How can I disable or enable the internal speaker?

Computer internal speakerThe answer to this question depends on the motherboard, its configuration, and the software you have installed in the computer.

Disabling the internal speaker

Software
Motherboard jumper
Motherboard cable

Software

If you're running Microsoft Windows you can disable the Internal speaker or PC speaker by following the steps below.

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. In Device Manager click View and click "Show hidden devices"
  3. This should make "Non-Plug and Play Drivers" visible in Device Manager.
  4. Expand Non-Plug and Play Drivers by clicking the plus and double-click Beep.
  5. Within the "Beep properties" window click the Driver tab.
  6. Under the driver tab if you want to temporarily disable this device click the Stop button. If you want to permanently disable this device under the Startup type select Disabled.

Motherboard jumper

If following the above steps does not disable the Internal speaker you can also almost always disable the Internal speaker through jumpers on the motherboard. Many motherboard manufacturers have jumpers that when jumped or not jumped will enable the onboard speaker.

Unfortunately, all motherboards are different, therefore you will need to refer to the motherboard documentation in order to determine if your motherboard has such a jumper and what to set it to.

Motherboard cable

Some motherboards do not have an onboard speaker and instead use a computer case speaker that can be removed to disable the speaker. Unfortunately, you will need to refer to the motherboard or computers documentation to determine if your computer is setup this way.

Enabling the internal speaker

Software
Motherboard jumper
Motherboard cable

Software

If you are running Microsoft Windows you can enable the Internal Speaker or PC speaker by following the steps below.

  1. Open Device Manager
  2. In Device Manager click View and click Show hidden devices
  3. This should make "Non-Plug and Play Drivers" visible in Device Manager.
  4. Expand Non-Plug and Play Drivers by clicking the plus and double-click Beep.
  5. Within the "Beep properties" window click the Driver tab.
  6. Under the driver tab if you want to temporarily enable this device click the Start button. If you want to permanently enable this device under the Startup type select System.

Motherboard jumper

If following the above steps does not enable the Internal speaker you can also almost always enable the Internal speaker through jumpers on the motherboard. Many motherboard manufacturers have jumpers that when jumped or not jumped will disable the onboard speaker.

Unfortunately, all motherboards are different, therefore you will need to refer to the motherboard documentation in order to determine if your motherboard has such a jumper and what to set it to.

Motherboard cable

Some motherboards do not have an onboard speaker and instead use a computer case speaker that can be removed to disable the speaker. Unfortunately, you will need to refer to the motherboard or computers documentation to determine if your computer is setup this way.

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