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Recently, my laptop's speakers have stopped producing any sounds.

Its a very weird problem.

1) The internal/built in speakers used to work fine, but now no sound comes out.

2) If I put in the ear phones that came with my mobile phone, no sound can be heard in them (used to work previously)

3) If I use an external headphone, then sounds can be heard, but with a lot of static and very hard to understand.

What could be the problem?

I'm using Windows XP.

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Hardware error, most likely. Have a technician look at it, because he/she may need to open it up and check the wiring. – user3463 Nov 14 '10 at 4:50
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This really does sound like a hardware problem. Before you go to the trouble and expense of opening it up however, I suggest you try one or more of the following:

  1. System Restore to a time when the speakers worked.
  2. Linux live CD
  3. Reinstall the drivers - should be available on the manufacturer's website.

If the problem remains, there's nothing for it but to open the case. It may be nothing more serious than a card or cable needing reseating.

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