Failing technology can be hugely disheartening. From crashed hard drives to computer lockups, activity can grind to a screeching halt. Computers can be difficult to diagnose and repair, since there’s so much to learn about their software and hardware. Such is the frustration when you realize that, suddenly, no sound is coming from your Windows laptop.
Fret not! There are several simple steps to address and restore this problem, and the process is easier than one might think. More often than not, nothing is truly broken, and the solution can be found within the laptop’s software.
Restart Your Laptop
It may sound like too easy of a resolution, but try restarting your computer. Sometimes, drivers are disabled after Windows updates them, and a restart can let them boot up properly with the fresh updates.
Ensure that you’ve tried this at least once before moving on to more complicated repair solutions. If you’re hearing audio after a simple restart, it can save you a lot of unnecessary tweaking and fixing!
Check Audio Output Settings
The next simple step is to look to the small collection of icons on the Windows taskbar (known as the “System Tray”) and select the sound icon. It may seem obvious, but do ensure that your selected sound output device is turned on, and the volume is raised to the desired level. Additionally, ensure that any external speakers or headphones are securely plugged into their respective ports.
The next step in is to examine the selected audio output device. Find the speaker icon in the System Tray again, and this time right-click it. Select “Playback Devices,” and examine the new menu. Laptop computers can often have more than one audio driver, especially if the user has plugged in external speakers or a pair of headphones.
From the list of displayed audio devices, you should then select the driver or device that is no longer producing sound. Volume meters are often shown next to each device, to aid users in making the correct selection.
Run Windows Diagnostics
If you still hear no sound from your laptop, or the external peripheral of your choice, then a more complicated solution is needed. Find your laptop’s “Control Panel” (easily accessible from the Start menu on a Windows PC) and click on “Troubleshooting.” From the new list of selections, choose “Troubleshoot audio playback.”
This Windows diagnostic tool will examine the settings of any audio output device you select, and correct any errors that it’s able to. After, the tool will display any changes it has made.
Manage Your Device Drivers
If your laptop still isn’t producing sound, there are a few further steps to take. Returning to the Control Panel, select “Device Manager,” and search the resulting list for “Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.” You’re looking for the same audio device that you adjusted when looking in through the devices listed in your System Tray.
The following window will allow you to install, reinstall, or update the software drivers for with your laptop’s speakers or audio device. You must also have an active internet connection in order to repair any driver software
Proceed with reinstalling or updating your laptop’s audio driver. Click on the “Driver” tab at the top of the window. The first step is to select “Update Driver.”
With an active internet connection, you can instruct Windows to automatically search for the most up-to-date driver for your audio hardware. If this doesn’t work, use your preferred search engine to locate the manufacturer of your audio device. Simply copying and pasting the name of the audio device into a search engine will do the trick.
Once you’ve downloaded the appropriate drivers, simply open the file and allow the drivers to be installed. This process is automated, and your laptop will alert you when the installation is complete.
If you still hear no sound from your laptop, the time has come to seek a computer repair professional.It’s also possible to contact the laptop’s manufacturer. Since most audio issues come from a computer’s software, it’s possible to diagnose many problems without sending a computer out for repair. If you do hear sound from your laptop, congratulations!
The above diagnostic steps can be used to repair and examine the audio output of laptop speakers, as well as any other output device that you might use with your laptop computer.