If you're having trouble getting sound from your desktop computer, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue. First, check the speaker output and make sure all Windows updates are installed. Then, check the cables, outlets, volume, speakers, and headphone connections. After that, set your audio device as the default device.
The headphones or speakers must be connected to the headphone jack or to the audio out jack for them to work. If not labeled as such, the audio output connector is usually green. Depending on the computer, it could be on the front, back, or top of the computer case. If you're using a laptop, the audio output jack is usually on both sides of the machine, but some models place it on the back or front.
If the set of headphones or speakers has its own volume control, make sure that the device is set to an audible level. If the speakers are connected to a subwoofer, ensure that the subwoofer is also turned on. If you're using headphones connected to the headphone jack of a set of speakers, make sure that the speakers are turned on and connected to the computer's audio output jack. One of the most common problems you can face with headphones is a damaged cable.
Additionally, you may experience Bluetooth connectivity issues, an inability to sync audio with video, or difficulty turning on or off noise cancellation. To ensure that your speakers are working properly, look for a light when you turn them on (usually with a button or by moving the volume knob from left to right). If you're still having trouble getting sound from your computer, it may be time to replace your speakers or headphones. We recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the speakers or computer to request a new replacement if they are still under warranty.
Alternatively, if your speakers are high-end audio pieces, it may be worth taking the time to repair them. Another common issue is accidentally muting sound on Windows speakers. Check the speaker icon in the system tray at the bottom right and make sure there isn't a red circle crossed by a bar. Additionally, if you're using a laptop with no external speakers connected, be sure to increase the volume with the keyboard controls. Finally, an important aspect of sound on a computer with external speakers is that it is mainly controlled by software.
To check if silence is on, look at the bottom right of the taskbar for a speaker-like symbol with a no sign in the lower right part of the taskbar.