How to Fix the Sound on My Computer Level of difficulty:
Problems on the sounds of computers are typically due to a number of causes. There are several ways for diagnosing and resolving the loss of sound on a computer system. There are a number of methods for resolving sound issues on computers. Materials Needed:
- Driver and application recovery CDs
- updated sound driver software.
Make certain that all the output devices such as headphones or speakers are turned on and plugged in. Additionally, be sure to check whether the output device has not been put on mute. Also check the volume control settings of the program. Make sure that it is set high enough to be heard by the user. Always verify that the sound issues are not because of faulty speaker connections. The simplest way to test this is substituting speaker connections with headphones to check if the sound is getting out.
The volume control settings could be accessed by clicking on the 'Start' button followed by 'All Programs', 'Accessories', 'Entertainment', and lastly, 'Volume Control'. You may also simply click on the speaker icon located on the System Tray. Check the settings of both the mute and volume. When the check boxes of mute have checks on them, uncheck them. If this still does not work, the sound problem may be caused by other factors.
Performing System Restore is required when the sound from the speakers of the computer is audible and is suddenly lost. This is done by clicking on the 'Start' button and then the 'All Programs' button. Thereafter, click on the 'Accessories' button, 'System tools' and then 'System Restore'. Lastly, users would have to finish the System Restore Wizard. If this does not work again, the problem may be due to something else.
In order to resolve the sound problem, you may have to delete and reinstall the sound driver. The sound driver could be missing or is corrupted that is why it is not functioning properly. When this is done however, the menu of the restore utility will not be available.
Begin the process of deletion and re-installation by clicking on the 'Start' button, then the 'Control Panel' and 'System'. What follows is the 'Hardware', the 'Device Manager' and lastly, the 'Sound', 'Video' and 'Game Controllers'. Click on the sound device displayed on the Device Manager and then delete using the 'Delete' key of the keyboard. When prompted whether or not to continue with the deletion, click 'OK'. Uninstall all the sound devices listed in this manner except the Legacy Audio Drivers and the Audio Codec.
Restart the computer and reinstall the sound drivers that have been deleted by means of the Driver and Application Recovery CDs that had come with the Operating System.
Visit the official website of the computer manufacturer and check for an updated software of the sound driver for the sound card. When found, download them together with instructions for installation.