No HDMI sound is a fairly common problem that I myself have faced a lot of times. Usually, it looks like this: I connect my laptop to a TV using HDMI, for example, to watch a movie, but there is only a picture and no sound.
If you also faced such a problem, it is simple enough to fix, so in this article, I will tell you how.
The main thing is not in a hurry, haphazardly pulling wires and changing settings is unlikely to help you, and sometimes it may even make things worse.
Analyze the problem with HDMI sound first
This may sound a little strange, but you need to think about what has changed since the last connection (if everything was OK before). Here’s what you should pay attention to:
- You have updated the operating system on your laptop.
- You changed your HDMI cable.
- You have a new laptop.
- You have changed the settings.
Once you understand what has changed it will be much easier for you to fix the problem, because you will be able to discard some options right away. You should understand that this problem can have several causes, so if you find the cause, it will make it much easier to find a solution.
How to fix HDMI sound problems on your laptop – start with this steps
So, let’s briefly describe your situation – you’ve connected your laptop to a TV or any other output device, and there’s an image, but no sound.
If you haven’t changed anything, the easiest thing to do is to disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable to the laptop. If there is no sound, try disconnecting and reconnecting the HDMI cable again. Very often the TV and laptop may not synchronize for sound transmission for the first time, so even this simple action can help to solve the problem.
The reasons why this problem may occur at all is quite trivial – for example, the sound settings in your laptop and TV. Modern operating systems are adaptive, they themselves determine the sound output when the devices are connected. Sometimes, something goes wrong and the automatic detection doesn’t work the first time, so simple reconnecting may solve your problem.
If this doesn’t solve the problem, then the problem is deeper and we should find a solution.
For example, if you’re using a new HDMI cable, then test it on other devices. Usually, a new cable is very rarely faulty. However, there is that possibility, so it’s worth checking.
If everything is okay with the HDMI cable, then go further.
Well, if you changed the settings on your TV or laptop, check what you changed first.
Check your HDMI connection
In my opinion, this check is ineffective, if the computer detects the device connected to it and broadcasts the image, then the sound should be output normally. But you can also check the connected devices.
To do this, do the following:
- Connect the laptop to the TV or monitor with an HDMI cable.
- Right click on the speaker icon at the bottom right of the Windows bottom bar to open the popup menu.
- Select “Open sound settings“.
- In the new window, look at the Output section and there should be your TV or monitor. The sound output method should be selected automatically, but if not, then select your TV or monitor in the Select Open sound settings menu and the first menu will be select your sound output device.
Perhaps the problem was simply that your TV or monitor was not selected as a sound output method on your laptop. In that case, you just need to manually change the setting and everything will work.
How to solve no HDMI sound on a laptop
If your computer has had an operating system update, especially on Windows, you may face sound problems. The reason is that Windows OS may be installed on a wide variety of laptops, so it has universal sound card drivers for easy setup, but they can be a problem. The universal driver may not fully fit the specific sound card on the laptop.
In this case, you need to reinstall the sound card drivers.
There is usually no such problem on a Mac, since the software and hardware are made by one company, so that guarantees the stability of the whole system.
In order to install the drivers, you should do the following:
- Download drivers from the official website of the manufacturer of your laptop or sound card. If the drivers are built into a self-installing shell, then you can simply run the driver installation. If the drivers aren’t self-installing do the following:
- Press the WIN key on your keyboard and X key (win+X) at the same time. The WIN key may say WIN or have the Windows logo on it.
In the pop-up menu that appears, choose Device Manager.
- In Device Manager, choose Sound, video and game controllers. You will see several available devices.
- Select audio device, right-click to open the popup menu. Click on update the driver.
- You will see two options: auto-update or choose drivers on your computer.
- You should choose to find the drivers on your computer.
- After reinstalling the drivers, check how the sound works.
In most cases, the above steps will fix the problem.
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