6 methods to fix when Windows keeps making random sounds
Recently, while I was working on my Windows 10 laptop, I heard some random sounds coming from the speaker. They were quite creepy, because they played randomly, without plugging or unplugging any devices. So why was my computer ringing? Find the answer in this post and also find out how to fix random audio problems on Windows 10 PC. When your PC makes sudden sounds or beeps, you would be curious to find out which program is making the sound in the background. I was too. So, I tell you in this post. Let’s check various methods to find out the program responsible for the random sound on Windows 10 computers.
1. RESTART YOUR COMPUTER
Sometimes, it is a temporary problem that occurs due to a bug in third party programs. A simple reboot should fix it.
2. CHECK THE VOLUME MIXER
The volume mixer in Windows 10 shows all the programs that are currently using your audio devices. You have to open it and get help to find out which program is causing random noises. Once you understand this, you can disable its sound.
To use this method, right-click the volume icon in the system tray. Select Open Volume Mixer.
You will see various soundbars. If an app is making a sound, the bar will show a green color. Keep looking at it for a while to identify the app. In my case, it was the Lightkey app (which, by the way, is a great text prediction tool for Windows). I had the sound assistance turned on for this. The app was visible in the volume mixer.
TIP: Many users have suggested that apps like Discord and Windows Defender are also responsible for the random sound. Check their settings.
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3. MONITOR THE SOUND
If the above method didn’t help, you can use the Process Monitor tool to find out the exact program that’s generating the sound. The instrument must be configured to track applications that produce sounds. Don’t get confused. Here are the steps in detail.
Step 1: download the Process Monitor tool from the link below.
- Download Process Monitor
Step 2: unzip it and click on the Procmon file to open it.
Step 3: a Process Monitor filter window will open. If it doesn’t, click Filter at the top and select Filter.
Step 4: Click on the first drop-down box and select Path. Choose Contains in the next. In the text box, type .wav. Finally, click Apply. We have added .wav because most of the notification sounds are in the .wav format.
Step 5: Click File. Make sure the Capture Events option is checked.
Step 6: keep the Process Monitor tool running in the background. Don’t close it. Wait some time until you hear the sound. Then, look under Process Name and Path to find out which app is sending the notification sound.
4. PERFORM AUDIO TROUBLESHOOTING
You can also try running the native audio troubleshooter to find audio driver issues, if any. To run it, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Settings on your PC. Go to Update and Security.
SUGGESTION: press Windows key + I to open Settings from any screen.
Step 2: Click Troubleshoot from the left sidebar. Then, click on Audio Playback on the right side and hit the Run the troubleshooter option.
Step 3: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
5. SOLVE THE MOUSE
Many Windows 10 users have reported that a faulty mouse can also be the cause of the problem behind the random sound, connect and disconnect. So, unplug it for a while and see if the problem is resolved. You can try changing the USB port on your mouse as well.
If you don’t want to replace your mouse yet, you can mute the connect and disconnect sound. However, this will apply to all devices you connect to your PC.
To do this, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Control Panel on your PC and select Small Icons in View by.
Step 2: do click Audio.
Step 3: do click the Sounds tab. Under Program Events, look for Device Connect and Device Disconnect. Change the sounds to None. Press Ok.
SUGGESTION: if the problem is not due to connecting or disconnecting an external device, you can try other sounds in this window. When you find a matching sound, turn it off.
6. REINSTALL THE AUDIO DRIVER
An older version of the audio driver may also cause noise. Updating or reinstalling the audio driver may fix the problem. We have written the steps to reinstall the audio driver in detail.
IT MAY BE A HARDWARE PROBLEM
The solutions mentioned above are useful when the problem is mainly related to software or an external device such as a USB or mouse. If the sound is coming from inside the computer, it could be a hardware problem. We suggest that you file a complaint with the affected brand’s customer support if you have a warranty or go to a nearby computer repair shop.