Is your Sound card not working? This is the final part of the sound card tutorial series. Here we look at some of the things you can do to fix sound card problems.
Part 1, Sound Card Definition, discusses what a sound card is. The article also discusses what today's audio cards can be used for.
Part 2, the How To Install A Sound Card tutorial, walks you through the steps of installing a physical sound card into your computer. The steps can also be used for re-installing an audio card.
Part 3 looks at how to install Creative Labs Sound Card Drivers. If you want your new sound card to work correctly, you need to install the drivers. The steps outlined are similar for all types of audio card.
Built by people, for people. Computers will always have hardware and/or software issues from time to time. Sound cards are no exception.
The IT technicians secret approach to fixing such problems, is to start from the outside-in. What do I mean by that?
I have outlined five approaches for troubleshooting sound cards based on the outside-in principle. You start with your computers peripherals, then the software, then the internal components.
This approach is a proven method to get things working again on your machine.
All becomes clearer after you finish reading the article. Listed below is a link to each part of the troubleshooting process.
After reading through this tutorial, you have the opportunity to write your own web page detailing anything you have done to get your audio card working again.
If you find your audio card has stopped working, there are a few quick checks you can make on your external speakers.
If you have a Laptop, or you don't have speakers connected to your computer, skip this section and move onto the Check PC Software: Control Panel Test section below.
If you confirm your speakers are working properly, the next step is to look at any potential issues with your computer software.
Sound card not working still? This section looks where to check for sound card problems within your computer's operating system.
It is surprising how the simplest things can catch you out. Even seasoned computer technicians are caught out from time to time. I certainly have!
Microsoft Windows 7 is used to illustrate the next steps to get your component working again:
If you are still having problems getting things working again, the next step is to test your card using the Microsoft Windows 7 control panel:
This is where things get a little complicated. Therefore, I have broken the steps down into extra detail with images. Read through each step carefully then decide if you want to give it a go:
If you are still having problems, and you are confident your have followed the steps above correctly, review the How To Install A Sound Card tutorial. Remove and re-install your PCI sound card.
If this does not work, remove your PCI sound card and plug it into another PCI slot on your motherboard.
If this does not work, then it is likely you have a faulty sound card. If you are not professionally producing music etc., on your PC, I would suggest buying a cheaper sound card as a replacement.
It is possible there is a corruption in the registry of your Operating System, but this is highly unusual for this type of problem.
You could try re-installing Microsoft Windows 7 or whatever Operating System you are using. However, this would be extreme.
Computer Hardware Components do fail, and audio cards are no exception. If you have the knowledge and confidence, you could plug your current audio card into another computer.
However, at this point it is worth seriously considering investing in a new audio card, especially if your sound card is integrated into the motherboard.
If all else fails, take your computer to your local Small Business Computer Repair shop.
The principles of fixing sound card issues have not changed through the various versions of Linux and Windows released over the past few years.
However, the options you have and the buttons you press do change ever so slightly in some cases, which is confusing, especially when you are not familiar with a new operating system.
Therefore to round up this tutorial I have included a 9 minute YouTube Video explaining the audio settings in Windows 8. Some of the settings shown are similar to Windows 7 as demonstrated above.
The Windows Club (Opens New Window) have an excellent article on fixing sound issues on Windows 8. Written by a certified Microsoft professional. Well worth a read.
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Describe what the problem was and how you went about fixing it.
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