Is there a sound card in your computer?
chimes.wav Click here for sound of a chime.
This is a very short sound file, and should download and plays at once. If you do not hear any sound, then most likely your system can not play any sound, including the "Chimes" sound when Microsoft Windows first loads. Check to determine if there is a sound card and speaker in your computer system. Check volume control on your speaker, and turn up the volumne if necessary.
Mac computers: It is my understanding, may not play sound files coded in the .wav format. Therefore, this test is not reliable. However, all Mac computers have sound cards; so this test is not necessary.