Line-out to front powered speakers or headphones Line-in Step 6: Restoring the audio driver in Windows 7 Sound files and settings that become changed can cause sound problems. Restore the audio driver to reset audio settings for the sound hardware and reinitialize the sound configuration in Windows. To resolve this, update the audio driver. See Update the audio driver. Use the driver recovery process to restore audio drivers for the original sound hardware using the following steps:
Just like other hardware devices, a sound card needs a driver to provide a software component to the device – and this is where audio driver downloads step in. Jul 26, - Realtek HD (High Definition) Audio Codec Driver for Windows Vista/7/8/10 bit and bit. Keep your PC sounding crisp and clear. Sometimes, upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 does not work. Instead, you should Scroll down to the Sound, video and game controllers category.
The steps in this document describe how to troubleshoot and fix the problem when there is no sound coming from the speakers. For all other computers, start with the next section. Step 1: Under System and Security, click Find and fix problems. Opening the troubleshooter The Troubleshoot computer problems page opens.
Under Hardware and Sound, click Troubleshoot audio playback. Troubleshooting audio playback The Playing audio troubleshooting page displays. Click Next to continue. Playing Audio troubleshooter Wait while the troubleshooter checks the computer for problems. Checking for audio problems If multiple audio devices are connected, select the device you want to troubleshoot, such as speakers, and then click Next.
Selecting a device to troubleshoot Wait while the troubleshooter detects problems and makes changes. Detecting problems When the troubleshooter is done, the Troubleshooting has completed page displays listing any problems found and what changes were made to the computer.
Click Close. For detailed information about the troubleshooting, click View detailed information. Troubleshooting completed Step 2: Check computer headphone connectors when troubleshooting sound Two types of headphone connectors are available on HP computers. One supports only sound to the headphones, and the other supports sound to the headphones and the use of a microphone.
The connectors are marked with symbols next to them. Connectors on the computer marked with a headset only, , support output sound only and work with a standard three-pin headphone or a four-pin headphone for sound. Standard three-pin plug Connectors on the computer marked with a headset with a microphone, , support sound and the use of a microphone when used with a headset with a four-pin plug and a microphone.
Four-pin plug To hear sound, either plug may be used with either connector. Using a four-pin plug that is capable of supporting a microphone in a three-pin connector allows sound to be heard, but the microphone does not work because the computer's three-pin connector does not support a microphone.
Step 3: Checking the volume and mute settings when troubleshooting sound The volume setting for one or more sound devices might be disabled or set too low. For example, if the speaker is turned on, but the application is muted, you will not hear any sound. You should open the sound volume mixer and check the different settings. If the volume for an application, such as Windows Media Player, was adjusted using the volume buttons or slider controls on the computer case, the system will use that volume setting, even if the master volume control is adjusted to a higher setting.
To check the volume and mute settings, follow the steps below. Video of adjusting the volume settings in Windows 7 Click the sound icon on the taskbar, and then select Mixer. All of the active sound applications display. Volume Mixer Make sure the volume is not muted by looking at the Mute buttons below the volume slider.
If the button displays a small red circle, the volume is muted. If the volume is muted, click the Mute button to enable sound. The red circle on the speaker icon disappears when sound is no longer muted. To test, click the volume slider bar. If you hear a ding sound from all speakers, you are finished troubleshooting.
Testing volume If you still do not hear any sound, continue with the next step to set the speakers as default and test. If the computer has a feature where you can slide your finger along a graduated strip above the keypad to change the volume, the capacitive touch mute button can become stuck in the muted position and prevent the playback of sound.
To resolve this specific issue, download and install the latest BIOS for your particular computer model. Step 4: Setting default speakers in Windows 7 Video of setting the default speakers in Windows 7 If headphones are connected and you are not using them as your main speakers, disconnect the headphones now.
Connecting headphones to the computer mutes other speakers. Click Start , and type Sound into the Search field. In the search results, click Sound under the Programs list. Selecting the default device your audio devices might be different With the default Playback Device selected, click the Configure button.
Click your type of speaker setup in Audio channels. Typical speaker setup for notebooks Click the Test button to send sound to each speaker, or click an individual speaker to send sound to it. If sound is heard correctly from each speaker, you are finished. If sound is missing from all or one of the speakers, or if the configuration type was changed, continue with speaker setup by clicking Next.
Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the speaker setup. Play a sound. If sound problems persist, continue to the next section and check for BIOS updates. Step 5: Checking the Advanced playback settings If sound problems persist, continue to the following instructions. In Control Panel, there are settings for default playback devices that you might need to adjust. Open Control Panel.