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Speaker problems
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Alvin NE WI    Posted 12-21-2004 at 18:45:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
the speakers for the computer quit working. i got windows 98. Is there a seperarte program for those things or did i junk something out that i didn' t know i had? Notr too swift with these machines but i do know how to turn it on and keep everything up dated. Any help appericated. Thanks Alvin


JoeK    Posted 12-21-2004 at 19:13:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to "My Computer",then Control Panel",should be a "Sounds"icon there to click and check settings.


Peanut    Posted 12-21-2004 at 19:12:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
It has been a long time since I spent time on Win 98 so hang in there.

Try finding your Master Volume Control Panel. It should offer you several different volume settings such as: Wave, CD In, etc. One of those controls (usually the one called "Volume Control" covers everything considered audio by your 'puter). Turn it up all the way. If this doesn't work then you may in store for a new set of speakers ... Maybe. Don't fret though. Speakers are nothing more (to a computer) than a set of objects that reverbriate sound waves. There are typically no special drivers ("DLL files") involved unless you put a second mortgage on your house for your 'puter speakers.

Generally speakers don't go bad. It is usually a setting within the audio configuration settings on your computer. Some web sites and programs will change these config settings without asking your permission. This is probably what happened.

Good luck and happy listening.


ok peanut?    Posted 12-21-2004 at 20:20:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a new mouse, one with a little red light instead of a ball underneath. It just goes crazy and gets lost at times! Is there any way I can adjust its movements? Thanks.


Peanut    Posted 12-22-2004 at 05:02:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just like JoeK said about the optical mouse. They do become confused but it is typically because of a lack of pattern on the mouse pad or desktop. An optical mouse "reads" patterns to detect you moving the mouse as opposed to a roller ball mouse that actually moves the pointer as the ball rolls.

Most optical mice require an installation disk. You may need to reinstall the software. Microsoft or Logitech are the most popular optical mice. Not a big deal but I would try the altering the surface with a more obvious pattern before you reinstall the driver.

USB or PS2 connection to your computer should not matter. A connection is a connection.

Optical mice are head and shoulders better than roller mice. They do not need to be cleaned and will typically outlast at least 5X longer. Only problem is when their optical reader has a hard time reading and the pointer jumps around as you describe.


thanks!    Posted 12-22-2004 at 07:43:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now at least I have a better understanding of the mouse behavior. I appreciate that, peanut. What type design on a mouse pad is best for one. The one I am using now is a calendar 2005 that changes each month. It has a different kitty each month plus a monthly calendar graph.


Peanut    Posted 12-22-2004 at 10:50:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
The changing calendar is probably just fine. I assume the mouse pad has some sort of acrylic covering. I think that covering may be your problem. The "shine" may be confusing the mouse. Try it without any pad at all. I have had better luck that way ... especially with wood desks. If yours is glass or high gloss laminate that wont help you. I use a black and white mouse pad with a design that looks like an eclipse with plenty of color variations for the optics to pick up.


JoeK    Posted 12-21-2004 at 21:13:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Optical meeses can become confused by a pattern(on the mousepad) beneath them.Have you tried it w/o a pad or just on a shhet of paper......Is it PS2 compatible and did a disk come with it.If it's USB,I'm outta my class :)


Clod    Posted 12-21-2004 at 20:36:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
You up there with WIN 98. Maybe return to a normal mouse to see if that affected your sound. Then do this.>>>> HIT lower left >START<< Look up to >>SETTINGS<< Click SETTINGs.Go right to >>CONTROL PANEL<<< Click that up..Look at all the icons in the group for a computer picture icon,Named >>SYSTEM<< Click it up...Look at top of the block that comes up named SYSTEM PROPERTIES. Choose >>DEVICE MANAGER< To click up.,Then you see a list of devices.Look up and down those for a YELLOW EXCLAMATION PINT. By that there is a problem.If it has to do with a sound feature good luck! Unless you lost only the sound card driver,Then you are lucky.Easy to install one of those.


midway    Posted 12-22-2004 at 07:22:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have Win 98se, right click on the speaker icon down on the right bottom of the monitor, should bring up all the adjustments for sound.


Alvin NE WI    Posted 12-22-2004 at 18:33:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got no speaker icon left at the bottom of the monitor. I have gone to sounds and also system, nothing there that show me how to bring them back to life. Thanks for you help Alvin


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