Get rid of that background sound on your computer with these 10 solutions

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Is your computer delivering a background sound while you’re using it?

This may be irritating and/or annoying to the ear, especially when listening to your favorite music, watching a good movie, or playing a new game you recently downloaded to your computer.

Sound issues can be caused by either of the following:

  • Cables that aren’t properly connected
  • Damaged drivers
  • Incompatible drivers
  • Sound settings
  • Missing updates
  • Sound card problems

However, there are ways to finally resolving and dealing with any background sound that’s frustrating your enjoyment.

Here are some quick fixes to resolve the background sound issue on Windows.

How to fix background sound issues on Windows 10

1. Run Hardware troubleshooter

The Hardware troubleshooter tool is built-in on Windows 10 operating system so as to check, and resolve any sound issues you may have.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to View by option on the top right corner
  • Click the drop down arrow and select Large icons
  • Click Troubleshooting
  • Click View all option on the left pane
  • Locate Playing Audio

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  • Run Playing Audio troubleshooter (opens a pop-up window – follow the instructions)

Update the network and the audio drivers for Windows 10 from your Device Manager manually, by uninstalling, then reinstalling them from the manufacturer’s website.

How to reinstall drivers:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Locate Sound, Video and game controllers
  • Click to expand the list
  • Right click on Sound card
  • Click Uninstall
  • Download the latest audio driver set up file from the manufacturer’s website
  • Install the audio driver

Let us know if this worked. Otherwise try the next solution.


2. Uninstall Sound card drivers

Sometimes background sound issues may be caused by a damaged or incompatible driver, or a problem with your sound card.

In the event the issue is with your sound card driver, uninstall using these steps:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Search for the sound card driver from the list of devices
  • Right click on the sound card driver
  • Select Uninstall
  • If you get the option Delete the driver software for this device, click on it then remove corrupted drivers
  • Follow the instructions to complete the process
  • Restart your computer if prompted to do so
  • After restarting, follow the next steps to install the latest drivers

ALSO READ: The 5 best sound cards for Windows 10


3. Update driver software from computer manufacturer’s website

Go to your computer or sound card’s manufacturer website, check for the latest Windows 10 drivers available for the model of your computer’s sound card, and then install it based on the instructions on the website.

How to update audio drivers from manufacturer’s website:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager
  • Expand the Sound, Video and game controllers option
  • Right click on the Sound card
  • Click Update driver software

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  • Restart your computer

4. Change Notification sounds

Here’s how to execute this:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Change View by to Small icons
  • Click Sound
  • Select Sounds
  • Under Program Events, locate Notification then click on it
  • Click on the drop down menu and select Notification sound
  • Click Apply

Didn’t work? Try the next solution.


5. Perform System Maintenance Troubleshooter

This resolves most of the common system problems.

Take these steps to perform the System Maintenance troubleshooter:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type Troubleshooting
  • Click on Troubleshooting
  • Click on System and Security
  • Click on System Maintenance
  • Click Next
  • Follow the instructions to run the system maintenance troubleshooter.

ALSO READ: Audio Issues in Windows 10: How to Fix Them


6. Run System File Checker

Here’s how to do this:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type CMD
  • Press Enter
  • Right click and select Run as Administrator
  • Type sfc/scannow

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  • Press Enter

If the background sound issue persists, try the next solution.


7. Perform a clean boot to troubleshoot the issue

Performing a clean boot for your computer reduces conflicts related to software that can bring up the root causes of the slow game loads issue and background noise while gaming.

These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

How to perform a clean boot

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, then follow these steps:

  • Go to the search box
  • Type msconfig
  • Select System Configuration
  • Find Services tab
  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box
  • Click Disable all
  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager
  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

You will have a clean boot environment after all these steps are carefully followed, after which you can try and check if the background sound is still there.


8. Restore to default sound

Here’s how to do this:

  • Click Start
  • In the search field box, type Sounds
  • Select the Change System Sounds option from the search results
  • In the drop down under Sound Scheme, change the current sound scheme to Windows Default (if it isn’t already)

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9. Run FixTDSS Killer

Sometimes the background sound from your computer could be because of an infection with a rootkit. This happens when there is no antivirus installed on your computer.

Here’s how to remedy using the FixTDSS Killer:

  • Run the FixTDSS Killer (get a genuine one)
  • Don’t restart your computer after removing the virus (it may not boot)
  • Run a batch file that fixes issues with MBR
  • Run Norton Utilities 15
  • Choose Fix MBR
  • Restart the computer once the MBR fixing process is complete

ALSO READ: Here are the Best Antivirus Programs for Windows 10 According to Tests


10. Adjust audio settings

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to Sound and Audio devices
  • Click Speaker volume
  • Set the left speaker to zero (0), and right speaker to 100
  • Click Ok

Any luck with the 10 solutions? If not, we’d love to hear from you.

Share with us what you’re experiencing with the background sound issue, in the comments section below.

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