Volume control on task bar

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Gordon, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    The volume control on my computer's task bar has vanished and I
    can't figure out how to restore it. I'm talking about the small
    speaker icon that was located at the right hand end of my task
    bar. It was there and fully functional a few days ago but seems
    to have been deleted entirely.

    When I open Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices, then select
    the Volume Tab I see a small checkbox with the text; Place Volume
    Icon on the task bar. When I check this checkbox I get an error
    message; Windows cannot display the volume control on the task
    bar because the volume control has not been installed. To install
    it, use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel.

    I've tried everything I can think of in so much as installing the
    volume control with the Add/Remove Programs function in Control
    Panel. There is no explicit mentioning of the volume control, but
    seems to want me to place a CD in the CD drive then tell it which
    program to install. I blank out here...which CD, and which
    program or whatever on this CD?

    Incidentally, my computer's sound system works normally for
    things like MIDI files playing through the SB Live Wave Device.
    Also, in Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices - Sounds Tab,
    all the computer function sounds are working.

    What killed my Volume Control and how may I restore it? I use
    Pizzicato Arpege Music software to compose music scores, and have
    always played these through the computer sound system, but this
    is not available now and the music software is silent.

    Thanks for any leads or insights, Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  2. Gordon

    Vaidd Guest

    Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Volume
    Tick - Place volume icon in the taskbar
     
    Vaidd, Feb 8, 2008
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  3. When this happens to my system I run CHKDSK /F on the drive with the OS
    instaled. After reboot it comes back. If chkdsk fixes a lot of problems you
    may have to repeat process to regain colume control icon. If that doesn't
    fix it for you, try the add/remove programs and insert the driver CD for
    your sound card.

    Mike.
     
    Michael Hawes, Feb 8, 2008
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  4. Gordon

    PeterC Guest

    Sorry, can't help with the missing icon, but I don't have that there
    anyway.
    I use VoluMouse: it runs at startup, there's no icon visible but the good
    bit is that the volume is controllable with the mousewheel when the pointer
    is anywhere over the taskbar/quick launch/tray.
    It's very configurable (if not entirely intuitive). Worth having a shortcut
    on the desktop or somewhere so that the interface is available.

    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/volumouse.html
     
    PeterC, Feb 8, 2008
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  5. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, Vaidd, but I've tried this and gotten the error message
    mentioned in my original post. The error message reads, "Windows
    cannot display the volume control on the task bar because the
    Volume Control has not been installed. To install it, use
    Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel."

    The volume control was installed and it was working properly
    until about 3 days ago. I have no idea what uninstalled it, nor
    what CD I need to put in the CD drive to re-install it.

    Incidentally, I'm running Windows XP Pro, SP 2, with MS Office
    2007, Adobe PhotoShop, AutoCAD and some music software on this
    computer. It has been, and except for the loss of the Volume
    Control it is still working well. My music software operates as
    it should except that it is unable to play the music as it has in
    the past. I can save my music files to a MIDI format, then play
    these with Windows Media Player, but this doesn't let me view the
    music note sequence as I can in my music software.

    Thanks, Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  6. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, Peter. I may have to go this way, but I liked the
    original Volume Control and would like to simply restore it to
    the way it was working until about 3 days ago.

    I'm not sure my Pizzicato Arpege music software would work with
    the VoluMouse setup, but if I can't get back to square one, I
    will try it.

    Does your signature block imply that Newton's third law of motion
    is limited to billiards and bowling ball mechanics? Just curious!
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  7. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Yes, I tried this with several program CDs, hoping that the
    needed .dll file or what ever, could be located but this hasn't
    worked, so far.
    That's the message I get when I click on the checkbox in Control
    Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices - Volume tab. It makes a raucous
    blooping sound and opens an error message telling me to use the
    Add/Remove Programs function to re-install or otherwise enable
    the Volume Control icon on the task bar.
    Thanks, John, I tried, or started to try using the XP CD. I got a
    warning message telling me that the XP files on the CD were older
    than those on my computer's hard drive, due to on-line updates,
    and the implication was that I should NOT try to re-install from
    the CD.

    So, I need to know which little obscure file on this CD has the
    sound Volume Control .dll or whatever, so I can tell my
    Add/Remove Programs where to look for the file it needs.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  8. Gordon

    Vaidd Guest

    The CD would be the Windows XP CD. If it is a full Windows XP CD
    (rather than a manufacturer's restore CD) then it should have a repair
    option available if the Add/Remove cannot locate the volume control.
     
    Vaidd, Feb 8, 2008
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  9. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    You have misunderstood me. I have NOT been asked for any specific
    CD. I was just guessing that maybe the error message was
    referring to the XP CD.

    The error message reads, "Windows cannot display the volume
    control on the task bar because the Volume Control has not been
    installed. To install it, use Add/Remove Programs in Control
    Panel."

    That's all, there is NO information as to where I can find the
    necessary file or files that I need to install. I was just
    guessing that maybe this was on the XP CD, but when I tried using
    the XP CD I was warned not to do so because the files on the CD
    were older than the files on my computer. Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  10. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, David, I was just afraid that if I continued with the
    Windows XP CD it would mess up the whole OS and I would be unable
    to pursue this missing volume control problem any farther.

    If I can get my curate up I'll try using the Windows XP Restore
    function.

