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computer speakers not workingUsing your computer seems like a purely visual experience, but the aural experience is surprisingly important as well. You may not notice how important it is until the sounds disappear suddenly. Then, there’s a sudden recognition that something is not quite right, or if you’re playing a game, that something is terribly wrong. Half of your computing experience just vanished!

There’s no sound coming from your speakers. What happened? Where’d it go? Don’t panic. The chances are that it can be fixed and usually fixed for free, if not for a low cost.

Don’t Ignore The Obvious

Check For Mute

Check to make sure you haven’t just muted the sound. Seriously. With many laptop and touch screen devices it is amazingly easy to make the wrong touch or keystroke and the system sound gets muted. Or just turned down really low.

computer speakers not working

Check The Plug

It’s not muted? OK, are you using external speakers or headphones? If you are, you’ll want to make sure that the plug is fully seated into the port, and that it is the correct port. Often the microphone port is right beside the speaker port, so check that clearly. If the plug is seated nice and firmly, then you’ll want to check your headphones or speakers to see if they have their own volume control. It might have got turned way down accidentally while dusting or shooting Nerf guns. Who knows?

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If it’s the device’s own speakers that appear not to be working, then external speakers can still be a problem. Most devices will shut off their internal speakers when an external speaker is plugged in. Maybe you plugged your earbuds into the back of your computer and forgot they were there. Take a look. If you find them there, unplug them and try the speakers again.

Desktop computers can also have multiple plugs to put your speakers into. I’ve had a few where there were ports on the front and back but only one set of them worked. Maybe that’s the issue. Try plugging your speakers into the different speaker ports to see if that resolves anything. Usually the speaker port has a green grommet around it. They didn’t always have that, so it was nice when that came along.

computer speakers no sound

Check The Power

Nothing is muted and the speakers are plugged in to the computer properly. Good, the next thing to check is if there is a separate power supply for your computer speakers. Many speakers today have such high output that they need their own power supply. Check to make sure that the power supply is properly connected to the wall and to the speakers and that there is power. Usually there will be an indicator light when the speakers are turned on.

Check The Speakers

The chances are that you have access to another device that will drive sound to your speakers or headphones. Try the new device with a pair of speakers or headphones that you know work. They work? Good, now try the speakers that aren’t working on that device. If they don’t work, then yes, chances are the problem is your speakers or headphones.

If they do work, then you need to look deeper into your original device and see if the problem lies there.

My Problem Is The Speakers. What Now?

Get New Speakers

If your speakers truly are blown, I’d recommend replacing them. Unless you are really handy with a soldering iron and want to give repairing them a try, I don’t see how it would be worth it to try to fix them. Honestly, I’m pretty handy with electronics and I’ve tried speaker repair. They just never sound the same, there always seems to be the slightest little buzz or distortion to the sound – just enough to annoy me but most people might not notice it. Which is weird, because my hearing isn’t that great.

computer speakers no sound

Or Get Your Speakers Repaired

This advice is easy to give if you’re just using some retail store headphones or gaming speakers, but if you’ve got a nice set of Bose speakers or something high end, contact the place you bought them. Chances are they can repair them properly, or at least point you to someone who can.

My Problem Isn’t the Speakers. What Now?

The answer to this isn’t always the same answer. It depends on the device that you have or even the operating system of the device. It also depends on the cost of the device too. Let’s break this down by device, shall we?

MP3 Player/Phone

What kind of MP3 player is it? How old is it? Has it taken a beating? How much would it cost to replace it? In many cases, you may be dealing with a $50 device that’s a few years old. If you suspect that it’s simply a firmware issue, go online to the manufacturer’s website and see if there are instructions to do a system restore. They may even have new firmware you can put on the device.

Hopefully that’s all it takes, but if not then you have to look at either repairing it or replacing it. I think my dollar cut-off would be around $100. Anything over that and I consider getting it repaired, anything under that and I consider getting a new one. I say that because repair costs usually seem to cost around $50 or more just to have someone look at the device.

Computer/Tablet

Start getting familiar with sound card drivers and system sound settings.  If you’re using a Windows system, doing a simple Windows Update may do the trick. Often, Windows Update will detect if there are new drivers needed for your sound card, and will install them for you. Or you can navigate to the sound card through Device Manager and check there to see if the sound card is enabled and the driver is good.

