Having your windows sound act up is not far-fetched, but it can really be a pain, especially when you want to hear favourite music and play that much talk about video, this problem can be caused by wrong settings, bad cable connections or even corrupted audio drivers. Fixing your sound on windows is really easy, just take a deep breath and follow the step by step guidelines enumerated below;
The first step is to adjust the sound setting of your PC, to do this; you will find a sound icon in the task bar of your monitor, click on it and drag the sound slider up or if it is muted unmute it, ensure that your audio is at the highest. If the audio icon is missing from the taskbar, click on Start menu and then select Control Panel, then select “Place Volume in Taskbar”
After checking and un-checking the necessaries as indicated in the step above, you should test your audio with different audio-visual and audio applications on your PC like VLC media player, Real player and other installed on your PC.
If the steps above do not work, you can then install audio codecs on your PC, the problem might be due to bad or malfunctioning audio codec or even a missing codec. So now, you need to find out the codec that are recommended for your PC and install it.
If you still have the issue, you should perform system restore for your PC , to perform system restore for In windows xp, Click on the Start menu and select All Programs, then Click on Accessories and System Tools, select System Restore to open it. To do this in windows 7 and Vista, click on the Start button and just type” system restore” in the search box, then select “System Restore” from the results. Afterwards follow the System Restore wizard by selecting the first option “Restore my computer to an earlier time”.
Right after the restoration stage, you need to check the sound of your computer to confirm if restoring the system has solved the sound problem of your PC. Well, if it does, congratulations your sound is back, but if restoring it does not fix the problem, do not panic, just proceed to the steps below.
Now, you will have to run your windows service, to do this follow the steps below;
Check the fault with your the audio service in this case, Windows Audio Service, to do this hold Windows Key and R (Windows key + R) simultaneously, this will open the Run window.
Enter services.msc and click on OK. (If the operating system is Vista enter services.msc in the Start Search and double click on services.msc from the results.
The services window opens, move down to Windows Audio service, check if the Startup Type is Automatic and if not, and change it to Automatic.
Now, right click on the “Audio Windows and select properties, then in the change the “Start-up” type in “Automatic” then select start to start the device and click OK.
Now, if all the enumerated steps above do not work for your PC, you will have to reinstall audio and driver from your system managers, to do this follow the steps below;
In Windows XP, right click on “My Computer” and select “Properties”. In the System Properties window that will emerge, select the Hardware tab, now click on Device Manager.
For Windows Vista or Windows 7, click on Start button and type “Device Manager” in the Search box; now select “Device Manager” from the search results. In Device Manager Window, click on “+” sign next to Sound, video and game controllers, then right click on “High Definition Audio Codec” and select “Uninstall”. This will uninstall the audio drivers; now click on Scan for Hardware changes to reinstall the audio drivers.
However, after the reinstallation Windows may require you to restart the computer, if it does, you will have to restart your computer. Now, windows will automatically detect the changes and reinstall the sound drivers. You could as well install the latest audio driver from your computer manufacturer’s website; you can fix the no sound issue for your windows PC, from your PC manufacturer.
If all these do not work and your system audio is still lost, check your system’s connections and control. Laptops PC usually come with their own volume control, ensure this controls are enabled.
If you are experiencing the issue in desktop computer, verify that connections between the computer and your speakers ensure they are properly connected. Check if your sound cables are functional, to do this remove the present one and test run with a new one.
That’s guys, you should have your sound working by now, if not, you might ask a professional to check the problem for you.