This article will guide you through the issues you might have with the audio of your computer.
If you are facing issues like Windows 10 sound not working or windows 10 audio not working then this article will give you 22 different ways of making sure the audio starts working in your Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10 Sound Not Working
The Audio functioning of a computer includes many different drivers and components of the PC that come to play. The Audio not working in your Windows 10 could be because of a lot of things.
1. Check Your Volume Mixer
It is possible that the audio levels of your Windows 10 PC have gone wrong which is resulting in the audio not coming out of your speakers.
So, you can go to the speaker icon on the bottom right corner of your screen. Right-click on the icon and select the Open Volume Mixer option.
Here, you need to make sure the audio levels are high enough for you to hear the sounds coming out.
Tip: Every time you change the volume level, you will hear a bell ring sound in your speakers, use that to control the audio to the required level.
2. Install Realtek Audio Driver
The Audio coming out of your PC is controlled by the audio driver of your PC. The audio drivers are the part of your PC’s working which accepts all the information related to Audio and then converts them into formats understood by speakers.
If there is any problem with the working of your audio drivers, or if they are corrupted the PC is not able to get the speaker working.
In such cases, you can download the RealTek Drivers again from the RealTek Website. This should help you get rid of your audio problems.
Once on the website, you need to go to the Windows section of the website and then download the necessary audio driver from the links provided.
You will notice different alternatives of the same Audio Driver, you need to download the specific one for your PC specifications. This means you will have to download the 32bit or 64bit version respective to your PC (how to find your PC’s specifications is given below). Also, remember to check if your operating system is supported or not as well.
Click on the download icon on the right column of the respective version. This will take you to the next page where you will have to agree to the T&C, and then enter your email address. Once you click on download the file after that, the file will start to download on its own.
Once the file is downloaded, go through the complete process of installing the audio driver. When the installing process is done, you will be prompted to restart your computer (you will have to restart even if not prompted).
Your audio problems should be sorted out by now.
Tip: There is a version available that can be run in both (32bit and 64bit) versions of windows. You can download this for convenience, but the file will be much larger in size.
How to Check your Operating System Bit version (32bit / 64bit)
To check what is the bit version for your Operating System, you can go into This PC or My Computer on your PC and then right-click on a free space. Click on the properties option. This will open a new window where you can check the specs under the system type row.
3. Restore Default Audio Settings
One of the simple ways of getting your Audio to start working again is by restoring the default audio settings of your computer. This works because there might be chances that you tinkled with the wrong settings and that is now causing the PC to malfunction in one way or another.
Though you will have to reprogram all your specific settings back into the PC, it is still advisable to try this option.
To reset the Default Audio settings go into the Sound Settings in Control panel
Once in the Sound setting tab, right-click on the speaker and click on Properties. Go on the Advanced tab of the window, here you will find Restore Properties.
Once you click on it, all your settings made for the speaker will be restored to their original setting.
4. Uninstall Audio Drivers
Now we are going to try and uninstall the Audio Driver, then scanning the PC for hardware changes. This might help you solve your problem as Windows installs the necessary drivers in your PC on its own, this way if there are any missing drivers in your PC, this will help you in such situations.
For this, search for Device Manager in the search bar. When the Device Manager opens, go into the Audio Input and Output.
Inside this, you will find two options, Microphoṣne, and Speakers. As we are facing troubles related to Speakers we will work with only that. Right-Click on the Speaker option and click on the uninstall option.
Tip: if you have trouble with your Microphone, we have a video guide for it as well.
Once this is done, go into the Actions Tab on the top of the window, and under that, you will find “scan for hardware changes”. Click on this and the Computer should scan itself for any defective or missing drivers. Then solving your problem.
Once this is done, don’t forget to restart the computer. This will make sure the settings have been changed.
5. Troubleshooting Windows Audio Problem
If these solutions still don’t solve your problems then you can take help from Windows Troubleshooter. Windows troubleshooter is a tool that can run a diagnostic scan on your PC to help you solve common problems.
Search for troubleshooter in the search bar and then click on the first option provided.
On the new troubleshooter window opened, click on the additional troubleshooter options at the end of the window.
Under this window, you will find the playing audio option. Clicking on this will display the Run the troubleshooter button.
If you don’t have a PC working on Windows 10 you can find the troubleshooter option in the Control Panel under which you can choose the specific troubleshooting option, which in this case is Hardware and Sound. After this, you will have to choose the Playing Audio option. This will start the Audio troubleshooting on the PC.
Once the Troubleshooting scan starts, you will find a check-box that applies repairs automatically. Make sure to keep this selected as this will make sure the issues found by windows are automatically repaired.
