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Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: muffled audio, no mic input

Q: Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: muffled audio, no mic input

I have a self-assembled desktop PC - full specs in the signature below, but in short, it has an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor on a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P mainboard, which uses a Realtek Azalia ALC887 on-board sound system. I have no loudspeakers and listen to the computer sounds exclusively through a Microsoft LX-1000 headset. I also have a Logitech C270 HD webcam that has its own microphone. My PC has 16 GB RAM, a SSD and a large HDD. It runs Windows 8.1 Update 1 with all Windows updates (Patch Tuesday was this week, but my problems had started before that and I'm sure they're unrelated).

Everything is working fine, except the audio, which started behaving strangely a few days ago for no apparent reason. The problems started suddenly and I can't think of anything that could have caused them. There were no hardware changes or any intervention in the hardware, nor did I install any new software that could have messed up things.

When playing music, it sounds muffled, with the volume very low and the voice and several instruments muted, while other instruments in the background arrangement sound relatively louder. No graphic equalizer is on, and this happens with any player software (Windows Media Player, VLC, Media Player Classic, etc.), and any source (MP3 music, audio CDs, DVDs, videos, etc.). There appears to be no hardware problem with either my headset or the onboard audio: when I run both Windows' native and Realtek's driver sound output tests, the test tune comes out loud and clear in the tested channels.

Neither microphone works to record audio either - neither the headset's, nor the webcam's, with any recording program. I have connected the headset both to the PC case's front connectors (linked to the mainboard by a cable) and to the rear ones (which are parts of the mainboard itself); no difference.

YouTube videos are also mute, both when played in Chrome or IE (using HTML5) and in Firefox (using Adobe Flash), all in their latest versions. Curiously, however, the YouTube-hosted videos from a local newspaper's Web site play perfectly the audio of their initial vignette (which appears to be synthesized or MIDI) normally, but the rest of the video with the news story is silent. I normally use "No Sounds" as my Windows sound scheme, but I've tested other sound schemes; they all work, but volume is very low, as with the music.

There is no sign of any abnormality indicated either in Windows' Control Panel or in Realtek's control center window. The driver correctly detects when the headset is disconnected or reconnected, all tests work fine (like I said, both Microsoft's and Realtek's speaker tests come out loud and clear through my headset).

I have uninstalled and reinstalled the Realtek drivers several times (both the version supplied by Gigabyte with the mainboard - which appears to be the penultimate one from Realtek - and the latest 2.75 generic version from Realtek's Web site); no effect. I have installed a new codec pack to see if there was any trouble for applications to communicate with the driver; no effect. I have changed every possible configuration option on both Windows' and Realtek's control panels, also to no effect.

EDIT: I have also uninstalled the device and drivers, and tried to use Microsoft's default drivers. No change, the same problems happened, meaning it's not a driver problem either. I'm confused... I also checked Gigabyte's Web site and there is only one stable BIOS version for my mainboard model (and no newer audio drivers), so that's not something I could try (there is a newer beta BIOS, but I don't think I should try that, risky as it is). The current BIOS only has an option to enable or disable the audio.

What could be happening and what could be done, short of reinstalling Windows (which of course I don't want to do)? It surely looks like a software problem, because of the passed hardware tests and the strangely perfect vignette in the newspaper site's videos. But what software, and where? As you can see from what I wrote above, I've tried everything I could think of.

Thank you very much for your help.

Preferred Solution: Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: muffled audio, no mic input

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: muffled audio, no mic input

This is a duplicate of what is posted on the Seven Forums.

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I have a self-assembled desktop PC - full specs in the signature below, but in short, it has an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor on a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P mainboard, which uses a Realtek Azalia ALC887 on-board sound system. I have no loudspeakers and listen to the computer sound exclusively through a Microsoft LX-1000 headset. I also have a Logitech C270 HD webcam that has its own microphone. My PC has 16 GB RAM, a SSD and a large HDD. It runs Windows 8.1 Update 1 with all Windows updates (Patch Tuesday was this week, but my problems had started before that and I'm sure they're unrelated).

Everything is working fine, except the audio, which started behaving strangely a few days ago. The problems started suddenly and I can't think of anything that could have caused them. There were no hardware changes or any intervention in the hardware, nor did I install any new software that could have messed up things.

When playing music, it sounds muffled, with the volume very low and the voice and several instruments muted, while other instruments in the background arrangement sound louder. No graphic equalizer is on, and this happens with any player software (Windows Media Player, VLC, Media Player Classic, etc.), and any source (MP3 music, audio CDs, DVDs, videos, etc.). There appears to be no hardware problem with either my headset or the onboard audio: when I run both Windows' native and Realtek's driver sound output tests, the test tune comes out loud and clear in the tested chann... Read more

A:Realtek audio, Gigabyte mobo: strange-sounding audio, mic not working

First thing to do is disable or disconnect the Web Cam. They have been known to cause various sound problems. It may not be the problem, but eliminate it as the problem.

