Fix “no speakers or headphones are plugged in” issue in Windows 10/8/7

In this article we will address the common issue “no speakers or headphones are plugged in” in Windows 10/8/7, which many users have reported recently.

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Method 1:  Uninstall the audio driver

a, Go to Device Manager by pressing Win+R together to open the “Run” dialog, enter devmgmt.msc.

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b, Look for your audio device from the list,

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c, Right click on the audio card, select Properties and then you will see a pop-up windows as below. Navigate to Driver tab, click Uninstall.

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d, Restart your PC after finishing the process. It will reinstall the driver again and check if it solves the problem.

If not, try Method 2: Update Driver… 

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a, Click on the “Update Driver…” this time, then select  “Browse my computer for driver software“.

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b, Select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer“. 

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c, Proceed and follow steps below

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d, Wait for a few minutes, it should successfully update your driver software.

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Going through all those steps every time for a driver update is sure a headache. Want hassle free, automatic updates for your drivers? Try DriverEasy Professional Device Manager, it updates all of your drivers faster with fewer clicks and less complex.

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Eric Xu, in Sound Issues
  • Tanveer Hussain

    i try all the method but no success.when i reinstall the driver the error come “This device cannot start. (Code 10)”.i also try all youtube solution for code 10 but no result .plzzzzzzzz help me.

  • Ali Ahmed

    method 2 worked for me

  • Rob Mathews

    1st method worked for me 🙂 thank you so much!!

  • Sandi Tamvan

    GUYS I UNINSTALL REALTEK AND THEN I NOT HAVE REALTEK AGAIN..

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Sandi Tamvan,

      Go to Device Manager and try to click “Scan for hardware changes” under Action menu.

  • kumaresh

    Hey there! I have tried the above two methods but still no luck for me. I still got the ‘X’ mark in my sound icon. I even checked my bios settings but apparently there is no IGX Configuration in my settings (because I saw a video on youtube, in that they changed something under IGX configuration).Okay So, I need some help here.

    P.S: I’m using Windows 7 (64 bit)
    And also I attached some screen shots down below to help you to understand my problem.

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  • Prabhav Deuja

    Thank you so much!!! The first method worked on win 8. Thank you!!!

  • Bron Hiles

    I put a new set of speakers on my computer. They power by an USB stick and plug into the green hole on my computer. I can’t get any sound out of them and the little speaker icon tells me that no speakers or headphones are plugged in.

  • Rosalia

    Hello. Thank you for your help. For me neither of the two methods worked. Also, I did get into Driver Easy and paid about 9 dollars after detecting the need for 7 updates… I updated these and yet the sound symbol is still with a red cross over it and no sound in my computer. I don’t know what else to do

    • camilla mo

      Hi Rosalia,

      Thank you for your comment.

      The problem might not be caused by faulty drivers.
      Please send the detailed information of the problem to us. We’d be happy to help you resolve the problem.
      You can send the information to us using Driver Easy Feedback feature. If you are not sure how to use that feature, the link below may help.
      https://www.drivereasy.com/help-v5/feedback-form/

      Alternatively, you can contact us directly at support@drivereasy.com. We would try our best effort to help you resolve the problem.

      If you have any further questions, please leave your comments again.

  • Akula A

    Method 1 was very easy to follow and worked for me. I thought this would take hours to fix. Thank you very much for your help 🙂

  • Nikhil kumar

    Tq for this . I will always be thankful to you .
    This works for my window 10 pro

  • Kevin

    Method 1 worked for me on win8. Thanks! Just took a few minutes for the system to reinstall.