There are chances that the windows services in your PC get disabled in one way or another. And thus, enabling them again can also solve your audio problems.
To enable your Windows Services, search for services in the search bar of Windows 10. Selecting the first option will open the Windows Services window.
In this, you can find all the services available on your computer. You can find the name of the running service, the status of the service. Find the windows audio service on the list. This should be in running mode. If not, then right-click on the status beside the windows audio service and go into the properties.
The Startup tab should be on Automatic, if it is not on automatic, then select Automatic from the drop-down menu. This is because the windows audio service should start running every time you turn on your computer.
Under the same tab, you will have to click on Start if the service is not running. And then click on apply on the bottom right.
The Windows Audio Service working properly depends on some other services working fine as well.
You can check the list of these services under the Dependencies tab in the service window. You need to make sure all of these services are working fine as well.
Once all of this is done, remember to restart your computer again. To make sure all the changes you have made are applied all through the PC.
7. Update Your Windows 10
Windows keeps on updating the Operating System and also the drivers that the Operating system uses. This is why it is important for you to keep your Operating System running on the latest version available for your device.
The Windows Operating System in your PC is by default updated on its own but it is possible the update could not be successful when starting automatically. If this is the case, you will have to install the update manually.
For this, search for settings in your windows search bar. In the main window of Windows Settings. You will find the Updates option at the bottom-most. Clicking on this will take you to the update window. Make sure you have no pending updates for your PC.
Once your PC is up to date, and so are all your drivers. The issue of audio in your PC should get resolved.
8. Rollback Audio Drivers
Whenever you update your Audio Drivers, the Operating System installs the latest version of the Audio Driver available. At times, it is possible for the audio driver to have issues in it. This could be because it is a fresh update to the version. In such cases, the Audio Driver being the latest can be the cause of the audio issues.
To come back to a much stable and reliable audio driver you will have to Rollback the audio driver. Which basically is moving back to the previous version of the driver.
Open the search bar on your Windows 10, and search for Device Manager. Under this, you need to open the Audio Inputs and Outputs. In which you will right-click on Speakers and open the properties window.
Click on the Drivers tab on top of the window and then click on the Roll Back Driver button.
Besides the button, you can also see that windows recommend you roll back to the previous version if you have issues with the driver as well.
9. Disable And Enable The Audio Driver
There can be a chance that your Audio Driver is disabled from the main menu of the Device Manager. In such cases.
Open the Device Manager by searching for it on the search bar. Then open the drop-down option in the Audio Inputs and Outputs. In this right click on the Speaker properties and check if the driver is enabled or not.
if the driver is not disabled, you can disable and then enable it again to restart the driver. This could also help you solve your problem.
10. Update Outdated Audio Drivers With Driver Booster
One more software option you have to update your Drivers in Windows is Driver Booster.
One perk of using this software is that this is designed specifically to update the drivers on your PC.
And if you happen to get the pro version of this software, the software will automatically update the drivers.
11. Update Outdated Audio Drivers Manually
One more option you have to get all your drivers updated is by updating them manually.
For this, you again have to go to the Driver Manager. And then open the speaker option which you can find under Audio Inputs and Outputs. Right-click on Speaker Options and click on Update Drivers.
An updating Window will open in front of you which will give you two options to update the drivers.
Browse My Computer For Drivers: This option will let you update the audio drivers on your computer manually. Selecting this option will bring you to a page where you see the option “let me pick from a list of the available drivers on my computer”.
If you click on this the PC will show you a list of all the available Audio Drivers available on your PC. You can then select whichever driver you have to select for your respective Speaker.
12. Update Outdated Drivers With An Automatic Option
Search Automatically for Drivers: This will work the same way as the previous option. Windows will look for the driver updates available and update them on its own for you.
13. Make One Speaker Default
We all at some point or another connect a different speaker on our PC. When the PC finds more than one speaker connected to it, not having a default speaker can result in Windows 10 not using any speaker at all. If this is the case
Open the Control Panel of your computer and click on the Sound option in the control panel.
This will open the Sound settings of your PC. Here you will find the list of all the speakers connected to your PC. You will have to choose any one of these speakers as your default speaker.
This can be done by selecting any of the speakers or headphones from the list and then clicking on “Set as default” at the bottom of the window.
14. Try To Select Another Speaker In Sound Option
If you have more than one Speakers connected to your PC, it is advised that you try and set the other one to default if one is not working. This is because it is possible that the selected speaker drive might be having a defect in it.
