Fix Windows 10 HDMI Sound Not Working – 30 Different Solutions

Solve HDMI sound not working when TV connected to Windows 10 PC. 18 recent solutions collected from user forums. RealTek, NVIDIA, AMD audio driver updates.

Windows 10 HDMI audio issues are some of the common, after its release in July 2015. I noticed from user comments that, people are able to see video, but no sound through HDMI.

Many users are faced with the question of how to get sound through HDMI in Windows 10 when connected to TV or monitor? The solution is simple. You just have to make your HDMI device displayed in your Sound > Playback options as the default one.

Audio Driver item in Playlist in Windows 10


PC, laptop, phone users with Windows 10 can be connected to HDMI TV or Monitor using cable. But just like Windows 8.1 and 7, some people faced the issue that audio through HDMI in Windows 10 may not be functioning. 

Video may be visible, but TV audio is not working. The most common reason is that HDMI is not showing up in playback devices in Windows 10.

You can experience 1080p “full HD” video and audio in a single digital interface using the HDMI standard. You need sophisticated HDMI cables and supported devices to implement this technology.  Users can enjoy different sources like Blu-ray players, HD set-top boxes and advanced DVD players on HDMI TV or Monitors.

Some users are facing Windows 10 HDMI audio not working when they connect their laptop to display devices. With the current Anniversary Update of Windows 10, you might have your problems resolved.

Also, people will be using different sound cards like RealTek, NVIDIA etc. They face problem like realtek digital output has no sound in Windows 10. Some of them are using different brand laptops like Acer, HP etc.

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For this, you first need to update to latest Graphics drivers from the computer manufacture website. If this does not work out, you can try the default drivers by Microsoft. Most of them are looking for HDMI drivers, which could fix their trouble.

Another common reason for HDMI sound in Windows 10 not working is that the display device is hidden in Device Manager. Also some people are using Hyper-V which is another cause for HDMI audio not working in Windows 10.

The Best Fix for Windows 10 HDMI Audio Problem

In Nov 2016, you may find some relief that this problem has a more easy fix. Follow these steps.

  1. Open the Device Manager in Windows 10.
  2. Navigate to Sound, video and game controllers.
  3. Now connect your PC to TV using HDMI connection.
  4. This will show some “HDMI Audio” related driver under the above section.
  5. Now right-click that item and UNINSTALL it.
  6. Now right-click Sound, video and game controllers and select “Scan for hardware changes“.
  7. This will install a typical driver which is something like this – “Device with HDMI AUDIO OUTPUT SUPPORT”.
  8. Now your Windows 10 HDMI audio problem should be resolved.

Typical Solution

For example, a user with Acer laptop(Aspire 7745G) who has upgraded from Windows 7 to 10, is trying to connect to a external Acer monitor (G276HL). He first tried using the HDMI connection, to get a signal via the HDMI port. But he failed. Then he resorted to the VGA method. This worked. But this is not a complete fix.

Then he uninstalled all related HDMI drivers and installed the original driver from Acer using the “Compatibility Mode”. This worked for him.


Another user with Dell Inspiron 15 N5110 had a similar problem after Win 10 upgrade.

He used the default MS drivers and also used the DELL website to find the latest audio drivers. But that was of no use.

So finally, he downloaded the following driver –  Audio_IDT_W7 driver. This can be done using the vendor website with the system tag.


But even though this driver is older than MS and latest drivers, the audio works fine. You can see the screenshot as above.

Windows 10 HDMI sound Problems – Latest Solutions in 2017 and 2016

For the last 6 months, there are a quite good number of solutions from Microsoft and other forums to this problem of sound not going through HDMI in Windows 10. Many users have spent hours to months to solve these issues.

But I have listed the recent solutions which worked for many.

Make sure your HDMI device is not showing in hidden devices in Device Manager. Otherwise, just enable that option in Device Manager and you can see your Display Device under disabled and hidden options.

Also during updates, Microsoft will try to install its new drivers for its integrated graphic devices. This can cause hindrance, if proper sequence is not followed during installation.

Also some people might have multiple graphic drivers like AMD, NVIDIA, RealTek or multiple monitors.

For all the above kind of issues, the summary of solutions proposed by different users in various forums are mentioned here.

