Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 5100 Notebook ?

The sound will not work on my Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. I've checked all the settings, volume, and unmute. I know it's old, but...it's all I have! :0)


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I have / had the same problem and have seen it other places on the web where the Headphones work , but the speakers don't. There is a set of contacts in the headphone jack that open / disconnect the speakers when something is plugged in. I was fiddling with the headphone plug and applying slight pressure toward the front and bottom, I emphasize "slight", and the speakers started working. So in my case it is the jack that needs replacing.
Go to control panel,then choose system,hardware ,device manager and look for yellow flagged items. scroll down to sound,video,and game controllers. click on audio and update device drive. Also you may copy service tag # down and the go to www.support.dell.com . Under support and drivers there will be a place to enter the service tag. Then you should be able to see a list of updated drivers for that model. You may choose optional, recommended & urgent and they will be displayed. If you attempt to install them be sure to read about the proper order in which Dell recommends that you install them. I recently updated a Inspiron 5100. This model has an updated bios that needs to be flashed ,if yours has not been already. If you arent comfortable doing this, I would highly advise you to have someone with the knowledge on flashing the bios,do it for you. If you have a good understanding of it, there is detailed info on that site.
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