Can you still remember the first Apple computer called the Apple I? It is the brainchild of Steve Jobs and his good friend Steve Wozniak. Jobs and Wozniak hand-built the first ever personal computer kit in the garage of Jobs’ house. It has a motherboard, CPU and RAM and can only do a limited number of functions which makes it far less superior than the personal computers that we come to know now.
Thanks to technology, personal computers now are more than just for typing text and doing other word processing applications. With the personal computer, we can surf the web, play video games, watch movies, listen to music and more.
In fact more and more users are using their Personal Computer as their multimedia device where they build libraries of songs and movies. For this reason, the sound card of a computer plays an important role for the PC to fully function as a multimedia unit.
So what if the sound card of your PC suddenly stops working? What steps would you do to troubleshoot the problem? There can be a number of reasons why your PC suddenly loses its sound function. It can be because of recent software or operating system update, installation of a new hardware, a newly reformatted hard disk, or it can be as simple as the volume is not powered up.
Here are some troubleshooting steps that one must take to detect and resolve problems with your sound card:
- Check speaker connections and volume control. When troubleshooting sound problems, you have to start with the obvious first. Check if the speaker is properly connected to the PC. Check if the speaker jack is connected to the correct port and if the cable is securely connected. If the speaker has a power button, make sure that it is turned on. Check the volume control also if it is powered up. Some users will panic right away if they discover that no sound is coming from their PC only to find out that simple solutions such as the ones mentioned above can do the trick.
- Check the sound card. Inspect the sound card if it is securely connected to the socket in the motherboard. The BIOS is also a good place to check especially if you are using an on-board sound card. Make sure that the sound card is enabled in BIOS for it to function.
- Re-install the software or program. If your PC still has no sound after checking the sound card and speaker, try uninstalling and re-installing the software or program that is causing the problem. If you install a video game for example and you suddenly lose sound, then try uninstalling the software first to isolate the problem.
- Try System Restore. Windows is a very smart operating system as it stores in memory different states of your PC. This can be very useful in situations like this, where you need to restore your PC to a previous working state. If after installing a software or patch, your sound card suddenly stops working, try restoring your PC from a previous known working state using System Restore to see if it will resolve sound card issues.
- Re-install sound drivers. Each component of your PC like the sound card, video card, network card and the like require a driver to function. Drivers are files that are installed to allow the component to communicate with the PC in order to function. The most updated drivers must be downloaded and installed to make sure that you have the latest drivers that will be compatible to any new software or hardware upgrades you did for your PC. Drivers can be downloaded in any of the following ways:
- By downloading and installing the drivers manually from the manufacturer’s website. If you have a dell PC for example, you can visit the website to download drivers for dell.
- By using the driver update software. This service can be availed for a minimal annual fee and what the software does is it scans the PC and presents a comprehensive list of the latest drivers ready for installation that is needed for your PC to function better. This is a great time saver as the software will search for all the drivers instead of doing it manually. This also ensures that the correct driver for each component is installed for the PC to function without a glitch.
Troubleshooting sound card problems is just easy and you don’t need a professional technician to do this for you. Unless the physical card is defective, following the tips mentioned above can help you resolve any audio card issues and you will soon hear sound coming from your PC again.
Abie is a freelance technology blogger and content writer. One of her current projects is for a site where you can get Driver Files.