Audio Not Working Error – 5 Easy Ways to Fix it

Sound and audio devices are primary appendages of our machines. We are practically deaf at our workspace with malfunctioning audio devices. The incident is one of the most frustrating ones that could happen with any fully-functioning machine. And the worst part is, there is no kind of warning or premonition which could help you avert the malfunctioning well in advance. So, here we are today with simple solutions to the problem of audio not working on your laptop. As it is an issue of sound, there can be a lot of reasons behind the incident.

We are not one of those people who suggest a computer engineer the moment something goes wrong. More often than not, the reasons behind the actual problem are quite easy to handle. And with a little bit of technical know-how, you could solve the issues as well.

How to Fix Audio Not Working on Computer?

However, when it comes to audio malfunctioning, we will have to rule out all the possibilities one by one. There could be many reasons for the audio to stop working. The logic behind the events may not always be clear. However, if you are stuck with no audio on your laptop, start with the simplest rationales of all. Here we have reproduced all the solutions perfectly. Check them all out.

1. Check the volume first

Well, we know what you might be thinking! Yes, we understand you have already thought about this. But we got to be sure, right? The point is, many a time, we tend to mute the system volume and resume fidgeting for solutions at other places. And if this is the case, most likely you would fail to notice it, and lookup for solutions online and waste time applying them. There is a reason why we placed this solution at the very beginning. This is the primary point to check when audio starts malfunctioning.

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  • In the taskbar, you will find a speaker icon. (If you are unable to locate it, please find it to the left of the time counter)
  • Left-click on the speaker symbol.

That will show you the volume status of your machine.

  • You will also find a small bar beside the number or volume status.
  • Slide the bar to control the volume.
  • Make sure the external speakers (if any) are plugged and switched on.
  • Now left-click on the aforementioned bar.
  • If you hear a sound like that of a Facebook ping, it means the audio device is perfectly fine.

The culprit may be the audio playing software. Try uninstalling it and reinstalling other compatible media players. If this does not work, perhaps, it’s time to look for another audio device that your system may be trying to connect with. The second remedy deals with how to do that.

2. Change the Audio device

To change the currently connected audio device to another one, you got to follow these few simple steps:

  • Right-click on the speaker icon which is at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  • A menu will pop-up on the screen.
  • The third option you will find there is ‘Sounds’. Left-click on it.
  • This will redirect you to a dialogue box. Left-click on the tab called ‘Playback’.
  • This will show you all the playback devices connected to your machine.
  • Choose any one of them and left-click on the ‘Set Default’ button.

Why would you need to change the audio device?

If the first remedy didn’t work out, it means the audio device is working fine. However, the problem may be occurring in the arena of software and operating systems. Often, Windows directs the sound to a wrong output device. The device may not be faulty but doesn’t have any audio outlet per se. It happens for instances such as, having a USB device and also an HDMI device connected to the machine. These incidents make the system commit the mistake of directing sound elsewhere.

And if you are unsure about which one would suit you best, select each from the list and hit the volume bar as in the first method. Choose the one device which gives out the loudest ‘ding’ sound.

3. Cancel all the Audio enhancements

Enhancements are extra adjustments in the operating system that facilitate the sound output. However, if they are switched on, and the corresponding audio device is not compatible, you might end up with no sound from your system altogether. So, to switch off the enhancements, please follow these few steps:

  • Right-click on the speaker at the bottom corner of the screen.
  • Left-click on ‘Sounds’.
  • In the new dialogue box left-click on the tab ‘Playback’.
  • Under the listed options, right-click on the currently activated sound device.
  • Another menu will pop-up where you will find the option ‘Properties’. Left-click on it.
  • In the new dialogue box, you will find a tab called ‘Enhancements’.
  • Make sure you untick all the boxes that are there. Click on Apply and save the changes.
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This will nullify all the enhancements and set the audio device to its default mode. If this doesn’t work, perhaps, it is time to get a bit technical.

The most common problem that plagues sound devices is the lack of updates or missing drivers. Unfortunately, most people do not update all the system drivers regularly, allowing some glitches to accumulate. This entire process may be verily responsible for no audio on your laptop.

4. Update the audio drivers

Before updating drivers, check the entire set of hardware that your system is connected to. By doing this, you will get an idea of whether the machine at all recognizes the sound device. Once you have ensured that, you can check whether there are updates required for the audio device. To execute this process, follow these few steps:

  • Left-click on the Start menu. In the search bar, type ‘Device Manager’.
  • It will prompt you to the page where all the recognized or previously joined hardware and devices are listed.
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What does the yellow exclamation mark mean?

Please note that the devices beside which there is a yellow exclamation mark are in need to be updated. Alternatively, it could also mean that you got to find the drivers for these devices. If your connected audio device isn’t updated, the yellow exclamation mark is bound to show up. You will find the audio devices under the category ‘Sound, video, and game controllers’.)

  • The next step involves finding the required drivers from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Download the entire package and install the files in the same location where the device files are located.
  • If this sounds like too much hassle, you can also consider uninstalling the driver altogether and freshly downloading it again.
  • Once the process is complete, make sure to reboot the machine.

This has the greatest chance of breathing life back into your speakers.

5. Check your BIOS setup

This process ensures that the sound card is primarily enabled from the BIOS. Many a time, systems tend to switch off the sound card, and a problem like audio not working arises. In this case, you got to enable the sound card manually.

  • To go to the BIOS setup page, you got to hit the F12 button repeatedly at the time of staring your computer. The look of the BIOS depends on which processor and motherboard you are using. Accordingly, the option of the sound card will be available to you.
  • Make the necessary changes, and save them.


We believe these are the primary measures that you can take when you face the audio not working issue on your computer. It’s true; faulty sound devices spoil the entire mood of your workflow. Moreover, without sound, there will be extreme interference in your work module because today, the workflow today stands as extremely streamlined and diversified.

Much like the importance of salt in dishes, the significance of sound can also be felt in our lives. Both of them have an eerily similar way of making their presence felt. It is only when they are missing from the scene; we are able to realize their significance. A wonderfully prepared dish that misses salt wouldn’t be palatable at all. In a similar fashion, the absence of sound from a device affects not just your work, but your mood as well.