System Sounds

    Nwenban--

    I don't see any downside to trying Kelly's tweak--they work a lot more than not with millions of different configurations and if they don't they don't hurt you--they haven't changed the key. Why not try the simplistic but possibly effective move of using System Restore to a point before this began? If for whatever reason this won't work then...

    First thing I'd do would be to follow the steps in this KB:

    321735: The Startup Sound Is Not Played Correctly When You Start Windows

    Then try:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER AppEvents Click AppEvents. in the key settings on your right delete the key under Data that is blank, NOT any keys that have (value not set) or a numerical value. in order to restore the ability to have the sounds associated with the correct events again, you will need a backup of the following registry entry HKEY_CURRENT_USER/AppEvents/Schemes/Apps/.Default to get this you have 2 choices
    A. log off and log on as a different user, and export that key from the other users registry. right click on the .Default key and choose export. (you will notice all sound events work properly with that user)
    B. export that key from somebody elses computer and bring it over to your computer. (if neither of these works, i have a backup I can email to whoever needs it) when you have that backup. When registry key on your computer and you are logged in as the user who's sounds are not working, simply click it and click ok to importing it into your registry.

    Your sounds will be restored and able to be changed again.

    Check the PCI latency timer setting in your bios if you find one.

    You might go to your version of WMP if it's 8 or 9 and turn off the SRS Wow effects: View>Now Playing Toos (8) or Enhancements (9)>SRS Wow Effects (Turn off.)

    I'd check Device Manager and make sure everything's ok there--no bangs anywhere particularly at your sound card.(!).

    You might have knocked out your audio codec with a program uninstall. Check this: "Control Panel" -> "Sound and audio device properties">"Hardware tab. Select "Audio codec" and click on "Properties". Inside, click on "Properties">"Hardware>Audio Codec>PropertiesButton>Properties Tab>and Check to see that the most imporantt "Codec Microsoft ADPCM Audio CODEC" is not missing. If it is I would press to use System Restore.

    Finally...

    You might be able to fix this by downloading Tweak UI

    TweakUI/General/Beep on errors (verify that the box is checked).

    Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key: HKEY_USERS. If it doesn't have a Data entry in the right pane that reads: (value not set), double click (Default) and delete it. If it does, check your HKEY_USERSS-1-5-21 keys for the same.

    You might get some help here:

    307918: HOW TO: Resources for Troubleshooting Sound Problems in Windows XP

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    Re: System Sounds

    It's fixed now - fixing the registry solved the problem.

    Thanks everyone for all your assistance.

    Neville

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