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HP Envy 17 3000
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

It seems that my computer refuses to output stereo.  I have a real need to do that and can find no reason why it won't work.  Other threads here in the last few years ended with no resolution.  PLEASE do not tell me that my nice laptop (which I own 6 of) cannot do a simple task like actually play music in stereo.  

 

HOW CAN I FIX THIS?

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Thank you, but your reply seems to be wrong in every respect.    However, I FOUND THE ANSWER.

 

Bear in mind that I own SIX HP Envy 17 3000 series PCs, all updated to Windows 10, and have been working with them daily for years.

 

- when you refer to "the Settings button at the top-right of the Home Screen", I have no idea what you are talking about.  

- I have never seen the "Sound Preferences" panel that you showed as a screenshot in your reply.

- Though I can barely read it (it's too small), it appears that you are showing a "system sounds" control panel, which has absolutely nothing to do with my problem.

 

I FOUND THE ANSWER for turning on "stereo" playback:

 

- From the START menu, I opened "Settings".

- in the main Settings window, I did a search for "AUDIO", which apparently is a different control panel from the more typical "SOUND" control panel.

- in the "AUDIO" control panel there is an option to "turn on mono audio".  On my PC, it was set to "ON".  I switched it to "OFF" and suddenly, I had real stereo output from my speakers and headphones. 

 

Almost too easy.  I must confess I was not aware of the "AUDIO" control panel, and am not clear why it is separate from the "SOUND" control panel.

 

mono audio control panel.jpg

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@Steve_in_DE

Thank you for posting on HP Support Community.

 

Don't worry as I'll be glad to help, I have a few troubleshooting steps we could try to fix the issue:  

You can turn device sounds on and off using the Sound Preferences utility. You can also specify which sounds to play when a particular event occurs.

To adjust the sound preferences:

  1. Click the Settings button at the top-right of the Home Screen, and then click the Advanced tab.

  2. Click Sound. The Sound Preferences window opens.

  3. Modify your sound preferences, and then click Close.

 

Hope this helps! Keep me posted for further assistance.
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ECHO_LAKE
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Thank you, but your reply seems to be wrong in every respect.    However, I FOUND THE ANSWER.

 

Bear in mind that I own SIX HP Envy 17 3000 series PCs, all updated to Windows 10, and have been working with them daily for years.

 

- when you refer to "the Settings button at the top-right of the Home Screen", I have no idea what you are talking about.  

- I have never seen the "Sound Preferences" panel that you showed as a screenshot in your reply.

- Though I can barely read it (it's too small), it appears that you are showing a "system sounds" control panel, which has absolutely nothing to do with my problem.

 

I FOUND THE ANSWER for turning on "stereo" playback:

 

- From the START menu, I opened "Settings".

- in the main Settings window, I did a search for "AUDIO", which apparently is a different control panel from the more typical "SOUND" control panel.

- in the "AUDIO" control panel there is an option to "turn on mono audio".  On my PC, it was set to "ON".  I switched it to "OFF" and suddenly, I had real stereo output from my speakers and headphones. 

 

Almost too easy.  I must confess I was not aware of the "AUDIO" control panel, and am not clear why it is separate from the "SOUND" control panel.

 

mono audio control panel.jpg

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@Steve_in_DE

 

I am glad to know that you managed to resolve the issue. Please reach out again for any further assistance.


Have a nice day ahead.

ECHO_LAKE
I am an HP Employee

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