How to Get the Volume to Work on A Home XP Computer

by Thomas King

A problem with the volume on a Windows XP could be the result of several things, including: improper software settings, conflicts problem or a missing sound-card driver. Though frustrating, more often than not, this is an easy fix.

Fix any volume settings problems. If you do not have a volume icon in the bottom right corner of your screen, you may have a settings problem. To fix this, open the "sounds and audio devices" icon in the control panel. Make sure the "Place Volume Icon in the Taskbar" option is checked. Then close out of all the boxes and click on the volume icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. Make sure that all the sound volumes are turned up.

Fix any conflict problems. Open the "Device Manager" and make sure there are no conflicts listed. If there are conflicts listed, click on all the sound, video and game devices and press the "Delete" key. Then restart the computer. When the computer restarts it will re-install the deleted devices, hopefully, eliminating the conflict.

Fix any missing sound-card driver problems. If your device manager did not have a "Sound, Video, and Game Controllers" category, then you are likely missing a sound card. To fix this, install the latest sound card driver from the sound-card manufacturer. This information can be found in the Resources section of this article. Once the sound-card driver is installed, you will need to restart your computer.


About the Author

Thomas King is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he served as managing editor of the "Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law." He currently lives in Aberdeen, Washington where he writes and practices law.