Sound problems on any computer can be frustrating. That is particularly the case nowadays because most of our entertainment consumption is now being made through computers. When your PC encounters problems, it can mean that you will not be able to listen to your favorite songs or watch your favorite movies.

Resolving Sound Problems

Sound problems on your computer can be caused by a number of issues. Most of these are innocent enough and include cables that are not properly plugged in or external speakers that have lost their power connections. The first thing that you need to do in order to resolve sound problems on your PC is check to make sure that the issue is not being caused by these commonplace but easily resolved issues.

Driver Problems

Driver compatibility issues are one of the most common causes of sound problems on computers. Drivers are an important component on computers that have the task of facilitating communication between its hardware and the operating system. Without drivers, the operating system would not be able to identify components such as mice, hard drives, CPUs, sound cards, and many of the other hardware components that make up a computer.

How to Check If the Problem Is Being Caused by Drivers

Should you suspect that the sound problem that you have encountered is being caused by driver compatibility issues, the first thing that you need to do is verify that this is, indeed, the case. In order to do so, you need to open Device Manager on your computer. This is where the hardware devices that are on your computer are listed.

In order to open Device Manager, you need to rightclick on the Start icon that is on the bottom-left corner of your screen (in Windows 10). Select Device Manager from the options that come up. In Device Manager, you can see a list of all the components that are installed on your computer. If the sound problem is indeed being caused by driver issues, you will see a yellow mark appended to the beginning of the name of your sound device.

How to Resolve Sound Driver Issues

You can resolve sound driver issues by either uninstalling the troublesome driver or allowing Windows to reinstall it when you restart your computer or by right-clicking on the driver and choosing “Update driver software.”

Automatically Update All Drivers

The above method is how you go about manually updating the drivers that are on your computer. However, this is hardly practical considering the large number of drivers that need to be kept up to date. That is why we recommend that you use DriverAssist, a lightweight device driver management utility from SafeBytes, to keep all the drivers that are on your computer automatically updated.

Microsoft Certified Partner

SafeBytes is a Microsoft certified partner, which means that all the utilities that it makes are safe to use on any computer. Scan, review, download and update all the drivers that are on your computer using DriverAssist, and you won’t have to ever worry about sound problems on your computer again.