- Your PC's audio is an important part of the Windows 10 experience.
- Unfortunately, issues can cause your PC to emit a buzzing sound when playing audio.
- We have a dedicated hub for fixing System Errors which can cause problems like the one below.
- For more hardware-related troubleshooting guides, check out our Laptop and PC Fix page.
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
1. Update audio/sound driver
You can do this in two ways:
- Use a utility tool
- Let Windows automatically update audio driver
1.1 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Sometimes the issue could be caused by an outdated or incompatible audio or sound driver.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- The utility tool will disclose a list of all your outdated, incompatible, broken, corrupted, or missing drivers including the audio/sound driver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.
1.3 Update drivers automatically (third-party 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.
- 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.
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.
2. Check volume controls
Volume may not just below 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.
3. Disable the 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.
FAQ: Learn more about Windows audio
- Why do I hear a buzzing sound when listening to music?
One of the common reasons is the electrical ground loop that some speakers may experience.
- Can low-grade speakers cause a buzzing sound when playing audio?
Most often than naught, low-grade speakers will either present a buzzing sound from the get-go, or they will develop it in time. As such, a good idea would be to always go for high-quality speakers.
- My laptop speakers don’t work at all. What can I do?
If your laptop speakers don’t emit any kind of sound, try out the troubleshooting steps written in this guide for a quick fix.