Stereo Mix needs to be set as the Default Recording Device.

Refresh the RealTek by going to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the RealTek entry in the Sound section then LEFT click "Uninstall". DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will reinstall the sound. This usually fixes any Windows/Sound corruptions. If this does not fix it, download and reinstall the RealTek sound drivers.

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Not sure if this is possible, but thought I'd toss it out there... I'd like to have audio sent via HDMI to my monitor while at the same time using the MoBo output jack for a subwoofer. I've only been successful with one or the other by itself in any configuration I've been able configure.

Any thoughts?


A:HDMI Audio AND Realtek MoBo Audio Simultaneously

Does your monitor have an Audio Out? Some do. If it does, HDMI to the monitor, then audio out from the monitor to your subwoofer. Mind you plugging something into the audio out may turn off the monitors internal speakers. You won't know until you try
But…here’s the kicker! A subwoofers job is to not only produce lower frequencies but to also blend nicely into its satellites (speakers). This is most commonly accomplished by either designing the sub and satellites to work together in that the lower cut off frequency of the satellites is close to the higher cut off frequency of the subwoofer. The other is to have an adjustable crossover that will allow you to match the subwoofers higher cut off frequency to that of the satellites lower cut off frequency. You also need to match their output (sound) so that they are even (or close enough!). Otherwise you will get a lot of boom from the sub and not be able to hear much from the monitor.
Monitors with built in speakers are not designed with fidelity in mind. They have tiny amplifiers and do not go very loud without sounding terribly distorted. Even if your monitor does have an audio out, you may be presented with the impossible challenge in trying to match it to your subwoofer. Honestly, you are better off purchasing a 2.1 (or 5.1) computer speaker system. You can get something pretty decent for not too much money.

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ALC 888 codec
Latest driver 2.46 installed
F7 bios installed

Sony Bravia LCD,

If I'm using the PC input on LCD, sound works great.
If I'm using an HDTV input on LCD, no sound.
Anybody got any ideas about this?
Would really like to use an HDTV input, picture definition is so much better in 1080i.


A:Realtek HD Audio, PC input yes/ HDTV input no

If you have an HDMI OUTPUT on your PC, on many you have to manually set the HDMI on the Video card as the default playback device, rather than the usual "speakers". Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/Sound Panel and on the Playback you will probably have an icon for the HDMI, select that as the default playback device and you should get the PC audio in the HDMI signal.

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When trying to use my Bose Soundtrue headphones with inline mic and a Y splitter for sound and mic it stops working in windows 7. I thought it just wasn't compatible somehow but I did a driver upgrade and then all of a sudden it works swimmingly for a while. Then it stops. Reboot doesn't fix it. I have my monitor hooked up via HDMI and I do have a logitech web cam. Attached is a picture of my recording devices.

A:Gigabyte Realtek HD audio mic port stops working

P.s. I have Windows 8 setup as a dualboot and the mic works in Win 8.

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This is a e-mail I sent to "[email protected]" and they refused to answer, at least 4 times. I wonder if any one else has had this problem?
Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

Dear Sir,
The problem I am having with your "Realtek HD Audio input" I can not get the microphone working, it shows it but it is grayed out. I have tried every thing I know to do. According to every thing I have read on the Internet a lot of people are having the same trouble. Can you help???????

I have Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 2002
Service Pack 2
AMD Athlon(tm) 64x2 Dual
Core Processor 3800+
2.00 Ghz, 2.00 GB of Ram
Physical Address Extension

MSI Mainboard K9VGM-V
VIA K8M890+VT8237A Chipset Based

A:Realtek HD Audio input

Hi Bill,
According to MSI's web page, that motherboard has an ALC883 audio chip.

These chips have what's known as "smart port sensing" for what is plugged into what port/jack. It does this by sensing various tidbits of what's plugged in (such as draw, amps, etc.etc.).

Usually, you can find a SoundMAX or Audio Console with the reference audio drivers, or the ones on MSI's website. With this tool, you will likely have to override the port/jack sensor's findings (likely no microphone or no audio input device) which should then allow windows to pick-up the mic.

Check your systray, start menu or control panel to see if you can find the RealTek (or MSI) audio panel/settings window. It's usually a big, colorful application with an Equalizer, some 3d sound demos and a tab with a row of jacks and little hammer icons. You'll have to click on the hammer for wherever you have your microphone connected and hardset-it to microphone (not line-in) to get it to work.. if it'll let you.

