How to Reset My Sound Card

by Diana Braun

The sound card in your computer allows your system to play sound for software, games and websites. The sound card may experience problems due to incompatibilities with software in which the card stops communicating with your computer and sound is disabled. Reset the sound card to fix any sound problems by disabling and enabling the device.


Click the "Start" button and then click "Control Panel."


Click "System and Security" from the Control Panel.


Click "Device Manager." The Device Manager window launches. Click "Continue" if prompted to authorize access to the Device Manager.


Click the "+" sign next to "Sound, video and game controllers."


Click the sound card of choice from the list of sound devices.


Right-click the sound card and click "Disable."


Restart your computer.


Repeat steps one through five.


Right-click the sound card and click "Enable."

About the Author

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.