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no audio device or volume on dell e1505 laptop

i have a dell inspiron e1505 laptop. i turned it on the other day to watch a movie and my volume button was not working. i clicked volume up and down and the mute button, and nothing worked. i clicked the control panel and under the sound and audio device it showed nothing being played. it says no audio device. i cannot manually move up or down the volume. it just has nothing there. i am computer illiterate and could use some help.

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Re: no audio

If it used to work, I'd do a system restore back to when it still worked. Still, it's possible it's a hardware issue.

Kees

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no audio or volume control

i did the system restore a few times and it still doesn't work. the volume meter doesnt show the mute logo when i press mute and when i go volume + or - it doesn't show in the meter still. i'm not sure what to do. the sound audio devices under control panel still is all greyed out and it still says "no audio device."

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Re: no audio

Boot from a Linux Live CD (Ubuntu) for example, and see if the sound works then. If not, it's a hardware failure.

Kees

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