SOLVED! Name Not Available Volume Mixer

Some users have reported encountering the issue of  “name not available volume mixer” and were curious to know the steps to resolve the error. This occurs when the audio is not working or when the device is booted up for the first time. Before trying any of the solutions below, you should try unplugging/replugging your device to check if the problem persists. In this article, we will explore some of the possible causes of this problem and how you can resolve it.

Name Not Available Volume Mixer: Possibilities

Firstly, this problem could be the work of unwanted elements in your PC referred to as the Potentially Unwanted Programs. Such programs may cause provoking pop-ups, browser redirects, and performance problems on the PC.

Secondly, the error message can occur due to the external devices, add-ons, plug-ins, and navigation bars connected to the computer earlier. Also, if your service is operating under a different account than the other apps, it can cause the “Name Not Available” error. This only occurs when it’s created as a service. Sometimes the problem may occur when no apps are operating on the computer

Lastly, steamcmd.exe progress is one of the things that may cause the error. The .exe extension on a file shows the executable files. These files may in many cases cause harm to your computer. Therefore, decide if the steamcmd.exe on your PC is a Trojan or a File that belongs to the Windows operating system. 

How To Address The Error 

Disable All Running Apps On Your PC

The easiest way of fixing the error is to close all the apps or any third-party software in the background. The error has been confirmed by a few individuals to be caused by the steamcmd.exe method in action. 

  • Step 1: Use the shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task manager. 
  • Step 2: Once the Task Manager open, go to the Process tab on the window 
  • Step 3: Make sure to select and stop the steamcmd.exe.
  • Step 4: Repeat the process until steamcmd.exe vanishes and the Volume Mixer problem in Windows 10 should be resolved.

Inspect PC’s Playback Ports 

There have been a few cases identified by customers when this issue occurred as a result of external drives connected. Go through this section to know the devices named under the playback option tabs. The steps below will help you do this: 


  • Step 1: Hover the mouse to the bottom right of your computer and right-click the speaker symbol.
  • Step 2: Select the Sound option from the pop-up menu.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the top of the window at the playback section and right-click on the audio interface. Pick Show Disconnected Devices or Show Disabled Devices from the Menu.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer if the issue is not resolved, or check for any originally connected devices. Afterward, go back to the Playback section and right-click Devices, and select the Disable option from the menu.

Restart Windows Audio Endpoint Builder

Some customers reported that restarting the Desktop Audio Endpoint Builder service helped fix the issue. To do that, follow the steps below.

  • Step 1: Use the shortcut Win + R to launch Run.
  • Step 2: After opening the Run window, on the command panel, type Services MSc and tap enter.
  • Step 3: Right-clicking a space inside the pop-up menu then select Restart to restart Windows Audio Endpoint Builder.
  • Step 4: Select Yes from the drop-down menu to approve the resume. 

Update Sound Card Driver

This issue can also be solved by installing the latest sound driver.

  • Step 1: Navigate to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System > Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Locate the folder containing your sound card driver then select the name of the device that you would like to update.
  • Step 3: Navigate to Driver > Roll Back Driver.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I adjust the master volume in Windows 10?

You can modify and adjust your sound levels through the Volume Control Icon by using the following steps mentioned below:

  • Go to the right corner at the bottom of your taskbar.
  • Select the Volume Control Icon and a small window will appear. This will help you access the Volume Level Control. 
  • Slide the bar to set your preferred level of Volume.

Why can’t I find the volume icon or the volume mixer on the PC?

If you want to see the Volume Mixer on your computer and the Volume icon on the system tray is enabled, follow the steps below to solve the problem. 

  • Right-click on the Volume icon and go to Open Volume Mixer from the menu.
  • Check and see if the window can be accessed on the PC.

How do I refresh the volume mixer?

In your windows, go to Sound, and at the bottom of the page select “App Volume and Device preferences” under the sound options. Once you’ve done that, press the reset button from the screen to reset the recommended Microsoft defaults.

How do I open the volume mixer and pin it to the taskbar?

  • Step 1: Hit Win + R combination on the keyboard to open Run.
  • Step 2: Once in the run box, type in Sndvol.exe and hit Enter.
  • Step 3: By doing so, the volume mixer will open.
  • Step 5: On an empty area on the desktop, right-click and select New >Shortcut.
  • Step 6: Enter SndVol.exe and tap on Next.
  • Step 7: Name the shortcut “Volume Mixer”.
  • Step 8: Right-click on the shortcut and select Pin to the taskbar .
  • Step 9: After it has been pinned, you can delete the shortcut.

Tips And Tricks.

  • Close apps after you finish using them 
  • Update drivers from time to time. 
  • Keep Windows OS up-to-date
  • Disconnect external devices outside of use.

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