How to fix computer sound issues
Most people take sound for granted on their personal computers. They turn on their machines, and the expected beeps and boops come out of the speakers. B
ut what do you do when your computer emits no sound at all? Don’t worry – it’s usually a quick and easy fix. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to take to get your computer making noise again. Stay tuned!
If your computer has no sound, don’t worry. This guide will show you how to diagnose and fix the problem. There are a few different things that could be causing the issue, so we’ll walk you through each step. Follow these instructions and your computer will be back up and running in no time!
Step 1: The speaker icon in the taskbar
First, check to see if your speakers are turned on and that the volume is at a reasonable level (not muted). To do this go into Settings (Windows 10) and click on ‘Sound’ under Devices. Find your speakers and make sure that their master volume isn’t at zero, as well as check that other programs or applications aren’t set to mute. You should also enable Stereo Mix if it’s not already. If you’re still having trouble with sound after trying these steps, keep reading!
Step 2: Check to make sure your speakers are plugged in.
If your speakers aren’t plugged in, they won’t emit any sound. Make sure both ends of the audio cable are firmly inserted into the back of your computer and the corresponding jacks on the speakers themselves. If either end is loose or doesn’t fully insert into its socket, you’ll probably get nothing but silence from that device.
Step 3: Make sure headphones aren’t plugged in
It’s fairly common for people to plug their headphones into the front audio jack instead of the back one. If this happens, you will get no sound from your computer whatsoever – headphone wires don’t carry audio signals! Be sure to check both places if there’s no sound coming from your speakers.
Step 4: If multiple devices are plugged in, unplug all but one
If you have a lot of external devices plugged into your computer, the sheer number of wires and cords connecting everything can get confusing very quickly. Just unplug everything except for one device at a time and see if the problem follows each cord to its source. This way you’ll find it much quicker than trying to follow them all at once!
Step 5: Switch between different jacks on your computer
Sometimes the round black or grey ports on your computer may not be working properly – try switching to another jack! Many people plug their speakers directly into their computers without realizing they also have more options. There will either be a 3.5mm jack or a small square-shaped port on the back of your computer that was likely included with your speakers for this exact reason.
Step 6: Check to see if it’s just not working out of one specific program
If you’re using programs such as Spotify, iTunes, etc., these apps can sometimes have trouble playing sound through your speakers without zapping other apps. For example, while streaming music from Spotify there might be an issue with video playback in Netflix – but only when you switch over to it!
Step 7: Try downloading a new app
Occasionally things like Apps and Windows Updates will change the way your speakers function, making them work differently than before. Like most technology problems though, the solution is to simply download a new app and see if it helps!
Step 8: Move the audio cable around the back of your computer
Assuming your computer isn’t set up near a TV or another audio source, it might be that your speakers are plugged into the wrong port on your computer. To fix this simply move the audio cable around to different ports on the back of your computer until you find one which makes a sound.
Step 9: Check for under-performing speaker drivers
If all else fails, try updating your computer’s sound drivers. If you have an old version or they’re corrupted in some way, this could be causing problems with audio output. Ensure that any updates are compatible with both your operating system and hardware before applying them though!
Step 10: Reinstall audio drivers/software
Finally, if you’ve tried everything mentioned above then it is likely that part of your audio card is malfunctioning or has stopped working entirely. This could be the result of incorrect drivers, corrupt installation files, or broken hardware.
Step 11: Check for loose cable connections
Ensure all cables are plugged in properly by checking that they are fitted securely into both ends of the connection. If any cables are even slightly loose then this will cause interference, resulting in poor sound quality.
Have you uninstalled an audio service recently? Like Intel Audio or Nahimic Companion?
Step 12: Update/Replace corrupted drivers
If your PC is trying to use the wrong drivers then you will have sub-standard audio. This can be caused by using incorrect drivers, installing the wrong version of the software, or by an issue with the device manager. If any of these are true then you must fix them immediately. To update your driver, open up the device manager and click on ‘sound cards’. Right-click on the first entry (the one without a yellow warning triangle) and select properties – this should reveal information including the manufacturer’s website address.
Simply visit this page and download the latest drivers available for your computer. If there are no updates then check if it has an update available for the chipset, if it does then this will update your sound card drivers. If not, uninstall the sound card completely and restart your computer. When you restart run the installation disc that came with your computer or motherboard to reinstall the device. Try running a game or playing an MP3 file to test if this has worked.
Step 13: Try a better set of speakers
Try testing it with a better set of speakers. I’ve noticed that this makes a lot of difference.
If nothing seems to work, try reinstalling your operating system – This can seem like a drastic step but sometimes issues are caused by corrupt files within windows and need fixing by installing fresh.
If you try all of these steps and your sound still isn’t working, there may be an internal hardware issue with either your speakers or computer. Our computer troubleshooters will be able to help you identify your issue and help you get sound back on your computer.