There can be some issues with your Dell laptop concerning the sound and audio. Usually, issues like low or no sound, stuttering, jarring, distortion, crackling, or choppy audio, intermittent playback sound, static notice or hissing, or white noise are expected.
This article will focus solely on Dell laptop speakers not working. Fortunately, we have a detailed guide about every other laptop and a general guideline about laptop speakers not working.
What To Do If Dell Laptop Speakers Not Working?
Several causes can hinder the performance of your speakers. This can be due to audio playback issues, or corrupt audio drivers, a weak connection between speakers and the motherboard, incorrect audio playback settings, out-of-date software, or a hardware issue with the speaker.
If the headphones are connected to the laptop automatically, the sound will not be played through internal speakers. Sometimes even when the headphones are not connected, there can be debris inside the port.
It is recommended that one cleans their headphone ports using compressed air. The compressed air should be used only when the computer is switched off and disconnected.
Using water or any other solution to clean the ports is strictly not recommended as it can cause several issues with your laptop.
In case there is evidence of physical damage, we recommend that you contact dell technical support.
Restarting the computer:
This is one of the most commonly used methods of fixing a problem. It is also quite effective as restarting the laptop will cause its RAM to clear up.
This will shut down any processes or services that were going on. Once the computer closes all running software and applications, there is a chance your speaker issue gets resolved.
- On the lower right side of your screen, there is a sound icon, within the taskbar. Right-click this sound icon and choose Open sound settings.
- Go to Choose your output device
- Select the speaker
- Click the Volume icon to set the volume to your preference
Microsoft Sound Troubleshooter:
Windows audio troubleshooter is your way to go if you have Windows 7, 8, or 10. In order to work the windows troubleshooter, follow the following steps. Most likely, it will make the speaker’s problem go away.
- Restart the computer
- Go to Start and then find settings
- Go to update and security and then select Troubleshoot
- Choose Playing audio and then select Run the troubleshooter
- Follow further instructions
Most likely, whichever problem is causing the issue, the Windows audio troubleshooter will find it for you. If it fails to pinpoint anything, then most likely it is not because of the fault in Lenovo hardware or software.
Reinstall BIOS and audio drivers:
In case your BIOS is not up to date, there is a chance that you might start having issues with the speaker. Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) helps in analyzing the speakers as well as configuring and managing them.
To download the latest version of BIOS, go to https://www.dell.com/support/home?app=drivers
To check if you have the latest version of BIOS installed, follow the following steps:
- Click the Windows icon present on the lower right side of your screen.
- Select Run. This will open a Run dialog box
- In the box, type msinfo32 and press Enter
- Find BIOS Version/Date, which typically starts with A followed by a 2-digit number.
An audio driver is responsible for communicating the sound from the operating system to the speaker. If your audio driver is outdated, you can experience issues with your speakers.
All you have to do is uninstall the audio driver. After you uninstall it, the laptop will try and install it again after restarting it. This way, you’ll end up with a perfectly working sound driver.
- Go to Windows Control Panel
- Click on Programs and Features.
- Find the audio driver. Most likely, it will be named Realtek Audio.
Hardware diagnostic test:
You can diagnose a hardware issue with Dell’s integrated and online diagnostic tests. This will analyze whether the problem you are experiencing with the speaker is hardware-related.
The online diagnostic test is easy. All you have to do is to go to the link and use Dell Support Assistant https://www.dell.com/support/home/Home/Index/SoundCard
The laptop offers updates now and then. These updates make sure your laptop’s function is up to date. Sometimes ignoring these updates can cause issues in your laptop. For this, you need to check regularly for updates.
- Go to Settings
- Click on Update and security
- Go to Windows update
- Select Check for updates
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- How do I get the sound back on my Dell laptop?
To get the sound back on your dell laptop, you will have to assess where the problem lies. Usually, this is more difficult than just trying a bunch of things. I recommend rechecking the settings, configuration, and impending updates to begin with.
Q- Why did my laptop speakers suddenly stop working?
Your speakers might not work because of several hardware or software issues. The worst of all is some issue in the speaker’s hardware or a wiring issue between the speakers and the motherboard. There can also be small settings and configuration issues that can be ruled out very simply just by this article.
Dell laptop speakers can stop functioning for a variety of reasons. It is always recommended to keep your Windows up to date. In this article, we have described step-by-step settings to revive the sound from your speakers. You can always reset the laptop to factory settings. However, this can get rid of all the data on your laptop. At any time, feel free to contact a professional.