If they are USB speakers, check your USB drivers while you’re in there.

no sound from computer

That didn’t work? Maybe you still have the CD that came with your sound card. That will have the drivers on there. Or you can go to the sound card manufacturer’s website and look for new drivers for your device. Once you find a driver that works, you may want to back that driver up Double Driver Makes Backing Up & Restoring Your Drivers Easier Than Ever [Windows] Double Driver Makes Backing Up & Restoring Your Drivers Easier Than Ever [Windows] Your drivers can be a scary and intimidating thing. The two pieces of the Windows backend that I never recommend the novice user play with are the registry and device drivers. The smallest of errors... Read More , so you have it in the future.

If you’re handy inside a computer case, you may want to take a look at the sound card and make sure that it is properly seated into the slot on the motherboard. Many sound cards are simply soldered to the motherboard, but the higher end cards tend to plug in.

If you’re on a Mac, you can run Software Update. That will identify your sounds devices and download and install the appropriate drivers. If that doesn’t work, it may be time to call the Geniuses.

no sound from computer

If you’re on a Linux or other operating system, chances are that you know more about the sound card drivers than I do. If not, each major distribution seems to have pretty good community support online where I’m sure you’ll find friendly assistance.

Stereo Or Sound System

The repair or replace method is pretty much the same here as with the MP3 players. Is it an off-brand Wal-Mart $150 special or is it an earth shattering Onkyo sound system that’s worth more than my car? The former I’d just replace, the latter I would take to a specialist to be repaired.

computer speakers not working

Is your sound back yet? Bass pumping and people jumping? Can you hear every skull-shattering headshot? Hopefully, this article helped you in getting things going again. If it did, share it with a friend and let us know in the comments. If it didn’t help, let us know why, so we can pass that information along to others in need as well.

If you’ve come across something odd or different in your search for sound, let us know about that too, in the comments. We might be able to help you out!

Image Credits: Speaker Plug via cdedbdme @ Flickr, Speaker Port via WilliamHook @ Flickr, Skull via Shutterstock, Girl Soldering via SparkFun @ Flickr

  1. Ross
    December 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I tried everything and still no sound. It's not my headphones because I unplugged them to see and The actual speakers dont even work. Please help me because this is a school tablet and I am so screwed if I have to pay for damages. This device hasnt even taken a beating. It has always been on a table or somewhere where it's supposed to be.this sucks because I will have to take it to the seventh grade administrator and tell her about it and we dont exactly have the best relationship in the world. I made sure this device wasnt on mute or anything
    and I made sure there was no dust in the port/plug.

  2. Izzie
    October 20, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Thank you for providing the various method. I also met a problem about no sound in my windows 10 laptop. It seemed to be about driver for realtek. Finally I used a way which is provided by Driver Talent. All is well!

  3. Asif Lateef a
    September 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for this great help! Working now :)

  4. Annoyed by noise
    September 1, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I have a problem here, my headphone works perfectly when I play the music. Recently I bought a new set of speaker, It only gave annoying noises but no music was played.
    The speakers played well when i play with my iphone.
    Can anyone help?

  5. andii
    August 24, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Here is my problem. I have a PC, sound on my pc was working perfectly, then suddenly not anymore.. i tried to plug in my speakers on front jack and it didn't work.. then i tried to plugin in my headphones on front jack and it still didn't work... Same with the back jack.. it didn't work... i tried literally everything to fix that... i checked playback devices and there was nothing wrong with that... i don't have like realtek audio card or something... I do have microsoft HD audio device... i am sorry for my bad explanation, but i don't know what else to say... my sound card is like integrated on my motherboard, because i can't see it.. i reinstalled the drivers for my audio device and it still didn't work... what could be wrong? when i plug in my speakers in i do hear some sound.. like scratching sound (it's nothing wrong with the speaker, bacause when i plug it in my phone it works perfectly). Same with my headphones... i tried to use my pc with the LG TV i have.. then, the sound works perfectly on TV... so what could be wrong? is it something wrong with my motherboard?
    thanks!

