The annoying sound bugs in Borderlands 3 are spoiling your fun. Many players are reporting they can’t hear any sound especially in Eden 6. For most of the time, completely restarting your Borderlands 3 can fix it. However, it comes back again and again. Is there any permanent fix?
Of course the answer is “YES”. Whether you’re experiencing no sound effects, no weapon sound, no dialogue sound or no sound at all, this post will show you how to fix it quickly and easily.
Try these fixes
- Check your default output device
- Turn off Spatial sound
- Lower the audio quality
- Update audio driver
- Turn off Social Notification
- Run as administrator
- Check the integrity of game files
- Change your default device to stereo mix
- Reinstall Borderlands 3
Before getting started
Whenever the sound is not working in Borderlands 3, you can try save quitting or going to the menu. Restarting the game entirely can always fix the issue.
If there is just no weapon sounds, just switch weapons and it may go back to normal. Your sound issue might be temporary.
However, if it keeps giving you the silent treatment, you can try the fixes below.
Fix 1: Check your default output device
First, you need to make sure that the default playback device (your headset or speaker) is correctly set, especially when you have multiple audio outputs.
- Right click the volume icon on the right corner of your taskbar.
- Click Sounds.
- In the Playback tab, select your device and click Set Default. Then click Apply to save the changes. (If already default, you can set other device as default and set it back again.)
- Go to Audio Settings of Borderlands 3 and make sure the output audio is set to your default device.
- Launch your Borderlands 3.
- Go to Settings > System > Sound, then click App volume and device preferences under Advanced sound options.
- You’ll see all apps currently using audio and their sound levels. Make sure there’s no x symbol for Borderlands 3 and move the volume slider of Borderlands 3 up and down to ensure it’s working properly.
- Restart your Borderlands 3 to test the sound.
Go to Sound and Screen > Audio Out Settings and make sure the default output device is correctly set.
Some players find switching from linear PCM to Bitstream (Dolby) resolved the sound issue.
If the sound issue still persists, then head on to the next fix.
Fix 2: Turn off Spatial sound
Many Borderlands players find Spatial sound is always the culprit of their Borderlands 3 no sound issue. To fix it, you need turn off Spatial sound both in your Windows settings and in-game settings.
- Select your default audio device and click Properties.
- Choose the Spatial sound tab. Then select Windows sonic for headphones and click Apply.
- Choose None to turn it back off and click Apply again.
- In Borderlands 3, go to Sound settings and set Spatial Sound to Disabled.
- Restart your game and see if this fixes your sound not working issue.
If unfortunately, turning off Spatial sounds didn’t help, you can try turning it on instead.
Fix 3: Lower the audio quality
- Go to the Playback tab and select your default audio device and click Properties.
- Go to the Advanced tab and select a lower value from the drop-down list. Then click Apply > OK.
- Restart your game and check if the sound is coming back now.
- If this fix doesn’t work for you, then uncheck both Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device and Give exclusive mode applications priority.
- Run your Borderlands 3 again to check your sound issues.
Fix 4: Update the audio driver
Are the audio drivers up-to-date for the sound hardware? Sometimes the drivers are at fault. To fix it, you can update or reinstall the audio driver.
Option 1: Manually
To update your audio driver manually, you can always go to Device Manager and let Windows find the latest driver for you. However, sometimes Windows think the drivers are already the “latest”, then you’ll need to find the latest and correct driver online and install it into computer manually.
- Right click the Start menu and select Device Manager.
- Double click Sound, video and game controllers to expand the drivers list.
- Right click your audio driver and select Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software. Windows will begin searching the latest driver for you.
- If Windows fails to find you the latest driver, you can head to the manufacturer website of your sound card, find the latest version of the driver and install it in your computer.
- Once installed, restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Before installing the new driver, you’d better right click the old driver and select Uninstall device and tick the box Delete the driver software for this device.
Option 2: Automatically
If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your audio driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your device.
You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click the Update button next to your sound card driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version. You will get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
- Launch your Borderlands 3 again to test the sound issue.
Fix 5: Turn off Social Notification Frequency
If the issue still bugs you after updating your audio driver, then you can try turn off Social Notification Frequency to reduce input lag. Here is how to do it:
- Open Borderlands 3 and go to Network & Social.
- Turn off Notification Frequency.
- Restart your game and test the issue.
Fix 6: Run as administrator
Whenever you bump into game issues, it never hurts to run both of your game launcher and Borderlands 3 as administrator. These sound issues might occur if you have limited access to your game files.
- Right click your game launcher (Epic Games) and select Properties.
- Go to the Compatibility tab and tick the Run this program as an administrator box. Then click Apply > OK.
- Navigate to where your Borderlands 3 is installed (C:\Program Files\Epic Games\Borderlands 3).
Note: If you can’t find the executable file, you can run Borderlands 3 and press Ctrl + Shift+ Esc to open Task Manager, then right click your Borderlands 3 exe. and select Open file location.
- Right click Borderlands 3 exe. and select Properties.
- Tick the box Run this program in compatibility mode for and select Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or Windows 7. Then tick Run this program as an administrator box.
Finally, click Apply > OK to save the changes.
- Launch your Borderlands 3 as to see if the sound issue still persists.
Fix 7: Check the integrity of game files
Verify your Borderlands 3 game files in case any corrupt files prevent the sound from working properly.
- Go to the Library tab and click the cog icon of Borderlands 3.
- Click Verify.
- After verifying your game files, run your Borderlands 3 again and test the issue.
Fix 8: Change your default device to stereo mix
- Right click the volume icon and select Sound.
- Under the Playback tab, select your default device and click Configure.
- For Audio channels, select Stereo and click Next.
- Check the Front left and right box. Then click Next.
- Click Finish to save changes.
- Then go to the Recording tab, and select Stereo Mix as default.
- Click Apply.
- Launch your Borderlands 3 again to test the sound issue.
- If the issue still persists, you can change the audio channel to 5.1 Surround.
Fix 9: Reinstall Borderlands 3
Try as you might, if all these fixes above failed to solve your issue, you can perform a clean reinstall of Borderlands 3 to see if this does the trick.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
- Copy & paste appwiz.cpl and hit Enter.
- Right click Borderlands 3 and select Uninstall.
- Reinstall Borderlands 3 again to see if it works.
Hopefully, one of the fixes above solved your Borderlands sound issues. Feel free to leave us a comment if you have questions or share your own experience with other users.