How to Fix No Sound in Windows 7
Are you having problems with your sound? You were just getting set for your weekly Skype
call with your grandson several hours away when you discovered you have no sound. Sure you
could just type back and forth, but you want to hear his voice! You've been looking forward
to this call all week! It's just not fair, what are you going to do?
Your sound doesn't work and you need it to work as soon as possible so you can keep in
touch and know what is going on in your grandson's life. You'd feel so out of touch without
being able to Skype to him every week. So you steel yourself, you look online for solutions,
you will fix this yourself. I'm here to help!
What are the Common Causes for No Sound?
The common causes for no sound are unplugged speakers, the volume is muted, improperly
installed sound cards, and out of date drivers. So let's make sure your speakers are still
plugged in and on. Follow the cables of your speakers to where they connect to the power strip
and to your computer. Make sure they are plugged in to the output of your sound card.
There will be a symbol like headphones to let you know that is the output. The input
looks like a microphone. To check the volume, go to the system tray and right click the volume
icon and open the volume mixer to make sure none of the programs⁄devices in there are muted.
Turn the volume up all the way and try playing some music to see if your sound is back.
How To Troubleshoot No Sound
1. Click the Start Button
2. Click on Control Panel to the Right
3. Click on System and Security, and then under System click Device Manager. If you are
prompted for an administrator password or confirmation provide such to continue.
4. Double click Sound, video and game controllers. If you have a sound card installed it
will be listed there. If there is a problem with the device it will have a yellow"?" Next to it.
5. Right click the name of the sound card and click Properties, click the General tab, and
look in the Device Status box. If there is a problem, you may need a new driver.
How to Download and Install New Drivers
Now that you have found the make and model of your audio card, you can go to the manufacturer's
web site and download the newest drivers for the sound card. Make sure you grab a version of
the driver that is compatible to Windows 7.
1. Click Start
2. Go to Control Panel
3. Click on System and Security
4. Under System click Device Manager, double click Sound Video and Game controllers
5. Go back to the sound card
6. Go to the driver tab and install the updated driver using the update driver button
7. Then browse to where you saved the file
If none of the above works, there is software out on the market that will find which
hardware of yours has out of date drivers and get the most recent drivers for the hardware
and install it for you. That could also be worth the money if all of these steps seem like
too much hassle for you. Quick and easy, with regular updates to keep your drivers up to date.
Never be caught without sound again!
is guaranteed to fix no sound with the correct and most up-to-date driver for each and every
device driver on your system.
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