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Solution #1

You are using HDMI TV and Windows 10 laptop with Realtek HD Audio. But you cannot hear sound through TV – ELD/PDP/LCD/OLED etc. Then the fault is not with the output device, but with Windows 10 driver utility. You can fix this issue like this –

Go to Device manager – > Sound, video and game controllers – > Realtek High definition audio

Right-click on that item and Choose Scan for Hardware changes.

In the list of audio device, your TV or output device should be displayed. Just make that the default device.

Voila, your sound is back from TV.

Solution #2

The same problem of audio not working has a different fix. It’s very simple. You just have to follow the sequence of switching on your devices in a particular order.

  1. First power off your latop.
  2. Then power on your TV.
  3. Now connect your Windows 10 laptop to TV using HDMI cable.
  4. Now switch on the laptop. # This last step should be the final one.


Solution #3

An alternate solution is to totally disperse with HDMI cables. You just use Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick and connect to your monitor. You should be able to stream video and audio on different applications like – YouTube, Netflix, HBO etc. There is no need of any Windows 10 HDMI driver like Realtek or NVDIA etc. This totally eliminates the need of Windows 10. But the solution need some extra bucks to buy Firestick etc. This also solves problem with Wireless Display (WiDi).

Solution #4

A complete different solution is to completely stop using Windows. You can better shift to Ubuntu or Mac, which have better compatibility with HDMI devices.

Solution #5

Sometimes, the problem with no audio on monitor could be corrupted-system-files in Windows 10. All you have to do is use a utility like System File Checker (SFC.exe) and Run as Administrator ( . This will scan all protected system files and replace corrupt files with a cached copy present in <WinDir>.

You can also check the log (<WinDir>\Logs\CBS\CBS.log) to find if any files are not repaired. Then if that file is not available on your computer, you can get it from a working computer using the same OS.

Solution #6

Sometimes when using HDMI you have no sound on TV with Windows 10. The case can be when laptop is connected to multiple monitors. You might have tried earlier solutions like updating audio driver etc, but still in vain. In this case, when one of your monitor is not having sound, you can try these steps.

From Control Panel, you can go to Advanced Display settings. Then click on “Customize your display” . Your other monitors which have sound working may be displayed, but the monitor with no audio will display something like with the “AV receiver” name. Then click the option that says “Extended Desktop to this Display”. Now you can receive your audio through your AV receiver like Denon AVR-4100. The solution is simple but may take lot of time troubleshooting.

Solution #7

This fix can be the opposite of earlier solution suggested. Sometimes, Updates to your NVIDIA, Realtek drivers can solve the no audio problem. But sometimes restoring back to your old drivers can do the trick. Before the Windows 10 update, your sound must have been working, but after it, it might have stopped. If your TV audio stops working with Windows 10 HDMI, when you recently updated to new audio drivers. In the Device Manager, you can use the option of “Rollback” to the old audio driver. This should bring the quo-status to the original.

Solution #8

Sometimes the sound stops working due to Hyper-V installed. Previously you might be using Virtual Box and might have updated to the new Hyper-V. Then this issue crops up. You might have video but no audio. Then you can try this fix.

  • Go to your Device Manager and from there find your Hyper-V device name.
  • If its enabled, just disable it and check with your audio.
  • If its disabled, enable it and check the status again.

So either disabling or enabling Hyper-V should restore your sound.


Solution #9

Sometimes, you have both desktop/laptop speakers and TV HDMI audio speakers enabled in your Windows 10. So the OS might not automatically decide, which speakers to use. In this case, simple solution is to disable laptop speakers before you connect your HDMI cable to it. Then you can hear the sound from HDMI TV.


Solution #10

There is a common misconception that your HDMI TV device is not visible in your list of Playback devices. This can happen due to many reasons. One common reason is that your HDMI audio device driver may be hidden and need to be disable/enable again. Then you can try this fix.

  • In the Device Manager, at the top, you can select the option that says “Show Hidden devices“.
  • Under the System Devices tab, you can sometimes see “High Definition Audio Controller” kind of things. One can be your onboard sound, laptop speakers and other HDMI sound.
  • They can show warning signs, that they are not working.
  • Then select your HDMI Audio Controller and to disable and re-enable it again.

Then your HDMI TV should be visible.

The hidden device can be NVIDIA high definition audio drivers or any other HD audio drivers.