    • MarkC.
      August 26, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Im going through the same exact thing. My system did do a Microsoft update very recently.
      I have to believe it got something to do with this.I have system sounds but no music/video sound.

      • Tera baap
        October 10, 2016 at 7:56 am

        Ullu ke pathe apna pc uthake jude dan mein dal de sale aur phir usme aag laga de dalle

  6. andii
    August 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    da

    • Andiii
      August 27, 2016 at 5:54 am

      So, did you find any solution? :(

  7. rajneesh
    August 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I am not able to reCtify my speaker sound issue.

  8. Chris
    August 3, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    OK, here's one. My colleague has a Dell laptop running Windows 7 Enterprise. In the office, when the laptop is in its docking station, we can get sound to play from the docking station's headphone/speaker output to a Logitech UE Mega Boom speaker. When the laptop is not in the docking station, we get no sound from the laptop's headphone/speaker output connected to the speaker. We just get sound from the laptop's own speakers.

    I've tried everything I can think of in Control Panel to get it to work, but no luck. (We also tried connecting to the speaker via Bluetooth, of course, but couldn't get the speaker recognized as anything but a headset on her system, while on my Windows 8.1 system it connected just fine as an audio device).

    So, apart from upgrading her laptop to Windows 8.1, any other advice? She can't bring the docking station with her during travel, so we're stumped.

  9. Please help..
    July 25, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Alright, so strange problem here.. I just got new headphones ( since my old ones didn't work, that will come in soon.. ) and I got to use them for about a day until they did the same thing that my old ones did, just it's worse. My new ones now won't play ANY audio or sound at all! at first it was just background music playing, as if you where watching a movie and just muted their voices and where listening to the background music that was playing. I'm really worried since these are new and they where a gift, and if they are broken, I'm dead meat! and on the other hand, if i'ts not the headphones, it has to be my computer, which is even more expensive, which would make me dead, but FRIED meat! please tell me if there is solution to my problem and please if there is no solution, tell me what is wrong with either my headphones or my laptop ( acer chromebook ). Thank You!

    • TechSolva
      July 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      I can fix your old ones...
      Do this
      Insert the plug but keep it just out
      So thew pc does not recognizes it but it gets power..
      Turn down your Speaker volume...
      Now they should work...
      If they dont then contact me
      devashishmishra05@gmail.com

      • James Mincell
        August 31, 2016 at 5:23 am

        You're a genius bro ,why did that work ?

  10. Brach
    July 1, 2016 at 3:58 am

    I have a strange situation. I recently got a pop filter for my mic (to be specific I'm using a Shure SM57 with a standard female mic to usb cable to record straight to my macbook). I've been tweaking with settings to get the best sound possible, and while it sounds pretty good, I'm unable to hear the recorded audio back until I unplug the mic. I've already checked that the input is definitely the mic in question, and my output speakers are the built in ones. I've tried to connect headphones to see if that would correct it, but still nothing. While I'm obviously not playing audio back while recording, it would be handy to hear how something sounded after I finished recording a segment to make sure it's clear. I was hoping to not have to continually unplugging and replugging the mic every time I want to do a playback, as it slows the whole process down for editing. Any thoughts?

  11. Bob
    June 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Okay I have a tough one for you. I have Windows 10 and all was well for several months, then all of a sudden one game's sound doesnt work (Everquest Project 1999). No music, no environment sound. All other games and youtube etc are fine. When I open Volume Mixer Everquest somes up and I see the sound indicator jumping up and down showing it thinks its hearing sound... but nothing is reaching my headphones (my only "speakers"). If I start up say youtube it shows up right next to Everquest in the Volume Mixer and I can hear it fine... all while the Everquest sound indicator continues to bounce as if sound was coming out. I have tryed many things including reinstalling EQ in a new folder and it too has no sound. I have triple checked that eq itself doesnt have its sound off. I have also uninstalled my sound card drivers and tryed the built in driver.... EQ still silient.... I think reinstalled my drivers with slightly newer ones... nada..... Google searched and found no one with the same issues....
    Anyone with any other ideas?

    • Bob
      June 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Never mind people... issue solved. It was a 2nd mixer loaded by the manufacturer that was interfering with the pprogram.... why only that program I do not know... but issue resolved.

