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12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10

Volume is too low on Windows 10 laptop? Maybe you turned up the volume and still can’t hear anything? This is a common and infuriating problem with Windows 10 and a number of possible causes for it. 

If you’re having this problem, here are 12 known fixes that might help. These fixes are listed in order, so start with number one and work your way through the list until one is successful.

12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10

1. Kiểm tra Volume Mixer

Windows 10 sets a different volume for each program or application. Sometimes it will set the volume for a particular program lower. 

  • Open  the Icon Tray  .
  • Right click on  the volume icon  and select  Open Volume Mixer
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  • Use the  sliders  to increase each app to the maximum volume setting. 
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This is the most obvious fix. If it doesn’t work for you, move on to some other possible problem. 

2. Check Speakers, Jacks and Connections

Depending on the age and quality of the speakers and PC, they may fail. The error can lie in several places. You should check cables, speakers (or headphones), jacks, and any other auxiliary connections. The same goes for the microphone volume issue. 

First, if possible, try using a second playback device to determine if it’s the speaker’s fault. The same goes for any secondary speakers. If the audio output is normal through the second device, it’s because of the speakers. If not, it’s probably a jack or a connector. 

If your PC has Bluetooth, connect to a Bluetooth speaker and see if the audio output is ok. In this case, it could be due to a faulty jack or connection. PCs can have more than one audio jack (front and back). If so, try connecting the speaker to a different jack and see if that fixes the problem. If the speaker uses an alternate USB port, try a different port. 

12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10

You can also try the faulty speaker on your PC or another device. If they work with that device, it’s a faulty PC. 

If it’s the speaker’s fault, they may need a bit of maintenance. Check for significant dust or other debris blocking the speaker. While you’re looking, check for any more significant damage that could be the root of the problem. Use a vacuum cleaner and cloth to clean the speaker gently, taking care not to damage any fragile parts. 

If none of these problems are present, it could be a software or driver related problem. 

3. Run Windows Audio Troubleshooter

The Windows Audio Troubleshooter offers several common audio fixes. If you’re lucky, running the debugger should solve the volume problem in no time. 

  • Open  the Icon Tray  .
  • Right click on  the volume icon  and select  Troubleshoot sound problems  . 
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  • Select the audio device from the list, then follow the step-by-step instructions to perform some possible fixes. 
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Keep in mind that the debugger may not detect any problems. If that’s the case, move on to the following fixes. 

4. Kiểm tra Playback Device

Windows 10 might be running audio playback through the wrong device. 

  1. In  the Icon Tray  , right-click  the Volume icon  and select  Sound  .
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  • In the Playback tab, look for the audio device (usually Speakers, Headphones, or sound card). 
  • Right-click the audio device and select  Set as Default Device  >  OK  . 
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Check if the sound works as expected. If the system lists multiple audio devices, you can set each to the default device and check if any of them work. 

5. Restart the audio device

Sometimes the audio device may start up incorrectly, causing volume errors. Restarting the audio device is faster than reinstalling the driver, so we recommend that you try this method first. 

  • In the search bar on the Taskbar, type  Device Manager  , and select it. 
12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers
  • Right-click the sound card or audio device and select Disable device.
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  • Select  Yes  in the pop-up window. 
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  • Wait a few minutes, then right-click on the audio device and select  Turn on device  .
  • Restart the PC. 

6. Update Windows

Faulty drivers are the main cause of sound problems in Windows 10. Windows Update will generally update or fix driver installation errors. 

  • Press Windows + I keys   and then select  Update & Security  .
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  • Select  Windows Update  from the menu on the left. 
  • Click  Check for updates  . 
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  • If updates are available, select  Download & Install updates .   

Check if the sound works. If not, you may need to try manually updating your audio driver. 

7. Update audio device drivers manually

Sometimes, audio drivers will not be compatible with Windows updates or specific programs. Fortunately, manually updating audio drivers is quick and easy. 

  • Open the  Start Menu  , type  Device Manager  , and select it. 
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers
  • Right click on the sound card or audio device and select  Update driver  . 
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  • Select  Automatically search for updated driver software  and let the wizard install the latest drivers if available. 
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  • Restart the  PC. 