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I just got a GIGABYTE GA-8I955X motherboard which has the Realtek HD Audio on board. The system its running on is:

P4D 3.0Ghz
256MB ASUS X800
2 x 250GB Seagate SATA
Win XP Pro SP2

The problem is, the mic input for some reason records softly. Ive plugged it in the rear and front jacks and it picks up a scream and records it as a whisper. In the Volume Control the Mic input sliders are greyed out so I cant adjust it in there. The mic works fine on any other PC.

Ive installed all the latest M/B drivers, BIOS, Realtek Drivers, etc from the respective websites to no avail. Another thing that happens is loading premiere pro causes the system to reboot you guessed it.. when it gets to loading the WAVE input DLL.

When I disable the audio, it loads fine.

The HD Audio input is selected in the media settings and the Hardware Test comes up ok. (Go Figure)

If Anyone has any ideas or has come across this before please let me know. I think the guys at Realtek are at a loss and haven't responded to my last email.

- N

A:Mic Problem with Realtek HD Audio Input

i have the same problem, did you solve it? If so please post it.

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I'm looking to record both stereo mix and mic in at the same time, but separately. As it stands, this seems impossible. The damn sound manager won't even let me adjust individual volumes. I can record stereo mix, mic or both at the same time, but not separately. I'm sure other people have run into the same problem and I hope they've found a solution. I REALLY don't want to buy a new sound card just to get around this.

A:Realtek HD Audio Input is a mess

you need a sound editor like cooledit

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ive asked this question so many places, and got no help. I'm trying here because well, ive tried everywhere.

heres the problem:

When i am on Skype, or any other program that receives audio from my microphone, if i am listening to something, or a noise pops up randomly (from msn, aim, skype, ect.) it sends it through my microphone. No it's not an echo because I use a headset. What's stranger is if my mic isnt even plugged in, I still get this problem.

some one please help me.

A:problem with my mic with Realtek HD Audio Input

I tried acoustic noise cancellation and noise suppression but both didn't work.

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I am having problems with "Realtek HD Audio input" My audio input devices (mic, TV tuner and other plug in devices) are not working. In the Realtek Audio Manager they are grayed out. I have tried everything and applied some of the fixes I read on the Internet, but the problem remains. Can you help??????? Also have pinnacle PCTV pro 5.5 (no audio while watching TV).

I have Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002
Service Pack 2
Intel Motherboard Desktop Board DQ35JO
2Duo CPU, E4500 @ 2.20 Mhz
Edit/Delete Message

A:Realtek HD audio input Problems

Update XP to Service Pack 3... Reinstall the motherboards chipset drivers

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i cant record anything with Soundforge 9 because off echo.
before i could record for exemple music i made with fruityloops directly to soundforge 9 now it is impossible with the new mainboard and a realtek audio onboard device.
i choose "stereo mix" as source since it is the only possibility to record directly what goes through the soundcard but the sound is echoing and repeats itself.
on my old motherboard i managed to record my music that way now it is impossible.
i still can record youtube for exemples using the windows default recording thingy but since it is limited to 60sec that doesnt quite help me recording myself mixing.
anyone has an idea on how i could fix this so it works normaly again plz ?
plz dont direct me to sony froums, i went there allready and there is nearly no support.

A:Realtek HD audio input problem when trying to record with Sf9

i finaly got it working on quite a weird way :S. i use the asio4all drivers wich results in being now able to record the sound but not being able to hear it afterwards (only in SF9) without switching back the settings evrytime im done with recording.
in audacity i dont have this problem , it records without echo and without switching anything curiosly, only problem is the GUI wich i dont like.
at least i dont have this friggin echo anymore when i record myself.

still looking for a solution without all the switching though

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There are a few threads on this issue, but none of them solved my problem. After refurbishing an ancient PC and re-installing Windows XP (because Win7 just wouldn't work on it) the input side of the Realtek HD Audio Manager refused to record. The slider controls on the input mixer were missing. After reading every forum post on the issue I could find, I explored all the settings in Device Manager, Sounds, and Realtek HD Audio Manager, including re-installing the driver several times, to no avail. "Download the latest driver" goes the mantra. But Realtek had worked fine before the abortive Windows 7 upgrade. I searched for "Realtek HD Audio Manager old version" and downloaded and installed an outdated driver (v2.2). Bingo! The sliders are there on the input mixer, and I can record again. I guess newer is not always better. Thought I would post in case it helps others.

A:Solved! Realtek HD Audio input problem

It would help if you posted what hardware you are using. It does little good to say you installed xxx driver when no one knows what you installed it on.

It is not common [however not unheard of either] for a newer driver to render old hardware either inop or just lose some features.

