Microsoft, with its version of Windows 10, has proved to be more reliable than other software companies. Windows 10 has opened a wider scope for leading a better user interface. It has reformed the problems that the other former windows version has.
Especially it hurts more when you are busy watching your favorite TV series or shows and suddenly the sound is not working. But not anymore, here is list of solutions for you to make sure the issue never arrives again.
How to Fix Sound Problems in Windows 10
Windows 10 has got many ways of solving software problems, which, one may not be able to solve in other Windows versions. Like, if you are having sound problems, Windows 10 gives you different suggestions that might help. The suggestions are as follows:
- Run the Audio troubleshooter
The audio troubleshooter may be used to fix audio problems. This is the simplest way of fixing sound problems. Few steps are required to do the task which are:
- Type Audio troubleshooter in the search box on the taskbar. Select “Fix and find problems with playing sound” from the results and select next.
- Select the device which will be troubleshot. Continue it with the Troubleshooter.
Steps to Start Troubleshooter From Audio Settings
- Select Start.
- Go to Settings.
- Click and open System.
- From System, you can open Sound Troubleshoot.
If running the troubleshooter doesn’t help, you may try the next step.
- Verify that the Windows version is updated
- First, we have to check for updates.
- Select Start. Go to Settings.
- Click and open Update & Security. Next, open Windows Update. Check for any new updates.
- If the status says that it’s up to date, you may proceed to the next step. If the status claims that updates are available, select it to install by clicking Install Now.
- After the update gets installed, restart the PC and check whether the sound is working properly.
- If it didn’t fix the problem, jump to the next step.
Note: Check on your cables, wires, jacks, audio, volume connections.
The sound may not work because of some loose connection of the wire. Thus, check the speaker and the headphone connections for loose cords or cables. Make sure all cords and cables are plugged in properly. If 5mm jack is available, plug into the sound system and make sure all cords and cables are plugged into the correct jack. If you have no idea about the jacks and cords, and their orientation, you must consult your hardware manufacturer, or, you may try the most obvious outputs one at a time and see if they work.
Next, you have to make sure power is turned on and check all the output devices, whether all are plugged in correctly and are working properly. Check the volume keys and whether the mute button is turned on. If not, and all the cables and volume keys are working properly, but m, still, see the problem dwelling, follow the steps mentioned further.
Checking the Audio System after Troubleshooting
You have to check into the audio settings by clicking the right button on the Speakers icon and selecting Open Volume Mixer. A set of volume controls will be opened. Check for any of them being muted. If positive, select the volume control to unmute.
- You may also check your device audio properties to see whether your device has not been disabled.
- Select Start>go to Settings>click and open System>Open Sound.
- Next, you have to select the audio device and succeed in Device properties, for both input and output devices.
- Make sure the Disable checkbox is cleared for the output and input devices.
Alternative Way to Fix Sound Problem on Windows 10
- Fix your Audio drivers. Hardware problems are common and thus, are temporary that sometimes cause malfunctioning of the devices.
- Your audio driver should be up to date and must be updated if needed. In the search box on the taskbar, type Device Manager in the search box.
- Click and open it. Select “Sound, video and game controllers” option.
- A popup menu will appear. Find and right-click on the device, such as headphones or speakers.
- Select Update driver and then, Search automatically for “Updated driver software”. Follow the instructions to set the update.
The issue can also be solved by uninstalling the device, which again will be reinstated in the system after restarting the PC. If that doesn’t work, try using the generic audio driver that comes with Windows.
- Open up to Update Driver from the taskbar menu.
- Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
- Next, click and open “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
- Select the audio device whose driver you want to update. Select Next, and follow the instructions to install it.
- If your audio was working before Windows Update and now isn’t working, we have to roll back your audio driver by following similar steps up to select “Sound, video and game controllers”.
- Next, you have to right-click on the preferred device name and select Properties.
- In Properties, select Driver option, and select Roll Back Driver.
- Read the instructions and select Yes if you want to roll back the driver.
If rolling back your audio driver didn’t work or wasn’t an option, you can try the other steps mentioned further below
Rolling Back Your Audio Driver Doesn’t Work, Follow this
- Use other devices as Audio device
If you’re trying to connect an audio device using USB or HDMI, you have to set that device as the default device. Open Control Panel, followed by the “Hardware and Software” option. Select Sound. Right-click the name of your audio device on the Playback tab. Select “Set as Default Device” and click on OK.
If setting your audio device as the default device doesn’t help, continue to the following step:
- Turn off Audio Enhancement. Sometimes having audio enhancements can result in audio issues.
- Disabling them may resolve your issue.
- Open up to Sound following previous similar steps.
- Right-click the Default Device and select Properties.
- In the Properties, select either “Disable all enhancements” or “Disable all sound effects” option from the Enhancement tab.
- Select OK and play the audio device. If not working, try the same method for other audio devices mentioned in the PC.
Alternative Ways to Fix Sound Problems in Windows 10
- Restart Audio devices
Sometimes, the audio devices may not be working properly and just by restarting the audio services, may help in this context. Type Services in the search box on the taskbar and open it. Select among these services :
- Windows Audio
- Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
- Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
- And select restart.
If restarting these services doesn’t resolve your issue, see the next section for more troubleshooting.
- Checking other audio formats.
- You can find different audio formats by following similar steps used for “Turning of enhancements” up to selecting Sound from the Control Panel and right-click on the Default Device option on the Playback tab.
- Next, select Properties. In Properties, change the setting under the Default Format option on the Advanced tab and select OK.
- Test your audio device and if it fails, try other formats.
Fix Sound Problems in Windows 10 while Audio Ports Don’t Work
- Check for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC from Device Manager.
- Audio problems might also be caused due to some issue in the audio system’s IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. A manual driver update, which allows you to choose the sound driver you want to use can fix this issue.
- Type Device Manager in the search box on the taskbar and open it.
- Select “Sound, video and game controllers” option and look for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC on the list shown.
- If present, select “Browse my computer for driver software”, followed by selecting “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
- You will find a list of pre-installed drivers.
- Select High Definition Audio Device, and click on Next.
- The driver will get installed automatically.
This, as we can see, Windows 10, indeed has come up with different suggestions for fixing the problems (here, we talked about the sound problems), and they have newer methods of fixing an interface problem.