Tech Tip #28: 5 Ways to Fix a No-Sound Problem–For Free

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: I can’t get any sound out of my computer. Do I need a new sound card?

A: Before you invest that kind of money, try these easy fixes:

  • Are headphones plugged in?
  • Is the volume turned up?
  • Are speakers plugged in? This is my personal favorite. About once a year, this happens to me. The solution is exacerbated because I can’t reach the back of my CPU (the tower) to check the plugs. Can’t being a relative word, because I do finally do so and my problem is fixed!
  • Is the sound muted? Check the icon on the systray, or the collection of icons in the lower right corner of your monitor.
  • Are the speakers broken? Plug in a set of speakers that you know work. Does that fix it?

If the sound still doesn’t work, you can check the sound card by plugging headphones into the port for that function, probably at the front of your CPU tower. If they don’t work, you have isolated the problem to the sound card.

Good job!

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4 thoughts on “Tech Tip #28: 5 Ways to Fix a No-Sound Problem–For Free

  1. Great tips. I do tech support, and it’s usually something very simple rather than complicated.

    • Isn’t that the truth. I teach this type of problem solving to my kindergartners. My built-in example of the simplicity of 50% of tech problems is my age! (Over forty, and that’s the only clue you get).

      I like your problem-solving on your last Techcavity post–turn off computer, unplug power, replug power, turn on computer. Doesn’t it so often come down to a reboot?!

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    • Good information to pass along, especially considering the dire straits of the teaching profession. Thanks for visiting, Seth.

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