5 ways to fix speaker not working on Windows 11

Mar. 08, 2023 / Updated by Renata to Windows 11

Speakers not working, speakers no sound issue happen time to time. No matter in Windows 11 nor Windows 10, the speakers disorder problems might appear in any cases.

The reasons causing speakers no sound issue properly are: sound settings, sound card driver problems, silent virus, Windows Audio service stop, and other hardware peripherals problem.

In this article, it provides ways for users to fix the speaker not working issue from software to hardware.

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Solution1. Check for settings

Solution2. Fix sound card driver

Solution3. Scan for virus

Solution4. Enable the Windows Audio

Solution5. Check for hardware

Solution1. Check for settings

You should check if you have muted the speaker. Mute speaker is the easiest reason to ignore. Sometimes our computer does not have sound because there is a problem with the software or hardware of the computer, but we have turned it to mute. The solution is very simple, just turn on the sound.

Solution2. Fix sound card driver

Before we talk about fixing drivers, you should know what is driver. A driver is a software that allows your computer to communicate with hardware devices. Without drivers, the devices you connect to your computer—for example, a mouse or external hard drive—won't work properly. Windows can automatically check if there are drivers available for new devices that you connect to your computer.

Besides, sound card driver problems will cause:
1.There is a red cross on the lower right corner of the speaker, but the speaker does not work

2.The device manager prompts sound card error codes 43, 52 etc.
3.The microphone and earphone are not working and there are no sound on them.

4.The sound balance is abnormal, which may cause gamer can not hear footsteps in games.

There is the way to check if the computer have a sound card driver:

First, we find the sound device through the control panel, and then click on the sound and audio device. If the interface that pops up is gray, it proves that the driver is not installed. You only need to download a driver and install it.

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Solution3. Scan for virus

The speaker not working might result from mute virus: the performance of this virus is that the computer is turned on mute, there is no system startup sound, the waveform audio is adjusted to the minimum, and the sound cannot be played. Even if it is adjusted, it will be automatically muted after a few minutes. If it is caused by a virus, the solution is to check and kill the virus.

You can follow the below steps to scan and remove computer virus yourselves:

1. Press WIN+I together and open settings

2. Choose Privacy and Security

3. On the right panel, click Windows Security option

4. On the Windows Security window, select virus and threat protection

5. Then, click on quick scan

Solution4. Enable the Windows Audio

You might have disabled the Windows audio during the boot optimization.

The consequence of this is that the audio service is not started after booting, so the computer speaker is not working.

The solution is very simple, just let the audio service start automatically after booting:

1. Right-click on this PC

2. Click Manage option

3. Navigate to the Service and application

4. Choose Services

5. Double-click to enter, find the Windows Audio option to see if it is turned on, if not, turn it on and set it to automatic.

Solution5. Check for hardware

If the above solutions as mentioned failed to fix the speaker not working issue on your windows 11, you can check for the hardware state.

Move1. Speaker Jack

Interface problem: Whether you use earphones or speakers, you need to connect through a fixed interface. If the connected interface is not in good contact or has been damaged, the computer will have no sound. The solution is very simple: just replace the interface.

Move2. Headphone

If you are using headphones to listen to the sound, if there is no sound, you must first try another interface. If there is no sound, you can change another earphone for testing. If the other earphone has sound, it proves that the original earphones are broken. Replace the earphones and fixed.

Move3. Sound card broken

It is hard to judge if the sound card broken. Specifically whether the sound card is damaged or not needs to be judged by professional repair personnel. If so, only replacing the sound card can solve the problem.

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