i was recently working on a computer that had some sound problems...this one was bizarr and i dont knw what to do now. First off, the problem is with the sound, it doesnt play any at all. the sound card is onboard. Withing the Device manager, all is perfect and said to be working. The oddness occurs when you go through the control panel into the "sound and audo devices" icon...all the options are greyed out. the default sound device, the recording device, the midi device, the spaeker volume, the system volume, etc. when you go under the "Hardware" tab, the dialog there states that all the devices are working properly, i uninstalled the drives, and devices, and reinstalled them using the drives directly from Compaq. If anybody has any idea as to a solution for this, it would be greatly appreciated. is it possible that the sound of the Motherboard is dead? .. but then it wouldnt show up in the device manager would it?????