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Windows 10 Sound Problems

Windows 10 is smart.  Somtimes it's too smart for it's own good!  I've run across a number of people who have had issues with the sound not working.  This is especially true if you have a laptop and use a dock to connect it to multiple montiors.  I've also seen it happen if you have a desktop and connect a usb cable to your monitors so you can plug in a usb drive to the side of the monitor.

Symptom: No Sound yet the volume is at 100%
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Cause: Windows 10 is being "helpful" and switched your default speaker to be your monitor speakers. Please know - you monitor DOESN'T have a speaker!
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Solution: Tell Windows what speaker you are actually using

  1. Click this
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  2. In the list that pops up select your real speakers (Sometimes it's not evident so you'll need to select one at a time and test the sound.)
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    NOTE: Make sure to turn the volume up on the item you just selected. 

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