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Symptom: The sound on your PC has stopped working, or it works but it is very faint

The Problem Is Likely To Be One Of The Following 3 Issues:

The Volume. The volume is not turned up on the speakers, and/or it is not turned up on the loudspeaker icon on the Taskbar. It may even be muted.

Faulty Soundcard. Either the soundcard is defective, it has a defective connection, soundcard drivers are corrupted, or you are not plugged into the correct output socketMake sure the connections are good, and see if the sound suddenly comes out blasting when you turn the jack around and around in the soundcard connector

Faulty Speakers. The speakers are faulty.


The Volume:

    1. Turn the sound up on the speakers and see if this makes a difference.

    2. If not, double-click on the loudspeaker icon next to the time indicator on the Taskbar, to bring up the Playing Volume Control dialogue box. The sound control icon may appear different from computer to computer, as some soundcard drivers install their own sound manager application

    3. Turn all volume controls up to their maximum on the sound manager application panel, and make sure that the sound is NOT muted

    4. If this has not solved your problem, continue to Defective Soundcard

Defective Soundcard:

    1. Make sure the speakers are plugged into the correct output socket on the soundcard at the back of your PC.

    2. If the problem has appeared after you recently unplugged and re-plugged the speakers perhaps while moving the PC, then try a different output socket on the soundcard at the back of your PC (on many modern PCs the speaker output is Green) Look for the sound output icon on your soundcard output panel next to the output connectors

    3. Try turning the jack around and around, as sometimes there is a bad or loose connection. If there is a loose connection, the sound should come blasting out as you fiddle with the speakers jack.

Reinstalling Soundcard Drivers:

    1. It is possible that your soundcard drivers have become corrupted or have been de-installed

    2. Go to Control Panel and then double click on System icon

    3. Locate the tab/button labeled Device Manager. Depending upon the version of Windows installed it may be a tab or under Windows XP a button under the Hardware tab

    4. Click on the Device Manager button or tab and the device manager dialog will be displayed

    5. Is there any yellow triangle with black exclamation points in them next to your soundcard listing? NOTE: Click on the + next to the Sound, Video and Game Controller icon and the entire list of sound related items will be displayed

    6. Locate the media that contains your soundcard drivers

    7. If there is a yellow triangle with an exclamation point in it next to any soundcard related items, Double click on the icon and select Update Driver Button

    8. Follow the prompts and install the drivers

    9. Restart Windows

Faulty Speakers:

If none of the above has solved your problem, it looks as if your speakers are faulty. Replace the speakers and see if this makes a difference.