  12. Justin
    June 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Hey I have a weird one. I had the same issue months ago with Windows 7 and never resolved it but it has followed me to Windows 10. If I try to create another user account in Windows, upon logging into the secondary user all sound is lost. The Xonar DG playback device shows activity in the volume panel but nothing is heard. The weird part is that once I've logged in and lost sound with the secondary profile, when I switch back to my main user account that one has now too lost sound. Both user accounts are admins. The only way I can fix it at this point is via system recovery. I can't even so much as find a relevant google result describing the problem. Any ideas?

  13. Tim
    June 3, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I've got a really weird one, mind is puzzled. My PC quit playing through the speakers but will with the headphones in the same green Jack. I have had Dell out and they replaced the motherboard. I have since redone a fresh factory re-install of windows 7 64 bit (same as before) and even tried a new sound card. Yes I know the speakers seem suspect but they play just fine from my iPhone earphone jack. Some things pointing to speakers, some PC. Its a newer generation Dell xps8900 if that helps. Any ideas?

    • Guy McDowell
      June 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Do the speakers require their own power source? Or are they passive and run off the computer or iPhone?

      I'd be suspicious of the jack and plug as well. Maybe something is loose there, or just isn't lining up correctly anymore.

  14. James
    May 8, 2016 at 1:51 am

    I have an interesting situation. I am remote deskoping to my computer. I forgot to have speakers connected to the desktop I am remoting to so I cannot hear the movie I am trying to watch. Is there any way I can "trick" my desktop I am remoting to, to make it think their are speakers connected so I can hear my movie.

    This may be the wrong place to be putting this post but I thought I should try. I want to believe there is a pluggin that does this but I dont know.

    • Guy McDowell
      May 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      I've never tried that with an ordinary computer, but when RDP'ing into a server, the server can still provide sound even if it doesn't have speakers.
      In your RDP connection set-up, check your Local Resources tab and look around in the Remote Audio settings.

  15. Jot Singh
    April 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    my small speaker has a black burnt wire at the joining of the speaker. what is it?

    • Guy McDowell
      April 13, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Hi Jot,

      Thank you for reading.

      If it's plain to see that the wire is burnt, there has likely been an electrical short at that point. That's not good news.

      If it can be fixed, it will likely require an electronics technician to repair it. Or someone very handy.

  16. Rhiannon
    March 23, 2016 at 2:28 am

    It Not Useful AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. sal
    March 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    no help whatsoever, all i read was windows 10 , external speakers, etc

    • Guy McDowell
      March 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Sorry to hear that.
      To be fair, this article was written pre-Windows 10.

  18. Meghana
    March 1, 2016 at 8:44 am

    My logitech speaker just fell down and something is shaking inside and no sound is coming from it. Can I get it repaired or should I buy a new one?

    • Guy McDowell
      March 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Might be possible to fix, but how much are you willing to spend to fix it?

      If it's an expensive speaker, it might be worth it. If it's a standard $20 set of speakers, then you might want to try fixing it yourself.

      If you can't fix it, nothing lost. If you can fix it, you just learned something. :)

  19. Emily
    January 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    My sound only works when I plug my headphones in. Please help!

  20. Joshua
    November 14, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Hello
    My Logitech X-540 computer speaker set stopped working 2wks ago. The only thing I can hear is static and even when i plug the headphones into the jack on the control i hear static.

    • Candy Ray
      December 30, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Try to uninstall and reinstall the sound driver in Device Manager. Also you could use a third party driver scanning tool like Driver Talent. It could help you to verify if the problem is caused by the driver. Then find out the solutions for you. Go have try these two probable solutions. Hope this is helpful for you. Good luck.

      • Guy McDowell
        December 30, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        What Candy said. :)

        If the ideas in this article and Candy's comment don't help, it may be a hardware issue. Ports can easily get damaged where they connect to the motherboard.
        At that point, it's best to take it to a good computer shop.

  21. Sankalp Mehra
    August 29, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Hello sir, I have a Dell desktop which I purchased in 2010. My pc's sound card isn't working. I asked some PC repair person but he said because small cabinet and old configuration there no new sound card available for me. What should I do?

