Sunday, August 01, 2004

Another problem with my new laptop.

Here's what happened:
  1. I had the sound muted
  2. I double clicked on an MPG file, which launched PowerDVD.
  3. That infernal program somehow overrode the muting and played the audio anyway.
  4. I frantically kill the sound because it was muted for a reason.
That's rude enough, but it gets worse.

Later, I went to play Quake 2 and found no sound. I say to myself, "Self, you left the sound muted!" It turns out, though, it's not muted. It turns out, my laptop can't make a peep.

Thinking it has something to do with PowerDVD, I started it up. Lo and behold, it played loud and clear. If I paused it and tried to play something else, that worked too, but if PowerDVD wasn't running, there was no sound.

I went through the online troubleshooting steps (the ones that start with "check your volume") and got nowhere. I tried various steps of starting the player, changing the Windows sound settings, changing PowerDVD's settings, and so on. I rebooted a few times. Nothing seemed to help.

Eventually, after I'd stopped trying to fix it, it just started working again. I have no idea what happened.
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