Reason for sound not working on Windows® and ways to resolve the issue
What causes sound to stop working on Windows? What can be done to resolve this issue?
Sound on a system can be heard from its speakers. In order to hear sound from a system, it will need to have a sound card installed and proper drivers that are compatible with that card. Drivers are needed for the sound card, as the drivers will act as an interface between the sound card and the Operating System. There are many reasons due to which sound on Windows stops working. Those reasons may be driver sound card issues, driver issues or problems with connections or devices used for sound. If any of the settings for audio have changed, that will also cause sound issues for Windows.
Below are points that give some tips to solve sound problems on Windows:
- Solve sound card issues
- Solve driver issues
- Check connections and volume settings
Solve sound card issues
In order to hear sound from the system, a proper sound card should be installed. If this sound card has got any problems, that will cause issues with sound. So you have to check the card and see whether it is damaged or not. You also need to check that the card is placed firmly on the motherboard. The presence of dust will sometimes cause problems and you have to regularly clean it. If the card present on the system is not compatible with the system requirements, there will be issues. So you have to check the card.
Solve driver issues
If drivers for the sound card face any issues, it will cause problems for sound on the system. Drivers maybe corrupt or outdated. In such conditions, you have to enter to the original manufacturer’s website and try to download updated drivers for the sound card. If the system has corrupt drivers for the sound card, you have to uninstall it and install a compatible and fully functional driver. But before installation you need to check that the driver satisfies all system requirements. You have to use a genuine website for downloading. Otherwise it will create other problems.
Problems with connections will also cause issues with sound on Windows. You have to make sure that audio devices are firmly connected to the right port on the system. There should not be any loose connections. Then you need to check if the speaker is getting power as well. Next, you will check the volume. You need to make sure that volume is not set to 'mute' and is at a higher level, so you can hear sound properly.
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