When you get no sound from your speakers, you have a few options available to repair the problem. Which method you choose to fix no sound will be affected by your technical ability and your knowledge of computers. However, even if you know nothing more than how to plug speakers in, you can fix the audio problems yourself.
Microsoft Fix It - Moderate Difficulty
Microsoft offers a Fix It to help you diagnose problems with your computer. However, it assumes you have an idea what is wrong with your computer. Not knowing what is wrong with your computer makes navigating the "Fix It" site somewhat difficult.
On the other hand, if you already know what is causing your computer problems, then the Microsoft Fix is a good choice. It will help you diagnose and repair audio problems with relative ease. Unfortunately, most of us just don't have that kind of knowledge.
Hardware and Sound - Easy but Time Consuming
The Hardware and Sound settings located in the control panel will give you a wealth of information on your audio system. You will need to play around with all the settings. Doing this will allow you to change settings and figure out if something is mis-configured.
This solution is given an easy rating because it does not take any technical skill to change settings. However, changing each setting one at a time and testing and retesting makes this solution very time consuming. For those who have patience, this is a free and (relatively) easy way to find a solution.
Manually Checking Drivers - Difficult and Time Consuming
If you are fairly good with computers, then you can check the audio drivers manually.
It requires you to go into the Device Manager and checking each and every audio driver on your computer. There are several and you will need to check each one to see if it is the latest driver.
This is rated difficult and time consuming first because checking each driver takes a fair amount of time. It is painstaking but possible. It is rated difficult because when you find a driver in need of updating you will need to uninstall and reinstall the sound drivers. This takes a bit of skill and the average computer user will find it difficult and nerve racking to do.
Automatically Updating Drivers - Quick and Easy
When you use driver update software to check your drivers, everything is automatic. You can use a free scan to check for drivers in need of updating but you will have to purchase the software to actually update the audio drivers.
This is rated quick and easy because the software can update your drivers in under two minutes. It is easy because all you have to do is click a few buttons. You need absolutely no technical ability to use the software.
Using one of these four methods will get your sound back on. Anyone, no matter what your background, can fix no sound issues. You don't have to live with no sound when fixing it is this simple.