My Dell laptop’s speaker is not working. I want to replace it. How can I do so and how much will I need to spend?
Is there anything else I should try first?
If you are confident that it is the speaker itself (and not, for example, a driver issue or a problem elsewhere in the sound ciruitry), then you can usually buy the spare parts on eBay for not very much (I've just done a check and the range seems to be $5-20).
Replacement is not particularly difficult, but you will obviously need to open the laptop, so I'd recommend looking for a service manual for your laptop model and if possible also a video (google " take apart" to find the video).
Well Depending on the model will tell you how hard it will be. If its a modern dell inspiron bought in the last two years it should be fairly easy to do.
You can get the parts from many diffrent sites. I use one called the parts-people because all they carry parts for are Dell computers. If you don't feel confident to replace them your self the parts-people do offer service.
you can check the following youtube tutorials, depending
Dell Inspiron 1525/1526 | Speaker Replacement | How-To-Tutorial
Dell XPS M1330 | Speaker Replacement | How-To-Tutorial
Dell Inspiron 1420/Vostro 1400 | Speaker Replacement
you can try ebay for the speaker part or other online sellers
What laptop model is it? Is it one speaker or both? Finding out if you can purchase replacement speakers for your laptop would be the first thing to do if you are thinking of replacing the speakers, because if you can't find it, replacement is out of the question. If the speaker is distorted, like it is blown but still emits sound, then replacement would be best, otherwise disconnecting that one speaker would allow for you to still hear things out of the other speaker. If there isn't any sound out of one speaker, you can check the wiring to see if it is disconnected or damaged. The quickest and easiest way to work around this is by buying a clip-on speaker bar like this one: http://reviews.logitech.com/7061/7363/logitech-laptop-speaker-z305-reviews/reviews.htm and costs around $40USD. Other things to check out is the audio driver and Device Manager. Check the Dell support website for your region to see if there are any updates. If you would like a service manual for your laptop to see what it takes to replace the speaker, Google search "(laptop model) service manual".
Here is one of several places that offer some replacement parts, and you can see that it is limited on what they carry, and most parts aren't interchangeable. http://www.laptopking.com/kingmiscspeakerlist.asp