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    Audio cutting out

    Lately when I start my computer the audio is not working. Both on board audio, and USB audio device. I have to reboot the computer a few times for the audio to kick in. Once audio kicks in there is no problem. Has anyone experienced this, or have an idea?

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    Weak battery?
    Weak alternator?
    Bad connections along common path?
    Bad internal connections?

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    No, it has nothing to do with the audio system or wiring, I should have been more clear. I mean audio doesn't happen at all on the system, literally doesn't play not just a matter of not producing audio. Besides my app, if I play wmp the song doesn't even progress. I click the play button, it registers that I clicked play, but the time doesn't progress. Audio doesn't play. You might say it could be the wmp class itself, however, I don't even hear the starting sound of win when this happens.

    I didn't look into device manager because it is not an auditory playback issue, although i guess it couldnt hurt so ill look there next time it happens. Its just dumbfounding. Any thoughts?

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    Sunds like you might need to do some troubleshooting when it's in a state w/ the audio not working.
    It sounds like there might be a driver that didn't initialize properly.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    How would I go about doing that type of trouble shooting? I can see a drver not allowing me to hear things, I cant think of what type of driver prevents actual playing of an audio file. What would you look for if device manager says everything is working?

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    Well, not knowing your system, I'd start by looking in Device Manager and seeing if a device doesn't load, specifically one or more audio devices.
    I'd also look in Windows System log to see if there's anything in there that may help identify the culprit, such as /DLLs not loading and that sort of thing.

    Since you have two audio devices, you might try disconnecting one and seeing if the audio is more reliable.

    Are you running any vendor-specific utilities and/or control panels? Most audio drivers provide something like this to access more advanced configuration options.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Ok, it happened again. Every thing in device manager is as it should be. The option of disconnecting one of the audio devices is not possible. Tis because my main is a USB optical sound card, but on really cold days <40', it won't work on start up, so the system defaults to the factory stuff. Ill have to wait until the temp is regular >50'.

    No there is no external control panel or vender specific software. (Behringer USB optical sound card)

    When I'm in windows logs, there are five categories, which one should I focus on, and what do I do with the info (yes, I do realize that's a vague question considering the situation.)?

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    what kind of pc. what chipsets ? do you have any usb dosked ? unplug everything that you can and boot to see what happens. this sounds ( if it is a hadware problem ) like mobo problem.. also get in safe mode and check device manager. also check if ( when the problem occurs ) if you can enter in the audio device properties from tray icon.
    in case that the mobo's chipset has an auto detection on the backpanel audio be sure to uncheck ( no automatic detection ) .

    i hope you ll solve that

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    Zotac ad10 plus. I don't know what "usb dosked" is. Unplugging everything won't really be of any help because like I said it is sporadic and few in between this happens. Going into safe mode and checking if the device manager for the problem won't help because rebooting sometimes fixes the problem; plus if everything shows working on complete startup, why would anything show in safe? Yes I can get into audio device when the problem happens and everything shows to be working fine.

    I went ahead and reformatted everything and did a clean install and I'm keeping it barebones for a while. I started to think that maybe an audio file got corrupted on one f the many times the computer didn't shut down properly, or a windows update is interfering.

    Thanks for all the suggestions and help.

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    Everything has been running fine after the reformat, and of course the day after I make that post the problem pops back up smh. Anyway, I noticed something new today, and it made me recall something that I noticed one time long before. A couple months ago when the computer started and there was no audio, there was a "blip" of sound from the windows starting audio...about 1.5 seconds...before the audio cut out totally(I only noticed it once because of the way my amp and audio system is set up in my car). Today when there was no audio, I did a restart and I noticed just before my screen turned off (my screen usually shuts off before I see hanging programs) the computer was being hung up by the windows exit sound. No sound could be heard, but the message said I had to wait for the windows exit song to finish playing. It wouldn't end...4 min then I forced the exit. So with this new information, what should I look for?

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