Reply To: Windows 7 application sounds missing
HotDawg…I have been Googling and ran across this…
In some cases, you can work around the problem by disabling optional speaker effects that are collectively known as enhancements. If disabling speaker effects solves the problem, you might need to update your audio driver.
To disable speaker audio enhancements.
a. Open Sound by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type sound, and then click Sound.
b. On the Playback tab, click Speakers, and then click Properties.
c. Click the Enhancements tab, and then select the Disable all enhancements check box.
If you do not see an Enhancements tab in the Speakers Properties dialog box, those features are not available for your speakers and this procedure is not applicable to your computer.
If disabling audio enhancements solves the audio problem you are experiencing, this typically indicates that your audio driver needs to be updated.
If disabling audio enhancements solves the audio problem you are experiencing, check to see if an updated driver is available for your computer from the manufacturer’s website.
Perform the following steps and check if that helps.
a. Click the Start Button, type “MMSYS.CPL” (without quotation marks) in the Start Search box and press Enter.
b. On Playback tab, click the Speaker which is used currently and click Properties button.
c. Switch to Advanced tab, uncheck the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” option.
d. If the Enhancements tab is available, click it. Check ‘Disable all sound effects”.
e. In Setting section, Select None.
f. Click Apply and click OK.