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  • Task Bar Sound Test Button No Longer Works

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1903 – May 2019 Update Task Bar Sound Test Button No Longer Works

    This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  curtjones 7 months ago.

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    • #1846860 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      On one of my PCs (Windows 10 Pro v 1903) the task bar sound test button
      in the slider no longer produces a sound. Sound on the PC is fine,
      e.g., via Windows Media Player or Control Panel > Sound > Sounds > Test.
      In fact the task bar slider controls the volume properly, e.g., for a
      Windows Media piece. It’s just the button on the slider that doesn’t
      seem to work anymore when clicked — changes color but does not make a
      sound. Mute isn’t on, of course (at least not according to the volume
      control). This makes me wonder if the slider test sound is associated
      with some control in Control Panel > Sound > Sounds that is set to
      “none”. If so, I couldn’t find it. In contrast, my other Windows 10
      Pro 1903 PC does not have this problem. Jeff

    • #1847298 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      It uses “Default beep” which is normally assigned “Windows Background.wav”:

      Disable “ding” sound when changing volume on Windows (tested)

      Microsoft Edge, Win 10 Pro 1909: Group ASAP (pioneer)

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    • #1847305 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks, that sounded reasonable, but apparently that’s not the problem.
      I looked under Control Panel > Sound > Sounds and saw Default Beep was
      assigned to a wav. Just in case, I reassigned it to a different wav,
      clicked Test (sounded OK), then clicked Apply. But the slider Test
      still stayed silent. I know the audio works because of the Sounds >
      Test and because I can play Windows Media Player.

      I also verified on another PC that I could change Default Beep and the
      slider test would change to match the new sound. So something else is
      going on than a misset Default Beep. Jeff

    • #1848228 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I has a similar problem with with a software package to edit music. The solution was as follows:

      – Bring up the main Settings screen within Windows.
      – Proceed to the “Privacy” section.
      – Click on “Microphone” in the left-hand list.
      – Modify the settings here to allow apps to use the microphone.

      This should resolve the problem in Cleaning Lab, resulting from the restriction on the access of the sound hardware resources.
      Not sure about why this happened but it worked.


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