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XP sound cocked up?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by mlp, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. mlp New Member

    Aug 19, 2012
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    I have been trying to fix a sound problem on my Dell OEM installation of XP Pro sp3

    All seems simple however i am trying to find a file that should be on the installation disc but!!

    The file is "SndVol32.exe" .I have searched the disc many times and even searched another spare installation disk but nothing comes but "not found "

    I have found some remedies in some of the microsoft updates and followed the instructions to the letter but without the file being on the install disk how can I solve the problem any help would be welcome

  2. ron732


    Jun 25, 2010
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    The file on the XP install disk is compressed and is named "sndvol32.ex_" . Try the following to restore it (got this solution from Microsoft Community):

    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive. Press and hold the SHIFT key as you insert the CD to prevent it from starting automatically.
    2. Start>Run>cmd [enter]
    3. At the command prompt, type the drive letter of the CD drive or DVD drive, type a colon, and then press Enter. For example, if your computer’s CD drive is drive E, you would type the following at the command prompt:
    e: [enter]
    4. Still in the command prompt, type:
    cd i386 [enter]
    expand sndvol32.ex_ C:\Windows\system32\sndvol32.exe [enter]

    Note There is a space between "ex_" and "c:\windows" in this command.
    5. Type exit to exit the command prompt, and then press Enter.
    6. Verify that you can start Volume Control and that the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area. If the Volume icon is displayed in the notification area, you are finished.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2013

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