Another fix is to power on both your Windows 10 laptop and your TV, but don’t connect your HDMI cable.

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After both power souces are switched on, you connect your HDMI cable.

Your HDMI output device like monitor/TV should be visible under Sound, Video and Game Controllers in the form of driver or device name.

Right-click it and uninstall it. Then you search for “Changes in Hardware” and make the available HDMI output device as default. Then your no audio problem will be fixed.


Solution #11

Sometimes there will be a default “Intel audio for display” internal driver installed for the existing motherboard. This is generally the case, when you don’t have specific speakers attached to laptop or TV. Then you uninstall that driver and install the “Device with hdmi audio output support” external driver. Your HDMI audio should start working!

Another solution for HP DV7 laptop with AMD graphic card and internal Inter graphics card exist. After updating to Win 10, you might have HDMI audio/video problems. So this will install some default drivers for your AMD and Intel cards. Just delete this old drivers and uninstall the related files. Then do a reboot. You will get the Intel driver come back again after a power up.


Then for AMD for Windows 10, you have some specific Radeon Crimson driver (.exe file), found at this location.


AMD Radeon Crimson Driver:


Download this new update (AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 Update Driver version 15.30.1025.1001) and run it. This will fix the problems. You will have smooth functioning of DV7 laptop -> HDMI -> TV video/audio.


Solution #12

In the Device Manager under the Sound, Video, Audio Controllers section you can find the default Intel, RealTek, NVIDIA etc audio drivers installed. This is the case, if you have many sound cards or speakers attached. Generally whenever Windows 10 updates happen, it will default to a Microsoft driver which doesn’t support HDMI. So first delete the default Microsoft driver completely. Now go to your PC manufacture site and download the latest Windows 10 Audio drivers, ignoring Microsoft and install them.


Still you will not find the HDMI device you are expecting in the Playback devices section. But you can see sometimes disabled RealTek, NVIDIA sound card drivers selected. Now when you connect your HDMI cable between your laptop and TV, sound should come from monitor or TV again.


Solution #13

This particular solution is for all users having problem with integrated default Intel drivers.

For example you have no sound on HDMI TV when connected to Windows 10 on an Acer E5-571 laptop.

So most people do the mistake of uninstalling the Intel (R) HD Graphics card and reinstall them. But this does not solve the problem.

For this you need to uninstall the Intel Chipset Driver first and reinstall it again. Then uninstall and reinstall the typical Intel (R) HD Graphics Famly driver.


This will fix the Microsoft’s HD Audio device problem of TV not showing as a device in your Sound options.

The audio playbakc with sound on the HDMI connection will start working now.


Solution #14

When you have both integrated graphic cards like Intel, AMD etc and secondary graphic cards like RealTek, NVIDIA etc, you have one specific problem. In this case, the issue does not lie with audio card’s driver but with graphics card. This is because HDMI is handled by graphics card. The solution is like this:

1) Disabling drivers signing(Can easily find on Google how to..);

2) Reinstalling Chipset driver from official computer’s manufacturer site;

3) Reinstalling Integrated graphics card driver from official manufacturer site;

4) Enabling drivers signing.


This should make your audio work again.


Solution #15

This sound isssue can be with Dell Inspiron 15 N5110 after Win10 upgrade.

Even though Microsoft drivers were listed and updated, you still face the issue.

In that case, go to Dell support site and provide required information like service tag etc.

Then download Audio_IDT_W7 or corresponding Win 10 driver.

Install it and reboot.

Even though it may be older than MS drivers, HDMI device is visible and also Comms Headphone device.

Working now??


Solution #16

For some cases, new software and hardware interfering with audio could be the problem.

So if you have installed new audio/video software like VLC Media Player, WinAmp, iTunes etc, then uninstall and check again.

Also update your Video/Audio drivers in the first case and check again.

You can also install the latest secondard graphic driver for Windows 10 and reboot.

Then your HDMI device should be visible in Control Panel> Sounds.

Right-Click your “Intel(R) Display Audio”  device and select “Properties”. In the pop-up, on the Driver tab, disable it for a few seconds and enable it again. The HDMI device should be visible in your Sound > Playback devices.

Another fix is to go to your BIOS settings and Advanced Settings and Device Management.

