“Volume Control Missing”
your volume control icon disappeared from the system tray? The small
speaker or tuner icon that most users click to adjust audio volume
levels has been known to become “missing” in certain
circumstances. For many users, the volume icon is among only a few in
the system tray that are used often. When this convenient tool
disappears, it can cause quite a bit of trouble when you have no
other readily available way to turn down or turn up the volume. In
many cases, the cause of this problem is due to a misconfiguration of
the audio device or a corruption of those settings due to a faulty
driver. In nearly all scenarios, replacing the driver corrects the
we get into what causes the volume control to disappear, we should
first discuss audio devices and how Windows manages audio devices.
Understanding how Windows communicates with and cooperates with audio
devices will perhaps provide a better platform for understanding how
and why volume controls go “missing”.
Audio Device: How it Works
controllers, audio chips, audio cards)
are either integrated into a computer motherboard or they are
attached to it separately as a stand-alone component. Sound cards
alone are different from other hardware devices because the chip that
is a part of the card is engineered to interpret all manners of audio
signals and communicate them to other hardware devices and the
none of this functionality is possible without the assistance of a
small piece of software called a driver. A driver provides all the
instructions that a physical hardware device requires in order to be
functional. The audio device driver allows the audio device to
communicate with other hardware devices and the operating system.
Thus, enabling it to receive music files stored on a computer and
output them to speakers.
driver also allows the user to set preferences for the audio device.
The preferences are actually stored within the Windows operating
system but it is the driver that finds these stored preferences and
communicates them to the device.
Audio Device: Integration with Windows
recognizes a single audio device as the default. The “default”
status means that the configured device will be responsible for all
audio input and output. Although Windows does allow the user to
specify different devices for particular audio functions, the default
device is responsible for all audio tasks if no other device is
present or specified otherwise.
settings are easily adjusted from the Control Panel but many users
may find it difficult to navigate to the appropriate window in order
to make the changes they desire. The settings are then stored in the
Windows registry where the audio device driver will look for them
when the information is called for.
Windows registry is a complex, hierarchical index of all the
settings, configurations and files that make up a Windows computer.
The registry makes things easier for Windows but it tends to overly
complicate things for the average user. In addition to it's
complexity, the Windows registry is not particularly known for
staying error free. Corruption often results in damaged settings and
is often the cause of the “Volume Control Missing”.
Causes of “Volume Control Missing”
the volume control is missing from the system tray, it could likely
lead to several different problem areas but most commonly, a missing
volume control is simply because of a minor, user misconfiguration of
audio settings. Below is a list of the most common causes of this
icon is configured to
in the system tray.
icon is turned off in the Control Panel.
registry value containing the setting is missing or corrupted.
default audio device is not set or not set correctly.
audio driver is out-of-date.
audio device driver is missing, corrupt or not installed.
audio device is disabled.
audio recent driver upgrade or installation failed.
wrong driver was installed for the default audio device.
not uncommon for audio settings and configurations to become altered
incorrectly and cause the volume control to disappear. New and
updated drivers for the audio device are in constant development are
released frequently. The upgraded drivers improve the hardware
performance and provide a greater level of stability, preserving
device settings and configurations better.
learn how to manually correct the “Volume Control Missing”
problem, you can read our self-help troubleshooting guide. The guide
will take you through the troubleshooting process step-by-step and
help you to re-enable the volume icon in the system tray. To read the
Windows XP guide, click here. To read the Windows Vista/7 guide,
a seamless and troubleshooting free solution, continue reading below
to learn more about the automated method.
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