Audio buzzing on Windows 10? Here’s 9 ways to fix it
Windows 10 has come with its share of joys and disappointments, one of them being the annoying audio buzzing – especially when playing computer games, watching video content, or listening to music.
Users who have experienced this problem on their computers have different ways they’ve tried to DIY solutions around it. It’s not quite clear which ones work, and which ones don’t.
This article covers all the available solutions to fixing the audio buzzing issue on Windows 10. We hope one of them works for you.
How to fix audio buzzing on Windows 10
Solution 1: Update audio/sound driver
You can do this in two ways:
- Use a utility tool
- Let Windows automatically update audio driver
How to update audio/sound driver using a utility tool
Sometimes the issue could be caused by an outdated or incompatible audio or sound driver.
In this case, you need to update the driver by using a genuine driver download, then update the utility tool that can scan your drive and pick out the faulty one in a short time. Once this is done, the utility tool will automatically download and install the best version for your computer.
Once you download the utility tool, take the following steps to update your audio/sound driver and resolve the audio buzzing issue:
- Scan your computer by starting the utility tool, then click on scan to perform a full scan
- The utility tool will disclose a list of all your outdated, incompatible, broken, corrupted, or missing drivers including the audio/sound driver
- Update your audio/sound driver by clicking repair to fix the issue. Your utility tool, at this point, will automatically download and install the best match for your audio/sound driver. At this point you can also update all other problematic drivers.
- Remember to back up your drivers before installing new updates to prevent any crashes
- Finally reboot your computer to effect the audio/sound driver update
How to update your audio/sound driver by letting Windows automatically update your driver.
Follow these steps to do this:
- Right click the Start button
- Click on Control Panel
- Go to Hardware and Sounds
- Click on Sound
- Go to the Playback tab
- Select your audio device/headset and click on properties
- Go to Controller Information then click on Properties button
- Click Change Settings (this may require administrator permission)
- Go to Driver tab
- Select Update Driver
- Let the update download automatically
Once this is complete, plug in your headphones to check whether the audio buzzing issue persists.
If you already have latest audio drivers installed, do the following:
- Run the Audio troubleshooter
- Open Control Panel
- Click View By option
- Change to Large icons
- Click Troubleshooting
- On the left pane, select View all
- Click on Playing Audio troubleshooter
Try the next solution if this didn’t fix the chop.
Update drivers automatically (third-part tool suggested)
If Windows Automatic Update process doesn’t get the job done, we strongly recommend Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. It automatically identifies each device on your computer and matches it with the latest driver versions from an extensive online database.
Here is how it works:
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.
- Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.
- READ ALSO: How to fix Audio Issues in Windows 10
Solution 2: Check volume controls
Volume may not just be low or turned off on your audio settings, but also your control box. If you are using the control box, ensure you turn up the volume on it as well. However, you need to know that this volume setting is meant for the headphones alone. Also check whether the mute switch on your control box is not on mute.
Solution 3: Disable output sound device
To do this, go to Control Panel, then disable output sound device, and re-enable it. Do the following:
- Click Start
- Type Sound in the search box
- Click on Sound icon
- Locate Default Playback Device
- Disable it
- Re-enable it
Some users say this is a temporary fix because each time your computer wakes, you have to repeat this process. If this doesn’t solve it, try the next solution.
Solution 4: Check Intel Management Systems
Sometimes the problem isn’t your sound/audio drivers, but the audio buzzing could be caused by other systems being interrupted by software. This happens when the systems don’t complete updates and/or tasks, such that the audio driver is rendered functionless.
What the audio driver then does as a result is to try and match the CPU cycles, hence the audio buzzing problem.
In this case, do the following:
- Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to open Task manager
- Set it to monitor top CPU cycles or all processes
- Play back your audio and check which process spikes when there’s audio buzzing, as this could be the likely cause of the problem.
You can also try disabling all Internet Management and Security services as they may cause the audio buzzing problem.
Solution 5: Update wireless driver
This involves updating wireless drivers, such as Realtek (which is mostly used on Windows), then look online for manufacturer updates for the wireless driver for Windows 10. In case this doesn’t fix audio buzzing, try the next solution.
Solution 6: Check your Wi-Fi adapter
Your Wi-Fi adapter could actually be one of the suspect causes of audio buzzing. Check that it is not touching the sound cable on your computer as the small dual aerials, if angled towards the sound cable, can create the buzz.
Also use a wired Ethernet cable to your computer and disable Wi-Fi, as a way of eliminating the audio buzzing problem. If you turn off your Wi-Fi and play the same music but it doesn’t buzz, the issue is with your Wi-Fi.
Solution 7: Check Sound settings
Sometimes the easiest way to resolve audio buzzing is by going to your sound properties, check on the levels of your subwoofer. Adjust while you listen to check whether the buzzing goes away.
Check your speaker properties then click Levels, and ensure your speakers’ output is on or below the middle mark (50). Anything above that may cause audio buzzing.
Solution 8: Use System Restore
This can come as one of the last resort measures. It involves restoring your computer back to a state when it worked properly without the audio buzzing issue. Keep using this at least for the moment before reverting back to Windows 10 as an update may have caused this issue.
Windows 10 offers a series of advanced recovery option that allows users to clean install the OS. If you’re a Windows 10 user, you can also use ‘Reset this PC’ recovery option.
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > click on Recovery under the left pane.
- Click on Get Started under Reset this PC > choose to Keep your files.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset.
Solution 9: Contact manufacturer for troubleshooting
If any of the above solutions do not work, contact your device’s manufacturer’s technical support team for further assistance.
Did any of these solutions work for you? Let us know in the comments section.
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