Troubleshooting Sound Problems on your Alienware Systems

Summary: Sound problems on your Alienware system? Find diagnostic tests, support and advice in this article.

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Troubleshooting Sound Problems on your Alienware Systems

 

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The following article will show you how to troubleshoot sound issues on your Alienware system.

Supported Systems:

 
  Alienware Laptops   Alienware Desktops

Run a Sound Card Diagnostic First

 

 

Recommended troubleshooting

 

 

 

 

If the device you are looking for is not shown on the list do the following:

 

  1. Play a music file or a video with audio
  2. Check the volume is not on Mute

     

    • Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand corner of your screen
    • Click on the  SLN117556_en_US__3iC_aw_spkr01_mr_v1 icon to mute and unmute the speakers

       

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      Muted   Not Muted

       

      Note: A green bar should go up and down, as shown on the picture above, when audio is being played, if the audio is mute or the speakers are disconnected this bar will turn gray.

       

  3. Set the correct playback devices

     

    • Right Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand side of your screen
    • Click Playback devices

       

      All your playback devices such as speakers, digital outputs or your TV should be listed here

    • Right Click on the device you want to play audio
    • Click Set as Default Device
    • Right Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand side of your screen
    • Click Playback devices
    • Right Click in the middle of the screen
    • Click Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices
    • Right Click on the playback device you need
    • Click Enable

     

  4. Check your Speaker/Headphone configuration

     

    • Right Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand side of your screen
    • Click Playback devices
    • Right Click on your speakers
    • Click Configure Speakers
    • Follow the setup wizard

     

  5. Uninstall the Audio Driver from Programs and Features inside Windows Control Panel

     

    It will be called Realtek Audio, Sound Blaster Recon 3Di or Alienware Audio depending on yuour system model

  6. Make sure you BIOS is up to date. Follow our article on How to run a BIOS update on an Alienware Computer 
  7. Download and install the latest Audio Driver from our Drivers Page
  8. Try headphones or other set of speakers
  9. Check that your speakers are properly connected. Check the specifications for your system in out article Top Solutions for your Alienware  article
  1. Check your Speaker/Headphone configuration

     

    • Right Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand side of your screen
    • Click Playback devices
    • Right Click on your speakers
    • Click Configure Speakers
    • Follow the setup wizard

     

  2. Make sure you BIOS is up to date. Follow our article on How to run a BIOS update on an Alienware Computer 
  3. Download and install the latest Audio Driver from our Drivers Page
  4. Try headphones or other set of speakers
  5. Check that your speakers are properly connected. Check the specifications for your system in out article Top Solutions for your Alienware  article
Users must also know that in Alienware there are different music modes:
  • Alienware mode (Gaming mode) has enhanced sounds effects and is specially designed for gaming purpose.  Certain music when played under gaming mode is susceptible to slight distortions due to the enhanced sound effects.
  • Music mode is designed especially for music playing.
 
If a user encounters speaker distortions, please inform the customer of the different modes, and advise to change to the mode specific to their activity. Default mode in the system is set as Alienware mode for gaming purpose, so if a customer's general usage is to listening to music,  you may suggest to set the mode to Music mode instead.

Step1 : Boot up windows system and open Alienware Sound Center
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Step2: switch the mode to one that matches customer’s activity.
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Run a Microphone Diagnostic First

 
  1. Right Click on the SLN117556_en_US__2iC_aw_spkr02_mr_v1 icon at the lower right hand side of your screen
  2. Click Recording devices
  3. Right Click on your microphone or headset
  4. Click Set as default device
  5. Right Click on your microphone or headset
  6. Click Properties
  7. Go to the Levels tab
  8. Adjust the levels to your needs and clikc Ok when you are done

 

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Last Published Date

05 Dec 2020

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