I have a Dell Inspiron and I had to reinstall vista in order to fix an issue with windows media player This was helpful 1. I then re-installed the audio and wah-laaaah- i had sound. In any case, things appear back to normal now. Dell Inspiron m Driver Downloads If that doesn’t get it done, then the sound card may be toast. She can’t hear her music or UTube, but video works great. And Vista people, if you read this, we’re not morons!

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To support the running costs of this site, as well as the costs of test hardware needed to keep the guides up to date. But, hey, Dell, does this mean your customers have a choice of a functioning modem or functioning audio, not both? That’s exactly how I did it and worked for me I restarted the computer and everything was back to normal.

I did exactly what you said and my audio returned as soon zudio I had deleted the modem driver. Thank You so much. System and Maintenance,then click: Everything else is working fine except for the audio. That really worked for me. Thank you very much for your helpful advice.

Inspiron 6400 – Windows 7 and 8.1 32 Bit

Next attempt was running the Dell diagnostics CD. See the link below and make sure the model number is correct: This model and Operating System is not supported by Dell. Sigmatel driver from Dell didn’t help. Refer to the Service Manual when performing hardware upgrades.



I know it’s a crummy laptop, but we’re trying to band aid it until she graduates and buys herself a better one. This one tip will help you sleep better tonight A few seconds are all you need to get a better night’s rest.

The most common cause is the selection of the wrong – typically the modem – device as the default instead of the sound card. I suggest posting your question in the correct forum at the link below: Installed Windows 10 Preview 64bit mode on 2GB system. Next attempt was to uninstall and delete the driver completely from my computer and then download the latest driver from Dell.

I then uninstalled the Modem driver in Device Manager and deleted it from the system so Windows wouldn’t reinstall it. This time it worked!

Setting Up Media Direct. I followed your path by uninstalling the drivers.

Inspiron – Windows 7 and 32 Bit – The Unofficial Windows 10 Reinstallation Guide

Then try to disable sigmatwl. I then re-installed the audio and wah-laaaah- i had sound. Please consider leaving a donation or clicking on the affiliate link if you are planning on buying Office or a SSD Upgrade for your system anyway.


Flaming or offending other users Illegal activities: I did this and rebooted and no fix. Discussions cover Windows installation, driver problems, crashes, upgrading, service packs, and other Windows Vista-related questions.

All of these things may – in some cases they apparently do not – result in correction of the basic problem by forcing the correct selection of the default device. Dell Backup and Recovery. Hey out there, can you please help a techno-phobe?

The issue and most likely solution has not changed much since or earlier, when I first encountered it as a novice. But that seems a lot of trouble to go through, just to change the default device from the modem – or some other obsoleted and redundant device – back to the device which sjgmatel be handling sound on the machine.