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hi, i just recently ran into this problem. I am running windows XP sp3, and for some reason my realtek audio jack is not recognizing my plugged in headset. it had been working fine a month prior. Sometimes the headphones on my headset work, sometimes when they do, the sound only comes out of one ear. the same story for the mic part, only it rarely works and whenever i am in a voice chat, the person on the other line can hear my audio, but not my voice.
Please help as this is an issue that i have been looking to resolve for a almost a week.
Edit- I was ment to say that i BOUGHT the headset a month prior, and before that i used a standard mic which worked fine.

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hi all
just a quickie, not realy a problem just not quite sure lol.
i have just bought a new surround sound setup with 3 leads to conect 2 pc.
am i reading this right? the 3 inputs on my mobo are 1xmic 1xheadphone 1xaux.but wen using a surround system they all change 2 inputs for the speakers?
soz 4 being a dumb ass lol. just dont wanna kill anythin

thanx in advance 4 the help folks

A:mobo audio input help

it looks that way - i dunno what you're supposed to do if you want to use the mike whilst gaming in 5.1 - is there not a mike input on the front?

it seems to be a trend amongst hardware designers to double up the 'ports' like that - for instance, on my netbook, the same jack socket is used for headphones and mike. you have to buy a special gizmo if you want to use both at the same time. is it really an economy thing - how much money do they really save by not giving us extra sockets?

don't worry, you shouldn't break or fry anything if you stick it into the wrong hole...

*edit* re-reading your post, you haven't got three inputs? speaker sockets are 'outputs'. maybe i'm being pedantic, but there is an important distinction.

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I recently installed a logitech surround sound system(5 speakers and 1 subwoofer) and I have noticed that my line in isn't producing any sound when I try to play my guitar. I play my electric guitar through the rear line in jack using a program call guitar rig 4. My speakers are using the digital output on the back of my pc.
All together I am trying to play my electric guitar, using the rear line in jack with Guitar Rig 4, through my logitech surround sound using RealTek Audio HD Manager. The problem seems to be between the line in and the RealTek HD Audio Manager because the surround sound works fine with Guitar Rig 4 and any other sound but when i look at my line in volume in the volume mixer and i strum my guitar, the volume doesn't go up. Before installing my logitech system i had 2 normal speakers through which the guitar worked using the line in.
It seems as if the RealTek HD Audio Manager with digital input disables the line in even though I can change settings around on the line in.
Any suggestions? If there are any questions or any way I can make it clearer please tell me.

A:Solved: input Line in not working with RealTek hd audio

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Hello, im Juan from Argentina.
Im having a problem that looks like this one :


Trying to resume it:
My mic records and plays at a VERY low volume + im sending EVERY SOUND like an output, if im using winamp, and im in a call on MSN, the person thats hearing me hears the music, and its like that with every other sound my pc plays. and aaallso... i can only hear the MIC from the LEFT Speaker.

i have an ASUS P5LD2-X mobo...

i tried everything in the topic i refered... but i dont have the Front or Rear Pink in volume settings...
im desperate. Really.

Thnx from Buenos Aires

A:Realtek HD Audio Microphone Problems (ASUS MOBO)

I have an asus P5GC-MX, with the same dodgy Realtek HD Audio. I have had the soft microphone issue since the MB was first used.

Today I tried downloading the drivers from Realtek and installing. I also ran the "MicCal.exe" program, as mentioned in the other thread. There seemed to be no effect. I also enabled the "output" microphone control and switched on mic boost. Still nothing.

But then I restarted the pc, and everything works now! Unfortunately I don't know which action fixed it. But keep trying, you will get it!

Regarding the sounds being recorded, you can mute certain sounds using the recording controls in windows mixer. To access these, go to Options -> Properties and change the mixer device to "Realtek HD Audio Input", enable all the controls, and start playing around

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Recently upgraded a Dell Inspiron 3847 to an SSD and did a clean-install of Windows 7 Home-Premium x64 using Dell media. Post install, I cannot get the audio working. Device manager shows ...
Bluetooth Audio DriverHigh Definition Audio Device (yellow exclamation point)Realtek High Definition AudioI have tried the following to fix:
1. Uninstalling and deleting the driver then re-downloading using Dell Detect 2. Installing the RealTek R282 driver from the RealTek site3. Windows Update does not find the driver if it is uninstalled4. Right click on entry in device manager and letting Windows find it5. Installing it manually from the Dell siteAny help is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.

A:No Audio Post Clean Install. Realtek Audio Driver Installed but High Definition Audio Driver fails every time?

same principle as mentioned here: en.community.dell.com/.../20027104

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It's been a year since I migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7 which I downloaded Realtek HD Audio Manager R2.70 and audio has been working fine except the only issue it didn't come with 'Stereo Mix' preventing capability to record sound direct from the soundcard. It took me 14 months to restore Stereo Mix as each time I was told to update audio drivers I would update HD Audio Manager so what is the difference between these two Realtek ?

I installed Realtek HD Audio Driver R2.72 last night and it restored Stereo Mix which now enables me to record system sound whilst using screen recorders.


