How long have you been experiencing this problem?
Have you recently installed or uninstalled any software or hardware?
Are you experiencing this with both headset as well as speakers?
I would suggest you to follow these steps.
1. Go to sound and in the play back tab chcek if the 2.1 speakers is listed and selected as default.
2. If it is not seen, right click and select show disabled and disconnect device and set 2.1 speakers to default and chcek if it works.
If this does not help, follow the steps below.
If your computer is having problems playing sound, try using the Playing Audio troubleshooter to fix the problem. It checks for common problems with your volume settings, your sound card or driver, and your speakers or headphones.
Open the Playing Audio troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Hardware and Sound, click Troubleshoot audio playback. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
For further information, visit the below mentioned link:
Hope this information helped!
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Finally I bought I new set of speakers and now works ok, the headphones are not working but I believe this will be fixed when I get new ones!
The strange thing is that the old speakers are working with the old computer but not with the new one!!!!
Thank you all for the ideas.
PS. 1norcalman if you manage to solve the problem write to us also. I will check my laptop with Win7 to see and I will tell you.
I have tried my laptop with win7 and it works ok with the build in speakers.