Is your computer’s sound card not working in Microsoft Windows operating system? You can attempt going into Microsoft Windows device manager, then right clicking and deleting this audio device. While you are still in device manager, there is a refresh icon, in the towards the top, that will make Microsoft Windows XP scan for hardware changes.
Microsoft Windows operating system will then see your computer audio device again and try to install drivers for it. You might be prompted for your Microsoft Windows installation media. You can use the CD-ROM that came with that computer or an audio device.
Depending how you purchased your computer, you may have received a drivers CD-ROM for your computer. If you purchased this sound card separately, you may have been given a drivers CD-ROM. You would be surprised how many sound cards Microsoft does NOT have drivers for with just the operating system.
You can also have that computer connected to the Internet and if you have Microsoft Windows updates configured, you can select to download those drivers via Microsoft Windows updates. This fix originally was successful on a Toshiba Tecra M2. This fix can be tried on all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
* Microsoft Windows 95
* Microsoft Windows 98
* Microsoft Windows 98 second edition
* Microsoft Windows 2000
* Microsoft Windows millennium edition
* Microsoft Windows XP
* Microsoft Windows Vista
* Microsoft Windows 7
* Microsoft Windows 8
* Microsoft Windows 10
You can try this fix on desktop computers as well as laptop computers. Modern Microsoft operating systems like Microsoft Windows 7 and newer have two ways to remove a device driver. Uninstall or permanently delete the driver.
If you do NOT have your sound card driver disc, then be cautious when choosing to permanently deleting the driver. Your sound card will NOT work without a driver in most cases. You are better off trying to uninstall then reinstall.
Also, you can try to upgrade the sound driver. If there is a new version of your sound card driver, then this maybe be away to fix your sound not working problem. Believe it or NOT, malware, spyware, and viruses can wreak havoc with Microsoft Windows operating system drivers.
You can run malware, spyware, and virus scans on your computer. Also, you can try to boot your computer into “Last known good configuration” from an advanced boot options menu. Perhaps your sound card has become loose or needs to get seated again.
Open up your computer case and remove your sound card. Place your sound card back in the slot you had it installed before. Now boot up your computer and see if your sound card not working problem has disappeared.
Obviously, if you have a laptop computer you will not need to bother with the hardware. If all else fails, I hate to say it but you might need to install the Microsoft Windows operating system again. In severe cases trying to get your sound card not working problem resolved requires installing the operating system again.
Finally, it could be that your computer sound card has stopped working. In that case you can purchase a replacement. That is if it is a desktop computer.
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