    • Guy McDowell
      August 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      You could contact Dell directly to see for yourself. You could also search for the part on sites like eBay or Craigslist. Hope that helps.

  22. Anubis game (Olivia Sim)
    July 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I really need help. I just installed windows 10, and for some reason my speakers won't work. I checked the plugs, they are updated, it's not on mute. I checked device manager, and it said the test ring failed. I'm so confused.

    • Guy McDowell
      August 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Sorry Olivia, I have little experience with Win 10 so I'm not the best person to help you with this.

      I recommend asking your question in our Answers Section. They're a really helpful bunch there.

    • John Clark
      August 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I'm the same lost all sound on my dell desktop since I went to Windows 10 - I use a simple jack into my screen (Dell) which has speakers. All leads checked, drivers, muting, etc - also get a failure when I do the test sound so it knows something is not correct. On the verge of returning from windows 10 as I have already done on my laptop.

      • Guy McDowell
        August 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

        Have you tried updating the drivers on your sound devices? Perhaps they aren't compatible with Win 10.

        • John Clark
          August 3, 2015 at 5:10 pm

          I have but they are the latest and greatest. I have solved the problem though!!!!!!!!!!! I've gone back to 8.1 and everything including the sound is all working again correctly. Also cancelled my reservation and maybe will come back in 11 mths time. Very disappointing as it seems like other software providers don't seem to be ready for 10 yet Microsoft have pushed ahead. Just the way it looks to me. Seems to me that the additional items in Windows 10 we have already adapted to in 7 and 8.1 re calendars, music, photos etc so in hindsight why would I want to set everything up again with this new stuff - I had just pointed all those things at my current software anyway. I will go to 10 when I need to get a new box or laptop. Anyways thanks Guy - for reading and attempting to point me in the right direction.

        • Guy McDowell
          August 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

          Glad to hear it's working again. Sorry to hear Win 10 was the issue.

      • Maya pug
        August 4, 2015 at 2:50 am

        I had the same problem, all I did was unplug the headphones, shut it down for a bit, and turn it on. The speakers worked fine afterwords

    • Annabel Darch
      August 5, 2015 at 4:34 am

      I have the same problem with Windows 10. My brother got it to work plugged into the front of my dell computer, so i thought maybe if i put it at the back again it will work, well it didn't and i don't know how to fix it! did you manage to make yours work?

      • Guy McDowell
        August 6, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        The front and back audio ports may be different devices from each other.

        Take a look in Hardware Manager and see if there are two or more audio devices installed.

        You may need to update the drivers on the rear one.

    • Ragin Asian12
      August 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      I have the exact same problem

  23. Himanshu Kumar
    May 16, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Hello i really need your help with this !!

    I use a HP Compaq 15-s007TU Notebook (4th Gen Ci5/ 4GB/ 500GB/ Win8.1)
    When I plug in my earphones I don't hear anything !! Although when my earphones are not plugged in my laptop speakers work fine.

    I bought a TERABYTE USB Sound Card, 7.1 Channel, USB to Speaker & Mic Audio Adapter thinking it should help but it doesn't work on my laptop but works on my friends PC.

    Whats the problem ? How do I fix it ?

    • Guy
      May 16, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      I wish I could, but that's beyond the scope of what I can do here.

      Have you tried asking this question in our Answers Section?

      The authors that frequent Answers are top notch tech folks. I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.

  24. Vishwa
    May 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    hi... i am using windows xp destop... my cpu is intel platinum D...... m
    when i connect my speakers with my snart phone, i can hear the audio... but when i connect it to desktop, there is no audio signal.... i checked throughly that whether i connect it correctly or not... i connect my speakers pin in the green grommet of my cpu.. but the audio doesn't work...

    what is the reason behind this?....

    • Guy
      May 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Hi Vishwa,

      It's hard to say without having the computer in front of me. Do any other speakers work when you plug them in to the computer?
      Have you checked your sound card in Device Manager? Might need to reinstall or update the driver.
      In your Control Panel is there any additional settings for sound? Some sound cards will have their own spot in the Control Panel.
      Check on those things and look into them. The answer may likely be there.

