Fix Audio / Sound Problems in Windows 7

This post will help you if you are experiencing any of the following problems:

  • you can't hear any sound from your Windows 7 computer
  • sounds are interrupted or play abnormally
  • your Win7 computer doesn't behave normally (crashes, restarts or stops responding) when playing sound
  • You get an error message when trying to play a sound (see sample error messages further down the page):

Most audio problems on Windows PCs arise due to driver related issues. Read on to learn how to fix various types of audio and sound driver problems.

However, let’s first understand what sound drivers are and what they do.

About Audio and Sound Drivers

Computer hardware and operating systems do not speak the same language. To communicate, they need a mediator- and this job is done by drivers.

A sound driver is a software program that helps your operating system communicate with your sound card.

Audio and sound driver errors can occur due to many reasons. The most common reasons are:

  • Outdated sound driver
  • Missing sound driver
  • Incompatible sound driver
  • Corrupt sound driver

Common Audio and Sound Problems

Issues with your audio and sound drivers may prevent your Windows operating system from communicating with your sound card. As a result, your Windows PC may fail to produce any audio. In addition, you may receive an error message on your screen.

Some common audio and sound error messages in Windows:

“This device cannot start. Code 10″
"The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)"
“Audio Driver Error: The following driver(s) either do not support the current audio format, or are in use by another application.”
“Bad DirectSound driver. Error code 88780078.”

What can I do to fix Audio and Sound Driver problems?

Reinstall the driver / Audio Driver Download

Windows computers come with a built-in utility called Device Manager which allows you to uninstall, install, and update device drivers. Most audio and sound driver problems occur due to corrupt device driver files. You can fix such errors by uninstalling and reinstalling the concerned device driver.

To uninstall and reinstall Drivers in Windows 7, perform the following steps:

  1. Click the Windows icon in your taskbar, type device manager in the Start Search box, and then press Enter
  2. Double-click on Sound, video, and game controllers
  3. Locate and double-click the driver that is causing the error
  4. Click the Driver tab
  5. Click Uninstall
  6. Insert the Driver disc, and then follow the screen instructions to install the driver

Use a Driver Management Tool

The easiest and best way to permanently resolve audio and sound driver problems is to allow a reliable driver management tool run a scan on your computer.

An efficient driver management tool quickly scans your computer, identifies all the installed hardware, and then updates the device drivers for the installed hardware.

A driver management tool helps you save time and money. What’s more- it prevents you from using an incompatible device driver that can cause more problems on your computer. You do not need to be tech-savvy to be able to use a driver management tool. With a reliable and efficient driver management tool, all you ever need to do to fix audio and sound driver problems is to click the SCAN button in your software’s user interface. Your driver management tool will take care of the rest.

Driver Downloader is one the web's most trusted and comprehensive Driver Update Programs. By downloading Driver Downloader you can instantly resolve your drivers problems by scanning your PC for outdated, missing or corrupt drivers, which are then automatically updated to the most compatible version.

Click here to download and run a free Drivers Scan >>

List of the most common Audio and Sound Drivers

  • Realtek audio driver
  • Realtek high definition audio driver
  • PCI Audio Driver
  • AC97 Audio Driver
  • SIS Audio Driver
  • USB Audio Driver
  • ALi Labs WDM Audio Driver
  • Legacy audio drivers
  • Soundmax integrated digital audio driver
  • C Media audio driver
  • Conexant HD audio Smartaudio 221 driver
  • AC97 audio driver
  • Intel audio driver

