Computer Speakers Not Working

Sound is an essential part of our life. Digital life included. So, when it’s missing from our computer, of course, it feels as if something is incomplete. But even despite how important they are, it’s hard to find information when your computer speakers not working. So, here is this article listing causes and possible fixes for this issue. 

List of Causes and Fixes

As with all errors in the computer world, there of course exists a reason as to why your computer speakers not working. In this article, we’ll list 5 possible causes and solutions you can try. The first of which is:

Driver failure

Any peripherals connected to your computer will need a driver to interact with them. Due to this, if there is any sort of fault in your speakers’ driver, or if the driver is not installed in the first place. Then, of course, you will find yourself facing a problem such as your computer speakers not working.

Fixing this is pretty simple thankfully. Just open Device Manager and scroll down to “Audio inputs and outputs” and see if there’s any driver missing or drivers with warning signs on them.

If there is a driver with a warning sign on it and that driver happened to be the one for your computer speakers, you can temporarily disable it and download the latest version of the driver on your computer manufacturer’s site. If the driver is missing entirely, you can also just download it and install it.

Accidentally disabled

Humans are prone to mistakes, so it’s not surprising when we somehow had accidentally disabled our computer speakers, leading to our computer speakers not working and us having no idea what caused it. 

To check whether or not this is the case, go to the Driver Manager like above and right-click your computer speakers’ driver, and see its status. If it says “This device is working properly”, then you’re good to go. 

But, if it’s offline instead, go to the Driver tab and click Enable device.

Cable failure

This cause/solution won’t really help you all that much if you’re using a laptop and searching for this issue on computer speakers not working. But if you’re on PC, check your cable first and foremost. Make sure that everything is as it’s intended. If you spot any sign of damage, it might be the cause as to why your computer speakers stop working.

You can of course try to repair this damage yourselves, but we don’t recommend doing that unless you really know your way around electronics. It’s much safer and easier to just buy a replacement for the cable and be done with it.

Choosing the wrong audio output

Though this is a somewhat more uncommon cause when it comes to computer speakers not working, it’s not impossible for this to happen also as there are a lot of people reporting that they have chosen the wrong audio output instead of the one that they’re actually using.

This can happen when you install some sort of program that has a separate audio driver that can be chosen such as with OBS or other mirroring programs. To fix this, right-click on your Audio icon and open your audio settings.

There you will be able to see what kinds of audio outputs are available to you as well as the one you’re using right now. Choose the one you want to listen from, and close the Settings window.

Hardware failure

The last possible cause for this issue of computer speakers stopping working entirely is that your audio device is actually damaged. There’s not much you can do with this one except to replace it with a new one. Again, you can try fixing this yourself but we don’t recommend it as audio devices are complicated.

Especially integrated ones like in laptops.


As you can see there are a lot of possible reasons and fixes for computer speakers not working and we hope that this article helps you with your own audio issue. It sucks when we have no audio whatsoever. But thankfully there are a lot of fixes out there, and often times it’d be just you who have forgotten to install your audio driver. 

So, we hope that this article was helpful, thank you for reading, and we’ll see you all next time. 

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