  25. cyesha
    April 3, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I don't no how to get troubleshooting off my computer

  26. cyesha
    April 3, 2015 at 1:15 am

    I didn't no how to get troubleshooting

  27. Rutode
    March 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Thanks, it is an informative article and it must have helped a lot of people in question. One more tip to add on this page, do a whole check of your sound card driver. To do this, you can use automatic driver update software like DriveTheLife or some other else.

    • Guy
      March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Good tip!

  28. Zbyszko
    March 29, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Alright, here's my problem. Got speakers which I'm sure they do work (its actually ipod station use as speakers, jack to jack connected via green port on sound card.). They work , because as a station they play music. As speakers connected - they dont anymore.
    Was all good before, suddenly they dont.
    Music plays when I connect HDMI cable (to my tv).
    I was cleaning PC inside, maybe something is unplugged ?

    • Guy
      March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      That's possible. Have you tried different speakers on the same jack?

  29. Diane
    March 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I keep getting a message telling me my speakers are not plugged in. But i do not have any externer speakers, and this was working a week ago????

  30. Guy
    March 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Joy,

    This issue seems far too common. I will research it and see what I can come up with.

  31. Joy Farrow
    March 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I have read and tried most of the advice on here. Even downloaded DriverUpdate and paid £25 off for it but still no sound on my PC. If I plug in earphone with a jack I have sound! But if I plug in speakers with a jack - no sound. I don't usually plug in anything - the PC has it's own sound. So, can anybody tell me why I am able to get sound with the earphones plugged in but not without them. PC working perfectly until a couple of days ago. I rely on the sound to hear when Skype is ringing - my family are spread all over the place and Skype is a lifeline. Do I have to put the PC into the shop for an expensive repair?

  32. Samantha
    March 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I am so frustrated. I recently moved and before I moved the sound worked perfect. The configuration of the speakers plays sound just fine. My Windows media player will only pay sounds from the sub. The internet will not play any sound at all. please help.

  33. Nathan
    March 7, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Old post, but just in case.

    Sound works, but after the last windows update, it keeps switching to the headphone jack and shutting off the internal speakers I want to listen to, even when no device is in the jack. If I plug a device in, then unplug it, sound comes back for a few minutes, then goes back to the headphone jack. I can't find anything online covering this.

    • Joy Farrow
      March 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Did you ever solve this problem, Nathan. I have no sound either. But can get sound if I plus in the earphones.

  34. dianna
    February 23, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Those are some good ideas, i sure do thank you for the ideas, and kindness, God Bless...

    • Guy
      February 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, Dianna. Take care!

  35. dianna
    February 21, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Well , i guess im in real trouble after reading all this...Im just an old woman that knows nothing about them, and all these big words sound like out of space talk to me, hehehehe. Im sorry it's just that i am so tired of this, i only have a little sound and a couple of days ago it was fine & theres no one here to fool around with it. . I have checked to make sure it's not turned down and sometimes some of the videos i watch are distorted , i just don't know what to do i can't afford to have it worked on with the small check i live on....If you got any advice for grandmaw id sure appericate it...Sure wish all the rest of ya good luck, i sure do miss my sound , i know yall must also.:)

    • Guy
      February 23, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Hi Dianna,

      There are many reasons that the sound output may have changed. I suspect that you're watching videos in web browser. Sometimes the browser can affect the sound.

      It's also possible that your computer automatically installed an update that might affect your sound. Nailing down the source without being able to get my hands on it is pretty much impossible though.

      Might I suggest contacting your local college and seeing if they have a computer technician course that might do free or cheap clinics? Maybe ask around at the local library, or if you're a church goer, ask to pop something in the bulletin asking for someone to help you out. Those are just a few ideas to try to get some help without breaking the bank.

    • dianna
      February 23, 2015 at 4:38 am

      Thank YOU so very much....God Bless !

  36. Guy
    February 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    It's hard to provide much help here, where you can't post screen shots to show me exactly what is happening. But I'll do my best anyway.

    If you are using the Sound control panel, under the Playback tab, right-click somewhere in the white space. You should see a context menu listing:
    Show Disabled Devices
    Show Disconnected Devices

    Click on them to make sure each has a checkmark. Hopefully, you'll see your missing playback device. If you do see it now, right-click on it and choose Enable.

