How to restore default sound settings on new laptop?
October 15, 2012 11:20 AM Subscribe
Is there an easy way to restore ONLY default audio settings on a Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows 7?
posted by Mael Oui to computers & internet (13 answers total)
I have a new laptop, a Lenovo IdeaPad in the P580/585 or N50/585 family. It's running Windows 7. Any quick look at my posting history makes it quite apparent that I'm clueless with technology. So, I already screwed up some aspect of the audio settings. At first, system sounds played through the speaker bar just fine (I don't use external speakers), but I started using headphones to listen to internet radio, and then I realized I only had sound when I had headphones in the jack. That was a minor problem (because the likelihood that I would be listening to anything sans headphones was low), but I started tinkering with the sound settings and now things are really not right.
My question is: Is it possible to restore default or factory settings JUST for the audio settings? I don't want to change anything else on the computer. I REALLY don't want to change anything else on the computer. I probably clicked some option in the speaker settings, and I definitely tweaked the volume mixer in the bar going along the bottom of the screen. Now, when I listen to the radio or watch a video on YouTube, I get this piercing echo that doesn't go away after the song or video ends.. It becomes screechy and echo-y. The speakers have always claimed to be working fine. I temporarily fix this problem by muting the "stereo mix" but the laptop unmutes it for the next time I start it up. I think that was muted or lower originally and I turned it on or something. It seems like the software connected to that setting is Conexant Smart Audio HD. Anyway, I just want my audio to go back to the default settings (at least the default in the "volume mixer" area) or the settings that were there before I started dragging all the little bars up and down the screen. Is this possible?