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Old Jun 15, 2007, 04:02 AM   #1
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Volume stopped working

Hello all, but of a curious one here.

I can't seem to adjust my system volume using either the slider on the menu bar or the keys on my keyboard.

When I try, the volume change display appears but wont work. Have taken a screenshot.

Any ideas?
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 04:24 AM   #2
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Repair permissions, relaunch Dock and Finder and/or restart.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 04:45 AM   #3
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Cool, thanks for the tips. Will try when I get home.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 05:09 AM   #4
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If those methods don't work (and they should), then a quick PRAM reset might get you back on your feet, as shown here.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 05:14 AM   #5
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^^ Cool, didn't see that other thread... it was the little '' that made me think of permissions, but the PRAM makes even more sense when it comes to Volume settings...
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I've seen it a bit 'round here recently. There's a bug with the audio jack and a restart fixes it, but there seems to be another bug out there that needs the full PRAM reset to kick it back into action.
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 09:11 AM   #7
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actually just had that happen to me with my imac, repair permissions did not work, however resetting the PRAM did. now if you can think of anyway to make Mail launch i'd be doing alright. i click on it in the dock and nothing comes up. to make matters worse i have to use force quit to make the little gray triangle go away. (can't use the short cut)
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 05:59 PM   #8
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Try dragging a file named com.apple.mail.plist from your Preferences folder to the Desktop. Does it launch now?
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 06:13 PM   #9
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mail trouble

are you talking about mail-->preferences? i can't even get mail to launch from the applications folder. i get the beach ball and then have to force quit because of non responding
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Old Jun 15, 2007, 06:23 PM   #10
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Nah. Do a Spotlight search for that file and drag it to the Desktop. It's in a folder in your Home folder's Library called Preferences.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 05:48 AM   #11
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Only just had a chance to try the tips and no joy!

I've repaired permissions, reset the PRAM and relaunched finder/dock and still can't change volume.

Any more ideas chaps?
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 05:53 AM   #12
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Does it work if you log into another account (make one if you have to)?
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 06:04 AM   #13
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Yes it does!

How do you think I can fix it?
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 06:12 AM   #14
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Don't know, yet... but I have a couple of ideas...

From your original account, can you regulate the volume if you go directly in System Preferences -> Sound -> Output and use the Output volume slider?
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You've solved it!

Went to sound pref and, as you can see from the screenshot, the selected output device had no volume control. I changed the output device and we're off!

Thanks for the help
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Not the culprit I was expecting, but always glad to be of some assistance...
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You've solved it!

Went to sound pref and, as you can see from the screenshot, the selected output device had no volume control. I changed the output device and we're off!

Thanks for the help
Some pieces of software will install the aggregated sound driver and give the symptoms you were describing. I had a similar issue when I install iShowU and used the option to record system volume. Glad you found the solution, just thought i would point this out.
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