I have a 5 yr old P2 400Mhz Gateway PC running XP Home. Yesterday, upon start-up there was no sound from the PC. The PC operates fine otherwise, and there is a system beep on start-up from within the PC case. However, there is no sound from the speakers at all.
I've checked: speaker wire connections, unplugged and plugged the speakers from the PC (this produces a power feedback sound), run diagnostics that says the Creative PCI sound card is working fine. I've checked the volume controls and the sound driver.
Although I will be buying a new PC in September, this one works fine (although slowly) and I was planning to keep it for my toddlers to play games on. Does anyone have any ideas/recommendations before I take it to the local PC repair shop and spend £50 to have it fixed?
The final chance I'll give this PC tonight is to reinstall XP Home, as system restore had no effect.
I tried to test the speakers (that are receiving power) and plugged them into a CD-Walkman, but no sound came out of the speakers. Since the power light is on, is there any other way I can test them - should some music have come from the CD-Walkman - or is it too low powered?