How to Fix Windows 7 Drivers Problems >

Click here to download and run a free Drivers Scan



Comments

Jim
Upgraded to Win7 and IE11, at some point lost sound from videos. Current Adobe flash player is 15. Music files are ok. If I unplug the stereo speaker jack the sound will play for the video running at that time. Video ends no more sound. I will get an "decode error" message on video screen after unplugging. Reinstalling driver did not work.
Today 6:22am
helpDrivers
Hi Bonny - have you tried a video drivers scan (use download button) - is it showing problems with your video drivers?
7th October 2014 6:42am
Bonny
Installed a video card in my computer and know I am getting an error when I try and play sims 4.
Unable to start
Can't run the Sim's 4 with the video card in this system please check that the video card meets the minimum specifications ad that the latest video drivers are installed.
5th October 2014 10:05am
Amit
when i install an intel r graphics media accelarator for my windows 7 32 bit it shows me that does not meet minimum system requirements
5th October 2014 4:15am
driversUpdates
Hi Sunshine - has it ever worked on that PC or has the problem just started recently? If so, have you updated you OS or any other software or hardware? Have you tried the free drivers scan using the link in the article above?
3rd October 2014 5:20am
Sunshine
My games and video could not play always complaining Video card not supported
3rd October 2014 5:06am
driverHelp
have you tried running a drivers scan? The drivers scan is free (use the download button at the top of the article)- this will tell you if the problem is with your drivers. You can also check for help articles on our blog drivers.com/update
26th September 2014 6:26pm
Spartan Khan
sir , I have a problem and tell me its solution. I have a pc of lenovo, in which when I install Windows 7 then it gives a sound problem, mean sound drive gets install in it but even than the sound does not speak out, so what should be done with it.
25th September 2014 3:08am
driverHelp
HI Rabin - when you say you are having trouble - are the settings accepted and then resetting or what error are you seeing?
24th September 2014 4:32pm
Rabin
I have dell n5010 with ati mobility radeon and i have problem in adjusting the screen resolution and brightness even after i installed graphics driver. Plz anyone mention me the solution ASAP.
24th September 2014 11:56am
elie kmeid
After I installed a driver for my VGA, when I restart the computer (windows 7 64bit), I get a blue screen and I receive an error message about my device driver that I installed and that I must reboot my PC and uninstall my driver. But if I start the PC in Safe Mode, I can get to the windows and see my files. However, in Device Manager, in Display Adapters, I can see an attention yellow mark next to my Driver. It seems that my VGA got some issues with drivers. Please help me and give me the solution to this problem. I have tried everything (like reinstalling window and format the hard-disk) but with no results. Thanks for your understanding and for your support.
7th September 2014 3:12pm
ATIF
i have dell with win 7 ,32 bit,how sould i get win graphics driver and install.
24th August 2014 1:58pm
Pooja
ihave downloaded realtek hd audio driver through softonic downloader.While installing,the accept botton of the license agreement does not working. i have tried the tab+enter key. it still does not working.my pc is compaq b940 with windows 8.
15th August 2014 3:26am
Pawan Kumar Atri
I have CRT monitor and I have NVidia Graphics Card(630 1-GB), when I connect monitor plug into Graphic Card on start the computer normally but Monitor doesn't show anything on the screen. The screen remain black and windows 8 start it produces sound on which normally produces, but the screen remain black.
9th August 2014 5:58am
abdulai bawa mashud
i am trying to installed blue-stacks application on my laptop(dell)and it is telling me that application has not recognized my graphic card or my graphic card is outdated, that i should update it.(Intel(R)core (TM)2Duo CPUT5750 2.00GHz 2.00GHz)
22nd July 2014 3:05am
Trent
I have no sound
25th June 2014 9:39pm
Kingdok
I have a bad problem with my grafics card i uninstalled win7 and installed winXP it worked fine untill i installed a game and when it launched it gave me this error "Pixel format not axellerated" i looked for my grafics card "Intel chipset famaly express 4 seres" and it was in Outer devices named video controller. PLS HELP! DDD:
