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Monday, October 10, 2011

Troubleshooting Sound Issues in Windows 7: Part Two

This is part Two of the series on the subject of troubleshooting sound issues in Windows 7. In part two we will look at the configuration of the speakers in Windows.
  1. Right-click on the audio icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

    audio icon

  2. On the menu that opens, choose "Playback Devices".

    Playback Devices

  3. On the new window, look for which item has the green check mark next to it, meaning it has been set to default. If using standard speakers through the green port on the back, it should be set to Speakers.


  4. If Speakers is not set as the default device, right-click on Speakers and choose Set as Default Device.

    Set as Default Device

  5. Once Speakers has been set as default, go ahead and right-click on Speakers and then choose Test.


  6. If a sound is heard through the speakers, then the speakers are set up and configured properly. If not, try raising the volume again using the volume icon in the bottom right, this time left-clicking on it.
  7. Once the volume slider is opened, drag it to the top to ensure that the volume is at the maximum.

    volume slider

  8. Once this is done, test the speakers again. If it still does not work, proceed to Troubleshooting Sound Issues in Windows 7: Part Three.
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