15. Change different Audio Formats
It is possible that the audio format which the speaker is working on is not functioning properly. This basically means the problem could be with the settings in your speakers.
In such cases, you can change and test different setting options in the speaker setting options. Open Control Panel and then open the Sound setting option on the control panel page.
A new window will open showing you all the available speakers on your computer. Right-click on the speaker you are using and then open the properties menu.In the speaker setting window, open the advanced tab. You will find a drop-down menu in this tab.
Select one option at a time to test which one works the best for your computer.
16. Make Sure To Disable Audio Enhancements
Windows also give you an audio enhancement option. This can be used to make the audio coming from the speakers just perfect. But at times this option can be the cause for your speakers not working properly. In such cases, it is advised to turn this option off (disable the option)
Open Control Panel and then open the Sound setting option on the control panel page.
A new window will open showing you all the available speakers on your computer. Right-click on the speaker you are using and then open the properties menu.
In the speaker properties window, you will find an Enhancement tab (third from right). This tab will have a checkbox “disable all sound effects”. This turns off all the sound effects that the computer would be running.
Once all this is done, click on the apply button to confirm the settings.
17. Try The Same Settings That We Used On The Speaker To Realtek High Definition Audio
Just like we had changed the settings for Audio Inputs and Outputs the Device manager, we need to make sure another drive responsible for the audio performance of your PC is functioning properly.
For this, search for Device Manager in the search bar. When the Device Manager opens, go into the Sound, video and game controller. This is a drop-down menu, when you click on it you will find a driver called Realtek High Definition Audio.
Right-click on this driver and check by changing all the settings we changed and checked for the Speaker Driver in Audio Inputs and Outputs.
Tip: this needs to be done because the ‘speaker’ driver has been provided by Microsoft and the Realtek High Definition Audio is being provided by Realtek. And all of them have to be functioning properly.
18. Update BIO To Fix The Audio Problem
Tip: Changing the BIOS of your computer is a very risky process and should be done with care. If you take any wrong step, you could lose all your data and the PC gets corrupted.
Or if there is any problem that occurs in your PC while the PC is still updating the BIOS, you might lose all your data. Even if you do everything correctly, it is also possible that the updated version of the BIOS has problems in it.
This is why I urge you to keep a backup of all your important data and if on a laptop, keep the laptop connected to a running charger.
To start the BIOS update for your laptop you will have to follow these steps:Search for “BIOS update followed by the name and model number of your laptop”. This will bring you to the website of the manufacturer of your Laptop.
From this website look for the latest version of BIOS available for your laptop and download the BIOS update from the icon provided.
Tip: keep the laptop connected to the charger and follow every instruction in the update carefully as a faulty BIOS update can crash your computer as well.
Also, use the BIOS update option only if no other options from the list work for your computer.
19. Enable Onboard Audio
One more reason for the audio issue on your computer could be the audio interface on your motherboard being disabled. This basically means the connections made for the audio signals on your motherboard have been disabled and so the computer is not even considering it has the capabilities of audio output.
To enable or check the Onboard Audiosetting, restart your computer, and when prompted, or before the Windows boot starts you will have to press the indicated BIOS option key. The BIOS option key is mostly F2, F12, F7.
When you are in the BIOS setting page, you will find the Onboard Audio option, this should be set to auto
THE FOLLOWING ARE ADDITIONAL OPTIONS FOR DESKTOPS ONLY
20. Check or Change RCA Cable
The RCA cable is the three pinned cable you attach to your motherboard. The RCA cable is responsible for the transfer of audio signals between the speaker and the computer.
It is possible that the RCA cable or the RCA connector gets faulty. This could lead to the audio signals not being sent or received.
Turn off your computer and make sure to check the RCA cable and the connectors are functioning or not.
21. Check 3.5 mm Audio Jack And Cable
As it is possible for the RCA cable or the RCA connected to get damaged, the same way it is possible that the 3.5mm Jack (used to connect earphones or headphones or speakers) be damaged as well.
So check if the connector is working or not.
If not, it is possible that the connector has some dirt in it and so uses some rubbing alcohol and a Qtip to clean the inside of the Audio Jack.
Keep the PC power off at this time
22. Try Another Speaker
The speakers just like any other electronic gadget have a lot of mechanical parts which over time or use or physical damage or rough handling could end up getting damaged.
In such cases make sure to check if the computer audio works when you change the speaker or not.
I hope your queries like –
- Windows 10 sound not working
- windows 10 audio not working
- Speaker not working in windows 10
was resolved after using the above-mentioned tricks if so then please share this article with your friends and also let me know which trick works for you in the comment section.