After disabling the speakers in Sound Control panel, how to re-enable them?

On 64-bit Vista with latest updates, in a hurry to catch a streaming signal with sound only in headphones, I disabled one of the entries in the Sound control panel, which was the laptop's speakers.  This was done by selecting the item and selecting Disable from the right click menu.  When I return to that panel to re-enable the speakers, they are no longer listed there, and are not found while doing a scan for hardware.  How can the speakers be re-enabled?

The sound device is "SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio", and the computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad T61P.
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Hi,

Right Click Speaker near clock - Playback Devices - right click in the box area - check Show disabled and disconnected devices. Highlight speaker and on the lower Right click Properties check settings for Device Usage enabled and so on. Also do same for Configure on Lower Left of that box.

Hope this helps.
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Last updated April 2, 2021 Views 116,760 Applies to: