Quote: Originally Posted by toubab
sorry, i should have clarified that these are the internal laptop speakers and not an external set. also, id prefer to not have to do a system restore if at all possible. any other troubleshooting ideas?
You installed some updates... ok, here is what I'd try first.
In Device Manager, the audio system looks good correct? No errors or exclamation points.
First, toggle between the digital out as the default output device and then back to the speakers audio out. Simplistic yes, but I've found that sometimes, after updates this restores the audio.
Right click on the MS taskbar speaker icon, select Playback Devices, next select speakers. Do you have configure and property buttons? Select configure and make sure it's set to stereo, and test. Select properties and look over the available selections, if you have enhancements.. try disabling, set the audio output to 16-bit 44.1.