Why do I have low audio everywhere?

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

Computers is using non-amplified speakers

If your speakers have worked fine in the past, skip this section. Are your speakers amplified? If your speakers do not have a power source of their own, the volume can be lower than a set of amplified speakers.

Speakers not connected or configured properly

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with SubwooferMake sure your speakers are connected to line out section of your sound card. When connected to a different sound card port your speakers have little or no sound.

Software settings for audio not set up properly

Verify that the settings and volume controls for your sound card are set properly. If you have Microsoft Windows, verify that each of the volume controls are mid way or higher. These settings can be adjusted through the volume control properties window that is accessed by double-clicking the sound icon (Sound icon) in Systray.

Headphones connected to speakers

Verify that no headphones are plugged into the computer. Some users may have headphones plugged into the computer and not realize it.

Software related issues

If you're only experiencing issues with low sound in a particular program such as a software game, refer to our basic troubleshooting section.

Sound drivers

Finally, if you have checked all the above recommendations and still continue to experience low sound, it is likely an issue related to your sound drivers. We recommend you reinstall or update your sound drivers to the latest drivers. For additional information about sound drivers, see our sound drivers page.