There are couple of settings for Audio for some computers. Enable both and HDMI device should be visible.


Solution #17

Sometimes, you have a surround audio system like Sound Blaster Cinema and secondard graphics card like NVIDIA GEForce graphics GTX 970 M. You need to disable it. Then your HDMI output device like TV/Monitor will be visible. Just select it and make it the default playback device in sound.


Solution #18

On Surface Pro 4 kind of tablet devices you have Hyper-V installed. You just need to enable/disable Hyper-V in Windows 10, to make your no sound on HDMI TV working again.

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The below are the old solutions proposed in the initial stages. These can also be useful if you are still using Preview or old versions of Windows 10.

#1 Fix It

The first solution is to check whether the manufacturers of the external device has proper drivers for Windows 10. For this you need to open the “Device Manager”. Then you need to left-click the sound device which is having the problem. Then you need to right click that device and left click the option “Update driver software”. This solves most of the problems.

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#2 Fix It

The second solution is to verify whether the audio on the playback device is activated in your Windows 10 “Sound” properties. For this you need to go to “Control Panel” by following many of the different alternative methods. Under Hardware and Sound > Manage audio devices > Sound, you need select the “Playback’ tab. Then you need to left-click the “Digital Output Device (HDMI)” feature. This makes the device as the default option for audio in Windows 10. Now try to reboot the device. This should also fix many of the problems related to audio.

set playback audio default to HDMI device

#3 Fix It

The third solution is to verify if both the computer and TV are having HDMI functionality. This happens if your hardware is outdated. Then there is no alternative then directly connect your computer to external sound device like “Speakers” using HDMI cable. You will see the video on your TV but audio comes from external sound devices.

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#4 Fix It

Some HDMI devices comes with different ports like HDMI1, HDMI2, HDMI3 etc. So after connecting your computer to your HDMI TV, make a note of the port you connected. Then using your TV remote, properly select the right port. Then try the second fix, by enabling the HDMI audio playback in Windows 10 sound properties. After this try to restart your Windows 10 PC. This can be a solution to modern devices with many ports.

#5 Fix It

HP users also faced problem with Windows 10 audio not working. For example, a user with HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j053cl Notebook PC running on Win 10 Technical Preview connected to HDMI TV. The HDMI audio output is not shown in sound playback devices, but video is playing. There was an error message in the device manager.

"This device cannot start. (Code 10)
{Operation Failed}
The requested operation was unsuccessful."

One user in April 2015, solved this problem by downloading the Intel driver update utility and installing the latest drivers. They seem to have native support for Win 10.


#6 Fix It

If you are using a Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet having Windows 10 connected to HDMI TV, the mouse pointer may become erratic. Though this has nothing to do with audio problems, but this could have impact on sound properties also. There are scaling problems on the second display and screen rendering problems. So better wait for the final version before testing the TP version with Surface Pro and HDMI devices.

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#7 Fix It

AMD card owners can have different problems. The Catalyst Control Centre may not work for 10. If you have overscan/underscan issues, then you can try this registry fix, available here.


#8 Fix It

Audio Front Panel on your computer may stop working, sometimes. Though this seem to work in Windows 7 or 8.1, it has problems in Win 10. This problem can also be with Realtek drivers, if you are using them. This seems to be a problem with the build 10041. You can try uninstalling the audio drivers, re-start your PC and re-install your audio drivers. But with the initial build of TP, there seems to be no problem.

Forum answer for windows 10 hdmi audio not working

#9 Fix It

Another user starting using Intel Stick PC that came with 8.1. He then had sound problems with his HDMI device. It worked on the previous OS, but is not working with 10, after restoring all the drivers from 8.1. For this, you can try installing drivers in 8.1 compatibility mode.


#10 Fix It

The HP Omni 10 tablet can have some audio problems if connected to a HDMI device in Win 10. In this device, the HDMI audio is controlled by the “Intel Graphics Driver” also called the “Bay Trail” driver. So if you install the latest Graphics driver like version, you can have your audio problems fixed. It is found that audio driver has nothing to do with sound over HDMI, it’s taken care of by the video driver. If your audio is too low, you can have the Realtek I2S Audio driver (version 6.2.9600.4075) installed.

So sometimes updating the latest graphics, video drivers can also clear your audio problems.



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