Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Procedure To Fix The Audio Issues In Your Laptop Computer

You might know that most laptop computers come with in-built speakers, and this makes correcting the issues or inspecting the audio problems much more difficult. Mostly, the problem might be with your computer settings or an outdated or faulty driver and may not be with the speakers. Inspecting to see if any settings or drivers can fix the problem is a good idea before you attempt to open the laptop or plan to buy external speakers. Here are some laptop support instructions that would help you resolve some basic issues.

Laptop support instructions:
  • Test the audio in more than one program. In case the audio works in some programs and not in others, then the ‘mute’ setting might be on in one or more programs and this should be changed.
  • You need to turn up the volume on the external volume control. This may be on the side or on the front of your laptop, or on the keyboard. Some models have a touch-sensitive strip at the top of the keyboard that you might not have realized controls the volume. You can also look for any ‘mute’ shortcut keys you might have accidentally pressed and then try clicking it again for seeing if the sound is restored.
  • You can go to your volume controls. For this, click on ‘Start’, then ‘Control Panel,’ and then click on ‘Hardware and Sound,’, then click on ‘Audio Devices,’ and ‘Sound’ and finally adjust the volume using ‘Adjust System Volume’. Under ‘Main Volume’, ensure that the slider is up and that the volume is not set to ‘mute’.
  • You may have to reboot the computer, in case you have recently made any changes such as installing new updates or service packs. Sometimes, a restart needs to take place to reset devices such as speakers.
  • Just plug a pair of headphones into the headphone jack on the laptop and see if you can hear sound that way. In case you hear some noise in headphones or external speakers but not the built-in speakers, then either your drivers or the speakers are the problem. Then try uninstalling the drivers for your speakers in ‘Device Manager’ and then reinstall them by visiting your laptop maker’s website.
  • You can also reinstall your audio device drivers from your laptop company’s website in case a sound card is not detected. 
Also, it is possible that some recent changes removed the drivers and made your speakers undetectable, so reinstalling the drivers may very well fix the problem.

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