How to Troubleshoot and Fix No Sound
It can be so frustrating when you go to work or play on your computer and you do not
get any sound. What makes it worse is you have no iota how to fix no sound. When it comes
to sound issues, most people's technical skills end with, "Is it muted?" Have no fear. We
will walk you through some basic sound troubleshooting to get your sound up and running again.
Multiple Power Cords
In the past, speakers only needed to be plugged into the computer and this is still
true for many laptop speakers today. However, if you bought speakers for your PC, then it
is possible your speakers need an alternative power source as well.
In most cases, a power cord will plug into the back of the computer and will connect to
an independent power supply. Therefore, you need to check if it is both plugged in and
turned on. Additionally, if it is plugged into a surge protector, make sure the surge
protector is receiving power as well.
USB Plug and Play Speakers
If you are using USB plug 'n play speakers, you will want to try a different USB port.
Occasionally, a USB port will need to be updated or will go out. This will cause the
device not to work in that port, until you fix the port.
If changing the port does not work, then you need to check the compatibility of the
speakers with your computer. Not all speakers will work with all versions of Windows.
Therefore, check your operating system against the operating systems listed on the
package. If your operating system is not listed, take the speakers back. Most stores are
willing to make the exchange for this type of error.
Occasionally, when your computer updates, it will need to restart and you may cancel
out the restart for some reason. You may be busy or have something going on at the time.
Then, you forget to restart the computer and it does not get to completely update. It
is also not unusual for your computer to have to restart twice after a needed update.
If your computer did not get a needed restart, your sound may not work correctly.
Therefore, a quick system restart may solve your no sound problem.
Updating or Reinstalling the Sound Drivers
Any number of things could have happened which could cause you to need to update
or reinstall your sound drivers. Some of the more common reasons include, new speakers,
spyware, a virus, a system update, or upgrade in Windows.
The easiest way to update or reinstall the sound drivers is with driver update
software. It will track down your driver type, system type and Windows operating system
for you. Then it will identify any drivers in need of updating, including your sound
drivers. After identifying the drivers, you would have the option to download and install
the appropriate drivers for your computer and get your computer's sound back in less than
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