You have booted your PC or brought it out of sleep mode. But for some reason there is no sound. You won't be greeted by the Windows beep when you sign in, or your videos may not have audio.

So what's the problem? It could be a problem with the audio settings or the speakers themselves. If you are using a headset, this could be the cause.

But don't panic because we've done the heavy lifting for you. Here's how to fix the sound on your PC when your speakers stop working.

1. Have you muted the sound?

One of the easiest ways to end up with no audio on Windows is to accidentally mute the sound. This can easily happen by simply pressing the wrong key or combination of keys. This can even happen by lowering the system volume too much.

To unmute your audio, start playing an audio or video file. This will help you see if the audio is working again. Next, identify and tap the mute button on your keyboard. On a multimedia keyboard, this is usually on top, next to other playback controls.

With a laptop? Mute is normally activated by pressing. called Fn and the corresponding F. Key.

2. Check the speaker jack

Next, check the speaker jack on your PC (a laptop usually has its own sound).

Whether you use wired headphones or a speaker with your PC, they are connected to the computer via a conventional 3.5 mm socket. This should be connected to the audio output socket.

Correctly plugging the jack into the correct port is critical to removing noise from your computer. Older systems have a microphone connector next to the speaker / headphone jack. So it's worth taking the time to make sure your speaker isn't acting like a giant microphone!

In modern systems, laptops, microphones and headsets in particular share the same multi-use port.

For desktop PCs that are equipped with sound cards that are not built into the motherboard, you should also check that this device is properly seated. This means opening the case and identifying the sound card, which is usually in one of the PCI or PCI-e slots.

If the card is properly connected to the motherboard and its power LED appears when you turn on the PC, everything should be fine. However, if you've used the front audio jack on your PC case, check that it's connected internally to the sound card.

3. Still no sound from your speakers? Check the performance!

Also, if you are using external speakers, make sure they are turned on. A small red or green LED should indicate that the speakers are receiving power. Make sure they are also plugged in (or a USB connection if that's how powered they are).

If everything is fine here and there is still no sound, it is worth connecting the speakers to another device. This can be another PC or even a phone or tablet. As long as it has a suitable audio connection, you should be able to connect your PC speakers or headphones.

4. Confirm that HDMI Audio is selected

Some HD displays don't support audio over an HDMI cable even if the cable does. Hence, there might be a scenario where you are using an HDMI display that is not playing audio.

The solution is to run an audio cable from the PC to the display and make sure the audio jack is connected to the audio input of the display.

You should also confirm in Windows that HDMI Audio is selected. Do this by going to. walk the settings (Windows key + I) > Ease of access> Audio> Change other sound settings and the choice reproduction Tab.

With an HDMI audio device connected to your PC, you should see: Digital output device (HDMI). Select it and click at the bottom of the window Set as standard.

Audio should now play on your HDMI TV.

5. Check your Windows audio device drivers

Have you done all of your hardware and wiring checks and still not getting any sound from your computer speakers? Then it's time to look at a software solution.

Do you remember the last time you performed a driver update? Now could be the right time!

You can access your hardware via the device manager. Find this by right-clicking the Windows icon and select Device manager. Expand Sound, video and game controllers, Then identify your audio device.

Right click the device and select Update driver. The updated driver should then be installed.

You can use the same fix to update USB drivers if you're using a USB headset or USB sound card.

But if your driver is really damaged then the only way out is to reinstall it. In Device Manager, find the audio driver, Right click on it and choose Uninstall device.

When the uninstallation is complete, restart the system. The next time you boot your computer will install the latest driver by itself.

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6. Could a bluetooth headset be the problem?

When a cable is connected to your computer, it is obvious that a device is connected. With Bluetooth, however, it's easy to forget.

For example, I use bluetooth headphones with my laptop. When I'm not using it, I don't always think about changing the player. The result is that audio is streamed to the headset, not my computer's speakers.

So if you're using a bluetooth headset, be sure to turn off the device or disconnect it from your computer when not in use. Also take a moment to click the speaker icon in the system tray and select a different audio output.

Related: How Do I Remove a Broken Headphone Plug?

7. Check your monitor speakers

Many monitors these days have built-in speakers. Take a look at the speakers and see if you are using a monitor like this. You can then adjust the volume using the buttons on your monitor or using the settings on your Windows.

The exact procedure differs depending on the manufacturer. So it would be a good idea to visit the manufacturer's website.

8. Make sure the speaker volume is turned on

This is not the same as when your computer is muted. We're talking about your audio driver software here.

For example, in this Windows computer, Realtek High Definition Audio software is responsible for managing the sound as well as the speakers themselves. B. when your speakers are not working.

Right click on the speaker icon that you can find in the lower right corner of your system tray. Choose there Sounds and click on Speakers / headphones Possibility. Adjust the sound of the speaker in the Levels Tab.

9. Corruption of Windows system files

Sometimes corrupted Windows system files can also cause speaker driver issues. To check if this is the case, run the SFC scan which will scan and repair the corrupted system files.

  1. Art command prompt in the start menu search bar and select the best match.

  2. Enter now sfc / scannow and hit Enter.

The SFC scans the system and corrects any errors found. If there really was a corruption problem with system files, it will be fixed at the end of this scan.

10. Disable audio enhancements

Sometimes audio issues can arise with audio enhancements enabled. To make sure it doesn't, you'd better turn it off.

  1. Enter in the search bar of the Start menu Switchboard and choose the best match.

  2. Choose Hardware and Sound> Sound.

  3. Under the reproduction Right click on the tab Standard device and choose properties.

  4. Finally, select either the Deactivate all extensions or the Deactivate Option in the Extensions tab and select OK.

This will disable any enhancements that could be causing your speakers to not work.

11. Your computer speakers just don't work

You have checked the mute and volume settings of your speakers and the integrity of the speaker jack. They are turned on and properly connected to your computer. They even checked and updated the device drivers.

You made it this far but there is still no sound. Well, it looks like it's time to find new speakers for your PC.

Sure, you could take the time to get your speakers fixed, but unless they're top-notch audio gold pieces, just buying a new set will likely be cheaper.

Are your speakers working again?

Whatever the reason your speaker is malfunctioning, if you're a regular computer worker you know what work days can be like without good background music. Hopefully one of these tips worked for you and your speakers will now shine as usual.

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Shaant Minhas
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Shaant is a staff writer at MUO. As a graduate in computer applications, he uses his passion for writing to explain complex things in plain English. When he's not researching or writing, he can enjoy a good book, run, or hang out with friends.

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