A:Difference between Realtek HD Audio Manager & Realtek HD Audio Driver

Quote: Originally Posted by Swiftkidd

It's been a year since I migrated from Windows XP to Windows 7 which I downloaded Realtek HD Audio Manager R2.70 and audio has been working fine except the only issue it didn't come with 'Stereo Mix' preventing capability to record sound direct from the soundcard. It took me 14 months to restore Stereo Mix as each time I was told to update audio drivers I would update HD Audio Manager so what is the difference between these two Realtek ?

I installed Realtek HD Audio Driver R2.72 last night and it restored Stereo Mix which now enables me to record system sound whilst using screen recorders.


Realtek HD Audio Manager is a software driver used on Windows computers. It handles recording and playback of audio programs. It is required for many audio programs to operate.

While Realtek HD Audio Drivers is a tool that allows you to listen to audio in HD on your PC.

Stereo Mix is used to transfer audio that the PC is playing to recording software such as Audacity, so that you can record what you?re hearing.

When one upgrade their OS like in your case from XP to Win7 with the same motherboard and sound card it is always advised & recommended to download the latest soundcard driver, because the only thing that had changed was the operating system.

The advice is not to go to windows for it, but to go to the motherboard manufacturer, because it would be specialised for the system rather than ... Read more

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Help. I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 64bit (on my HP Vista 32 machine). Life is grand! My problems started when I tried to listen to the microphone input through my speakers. The front microphone inputs did not work so I downlaed the Realtek HD Audio Drivers (recently updated) from the realtek site. The inputs now work and I can record from the microphone through the Sound Recorder app in Accessories but can not hear the microphone through the speakers while I am recording. After searching the web I noticed a lot of chatter about setting things up in the Realtek HD Audio Manager. This app does not show up in my control panel. Does anyone know where I can get it (if I really need it). The Realtek site only has the driver download (not the manager). Am I missing something, am I confused, or both?

A:Realtek HD Audio Manager and Realtek Audio Driver

Quote: Originally Posted by NTexan

Help. I recently did a clean install of Windows 7 64bit (on my HP Vista 32 machine). Life is grand! My problems started when I tried to listen to the microphone input through my speakers. The front microphone inputs did not work so I downlaed the Realtek HD Audio Drivers (recently updated) from the realtek site. The inputs now work and I can record from the microphone through the Sound Recorder app in Accessories but can not hear the microphone through the speakers while I am recording. After searching the web I noticed a lot of chatter about setting things up in the Realtek HD Audio Manager. This app does not show up in my control panel. Does anyone know where I can get it (if I really need it). The Realtek site only has the driver download (not the manager). Am I missing something, am I confused, or both?

Welcome to SF!
Realtek HD Control Panel is in the Windows notification area. See image below. I hope I helped!


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Obligatory system specs

Dell Inspiron 1545

OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Cpu: Pentium Dual Core T4400-2.20 GHz

Ram: 3 GB DDR2

Graphics: Intel 4 series express chipset- Integrated

Audio: IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
Microphones do not work. Any microphones.

Occasionally, after a restart, if I open dell webcam central it will make my built in microphone work for a little while but, it then later, randomly seeming, stops working.

I've tested several external microphones and they do not work either. Before you ask, yes I did make sure they were enabled and un-muted, I have also updated the drivers on my sound card. I ran a windows diagnostic test and it said there was nothing wrong with my mic. I have absolutely no idea what the hell is happening.
Here's my DX Diagnostic

System Information
Time of this report: 2/10/2014, 11:52:37
Machine name: NEWPC-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 1545
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A13
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4400 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3032MB RAM
Page File: 2578MB used, 4952MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DP... Read more

A:Input audio doesn't work, output audio does.no obvious solution


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Currently my computer recognizes that there are headphones connected to it(which I have tested on my phone) , the speaker symbol and playback devices shows that the volume is on and active; I have the Realtek driver and the HD Audio Codec; I have tried changing my default devices in "Playback Devices"; both Windows Audio and Multimedia Class Scheduler are on, and yet I have no sound.

On a side note, every time I reinstall the driver it won't detect my speakers until I set it to AC.97 and, unlike the indicator found in "Playback Devices" the volume mixer is inactive even when sounds should be playing.

I've also tried a system restore to before I installed the heat sink, which is before this occurred, and looking around for audio options in my BIOS (M5A78l-M LX Plus, v.1033) to no avail. The only thing I can think of is to format or somehow v.1034 of my BIOS would do anything even though it was released five months ago and I just got this problem... Please help and thank you in advance.

Also, I've already tried virus scanning and chkdisk, if that is at all relevant.

