My name is Uchenna Ani-Okoye. Am a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website called Compuchenna. Yea! This is a problem that many of us face at some point while using our computer systems. Suddenly there appears to be no sound coming from your speakers. If you find yourself in this predicament, then I hope that the information in this tutorial helps you overcome it. There are several things that you will need to consider, all of which I hope to touch on here.
How to Fix No Sound Problem On Your Computer
Whenever you have problems with sound on your computer, such problems are usually the result of a variety of things. There are several ways that you can diagnose and resolve this problem. I’ve tried my utmost to cover all of the possible causes on your computer system.
1. Sound Volume: Probably the most obvious, but maybe something you forgot to consider; which is the volume of your speakers or headphones. Make sure you have the volume turned up to at least minimum listening volume.
2. Check Cables: If your volume controls are all in order, then you’ll want to make sure that your audio cables are all connected. Make sure they are not only connected, but connected in the correct ports.
3. Faulty Cables: There is that possibility that your audio cables are faulty, if this has occurred then typically you will not be able to hear any sound from either your headphones or speakers. The unfortunate thing about this is that it’s not always possible for you to simply swap out the cables. In many cases, the end user may be required to acquire different or new speakers to verify whether the speakers are at fault. So this is a method you should only try if you know you have some backup speakers on hand, if you do not, maybe you should try the other solutions below, before you go out and purchase some new speakers.
4. Reinstall Drivers: Faulty or damaged drivers are another possible cause for the lack of sound on your computer. If you are unable to find your sound controller in Device Manager or if it shows up with a yellow exclamation mark next to it, then it means you need to reinstall your drivers. To do that, you will need your audio installation CD. Simply put it into your CD-ROM drive and reinstall everything.
5. Check Sound Card Settings: The next thing you’ll want to do, if you’re still not getting any sound from your speakers, is to check and verify your sound card settings. To do this, simply do the following:
- First, boot into your computer with full administrative privileges.
- Then press Windows Key + R, to open the Run Command box and type Control Panel into it and click on OK.
- Once Control Panel loads up, type Sound Card into the Search Control Panel box and click on Change sound card settings.
- When the Sound applet loads up, make sure your Audio Device is selected as the default under the Playback Tab. If it is not, simply click on it, and then click on Set Default.
Note: For Windows XP users, simply double click on Sound and Audio Devices in Control Panel (make sure Classic View is selected).
When the Sound and Audio Devices Properties applet loads up, click on the Audio Tab, then make sure your Audio Device is selected as the Default Device from the dropdown menu, and then click on OK.
6. Use the Troubleshooter: If after attempting all of the methods below, your computer still refuse to give you any sound, then you may want to try using the built-in troubleshooting feature. Depending on the circumstances of your problem, this tool may actually be able to fix the problem.
To open this tool, simply do the following:
- First, open Control Panel, using steps 1 – 2 of Check Sound Card Settings.
- Once Control Panel is running, type Troubleshooter into the Search Control Panel box then click on Find and fix problems.
- This will take you to the Troubleshooting page, from here click on Troubleshoot audio playback.
- This will bring up the Playing Audio troubleshoot dialog box, simply click on Next and follow the onscreen instructions.
Note: This feature is not available on older operating systems, such as Windows 2000 and XP. The effectiveness of this tool also varies depending on the version of Windows you are using. The troubleshooting tool is far more proficient on Windows 8 and 10 based operating systems.
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