23rd June 2014 1:21pm
bharath
after changing my windows 7to windows 7 ultimate graphics card was not working ...if i make it install in my pc it was not installig in my pc..pls fix it..
9th June 2014 2:55am
ritesh
i have uninstalled the realtek driver plz tell me how to install it
6th June 2014 12:17pm
vusi n
after installing windows 7 i cant get any sound
23rd May 2014 7:58am
Himanshu
thank u . bcoz i have solved my windows7 audio problem with yr help
7th May 2014 6:24am
daniel
Hello,i upgrade from xp(where i had NO SOUND PROBLEMS on my onboard realtek sound card)to windows 7 ultimate(here my sound is distortioned/crackling)!I try disable all enhancements,the default format to 44100hz,disable some levels into realtek hd audio manager with no result!Please help me,with the same latest audio driver i had no problem in windows xp!
29th April 2014 5:16am
venki
After installing windows7 my audio is not coming out........plz help me..I installed realtek hd audio manager bt it not working
13th April 2014 9:39am
shubham jain
my computer not produce any sound there is a cross on sound icon at toolbar
help me please as soon as possible
8th April 2014 6:45am
Anant
this driver is awasom
26th March 2014 2:35am
Aakash
there is a red cross on my speeker i have try many drivers on window7 but all in van
28th February 2014 2:11pm
endimo pandi
service error 88780078
7th February 2014 2:36am
kumar
i have downloaded realtek hd audio driver and installed but still it shows no audio device installed. please help me.
23rd January 2014 8:42pm
Goodlucky
after installing windows 7 my sound is not coming out,so please help me to fix this problem.
22nd January 2014 4:44am
Saifullahi Usman Usman
Iam trying to update software & drivers.Thank's.
12th December 2013 8:51am
Abbas Ahmad
Multimedia Audio Controller Driver missing PC GX520 window 7 64bit please send me suitable driver thanks
11th November 2013 8:18am
Ahmed Nadeem
sound is not coming my win.7.there is a red mark at speakers icon,and it shows an error message:
No Audio Output Device Is Installed
9th November 2013 2:45am
Divakar
Motherboard Ki Cd seh Install karo ya update karo
8th November 2013 8:46am
b s rao
i am having ibm processor QQ8175 A50 THINKTANK 50 presently loaded with WINDOWS7 op. system.audio system is not working. please suggest the drivers.
29th October 2013 1:26am
Shawn collins
It's crazy to me that windows 7 still has so many of the same problems Vista did.
10th October 2013 12:59am
emil
please help me sound driver for dell window 7
29th September 2013 2:40am
vinay kumar
download audio driver
25th September 2013 9:59pm
Ishaa
Its real or fake i need just for my cousins because they also have same problem (sound driver).
Can you send window 7 (unlimited).
thanks from pakistan.
17th September 2013 12:04pm
Vu On hamal
after applying windows7 my audio is not comming although not showing any problem
13th August 2013 2:55am
reza
i need for sound driver for win7 please.
8th August 2013 3:39am
bakary
i use the drivers pack CD for win 7 and installed the drivers but still there is red x mark on my speakers. and in the device manager, am notified this cannot start,(code 10)
24th July 2013 12:21pm
waqar khan
waqar khan jaanki jaan 1236547899+
22nd June 2013 2:56am
amrutha
i have installed realtek in my windows 7 laptp but still the sound comes only sometims.when i log in the sound goes and will come after 5 or 10 min.plz help me
18th May 2013 12:48am
bennett madakeni
Thank you very much my pc has sound now, you are the best site ever.
20th April 2013 3:10am
Drivers help
Braveman - have you tried running the free scan by clicking the 'download now' button? This will tell you which Drivers are missing and you can either search for and install them yourself or let the software do it for you
7th January 2013 5:54am
Braveman
I have adesktop computer using windows7home base care before it was using windowsXP and now the sound is disable it says no audio device installer plz help me plz
4th December 2012 6:11pm
kasim
i want to need drive sound w 7
1st December 2012 11:35am
godfrey
thanks i manage to find sound drive for my toshiba
laptop, Thanks a lot.
1st July 2012 5:10pm
mahfouz mousa
thanks i try to found drive to soud device
dell latitud d610 with windowz 7
thanks
25th March 2012 11:55am
jurie
no comment
2nd November 2011 2:17pm
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