Category Archives: Troubleshoot

no audio device

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I got this problem a lot when I was shutting down some memory eating processes. Sometimes I couldn’t play mp3’s anymore, while system sound kept playing. Mediamonkey just skipped all songs and Winamp threw an error at me: “No sound devices found. Please buy a soundcard first” (how silly) and “A device ID has been used that is out of range for your system.”. Via control panel and sounds and audio devices I found that the audio device was not found “no audio device”. I dug up this small tip, which worked for me!

Go to Start / control Panel /Administrative Tools / Component Services
This will pull up a separate window, on the left click services (local) from the tree. Go down to the windows audio service. If the service is on disabled or manual; right click and select properties under “startup type” change to “automatic“- click apply. click “start”. Reboot!

left-handside folder bar in windows explorer turned to gray

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Problem: left-handside folder bar in windows explorer turned to gray

Solution:

  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Enter the command cd \Windows\System
  3. Verify that the command prompt shows C:\Windows\System.
  4. Enter the command regsvr32 /i shdocvw.dll
  5. Enter the command regsvr32 /i browseui.dll

Alternative solution:

  1. Close Windows Explorer
  2. Start the Registry Editor
  3. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  4. Locate the value named “ExplorerBar” and delete it
  5. Restart Windows Explorer

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