ok, so just recently, with no changes to hardware or software, the sound stopped working.
i tried windows help and support thing, but to no avail.
the only clue i have, is this.
when i try to open volume control, as help told me to do (thank you dancing paperclips!) it gave me this error:
There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Add Hardware. This program will now close.
and thats it. also, here is another error i get when trying to play system sounds through the control panel:
Windows cannot play the sound %SystemRoot%\media\Windows XP Error.wav. Your sound card may be in use.
i have tried restarting my computer, and i checked that all the drivers and the card are all enabled, and supposedly in use.
im extremely confused, because i didnt change anything on the computer between it working and it not working.
please help!! as i NEED sound for my music!!
P.S. im running Windows XP SP2, if that helps at all. system specs are:
Dell Dimension 4600:
2.4 ghz intel P4 processor (northwood)
Fortron 400W PSU
2gb Patriot Signature 184-pin DDR SDRAM (PC3200)
ATI Radeon 9800 PRO 64mb AGP 4x/8x graphics card
two optical drives
one hard drive
P.P.S. please help, im very confused.