If you, as a user of the Windows 10 operating system, have found problems with sound playback, then use this guide to configure and troubleshoot problems. Below is a comprehensive instruction with which you can fix hardware problems, configure the sound from the software side and much more. Let’s figure out how to set up sound on a computer with Windows 10 in different ways.
The first thing to do to configure is to find the hardware sources of the problem. Connecting playback devices to a PC is via 3.5 mm jacks. Most desktop computers have a standard connector on the motherboard, as well as an output on the front of the case.
If you do not have sound when connected to the main jack, then try connecting the headphones or speakers to the front. If both options do not help, you need to check the operability of the playback device itself. To do this, connect it to another device. a laptop, phone, etc. In the event that sound is reproduced correctly on a laptop or phone, the problem is the 3.5 mm jack on the motherboard or case of a stationary PC.
It is necessary to check whether the front connector is connected to the motherboard. If you notice hissing or distortion, the sound is wheezing or too quiet, and everything is working fine on other devices, you need to look for software problems and configure playback using Windows 10 and the driver.
After starting the computer, first of all, check if the sound is muted in the settings of the operating system. To get started, take a look at the Start panel. If you see an icon with a cross, you need to raise the sound level manually:
To do this, click the LMB on the icon and drag the slider to an acceptable position for you.
If you have lost sound in a certain application, but all other sounds play correctly, you need to use the mixer settings:
- Right-click on the volume icon in the panel.
- In the menu you need to select “Open volume mixer.”
- Here you can adjust the sound level separately for each running application.
If you do not have only system sounds, then you must do the following:
- Open the “Control Panel” through the search bar.
- Go to the “Hardware and Sound” section.
- Go to the Sounds tab and set the default sound scheme. To save changes, close the window with the OK button.
Now you know how to enable sound on a computer with Windows 10. If none of the above methods work, we proceed to check the driver.
If you use a standard sound card built into the motherboard, then the “firewood” should be installed automatically with the operating system. However, failures and conflicts during installation are not ruled out. Therefore, you must manually check the audio drivers and configure them if necessary.
To reinstall the driver, you must perform the following steps:
- Open Device Manager using the search bar or in another way.
- Next, open the tab “Sound, gaming and video devices”. In it, you need to click RMB on the line Realtek HD Audio. From the menu, select “Properties.”
- Now go to the “Driver” tab. Here you can carry out all operations related to the configuration of “Realtek Audio”.
- Click on “Update Driver”. If you did not download its distribution kit in advance, then select the first item.
- The program will search for drivers that can be installed. After installation, your audio device should work.
If the equipment is not in the list of Device Manager, then it must be added manually. Please note that the sound card is displayed here, not the speakers or headphones.
In the Device Manager window, you must click on the item “Action”. “Update hardware configuration.” This will help to find and add a sound card to the list of devices.
If you can’t manually find the driver you need, for example, for the VIA Audio Driver audio card on Asus, Lenovo or similar laptops, then use the Windows 10 Update Center.
After you have successfully installed the Realtek driver or a similar one for a sound card of another manufacturer, you can proceed to the settings in the manager.
Realtek HD setup
If after installing the audio driver the sound has worked, but it does not play correctly (too quiet, may be lost, poor quality, and so on), then the parameters are adjusted through the “Realtek HD Manager”:
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- Double click on the speaker icon using LMB. Here is a detailed setup of playback. You can change the balance between the left and right speakers (1), increase or decrease the volume (2), select the speaker configuration (3).
- In the second tab, there is an equalizer and the ability to select standard settings for the environment and so on. Using the button marked in the screenshot, you can adjust the speakers manually through the equalizer sliders.
- In the third tab, only 5.1 and 7.1 systems connected to the audio output are configured.
- The last tab allows you to set the quality of Audio. Also in the setup wizard window, you can determine which output jacks are connected to external devices. If the jack into which the headphones or audio system is connected does not light up, then the problem is with the hardware.
If all the settings did not help to achieve the desired result, and the audio also does not play, then be sure to check the BIOS configuration. To do this, you need:
- Reboot the computer and go to the BIOS menu. Turn “Onboard Audio Function” to “Enabled”. This can be done using the left and right arrows on the keyboard.
- Save the changes with the F10 button and restart the PC again.
After updating or installing new drivers for the playback device, compatibility or performance errors may occur. In fixing the error, the built-in system diagnostic wizard can help. You can fix the problem as follows:
- On the bottom panel, click RMB on the sound recording icon. Click on Troubleshoot.
- If after scanning there are no problems, the program will offer to open the improvement menu.
- If errors were found, then you will see a message about whether the service coped with solving the problem.
Now we’ll figure out how to improve audio quality, enhance effects, increase frequencies, adjust the volume level and so on:
- Right-click on the volume icon in the Start panel and select “Playback Devices”.
- Select the active device and click on it with RMB, then select “Properties”.
- The first tab contains general information about the controller and connector. Make sure that the use of the device is on.
- The “Levels” tab allows you to adjust the volume level for each jack and channel. Using the “Balance” button, you can adjust the level in each of the headphones. If you have turned off the sound in one of the speakers / headphone, then you need to set the balance in this tab.
- The Improvements section allows you to select playback effects, set the bass, change the equalizer settings and much more. If the interlocutor’s voice in your headphones begins to crack, then check the box next to “Voice Suppression” and “Loudness”. Also experiment with other parameters. You won’t be able to make the interlocutor’s perfect sound, but it’s possible to remove too loud a voice or amplify a weak microphone in your headphones.
- The Advanced tab contains settings for bit depth and sampling rate. You can immediately check the result using the “Check” button.
- “Spatial sound” is useful for users with 5.1 and 7.1 audio systems.
Many users have a problem with sound output while playing audio or video through various players. In such cases, both the video itself may hang, or the audio track may be interrupted, be late, or even a chasm. In this case, all system sounds are reproduced correctly.
In such cases, the problem is codec malfunction. You must install the K-Lite Codec Pack:
- On the developers website, download the K-Lite Codec Pack Standard. a complete set of codecs for playing most audio and video formats. On the first window of the installer, click “Next”.
- Next, select the main audio and video players.
- Set the language options.
- Choose the type of your audio system.
- Check all the settings again and click “Install”.
- After installation is complete, restart the PC.
Another application that may require audio tuning is the Skype messenger. It often happens that you have difficulty hearing your interlocutor, but he cannot solve the problem for his part. In this situation, you need to change the volume level in Skype yourself:
- Launch Skype. Click on “Tools”. “Settings.”.
- Go to the “Sound Settings” section. Uncheck the box next to “Auto speaker setup” and set the slider to “Loud”.
- Click the “Save” button and check the changes.
These actions can be carried out with other similar programs. For example, in Discord, the user can adjust the volume level of each of the interlocutors as they wish.
We figured out all aspects of setting up sound on Windows 10 and looked at the main problems that may arise. As you can see, both hardware and software malfunctions can cause incorrect playback through headphones or speakers. It is better to start the test with the hardware to make sure that it is working. Then you should carry out all of these steps in Windows 10.
To make it easier for you to understand all the actions, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the video tutorial, which clearly shows all the instructions on this topic.