A:No audio... after changing heat sink? (on-board audio, input is ok)

If you have the RealTek audio and "HD Audio Codec" that usually indicates that along with the RealTek you also have the generic Windows installed HD Audio Codec audio sound driver. If that is the case there can be conflicts and the HD Audio Codec needs to be uninstalled so your RealTek can properly operate.

If this is what's happening, go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the HD Audio Codec entry to highlight it and then LEFT click "uninstall". Restart the PC and check to see if the RealTek (and possibly an entry for HDMI audio if you have that) is the only entries in the Device Manager for Sound. The "Speakers" (RealTek) should be set as the default audio playback device in the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel Playback section.

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want to send audio to computer audio system - need diagram for (4 ring ??) jack plug circuit

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Nevermind. Issue resolved. Please close this topic.

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So I've had this problem for a while now, with multiple headsets.
If I'm say, listening to music and on teamspeak or skype at the same time, the audio will kind of muffle, cut out the one ear or the other, and just generally go a little funny. Also sometimes when streaming with xsplit.
I have a Lenovo G560, and the headset I'm currently using is Steelseries Sibera V2, plugged into the audio and mic jacks.
If I have the microphone disabled via sound, the issue still occurs
I don't have this issue with USB headsets.

The devices for the audio are:
Conextant SmartAudio HD (driver:
Intel(R) Display Audio (driver:

Running Windows 7 64 bit.

Please help! I've had this issue for months and it's frustrating me to no end.

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I bought a Presario V6741US Notebook PC in June of 2008 with Windows xp. Everytime I try to record anything, the mics don't detect enough sound to make a decent recording. All the possible settings for mics are turned up all the way. I have the mic boost on, as well, to no avail. I know the mics themselves are not the problem. Neither are the speakers. For instance, I can make IM video calls with no problem. I can sit back and speak normally, and they hear me perfectly. However, when I try to send a voice clip, I get the warning, "your voice clip was not sent because no sound was detected in the recording." It only works if I put my mouth right up to the mic (chin on screen), and then it comes across quietly. I've used "total recorder / high criteria" to transfer recordings to my computer in WAV files, but they were so quiet, I can't turn the volume up loud enough to hear them properly. Recently I transfered some video tapes, via the "honestech VHS to DVD 3.0" with the same lousy sound results. I unistalled and reinstalled the Realtek drivers, but that didn't change a thing. I saw today that this problem has been shared by people at least as far back as 2006. Has anybody solved it?

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I have a Compaq Presario SR2050NX and am having a difficult time getting the microphone and line-in jacks to be recognized by the system audio software. Neither the mic or line-in jacks in the rear or in the front can be controlled by the system software and as a result the mic level is very, very low to the point of not being useful. I need to find a way to enable "HD audio input front" and "HD audio input rear" on this machine.

This system uses the RealTek HD audio manager software and the on board sound is made up of the RealTek ALC888 chip working in partnership with the ATI SB450, from what I read on the MSI site. The motherboard is an MSI RC410-M Rev 1.1 (also known as MS-7173 I think).

When I go into the HD audio manager applet (either through the system tray or the control panel) or when I go into the Windows Control panel Sounds and work with the audio settings, the settings for controlling the line input or the microphone are greyed out. Per the help info on the computer I should be able to go into the RealTek HD Audio manager and select "HD audio input rear" as a source. I cannot. The only option is "line in/ Mic in"

I am running the latest drivers from the Realtek site (R1.51 release in Nov 2006), I know the mic I am plugging in is good. There are no conflicts shown in the Windows hardware devices window. I did a comp[lete uninstall, reboot and fresh install of the drivers.

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A:RealTek HD audio input mic problem - hard problem!

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and I have a problem with sound. When I plug my speakers in front panel I have output audio, but in back panel I don't.

My Audio Manager looks like this, but front panel is enabled and back panel is disabled. It does not recognize back (ANALOG) jack.

I tried with settings in this manager but without success, I cheked Control Panel > Sound and followed instructions but still no sound if speakers is in back panel. What to do?

Sorry for bad english

A:No sound in back audio panel jack - Realtek HD Audio Manager

What is set as the Default Playback Device? If "Digital" or "HDMI" is set as default you will not get any sound from rear audio connections. "Speaker" must be set as Default Playback Device/

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Hello All!!

I have seen similar threads here but my problem is slightly different.
I have ASUS P4S8X-MX which have built in audio of Realtek AC'97 .
I am using Windows XP SP2 for quite a time and everything was fine unless i tried to install an updated driver for my sound. After updating, i got Code 10 error , device cannot start.
I uninstalled the drivers, Restart my PC and then installed my previous version of drivers.
Everything was fine and i can see volume icon in task bar. But when i tried playing an audio file there wasn't any sound. I clicked volume icon to raise it but it was disabled.
I double click it to open Mixer .. there are only 3 options (normally it use to have lot ..wave,speaker,etc..) Now it has only Wave , SW Synth, CD Player.. and No recording device.

