Why is there no sound despite speakers being plugged in?

Drsunil V February 14, 2014
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Why is there no sound despite speakers plugged in?

The computer has internal speakers. On connecting it, there is some noise but on playing streaming media there is no sound.

Sound settings show volume “up”. Windows 7 sound says “speaker or headphone not plugged in” though it is plugged.

  1. David B
    February 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I think the problem is with the software that plays the media, so you should note which software you use. Try to tweak its settings.
    The question is not clear enough for me, so I'll try to give every solution that comes to mind.
    First of all make sure the speakers work with another computer.

    Right click the speaker on the right corner of the taskbar and click "open volume mixer". If everything is turned up, than right click on the speaker again and click "playback devices". Make sure there is a tick next to the icon.

    Try going to Control Panel>Device Manager
    If there is an exclamation mark in "Sound, Video and Controller" sub menu, or on any driver that has to do with sound. Try to right click and update it.

    If you elaborate the question a little bit, maybe I can be of more help.

    • Drsunil V
      February 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      The same error on both os of dual boot xp and 7

    • Drsunil V
      February 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Please note the volume error happened on both operating systems in dual boot. May be the socket is rusted

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Nice answer

  2. Oron J
    February 14, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Check that it is definitely plugged into the correct socket. On most PCs, the sockets are colour coded, and loudspeakers should be plugged into the green socket, but I have seen PCs that use other colour schemes...

    • Drsunil V
      February 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      hi. It is desktop ( assembled ) with dual boot xp and 7. Both sys show audio error. ( no sound on either os ). The pin was plugged into correct socket on rear and even made some noise on moving pin to and fro socket/

    • Oron J
      February 17, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      The fact that it is happening in both XP & Win 7 suggests that it is not a software issue. It could be a faulty sound card, cable or loudspeaker. It could also be the wrong socket even if it is marked with a loudspeaker icon! I've seen that happen and it does not take a lot to test it on all sockets.

    • Drsunil V
      February 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Please note that sound not heard in both head phone and speaker, but sound heard while moving pin to and fro socket

  3. Hovsep A
    February 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    1) right click on speaker icon located at Windows taskbar
    2) Right click on empty space
    3) Choose Show Disabled Devices

  4. Ben S
    February 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Is this a laptop or desktop?

    Are the speakers turned on? Right-click on the speaker icon on the bottom-right of the taskbar and click "playback devices." You should see all possible output devices - does the one you want have the green bar next to it moving up and down while something is playing?

    Have you made sure that you set the speakers as the default device and they are enabled? Right-click the desired device in the above menu and be sure it's the default and not disabled.

    Are you sure you have the cord plugged into the output jack (headphone icon next to it) and not the input jack (microphone icon)?

    • Drsunil V
      February 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      hi. It is desktop ( assembled ) with dual boot xp and 7. Both sys show audio error. ( no sound on either os ). The pin was plugged into correct socket on rear and even made some noise on moving pin to and fro socket

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