Laptop Sound

What To Do If Your Laptop’s Sound Isn’t Working

Laptop Sound

Nothing keeps your workday momentum flowing like music, But broken laptop sound might break your groove. Is it your headphones or computer? How to fix a PC without sound.

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Volume Check

This seems apparent, but I’ve muted my volume mistakenly numerous times. Click the speaker icon on Windows 10’s taskbar and crank up the volume.

Windows 11’s taskbar button controls Wi-Fi, audio, and battery. When you release the volume bar, you should hear a “ding.”
Sound controls are buried in macOS Big Sur and later’s Control Center icon. To make things louder, drag the Sound bar right. Older OS devices have a separate sound button.

Make sure external speakers are on and tuned up. When you boost the volume and hear a ding, the app may be muted. Unmute and crank up your music, movie, or other app.

It’s simple to mistakenly mute YouTube and other in-browser players, which can be irritating. Chrome users may click the music note symbol to adjust audio from any tab.


If your laptop’s sound aren’t working, try headphones or external speakers.

If you have USB headphones (like a gaming headset), try connecting them. These can bypass the default audio driver and reveal the problem.

Audio device change

If you’ve connected in a USB audio device or an external HDMI monitor without speakers, your computer may be directing sound to the wrong output device.
Right-click Windows 10’s speaker icon and choose Sounds. Choose a device under Playback. Try right-clicking and selecting Show Disabled Devices. Select a default output device. Make sure the right output device is chosen in Windows 11 Settings > System > Sound > All sound devices.

System Preferences > Sound > Output on a Mac. Ensure the right output device is first. If it’s not, pick it and move it over the other selections.

Disable audio upgrades

Microsoft suggests removing audio enhancements if you’re encountering audio problems. If you’re running Windows 11, go to Settings > System > Sound and disable Enhance audio and Spatial sound.

Select your audio device in Windows 10’s Sound menu. Explore the Properties menu. Check the available formats, deactivate improvements, and uncheck Exclusive Mode in the Advanced tab. Try disabling Spatial Sound.
After changing choices, try playing audio again to determine if any were the problem.

Driver updates

Check drivers if PC hardware isn’t working.
Open the Control Panel by clicking Start and typing “device manager,” Expand Sound, Video, and Game Controllers to see your PC’s audio output devices. If any of them have a yellow exclamation point, you may need to install their driver from the manufacturer’s website. If not, install the driver.
Right-click the driver you’re using—in my instance, Realtek Audio—and pick Uninstall Device. Rebooting Windows will reinstall generic drivers, which may fix the speakers.


In rare cases, a device mismatch, software update, or Windows reinstallation might cause your sound to cease operating. Press Delete, F2, or another key at startup to begin BIOS/UEFI configuration.
First, check the BIOS to see whether your sound card was disabled. Then, If it doesn’t work, check the BIOS or UEFI version on your laptop’s website.

If your manufacturer issued a new version, update. If you don’t follow the instructions, a BIOS upgrade might destroy your computer.

Speaker fixes

If the problem can’t be fixed in software, it may be the speakers or a cable in your PC. If you can find a PC repair manual, look inside.

Professionals can help. If it’s under warranty, send it to the manufacturer for repairs, or find a local shop. You’ll be jamming soon, hopefully.

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