No Sound From My PC Speakers
By Leo Notenboom
How to troubleshoot and fix a common problem that can lead to the loss of sound from your speakers.–PC Pitstop
Suddenly losing your computer’s sound can be due to many different things. I’ll point out a common problem that many people aren’t aware of that, as a bonus, is very easy to fix.
After a recent round of updates I noticed that I had no volume on my computer…including ITunes. I checked everything I could think of and didn’t come up with any problems on my system. I then used System Restore and the volume came back. The next day Winows installed the updates again and again the same thing happened, and after using System Restore all was well, except that the updates had been deleted.
How do I get my sound and my updates?
Updates are one of several ways that speakers can suddenly stop working and your computer appears unable to make a sound.
I’m not saying this will solve every case, but it’s one of those things that a lot of people aren’t aware of, and can resolve the problem quickly with just a couple of clicks.
Multiple Audio Outputs
The problem can arise when your computer has multiple output devices for sound.
For example in some laptops the headset jack is just a couple of wires connected to the internal speakers. In other computers, however, it’s a completely separate audio device that needs to be selected in software. This often happens automatically, so you’d never know the difference.
On many computers – more and more I’d say – with the rise of video and other forms of display and entertainment we use our computers to view, hardware manufacturer’s have added multiple output options. The PC I use with my television, for example, has three such output options: speakers, HDMI and optical.
The sounds of silence can happen when the wrong one is selected.
This excerpt appears with permission from Leo Notenboom.
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