What can I do if the audio jack stopped working?
1. Update the sound card driver
Most sound issues are a consequence of incompatibility between the OS and the sound card. As such, updating the sound card and other audio input drivers in Windows 10 might fix the audio jack.
There are a couple of ways to update your drivers.
The first one focuses on the Device Manager and here’s how to do it:
- Press the Win key + X hotkey to open the Win + X menu. You can select to open Device Manager from there.
- First, select Sound, video, and game controllers in Device Manager.
- Then you can right-click your sound card and select Update Driver Software.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software to scan for driver updates. If Windows finds any updates, it will automatically download them.
- Even if Windows doesn’t find any driver update, it might still be worth checking for sound card driver updates on the device manufacturer’s website.
- If you can’t update the driver, reinstall it instead to kick-start it. You can do that by right-clicking the sound card in Device Manager and selecting Uninstall.
- Now when you restart your desktop or laptop, Windows will automatically reinstall the sound driver.
The second method, which happens to be our method of choice as well, consists of using a specialized third-party tool for the job. It’s simpler, more efficient, and hassle-free. What’s more, it’s absolutely FREE.
If your audio jack is failing, poor sound quality or no sound at all is imminent. The goal of DriverFix is to prevent such issues by making sure your adapters and sound card are in place, up to date, and corruption-free.
This tool will only download drivers from the official manufacturers’ websites, always compliant with authority and security tests in the industry, and always on par with the right version.
This means your days of exhaustingly searching for the right version of drivers are over. Moreover, you can even set the tool to activate the automatic driver update and check for the latest updates in real-time.
Let’s quickly look at its key features:
- External device driver updates (for your Bluetooth, controller, modem, monitor, peripherals, and more)
- Hundreds of available drivers
- Efficient driver detection and update
- Check for updates in real-time
Forget all about outdated and missing drivers and get a taste of peace of mind with the DriverFix!
2. Reinsert the audio device in the audio jack
If the sound suddenly goes off with speakers or headphones connected, first reinsert the audio device.
This post was written by Matthew Adams and was first posted to WindowsReport
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