    I hope that helps. If not, let me know what specific control panel you're working in. I might be able to figure it out from there.

  37. BlackCanopus
    February 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    My stereo speaker were disconnected for just a short time, now, after reconnecting them, Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize them altogether. The problem is, I was using my monitor's stereo speakers and they worked perfectly, but after disconnecting them for just once, Windows expects me to connect a 5 channel speaker and it refuses to acknowledge the stereo speakers. I uninstalled and re-installed the drivers, checked everything, used every setting in the control panel. But Windows does not allow me to use the onboard sound card in stereo setup. I just absolutely have to connect 5 channel. I am just exhausted and it is a really irritating experience to try and reason with an operating system that is so stubborn and stupidly designed. Wind XP and even 7 were miles ahead. Any solution or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

  38. Monger3k
    February 15, 2015 at 1:10 am

    I get no sound through internet browsers or windows media center/player but can get sound through VLC player and through the speaker test. I have checked that nothing is muted and all other sound settings i can find but everything looks as it should to me. What could be the issue? this has been bugging me for months now!!

    someone please help

  39. shri
    February 10, 2015 at 5:28 am

    hi
    im having dell vostro win 8
    im encountered a problem today
    audio does not works... if i play a movie in any player sound doesnot work (video is ok)
    but the speakers are normal... i checked the device manager no notifications appeared and its up to date..
    when i insert a flash drive or other devices i can get the "bong" sound and it shows my speakers are working
    pls do help me asap

  40. Brenda Sanchez
    January 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I have the same issue! I've done everything. Properties shows speakers and microphone disconnected,device working properly, sound tests fail. Makes no sense! I'm at my wits' end! System restore points don't go back far enough.
    If I go back to factory setting, I'll lose all my Family photos. There must bes omething.

  41. vaibhav
    January 5, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I tried through device manager and adminstrative tools too but sound is not playing...
    I even reinstall o.s. but still no sound plzzzz....help me !!!

  42. Sim
    December 30, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I am still not getting sound from speakers or headphones. I don't have a dedicated sound card, only what comes on my motherboard. No new software or hardware has been installed. Was on a vacation for Christmas so computer has been off for a week (was working fine before I shut it down). Updated drivers. Rolled them back. Tested them. Updated again. Disabled them. Re-enabled them. Restarted computer. Restarted Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. Checked all my connections. Tried plugging into different ports Not even seeing the little bars in the sound mixer that show volume levels and when trying to test my speakers or headphones I get "Failed to play test tone"
    I also checked the mixer. I switch between speakers and headphones often so I know the correct devices are selected. I tried disabling and re-enabling the devices. Disabled enhancements. Brought the levels up. Checked for mute symbols anywhere. Played with the sound controls on my headphones and speakers.
    Done everything I can think of short of re-installing windows (getting a new hard drive soon so will being doing that later). Any ideas would be appreciated.
    I will kick myself if it is something really simple/obvious >_<

  43. My Computer
    December 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I have a problem with the sound in my speakers/headphones. After i formated my pc the sound does not work. I have installed the drivers, and on the pc everythinng looks like it shoold work, but no sound comes out of the speakers

    Please help

    • Guy
      December 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      One common cause is to have only a portion of your sound muted. Click on the speaker icon near the bottom right-hand corner.

      You may see the word Mixer. Click on that.

      A new window will open showing different sound devices. Make sure none are muted and the volume setting is reasonable. Try testing the sound again.

      If you know the maker of your sound card, or on-board sound chip, try searching their site for additional software. Realtek is probably the most popular one.

      Go through your Control Panel as well. You may find other entries related to sound devices and need to turn something on in there. For example, the Realtek HD Audio Manager.

  44. joseph
    December 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    hi...my computer doesnt have a sound card... can i hear any sounds??? and when i use a speaker that works, it still says that "no speakers or headphones are plugged in" can someone help me plz

    • Guy
      December 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Joseph,

      I'm curious, if you don't have a sound card, what are you plugging the speakers in to?
      Usually, if there is a plug for speakers, there is a sound card.

      If there is no sound card, the only fix is to install a sound card. Talk to your local computer repair store. Depending on how important sound quality is to you, you could spend from $10 to $200 or more for a sound card.

