How to restore PC audio?

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After a busy day of study or work , each of us can’t wait to stop, go home (for those who are not in smart working or in DaD) and relax, perhaps listening to a little of their favorite music on classic platforms such as Spotify or YouTube.

At the same time, we can spend time watching a movie or an episode of our favorite TV series, or maybe the concert of our most beloved band, a documentary and much more.

However, it is not uncommon that just as we are about to do one of these activities we realize that there is a problem that is far from trivial. PC speakers are not working and the audio is not heard even when wearing headphones.

What to do when PC audio is not working? All the solutions

What may have happened and what should be done if you just can’t adjust the volume on your computer? The solutions are different. For example it may be necessary restore volume icon on the Windows taskbar.

However, volume issues can also result from a disabled sound card or an outdated or damaged driver. The recovery of the volume on your computer can only take place after carefully examining the “symptoms” to understand what caused the criticality: just follow some steps to make the audio work again without having more problems of any kind.

Check speakers and volume

The first thing to do is check the back of the computer. Well yes, you have to check that the speakers are connected correctly , because sometimes the lack of audio can also depend on the most trivial problem.

Therefore, it is best to make sure that the speakers are plugged into the wall outlet and are receiving adequate power. Plus, it’s always better to be safe that the speakers are turned on and that the volume knob is not turned all the way down. In some cases the problem depends only on a simple “carelessness”.

It should be remembered that in portable computers, keyboards are equipped with keys that allow you to directly adjust the volume. In the most modern products the key is easily identifiable which raises the volume together with the one that allows you to lower it.

If everything is okay, that is, the speakers are connected and turned on with the volume at the right level, we must necessarily to investigate deeper.

The volume icon does not appear – here’s what to do

By clicking on the Windows “Start” menu you can access the “Control Panel”, and is a must-do just in case you cannot see the volume icon in the taskbar.

By double clicking on “Sounds and Audio Devices” in the “Control Panel” window you will be able to open the “Properties of sounds and audio devices” window . If the “Sounds and audio devices” icon does not appear, you can fix it by clicking on the “Switch to classic view” link on the left side of the “Control Panel” window.

At this point, the user must put a check mark in the box next to “Place the volume icon in the system tray”, simply by clicking on it . If the box already has a check mark, it is best to click on it to remove it and click again to replace the check mark.

Always check that there is no tick on “Disable”

Another important step is to verify that there is no check mark in the “Disable” box. Once this is done, you can click on “Apply” and then on “OK”. The speaker icon should appear in the Windows system tray next to the clock.

Possible sound card problems: how to spot them

The next “step” is to open the “Sounds and Audio Device Properties” screen from the control panel e click on the “Hardware” tab to select the sound card.

With a subsequent click on the “Troubleshoot …” button you can follow the on-screen instructions for start the diagnosis of the problem and proceed with the resolution.

If not even now we can have the audio restored, we can try another way. Right-clicking on the “My Computer” icon on the desktop select “Properties” and you choose the “Hardware” tab.

At this point, click on the “Device Manager” button and then on the sign next to “Sound, video and game controllers” , using the right mouse button to click on the sound card.

Select “Update Driver …” from the drop-down list and follow the on-screen instructions. If the context menu has an option that says “Enable” , it means that the sound card is currently disabled: the user will only have to select that option.

Re-enable the Windows audio service 

If the audio is still not available, the last check is to re-enable the Windows audio service. How? Simply by clicking on the Windows “Start” button and selecting “Run”.

You must then type “services.msc” in the text box (without quotes, ed) and press “Enter”, and then perform a double click on “Windows Audio” in the “Services” screen which will open right after pressing “Enter”.

You choose “Automatic” from the drop-down list next to “Startup type” and click on the “Start” button in “Service status”. All that remains is to “click” on “Ok” to finally get the audio back.

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