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Crackling or No Sound from Windows PC

Get crackling and popping sound or even no sound from your computer built-in speakers or headphones? The sound card can’t be recognized by Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista? In most cases, those sound problems are closely related to your sound drivers. Any outdated, missing or corrupted audio drivers may interfere in the normal communication between your computer and your sound card, which results in the error that sound card can’t be recognized by Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

How to Fix Sound Card Problems for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Adjusting Your Audio Device Settings

Before you searching for the audio drivers for your Windows computer to fix the sound card, you’d better make sure that the audio device settings are properly issued.
After ensuring all your audio cables are securely connected, for a loose cable could cause some sound problems. You can try the potential solutions to troubleshoot crackling sound or other sound problems as below.

•Right-click the speaker icon right in the notification area and select the “Playback Devices”
•Double-click “Speakers” (the default playback device) with a green checkmark.
•Turn to the “Advanced” tab and adjust the audio quality to “16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality)” under the Default Format box. And then click “OK” to see whether the crackling or no audio problems persist. If not, try another audio format level till the problem solved.

Turn off Audio Enhancements

To improve the sound quality, some sound drivers’ manufacturers may set “Enhancements” enabled by default. While sometimes it could also trigger sound issues when they aren’t functioning properly.
To turn off sound enhancements, navigate to Playback devices -> Speakers -> Enhancements. And then check the “Disable All Enhancements” checkbox. Click “OK” to save changes.

Disable Exclusive Mode

Go to Playback devices -> Speakers -> Advanced. And then tick the “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device” option box under “Exclusive Mode”. Click “OK” to save your changes.
If all the above solutions have been tried, but none of them helps to solve sound card errors, you should update your audio drivers.

How to Download and Update Sound/Audio Drivers for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Sound driver missing, sound driver crashing, sound driver conflicting or sound driver disappeared can undoubtedly lead to sound card malfunction. To download a best-matched audio driver for your sound card within minimum time, you might as well seek for a professional driver updater. Driver Talent, a widely-used driver updater utility, aims at making your time more valuable, which could intelligently detects the incorrect sound driver and then download and install the most compatible audio driver on your system instead. It works well with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, either 64 bit or 32 bit. Below is how.

Click the button below to get Driver Talent instantly.


Step 1. Launch Driver Talent, click "Scan" and it will detect all your Windows drivers. The sound driver will show to you after scanning if it is an impropriate one.

Step 2. Download and install the best-matched audio driver by one-click “Repair” or click “Update” to install the latest one.

Step 3. Reboot your computer after the installation to make the newly installed sound driver take effect.

Hope this post could be helpful for you to handle sound card drivers related issues. If have any confusion about the detail instructions, leave comments below and we will reply you as soon as possible.