I did try re-installing the drivers again and again but no LUCK..

I tried using Drivers Sweeper to remove the tracks .. doing that in Safe Mode and then again Installed Old drivers. It all go well but in the end its same situation with sound disabled.

I don't want to reinstall my Windows , is there any way to fix it ?

One thing i noticed is every time I install drivers the sound manager shows up at task bar but in moments it disappears while the soundman.exe is running in Processes and I can't find it in Control Panel as well (where it use to be) .

Its been 8 hours since I am struggling with that. But No LUCK!

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A:Realtek AC'97 audio - drivers installed properly & services running but no audio

Hi muazzam

Is best to upgrade to SP3 (if only because MS has dropped support for SP2) but can start, for now, looking at your problem while you continue running with SP2

Let's start with these initial steps
1) List any Problem Devices

Make sure all your devices are connected and powered on
Click Start->Run, enter: msinfo32. Click the + sign next to Components to expand it
Click Problem Devices. Anything appear?
If yes, click on it, Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy it, Ctrl-V to paste into next post
2) Generate and attach a DirectX report

click Start->Run, enter dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save to your Desktop
In TechSpot, use the paper clip icon to attach the report. (If you don't see icon you may need to first click Go Advanced)
3) If there were no Problem Devices (step 1 above) then also check on your Windows Audio service if Status=Started and StartupType=Automatic

I'll have a look and we can take it from there

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I finally upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 and almost went back shortly after finding out I could no longer organize or manually arrange my own personal files and/or folders but luckily I discovered an application called 'Folder Options X' which has re-enabled that feature for me so I'm happy to be upgrading .

I'm having a few issue's with my audio playback options. I'm using an audio application called SRS Audio Sandbox Version which doe's work with Windows 7 because when I first installed it was working perfect for a good few weeks time but recently I downloaded Realtek HD Audio Manager 2.57 to enable me to playback audio through my monitor speakers but it seems to have changed my audio setup ?

I have a 5.1 Logitech z906 speakers which take up green, black & yellow ports and my monitor has a green audio jack which I plugged in green and my Logitech's green jack I've plugged into Blue and used Realtek HD Manager to change Blue port to a Line Out option.

It appears to work accept when I do Speaker Playback Test clicking on diagram only left & right speakers playback noise though when I do it with headphones on all speakers playback noise: Left, Right, Center, Sub Rear Left & Rear Right not sure if that's normal ?

Under Sound proprieties my Realtek HD Audio is set as the default playback device in which both my speaker & monitor playback music but I need it to playback through SRS Audio Sandbox so I can manage and adjust the sound but whe... Read more

A:Audio Playback (Default Device Realtek) Knocks Out SRS Audio Sandbox

Reading some users comments on the Sandbox "audio enhancement" most comments are negative about this product. SRS Audio Sandbox - CNET Download.com

If it worked at one time and now does not, have you tried making it the default audio playback device rather than the RealTek? Or have you tried reinstalling it?

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I'm having a strange problem in my HTPC. Audio is coming perfectly fine out from the S/PDIF coaxial output, and it's normally connected only that way to the receiver, but now for other reasons I also need to connect it using a 3.5 mm to a small mixer. So in the sound manager I changed the output to the "Speakers", and in fact the Realtek sound manager detects that a cable is plugged into that output and shows me the dialog where it's selected. Problem is, nothing comes out.

I know it's not the 3.5mm to RCA cable because I plugged in my phone, played some music and I can hear it just fine. But the rear speaker (green) output puts out no sound at all, as I also tested it plugging headphones. On the Sound Windows panel where you can select the playback device I can see the volume level move up and down when I'm playing any media file, as well as in the Volume Mixer. If I switch back to the S/PDIF output and change the input in my receiver, audio is coming just fine.

I haven't tried the front outputs because they are not connected. The motherboard has HD Audio but the case has AC97 connectors, so I never cared to connect them because I don't use them. I know the rear green output worked at some point because I remember having a pair of computer speakers connected to it a few years ago.

This is a Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 (rev. 2.1) motherboard with an AMD 1090T and 16 GB of RAM, with Windows 7 Home Premium. The installation is about two months old wi... Read more

A:Realtek ALC889 audio, audio fine on S/PDIF, nothing from rear output

I found out after a while. In the popup dialog when a cable is plugged in, I had selected "Rear speaker out" mistakenly thinking it was talking about the rear output, not the rear speakers in a 5.1 speaker setting. Changing to "Front speaker out" solved the problem.

