This guide will walk you through several methods for troubleshooting and repairing your Dell laptop’s speakers that aren’t working. Double-checking the computer’s settings and updating your drivers are two solutions.
Causes of No Sound Coming From Dell Laptop Speakers
There could be several reasons why the speakers on your Dell laptop suddenly stop working. As a result, there is no universal solution to this problem, and you may have to try several.
Possible causes of your speakers not working include:
- Software conflict
- Overlooked volume and audio settings
- Out of date or corrupt drivers
How Do I Get the Sound Back on My Dell Laptop?
The solutions listed below can help you figure out why your laptop’s speakers aren’t working, from the most basic to the most advanced.
Restarting your computer is by far the simplest way to resolve your audio issue. When a conflict arises in software, a restart can wipe away any conflicts or data corruption and, as if by magic, everything works as it should.
Examine your volume controls. Check that the speakers are not muted and that the volume is turned up by clicking the Speakers icon in the bottom right corner of your laptop.
If you’re wearing headphones or using external speakers, the audio signal is routed to those devices (which could be turned off, out of battery, etc). Disconnect them and check to see if audio is now coming from your laptop’s speakers.
Run the sound troubleshooter, which will check for and resolve any issues it discovers. In the system tray, right-click the speaker icon and select Troubleshoot sound problems. To resolve the audio issue, simply follow the prompt.
You should update your drivers. This solution, like restarting your computer, has a high chance of resolving your audio issues. Hardware that is incompatible with the new version of Windows will not function. This can be accomplished in one of two ways.
The first method entails opening the Device Manager and looking for the audio inputs and outputs entry. Your computer will automatically update drivers.
The second method entails downloading drivers directly from Dell (or the manufacturer). This ensures that you are downloading the most recent drivers, whereas going to the Device Manager may result in an older version.
Return to the Device Manager and install the drivers after you’ve downloaded them.
Revert a recently installed driver. In contrast, if the audio problem is the result of a faulty driver, it’s best to revert to an older, working version of the audio driver.
Note: Resetting your PC to factory settings will erase everything and cause you to lose all of your files and apps. It is strongly advised that you back up your data not to lose everything.
Restart your computer. This allows you to essentially reinstall your Windows OS from scratch, restoring everything to the way it was when you first purchased the laptop. Be aware that this procedure may take some time.
If you’ve tried everything and your speakers still don’t work, contact Dell Technical Support.