  45. Wendy
    December 25, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Hi my laptop speakers still play even with my external speakers connected that shouldn't be right should it ? I'm sure the internal ones have to cut out when i have external speakers connected surely ?

  46. jerdix
    August 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    i have a problem my computer.there is no sound from my computer and even if i put speakers on it,still has no sounds.i check everything,but still no solution..please help me..i dont know what to do.....

  47. Onaje Asheber
    April 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks a lot for the info. Makeuseof has some really good info that can be aplied.

  48. macwitty
    April 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Bookmarked! Will go through it step by step when friends call and are desperate that they do not have any sound. Well, I can probably send the link to some but other becomes desperate that they are unable to read and check - they need someone to hold their hand

    • don
      March 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

      i have pretty much tried everything n still no sound

  49. Chris Marcoe
    April 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    This is great info. Too often, the sound is missed on a computer. But its pretty important to me.

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you. We are terrifically unaware of how important sound is to us, until we lose it.

  50. Scott M
    April 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Great article.With myself its almost always the mute turning on accidentily.You are right about starting with the obvious.All electricians check to see whether the plug is in the wall before looking for another problem.

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Years of work as an instrumentation technician, electrician's apprentice, aircraft mechanic, and IT guy have ingrained that into me.

      If someone gets really upset when I ask them to check that, it is almost always the problem. ;-)

  51. Nevzat A
    April 23, 2013 at 4:34 am

    A forgotten headphone jack sometimes the source of no sound from speakers, LOL :)

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      I only wrote that because...I've done it. I'm not proud of that fact, nor the fact it took me about a half-hour to figure out at the time.

  52. Elijah Love
    April 23, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Great article! There are, however, a couple of things you missed. In Windows 7 (and 8, I think), you can designate a separate sound device (internal laptop speakers, headphones, HDMI out, USB, etc.) for communication programs like Skype. When you go into the Sound preferences dialog, you can set a different device as your default communications device. However, if you change your default sound device or unplug USB and HDMI speakers often, Windows might start routing sounds for these to the wrong devices, and simply unplugging and plugging something won't help. It's a good idea to check the Sound preferences dialog (right click volume icon in tray, playback devices) and make sure Windows knows where sound is supposed to be going before checking the hardware. Another thing about Windows 7 is that applications can have independent volumes, and sometimes using a communications program (like Skype) will lower or mute the volumes of other applications (like Chrome and iTunes). In order to remedy this, you have to go into the full mixer (click [Mixer] at the bottom of the volume popup) and check the volumes for each program. This particular feature can be turned off under the Communications tab in the Sound preferences dialog.

    • Scott M
      April 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Nicely written.Thanks for the information about sound preferences.

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      True, Audacity is also like that.

      I'm glad you mentioned that. This is exactly why the comments section is so important. We can all help each other out this way. Thank you!

  53. dragonduder
    April 23, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Good article! Another tip: back on my old Gateway laptop the sound would randomly go out for some reason and a reboot would only sometimes fix the problem. After tinkering with it for years, I discovered that going to Windows Services and restarting the service called "Windows Audio Endpoint Builder" would work 9 times out of 10. I always restarted the "Windows Audio" service too, just in case.

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I should have covered services in this article, but it was getting a little long winded already.

    • redmeanmachine
      December 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Dragonduder! Learnt something new today! Normally I would jsut restart my PC. But thanks to you, I don't have to do that anymore, and I just need to restart the service!

    • lica
      December 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thank you so much! I've been having problems with the sound for months, usually rebooting helped, but today that stopped working, I tried many things to no use and not even restoring the system worked, but I tried your solution and the sound came back :)

  54. Jeremy Garnett
    April 23, 2013 at 2:44 am

    If you're using Windows, don't forget to check the Services.msc, to see if the Windows Audio service has been stopped.

    • Guy McDowell
      April 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Good call!

    • KING JADE
      January 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

      how to check?

    • raven
      March 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      thank you for that tip. i was in pc settings and i dont know what i hit..maybe something with the microphone...i went into msc and i saw that the audio was still running but i went ahead and restarted it and that did the trick...thanks

    • Kyle Christensen
      April 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      what a lying rip off

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