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Sound problems in Windows 10? We have the solution! | Digital Trends Spanish

Maybe you don’t need to upgrade to Windows 11 yet – maybe you just need to fix your sound problems in windows 10.

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Sound problems in Windows 10 and their solutions

Run the Audio Troubleshooter

In case you didn’t know, Windows 10 has a Problem solver comprehensive audio system that can scan your sound system for potential problems and recommend solutions. Because this solver can automatically find and resolve some of the issues we discuss below, it’s a great way to save time, and should certainly be the first thing you do.

Step 1: Use the search box on the taskbar and search Problem solving. In the results, you should see an option that says Troubleshoot configuration. Select this.

Step 2: in the following windows, look at the section Start and the option that says audio playback and select it. Then select Run the troubleshooter.

Step 3: A new troubleshooter icon will open in the taskbar. Select it to open the new window. You will now have the option to troubleshoot different types of problems with connected speakers, including built-in speakers and headphones. In most cases, you’ll want to choose your default speakers, but you can customize them on your device. Choose Following when you’re done.

Step 4: let it run Problem solver and then see what it says. It can offer advice on how to improve your sound quality or identify driver issues that should be addressed. Try what he suggests to see if this helps you fix his problem!

check your updates

As with modern operating systems, Windows 10 is constantly being updated with fixes and improvements, especially if you’re part of the Insider Program. Although the solution is usually a driver update, this does not always arrive immediately. It may take a while for your driver to update successfully, so it’s important to be patient. One of the recent June 2021 updates fixed a Windows 10 issue that users were having with certain apps playing some annoying noises, so a full update could do the trick for a variety of issues. Specific driver updates can help resolve issues with particular devices.

Some driver updates are bundled with general Windows 10 updates, and some are available separately from developers like Realtek. From time to time, check your sound card manufacturer and Windows update icon and check for the latest updates if your sound issue is still not resolved. If you see another update, it could be the solution to your problems. Otherwise, you should consider purchasing another computer with compatible drivers, especially if your machine is not up to date.

Check your volume controls and make sure your system is fully up to date

So far, the 2020 updates to Windows 10 have caused a host of sound issues, including audio that just doesn’t work, or audio that’s too low in third-party apps.

If one of your recent Windows updates has caused sound problems like these, we recommend first taking a good look at the volume mixer and seeing if anything has changed. Look at the taskbar, and you should find a speaker icon on the right there. Right click and choose Open Volume Mixer. Check the sliders, especially for third-party apps, and make sure they look normal. Some of the sliders may have been turned down too far and need to be adjusted to set the proper volume.

Unfortunately, other sound problems have proven more difficult to fix. If you have a systematic volume failure due to a recent update, and even trying to revert those updates have rarely been successful with the Problem solveryour best bet is to keep an eye out for new updates and apply them quickly so you know when Microsoft fixes the problem.

Check your output device

If there’s no sound playing at all, it could be something as simple as Windows trying to send sound to an old device, like some headphones you forgot were plugged in, or a Bluetooth speaker that just isn’t turned on right now. To make sure that Windows is trying to send sound to the correct device, you should check its output.

Step 1: Click the little up arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen, next to the clock and calendar.

Step 2: Right-click the speaker icon and select Open sound settings.

Step 3: In the settings menu, look for the top entry that says Choose the output device. Use the dropdown menu to make sure the correct device is selected, whether it’s speakers or connected headphones. While you’re there, check that the volume isn’t set to zero.

Update sound card drivers

One of the most common sources of sound problems is poor communication between Windows 10 and the sound card or chip of your choice. This often causes the sound to stop working altogether. Fortunately, there are ways to make Windows 10 and your sound hardware compatible. All you need to do is find the right updates for the device.

Step 1: Open the Start menu and search Device administrator. Click on the relevant result.

Step 2: Within Device Manager you will see a list of icon options. Choose the controllers Sound, video and game. If you have a sound card, it will appear there.

Step 3: Open the sound card by double clicking on it, then go to the tab Controller and look for the option update driver. This will start an automatic search for Windows to find driver updates and download them.

Step 4: After the update is complete, reboot and check that the audio is working.

Here are a couple of additional points to consider.

  • Windows won’t always find the correct audio drivers on its own. If the search doesn’t work, consider visiting your sound card manufacturer’s website and searching for your sound card to find a manual method of downloading the corresponding updates.
  • If the update doesn’t work, open the Device administrator, find your sound card again and right-click on the icon. Choose uninstall. This will remove your driver, but don’t panic. Restart your computer and Windows will try to reinstall the driver. Once done, the sound may work again.

Restart audio services

Is your audio definitely not working or are you having serious setup issues that just won’t go away? The main issue might be with how Windows does specific services. Here’s how to fix those processes quickly.

Step 1: Search for “services” in the search box and select the app Services.

Step 2: The new window will show a long list of services in Windows 10. Scroll down until you find specifically Windows Audio. Click the right mouse button on Windows-Audio and choose Restart from the available options.

Step 3: Once the reboot is done, go back to Services — do the same for Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Y Remote Procedure Call. Restarting these three at the same time can help fix issues your audio may be having.

Uses a generic high-definition audio device driver

If looking for solutions in your sound card software has no effect, you should try switching to the generic audio driver that comes with Windows 10. This can often avoid compatibility issues and restore the sound capabilities of Windows Activities.

Step 1: Open the Device administrator again and find your audio driver as if you were updating it.

Step 2: Right click on the controller and choose update driver.

Step 3: This time, instead of letting Windows find it automatically, select Browse my computer for driver software.

Step 4: Then select let me choose from a list of controllers of device on my computer. This will open a list that will include the high definition audio device. This is the generic Windows 10 driver. Select it and install it to see if this restores your sound.

Cortana and microphone troubleshooter

The built-in virtual assistant of Windows 10, Cortana, you can receive all kinds of commands through voice. However, that is of no use if your audio is not working properly. If Cortana isn’t responding to you as expected, you may have a problem with your microphone.

First, make sure your computer has a microphone so Cortana can hear you. A microphone is a standard feature on many desktop and laptop computers, but it’s not always built-in. Without a built-in microphone, you’ll have to use your microphone jack and an external device.

If you have a microphone, let’s verify that the Cortana settings are correct.

Step 1: Opens Cortana by clicking on the Windows search bar and then selecting the settings icon in the lower left corner.

Step 2: This will give you a number of options to control what the voice assistant can do. Make sure Cortana listens for “Hey Cortana” commands is turned on. If it’s not listening, your voice commands won’t work.

If you have a microphone and Cortana’s settings are fine but the smart assistant still won’t listen to you, it’s worth double-checking your recording device settings.

Step 1: To do this, click the up arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen, next to the clock and date.

Step 2: Right-click the audio icon (it looks like a speaker with sound waves) and select Open sound settings.

Step 3: in the section of entry from the settings page, make sure your microphone of choice is selected.

Step 4: Double check the volume settings by clicking device properties and going to the tab levels. They should be set to at least 50, but up to 100 will be fine.

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