Quick Fixes for Audio Not Working on Your Computer: A Beginner’s Guide

Is the audio on your computer not working? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many computer users encounter issues with their audio at some point. It can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to enjoy your favorite music or watch a movie. But fear not, there are some quick fixes you can try before calling in the experts. In this beginner’s guide, we will walk you through some troubleshooting steps to help fix audio problems on your computer.

Check Volume Settings and Connections

The first step in troubleshooting audio issues is to check the volume settings on your computer. It may seem obvious, but sometimes the volume is simply turned down or muted accidentally. Look for the speaker icon in your system tray and make sure it’s not muted or set to a low volume level.

Next, check all physical connections between your computer and speakers or headphones. Ensure that everything is plugged in properly and securely. Sometimes loose connections can cause audio problems.

Update Audio Drivers

Outdated or corrupted audio drivers are a common cause of audio problems on computers. To fix this issue, you need to update your audio drivers.

Start by opening Device Manager on Windows (search “Device Manager” in the Start menu) or System Preferences on Mac (click the Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound). Look for the “Sound, video and game controllers” section and expand it to reveal your installed audio device(s).

Right-click (or Control-click) on each audio device and select “Update driver” from the context menu. Follow the prompts to let Windows or Mac search online for driver updates and install them if available.

Run Troubleshooters

Both Windows and Mac operating systems provide built-in troubleshooters that can help identify and fix common audio issues automatically.

On Windows, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional troubleshooters. Look for the “Playing Audio” troubleshooter and run it. Follow the instructions provided by the troubleshooter to diagnose and resolve any audio problems.

On Mac, open System Preferences and click on “Sound.” Under the “Output” tab, select your audio device and click on the “Configure Speakers” button. Follow the prompts to run the audio troubleshooting process.

Perform a System Restore or Reset

If none of the above solutions work, you might consider performing a system restore or reset as a last resort. This step will revert your computer’s settings to a previous state where audio was working correctly.

On Windows, search for “System Restore” in the Start menu and follow the prompts to restore your computer to an earlier point in time when audio was functioning properly.

On Mac, open Disk Utility (Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility) and select your startup disk. Click on the “First Aid” tab and then choose “Repair Disk Permissions.” This process may help fix any issues related to audio settings on your Mac.


Audio issues can be frustrating, but with these quick fixes, you can resolve them without much hassle. Remember to check volume settings and connections first, update your audio drivers if necessary, run built-in troubleshooters, and as a last resort, perform a system restore or reset. By following these steps, you’ll be back to enjoying crystal-clear sound on your computer in no time.

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