Windows may not detect the new driver. However, there may be updated drivers on the manufacturer’s website. This mostly happens with third-party sound cards. To check and install new drivers, do the following: 

  • Open the  Start Menu  , type  Device Manager  , and select it. 
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to  Sound, video and game controllers  . 
  • Right click on the sound card or audio device and select  Properties  . 
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  • Record the driver version in the Driver tab   . 
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  • In the General tab   , you’ll see the device manufacturer and possibly a website. 
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  • Go to the manufacturer’s website and search for the appropriate driver for your sound card or audio device. 
  • If a newer version is available than the current driver, select the Download button   (make sure it’s 32 or 64-bit compatible depending on your system). 
  • Back in Sound, video and game controllers  , right click on the sound card or audio device and select  Update driver  . 
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  • Select  Browse my computer for drivers  . 
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  • In the drop-down menu, select your Downloads folder   (usually  C:\Users\xxxx\Downloads  ). 
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  1. Click  Next  and follow the setup wizard to finish. 
  2. Restart Windows, then test the sound. 

If a new audio driver is not available, you can reinstall the current version to see if that fixes the problem. 

  1. Open  Start  , type  Device Manager  , and select it. 
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers
  3. Right-click the sound card or audio device and select  Uninstall device   >  Remove driver software for this device  >  Uninstall  . 
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  • Restart the PC. 
  • When restarting, the PC will automatically reinstall the latest audio driver. 

Conversely, if the minor volume issue occurs after you update, you can try going back to your previous audio driver and check if that fixes the problem. 

  • Open  Start  , type  Device Manager  , and select it. 
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers
  • Right click on the sound card or audio device and select  Properties  . 
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  1. Select the Driver tab   , then click  Return Driver  . 
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  1. Select  Yes  after you have read the instructions. 

Note  : This option may not appear, in which case you will have to download the final version as above manually. 

8. Change Communications settings

Some users reported fixing their volume by disabling strange sound settings in Windows 10. 

  1. In  the Icon Tray  , right-click  the Volume icon  and select  Sound  .
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  1. In the Communication tab  , under  When Windows detects communication  , select  Do nothing  . 
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9. Change Equalizer Settings

Some users note that enabling Noise Leveling solves their volume problems. 

  1. In  the Icon Tray  , right-click  the Volume icon  and select  Sound  .
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  • In the Playback tab   , right-click the option that says  Default Device  and select  Properties  .
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  • In the Enhancement  tab   , check the box next to  Loudness Equalization
  • Click  OK  and check if the sound is working or not. 
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If this doesn’t work, try disabling advanced features entirely. 

  • In  the Icon Tray  , right-click  the Volume icon  and select  Sound  .
  • Right click on the option that says  Default Device  and select  Properties  .
  • In the Advanced tab   , check the box next to  Turn off all advanced features  or  Turn off all sound effects  . 
12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10
  • Do this for each default device. 

10. Restart the audio service

Windows audio services can be the source of many audio problems. Restarting the service can fix low volume on Windows 10. 

  • In the search box on the Taskbar, type  a service  and select it. 
  • Find  Windows Audio  , right click on it and select  Restart  . 
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  • Do the same for  Windows Audio Endpoint Builder  and Remote Procedure Call  (RPC)

11. Change the sampling rate and bit depth

Selecting a higher quality output for the speakers can also correct this volume error. 

  1. In  the Icon Tray  , right-click  the Volume icon  and select  Sound  .
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  • In the Playback tab   , right-click the device that says  Default Device  and select  Properties  . 
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  • Select the Advanced tab   . 
  • In the  Default Format,  select the drop-down menu and select the highest audio quality from the list (farthest audio quality). 
12 Ways to Fix Small Computer Sound on Windows 10

12. Try a Third Party Equalizer Program

If nothing else works, it’s time to try a third-party program. There are many great equalizer apps for Windows 10. These apps provide volume controls, bass and treble boosters, and other settings that can help with low sound in Windows 10. 

Hopefully now you can hear the sound on your computer at the desired level. If any of these solutions fixed the sound, or if you know of another fix, please let us know in the comments section below! 

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