[FIX] Failed To Play Test Tone on Windows 10, 8, 7

Do you see the error Failed to play a test tone? Well, on this post I will show you how to fix this annoying error on Windows.

Some time ago, Microsoft released the latest version of its operating system, and many millions of users have already upgraded to Windows 10.

During this time, I have seen how with each update, some users have reported multiple problems in the system that appears randomly on some computers without knowing very well the cause.

Some of the most frequent are to see how your PC occasionally restarts for no apparent reason or how soon you see the Failed to play a test tone warning and the sound stopped working.

Focusing on this last problem, I will show below some tips to fix this error on your Windows 10.

Method #1: Check your Connections

Although it is somewhat obvious, it is first of all advisable to check the connections of your cables to verify that all of them are correct and rule out that the problem Failed to play test tone isn’t because of a bad sound card or speakers connection.

failed to play test tone

Method #2: Mute Sound

The next step, although it is also quite evident, is to verify that you have not muted the audio of your computer without realizing it.

Sometimes when you try to start the test tone, Windows can see that you have mute your sound.

To enable your sound, you must right-click on the speaker icon found in the Windows 10 taskbar and open the Open Volume Mixer option.

volume mixer

Once there, you will have to check that the speaker volume isn’t turned off or in mute mode.

Method #3: Check Audio Drivers

System updates can cause specific drivers to be uninstalled. Hence the next thing you need to do is check if the audio drivers are reporting an error.

In any case, it is advisable to reinstall the audio drives in your computer. To do that follow these simple steps:

  1. Rightclick on the Start Menu and select the option: Device Manager
  2. Once there open the section Audio inputs and outputs
  3. Right-click on Speakers and choose the options Uninstall or Update

device manager speakers

Method #4: Update High Definition Audio CODEC Driver

Some computers may encounter problems in their IDT High Definition Audio CODEC that you can solve by manually updating their driver and therefore fixing the error Failed to play test tone.

To do this, you must right-click on the Start menu and select the option Device Manager.

Once there, open the section Sound and video controllers and game controllers and right-click on High Definition Audio Device, finally select the option Update driver.

update driver

On the window that opens, you only need to choose the option Search automatically for updated driver software and wait for Windows to install the drivers.

failed to play test tone

Method #5: Set Default Device

If you try to connect to an audio device via USB or HDMI, you may have to set this device as the default to troubleshoot the error Failed to play a test tone.

To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Sound
  3. On the window that opens, find your new connected device and right-click on it.
  4. Finally, choose the option Set as Default Device.

set default device

Method #6: Run Troubleshooter

Microsoft has a tool called Audio Troubleshooter that allows you to perform an audio system check to detect any problem; that tool can help you to fix the error Failed to play test tone.

This troubleshooter can be downloaded from this link: Audio Troubleshooter.

Once you download the file, just run it and start the process clicking on NEXT. You only need to wait for the tool to start troubleshooting your computer.

Method #7: Disable Audio Enhancements

Audio Enhancements are a useful feature that Windows has to improve the sound of your system. But when you have an error like Failed to play a test tone, you may need to disable it. To do this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Sound
  3. Once on the Sound window, right-click on your default device and select Properties.
    sound properties
  4. Now, navigate to the Enhancements tab and disable all the enhancements.
    failed to play test tone
  5. Now try the sound again to see if the problem has gone.

Method #8: Try Different Formats

At last option, you can try different formats to see if that fixes the error. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Navigate to Hardware and Sound > Sound
  3. Now, go to the tab Playback, right-click on your default device and select Properties.
  4. Once there, in the Advanced tab, go to Default Format and change the settings and try the one that works for you.

default format

Wrapping Up: Failed To Play Test Tone

The error Failed to Play Test Tone can be annoying when you don’t know how to fix it. Hopefully, with any of the methods I mentioned above, you can quickly fix this error and enjoy your multimedia content again.

Thanks for reading, if you have any question about this tutorial, let me know in the comments section.

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