    Yes, this is a full Windows XP CD. That is, I bought it to
    upgrade from Windows 2000. It does have to have some indication
    that an upgrade is permissible. I could put the Windows 2000 CD
    in the drive momentarily to satisfy this requirement.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  11. Control Panel > Add/Remove Software > Add/Remove Windows Components (on
    the left side) > highlight "Accessories and Utilities" > click Details >
    highlight "Multimedia" > click Details > checkmark Volume Control > click
    OK, etc.
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    Michael Cecil, Feb 8, 2008
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  12. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, Michael. I went back to Control Panel > Add or Remove
    Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components, then clicked on the
    "Accessories and Utilities" check box. Then I clicked the
    "Details" button and got only two items on the next
    screen...Accessories and Games.

    I then checked the box for Accessories and clicked on the
    "Details" button and got a multitude of items, but nothing that
    looked like "Volume Control"

    I'm thinking that this whole Volume Control function must have
    been deleted when I was doing a disk defrag and general clean-up
    a few days ago.

    I think I should go ahead and do a re-install of Windows XP Pro,
    even though I was warned not to go ahead with this because the
    files on the CD were older than those on the computer. I suppose
    I could then do an on-line update and restore the later version
    files.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  13. Yes, but if you're going to do that be sure to download SP2 beforehand.
    You don't want to go online with an unpatched fresh XP install these days.
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    Michael Cecil, Feb 8, 2008
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  14. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, Meerkat. I looked and found the file SHDVOL32.EX_ on
    my Windows XP CD and also in the Windows\I386 folder on my hard
    drive. But, since this isn't a regular .exe file I can't run it
    as a separate program. I think this .ex_ designation means that
    it has to be run by the install program or some such.

    I'm about ready to give up on this and buy a VISTA upgrade then
    install it and see if this would correct the problem.

    Is there any chance that removing the sound card then booting, to
    let the computer clear the record of the old sound setup, then
    re-install the sound card and see if it Windows XP would find it
    and set it up properly? Might be worth a try. I sure haven't much
    to lose. Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 8, 2008
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  15. Gordon

    Fred Guest

    It needs to be expanded as it is a compressed file on the cd.

    From Kellys Corner

    Volume Control - Error Message

    If the above hasn't helped and you have received this error:

    Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume
    Control program has not been installed. To install it use Add/Remove
    Programs in Control Panel.

    To resolve this issue, extract a new copy of Sndvol32.exe from the Windows
    XP CD to the system_root \System32 folder on your computer's hard disk. To
    do this, follow these steps:

    Start/Run/CMD. In the command prompt window type:

    X: (where X is your CD Drive letter)
    CD \I386

    Then use the expand command: expand -r sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32

    Note: This assumes XP is installed on C: and that its installed in the
    Windows folder. If not, you'll need to adjust the command accordingly.
    Additionally, this must be an installable version of XP, not a "recovery
    CD".
     
    Fred, Feb 9, 2008
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  16. Windows up to XP had this toggle switch in
    / Control Panel / Multimedia.
     
    Don Phillipson, Feb 9, 2008
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  17. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks, Fred, I printed this message out and will go through this
    procedure shortly. I want to play around with the existing setup
    a bit and try to learn just what is going on. I do have my sound
    back in my music software, and that was the main problem. Now if
    I can get the Volume Control back in the task bar I'll be in fine
    shape.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 9, 2008
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  18. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    I tried to do this after I got all my critical files backed up,
    but hit a snag. Here is a copy/paste of the command text. I had
    to try a few times before I got the command text keyed in with
    the proper spaces, but it finally accepted my input, then
    couldn't open the file for some reason.

    My CD drive is W: as indicated in the following text.

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD\I386
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD \I386
    'W:CD' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD\I386
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W: CD \I386

    W:\>expand -r sndvol32.ex_
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Can't open input file: sndvol32.ex_.


    W:\>expand -r sndvol32.ex_
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Can't open input file: sndvol32.ex_.


    W:\>

    -------------------------
    Back to Windows Explorer...

    I checked the CD. The file is located in the folder I386, and is
    listed as sndrec32.ex_

    What am I doing wrong?
     
    Gordon, Feb 9, 2008
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  19. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Okay, now that I've had my second cup of coffee, I think I am
    finally awake. I see what I was doing wrong with the command and
    ran it again as follows;

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD\I386
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD \I386
    'W:CD' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W:CD\I386
    The system cannot find the path specified.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Gordon L. Richard>W: CD \I386

    W:\>expand -r sndvol32.ex_
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Can't open input file: sndvol32.ex_.


    W:\>expand -r sndvol32.ex_
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Can't open input file: sndvol32.ex_.


    W:\>expand -r sndvol32.ex_ c:windows\system32
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Can't open input file: sndvol32.ex_.

    Can't open input file: c:windows\system32.


    W:\>CD \I386

    W:\I386>expand -r sndvol32.ex_ c:\windows\system32
    Microsoft (R) File Expansion Utility Version 5.1.2600.0
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp 1990-1999. All rights reserved.

    Expanding sndvol32.ex_ to c:\windows\system32\sndvol32.exe.
    sndvol32.ex_: 56489 bytes expanded to 138752 bytes, 145%
    increase.


    W:\I386>

    This seems to have gotten the file expanded and into the system32
    folder on my hard drive. I'll now try re-booting and see if the
    volume control shows up in the taskbar.

    Gordon
     
    Gordon, Feb 9, 2008
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  20. Gordon

    ProfGene Guest

    Go to programs, accessories, entertainment, then volume control, click
    on it, and it will appear back on your task bar.
     
    ProfGene, Mar 16, 2008
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