I’ve just spent a few hours trying to get a plantronics headset working on Windows 7. I’ve actually given up with that, but since doing so, my sound card completely stopped working with an error suggesting it could not find anything plugged into it. When running the windows diags, it told me – Audio device is disabled. Not fixed.
Wow this brought back some memories. I remember getting this problem on the old windows machines we had here at work. I believe we have some very restrictive registry policies set on our DC, causing all sorts of problems. I guess I’ll have to look at resetting the main group policy.
I eventually found a fix, which was to run the following from a command prompt (as administrator) –
net localgroup Administrators /add networkservice
press enter then type:
net localgroup Administrators /add localservice
press enter then type:
press enter and restart your computer
I hope it helps you, as it did me!
Now, to figure out why it happened in the first place and reset that old GPO!
I”ve fixed a lot of computers and laptops now with a couple of really great programs. I found one of them by word of mouth. It”s called Hitman Pro and I highly recommend it.
You can download the program for free and run a 1 time scan. It doesn”t take long to scan your system and it detects all the latest viruses and malware. You get a 30 day trial but if you are fixing a virus ridden machine then you only need it the once.. It”s made by SurfRight, check it out.
Another great program I found on the net is ComboFix. This is a highly powerful program and the website suggests it could damage your machine if not used correctly. They do suggest you open a ticket with them to discuss the problem, but the laptop I had was so broken this really was the last option before I reformatted. You have to accept the terms and let it run for a few hours, depending on the speed of your laptop I guess. This one was quite slow so I left it on it”s own for a while (over night). Once I came back the virus was gone and I could surf the web again. The virus affected the registry quite badly and permissions were all locked down. It looked quite a mess, but this program seemed to have rebuilt the lot.
I would only use this as a last resort, but I”ve tried an XP machine and a Vista machine with success on both occasions. Make sure you go to the BleepingComputers website to get it though, there”s a few fakes out there. Read the site completely before you do any work.