Why Don’t I Get Sound from My Computer? (A Checklist)

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Try as I might, I can’t get my computer to output sound. Nothing. I can’t figure out what’s wrong.

That’s actually a composite of questions that I get very, very often. Sometimes it applies to only specific applications; other times it applies to the entire machine.

The problem is, it’s a single silent symptom that can come from several sources.

So, let’s run down a bit of a checklist.

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Why Am I Getting the “USB Inserted” Sound When I Haven’t Inserted Anything?

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I have a Lenovo T-430 running Windows 7, 64-bit. Every time I start this machine I get the “USB inserted” sound, not once but twice. This is when there’s nothing connected to the laptop. Do you have any idea why this is happening and how I can track down what hardware is causing this and how do I fix it? It’s really no big deal but it is kind of annoying.

The good news here is aside from the annoyance of the sound, this probably isn’t anything to worry about. I have a couple of ideas.

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