My Internal Laptop Speakers Won't Turn on

by Christopher Hanson

Internal laptop speakers can be disabled by several methods. They can often be fixed by simple troubleshooting. The problem could be that the sound is turned all the way down on the speakers' external volume control or by the operating system sound control. The speakers may be disabled or muted. More challenging problems include incorrect or ineffective hardware drivers or old BIOS that is not compatible with the current operating system.

Fixing Internal Laptop Speakers with Basic Troubleshooting

Play a song in any music player.

Turn the speaker volume to maximum with the external volume control. There is usually a dial or knob at the front or side of the laptop. If there is no sound, put your ear to the speakers and check to see if there is a faint sound emitting from the laptop. This would indicate improper hardware drivers or BIOS.

Turn the speaker volume to maximum with the device control. Right-click the speaker indicator and select "Preferences." If the check box next to "Mute" is checked, clear the check box. Turn the volume to maximum and make sure that the music player is playing a song. If there is no sound, put your ear to the speakers and check to see if there is a faint sound emitting from the laptop. This would indicate improper hardware drivers or BIOS.

Turn the audio player volume to max. If there is no sound, put your ear to the speakers and check to see if there is a faint sound emitting from the laptop. This would indicate improper hardware drivers or BIOS.

Set Windows speaker preferences. If the computer is running Microsoft Windows, click "Start," then "Control Panel," and then "Sound and Audio Devices." Click the "Advanced" button. Select "Internal Speakers" and click "Apply." Restart the computer. If the volume is set to maximum on every setting and nothing is muted, there is a driver or BIOS problem.

Reinstall the Computer Sound Driver

Open the Device Manager. On the desktop, right-click "My Computer," and select "Properties," then click the "Device Manager" button.

Click the plus sign next to "Sound Drivers."

Right-click the current sound driver and select "Properties."

Write down the manufacturer name and the device model.

Access the manufacturer's website. If you don't know the address, type the manufacturer's name into a search engine.

Download the driver for the internal laptop speakers. Click "Downloads" and select the driver by the device number. Click the driver download link and save the driver to any directory.

Install the driver. Double-click the driver software and follow the instructions on the screen. When prompted to replace the current driver, click "Yes." Restart the computer. If problems with the computer speakers persist, it is probably a BIOS problem.

Update the Computer BIOS

Download the BIOS. Access the computer manufacturer's website. Click "Downloads." Then find the latest BIOS version compatible with the computer. Download the file to any directory.

Insert a blank CD-R or DVD-R.

Burn the BIOS ISO to create a boot disc. Right-click the BIOS file and select "Burn image to CD."

Enter the BIOS. Restart the computer. Watch the bottom band on the screen. A prompt will appear "To enter setup press...." Repeatedly press the key indicated. A blue setup screen will appear.

Boot from the CD or DVD drive. Use the arrow keys to select "Boot Disk." Follow the instructions on the screen to move the CD/DVD drive to the top of the list. This will make the system boot from the CD/DVD. Follow the instructions to save and exit setup.

Flash the BIOS. The system will boot from the BIOS CD that was created. Follow the instructions on the screen to install ("Flash") the BIOS. Remove the CD when prompted. Restart the computer and access the sound. If the sound does not work, take the computer to a repair shop.

Warning

  • close When flashing the BIOS, do not remove the CD until prompted. Early removal of the CD may permanently damage the computer.

About the Author

Chris Hanson started writing music, lyrics, and poetry in 2001 and began writing fiction and nonfiction professionally in 2006. Hanson was first published in the "Grand Forks Herald" in 2004. Hanson is an experienced Web programmer with experience with several operating systems and Web protocols. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in anthropology at the University of Minnesota in just three years.

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