Re: Speakers not working
Well first of all, have you tried a different set of speakers? If you try a different set of speakers and they still don't work, then you'll know that it's the sound card.
If not, it's the speakers. You need to do that first, you may only need new speakers and not a new soundcard.
Also, check the volume control panel (the little speaker icon in the system tray) and make sure that the volume is not muted, and that it is turned up to a sufficient level so you can hear it.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'