What to Do if Your Laptop Has No Sound

Not hearing your coworker during a Zoom call or watching a video without sound is frustrating.

In this article, I will share with you multiple tricks that can solve your laptop’s no sound issue.

Let’s start with the most obvious solution.

RESTART YOUR LAPTOP

Even though this advice has been memed to death, hard reset remains valid and useful. So, try to turn your laptop off and on again.

If you still hear nothing, move to the next advice.

For Mac laptops, you can perform reset NVRAM that stores different settings, including sound volume.

To reset NVRAM in order to clear any glitches, you should:

  • Shut down your Mac
  • Power it on again
  • Immediately press and hold Option, Command, P and R keys
  • Release them when you hear a startup sound

CHECK VOLUME

This is an easy to overlook troubleshooting tip.

Do feel ashamed, everyone occasionally forgets to unmute.

The first thing to check is to make sure your volume is unmuted and turned up.

On Windows laptops, when you drag the volume and let go, you should hear a little ding. If it’s the case, then you should check the player or the app sound if it’s muted.

TRY USING HEADPHONES

If you have headphones or speakers that you are sure that you know work well, plug them, if you get back the sound, then your built-in speakers might have hardware problems.

DISABLE AUDIO ENHANCEMENTS

This advice is recommended by Microsoft.

To disable the audio enhancements that may trip up your computer’s audio, open the Sound Control panel and select the Playback tab, then right-click on your audio device and go into the Properties window.

From this window, Go to the Enhancement tab and deselect the option.

CHECK THE OUTPUT DEVICE

FOR WINDOWS LAPTOPS

If you connect Bluetooth headphones, plug in a USB audio device, or connect an external HDMI monitor, sometimes Windows directs sound to the wrong output.

If you are on Windows, to fix this, all you have to do is to right-click the speaker icon and select Sounds. Go to the Playback tab, select the output device you want and click the Set Default button.

FOR MACBOOK LAPTOPS

The same thing with Macbook laptops, they may choose the wrong audio device output.

To fix this, follow the steps below:

  • Go to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Sound
  • Click the Input tab
  • Go the Input tab
  • Check and select the correct output device for your audio

CHECK THE AUDIO SENSOR

Laptops use a sensor to tell when the headphones are plugged in.

Sometimes, when the audio sensor has issues and thinks that your headphones are plugged in when they aren’t the laptop stops sending sound to your speakers.

To check this, try to plug and unplug the headphones while twisting them. If you start hearing the sound, but it interrupts, take your laptop in for service.

CHECK FOR PHYSICAL PROBLEMS

  • Follow a tutorial that shows how to open your laptop case.
  • Look for anything that may have damaged the speakers.
  • Examine the speaker wires if they got accidentally loose or unplugged after a previous fix or upgrade.

RUN AUDIO TROUBLESHOOTER

For Windows laptops, you can automatically fix some sound issues with the built-in sound troubleshooter.

To execute the sound troubleshooter, right-click the speaker icon and select “troubleshoot sound problems” then follow the instructions to complete the process.

INSTALL/UPDATE YOUR AUDIO DRIVER

If you start getting no sound directly after a fresh Windows install, there is a high chance that Windows doesn’t have the right driver for your laptop audio card.

To fix this, simply search on the internet by googling your laptop name + audio driver look for your laptop’s correct audio driver, download and install it.

CHECK THE BIOS

I listed this advice later in the article because it is not the most common reason why your volume isn’t working.

All you have to do is to restart your laptop, press your laptop-specific button to access BIOS, and head to the audio settings. Check that the sound card is enabled.

If there is still no audio, try to update your BIOS, it can fix your sound problems.

PERFORM SYSTEM RESTORE

You can fix your laptop no-sound issue by restoring it to a previous date.

To do this, follow these steps:

  • Open the Control Panel and search Recovery
  • Select Recovery
  • Click Open System Restore
  • Click Next
  • Select your desired restore point
  • Click Scan for affected programs
  • If you get None Detected, move to the next advice

WRAPPING UP

That’s all for my tutorial, if you succeeded at fixing your laptop with no sound issue, let me know how in the comments below.

If it’s not the case, let me know how that happened and I may reply with a special solution for your case.

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