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No Computer Sound
By Stephen Bucaro
Today’s computer equipped with a sound card is capable of
generating sound from many different sound and music format
files. Formats include WAV, MIDI, MP3, and many more.
Conversion of these sound format files to actual audio
relies on several layers of software and hardware. The
most basic sound format file compatible with the Windows
operating system is the WAV file format. Before
troubleshooting any of the more complex formats, make sure
that your system is capable of playing WAV files.
The Windows operating system has a built-in program called
Sound Recorder to record and play WAV files. To open Sound
Recorder, select Start | Programs | Accessories |
Entertainment and click on Sound Recorder. In the Sound
Recorder program, select File | Open. In the Open dialog
box, navigate to C:WindowsMedia and select one of the
WAV files to play. Click the Open button and then the Play
button (right arrow).
If you hear the WAV file play, then your basic sound
configuration is working properly. If you did not hear
the WAV file play, continue reading (troubleshooting
problems with the more complex sound file formats
will be covered in future article).
The first thing you should do is eliminate the obvious
possibilities. Many speakers have a volume control on one
of the speakers. Many times I have thought that the sound
was not working in one of my programs, only to find that
someone turned the volume control all the way down.
You can test your speakers by plugging them into the
headphone jack on your CD-ROM drive and playing a music
CD. This bypasses the sound card. smart home automation