I recently installed Skype, and have been using it with a USB phone. I went to play an audio cd last night, and could barely hear it even with volume control fully 'up'. I assumed this was because I'm using Skype, so I unplugged the phone and switched Skype off, but this had no effect. I'm probably missing something obvious here, but how can I 'restore' my speakers?
Found I couldn't alter volume of speakers from the Settings > Sounds and Audio Devices, or from my keyboard volume button.
Took out skype phone and rebooted, now I can get the volume sliders to move but still can't hear audio CD's, and I've checked, CD player tab isn't muted and all sliders on volume control panel are set at max.
It has to be skype that is affecting my speakers, but I can't see how?
I've now stopped Skype opening on Start Up, and selected Nvidia options in the audio and video sound section of settings. I hear the '..computer now booting etc' on switch on, but I can't get anything from the speakers after that. I'm baffled!
I agree for whatever reason that Skype can interfere with the PC sound. On the task bar I have a speaker icon for my Santa Cruz sound card - I opened the control panel for the card & there was an option to 'restore default settings' this did it for me.