How to Make My Laptop Sound Better

by Nina Nixon
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Some common laptop sound problems are scratchy noises, constant or intermittent distortion, and humming. The origins are varied, stemming from incorrect speaker settings, driver issues, or other hardware/software-related causes. Determining the best way to solve a particular audio issue can be challenging. For example, a simple adjustment to the speaker settings may solve one problem, while a driver update may be the answer to another sound dilemma.

Step 1

Click "Start" and then click "Run."

Step 2

Type "mmsys.cpl" and then click "OK."

Step 3

Go to the "Volume" tab and then click "Advanced" located under "Speaker Settings."

Step 4

Go to the "Speakers" tab and click the down arrow under "Speaker Setup." Select "Laptop Stereo Speakers." When finished, click "Apply" and then "OK."

Step 5

Go to the "Performance" tab and move the "Hardware Acceleration" slider located under "Audio Playback" to the "Full" position.

Step 6

Move the "Sample rate conversion quality" slider to "Best" position and then click "Apply" and "OK."

Step 7

Go to the "Hardware" tab and select the first "Sound, video and game controller" device from the "Device" list, and then click "Properties."

Step 8

Go to the "Driver" tab and click "Update Driver."

Select the next "Sound, video and game controller" device from the "Device" list as indicated in Step 7 and then repeat Step 8 until all sound devices in the list have been updated. If your laptop still has an audio problem, please read "Tips" below.


  • These steps apply to Windows XP OS.


  • If after following these steps, the sound quality has not improved, use the "Troubleshoot" option for each sound device. To do this, after selecting the device by following Steps 1 through 7, press "Troubleshoot" and then follow the prompts to resolve the issue.


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About the Author

Nina Nixon has more than 30 years of professional writing experience. She enjoys writing about business and technology. Her articles have appeared on Chron, eHow Business & Personal Finance, Techwalla, and other digital content publishing websites.

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