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Recently, I started getting problems with my audio on my alienware X51 R2 (I'm on windows 10). After a long time of searching for solutions all over the internet like on forums, I've come to the point where the only possible solution to my problem is using the realtek hd audio manager. The problem is: I can't access it on my alienware device since it is completely replaced by your poor version of it "Alienware Audio" wich does not have any of the options I need. How could I restore the original version of this software or at least disable the alienware audio version?

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Hey guys.I've been using Skype for about a month and it's worked great. But a week or so ago, my sound settings got messed up. Now when I call people, they hear my voice very softly but they can hear the sounds on my computer (for example music I'm playing). My computer sounds can be heard even when my mic is unplugged.This might have something to do with installing Audacity and changing the recording settings.My sound card says High Definition Audio, which I assume means built in. Motherboard: M4A785TO-V EVOI know it's not a microphone problem because the sound levels in the Setup a Mic wizard look rightWhat I've tried so far:System RestoreUninstalling and reinstalling sound drivers.Turning mic volume higher on Skype (maximum)Some old threads I read give some solutions for Windows XP. Exactly what is being described here:http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=62556Thanks for any help,The Panda

A:Audio Input (Microphone) mixed with Computer Audio.


Somehow this fixed itself when I plugged in another mic, then put the old one back .

What's strange is that my computer sounds are no longer heard. I didn't touch any settings.

With Regards,
The Panda

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I think my question is this: how do I set up VSX-1124 (a Pioneer AVR) in Control Panel/Sound and Hardware/Sound so that its driver is Realtek HD Audio and not the Intel Display Audio one?

In Device Manager under Sound, Video and game controllers, I have two sound card drivers, Realtek High Definition and Intel Display Audio. I don't understand how Realtek High Definition Audio drivers work in relation to the Intel Display Audio drivers. If I go to Control Panel/Hardware and Sound/Sound then Playback, there are four options, as you can see from the picture below.

I'm guessing that if I choose the receiver as my default device that I'm using the Intel Display Audio drivers and any of the other three options that I'm using the Realtek drivers. Is this correct? If the receiver is the default device, everything works fine; I get sound from sites like cnn.com and I can listen to internet radio, etc. However, if Speakers are the default device, I don't get sound. Is this normal? If so, what's the reason for having Realtek? If it isn't normal, will I notice a difference if I use the Realtek drivers? If I would see/hear a difference, how do I get them to work?

A:Realtek High Definition Audio and Intel Display Audio

The RealTek is for the regular PC sound. The Intel Display Audio is for HDMI sound. If an HDMI cable is plugged in Windows will automatically default to the HDMI as the "default playback device". If you have an HDMI cable plugged in and want the PC sound you must manually change the playback device. If you want both HDMI and PC audio, you can't have that as Windows will only allow one default audio playback device.

Does this answer the question?

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This is a problem that just started after having my drive wiped and OS re-installed.

Sound plays quite loudly when played through virtually anything; media players, Youtube, Firefox and Internet Explorer, anything. Yet the sounds from certain video games are extremely low in volume, which has never happened to me before.

Also worth noting: At seemingly random intervals, certain sounds in the games would play at full volume.

Attaching my DxDiag

One thing I noticed is that in the Playback devices, the stereo mix always picks up sounds louder than the speakers play out, unsure if this is related at all.

Also not sure if it's related or relevant, but my original system had the hard drives set on IDE, but now they're both set on AHCI

EDIT: I think I've solved it. It was just a matter of turning on Loudness Equalization. Leaving it open because I wanna know if this is indeed the issue or just a quickfix.

A:RealTek audio loud, in-game audio sharply muted

I doubt that the loudness is the correct "fix" since the sound is OK except in games. Many games have an option for the sound level and can be adjusted in the game setup. Others use MIDI to generate the sounds.

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Can someone please help me try and figure out why my audio isnt working the way is should be?

Playing a blu ray disc (Tron Legacy) using PowerDVD 11 and there is no sound from the side speakers.

On the weekend I hooked up my next door nieghbours PS3 and it played all 8 channels perfectly.

I have been trying to figure this out for 6 weeks now and I am not getting anywhere at all.

A:Audio Problem - 5.1 & 7.1 channel not working with Realtek HD audio & ATI HD4670

Does this only Happen in PowerDVD 11? Have you tried Windows Media centre?


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Hey Guys,

So here it goes, I normally have my Logitech z-5500 speakers connected to the onboard sound output (green,yellow and black) as well as my Plantronics 780 connected to the front panel USB port. I used to be able to play music through any one without any problems, just had to select which one I wanted as my default playback device.

Now my problem is, I get audio fine through the 780, but I get no sound what so ever from any of the onboard ports. I have searched online for hours trying all the suggested solutions(check below) but I'm hoping its not a device failure =(

What's weird is that just like all other posts I've read, when I plug anything into the onboard jacks I get the speakers as connected and the audio level moves with sound..but I get no output from my speakers.
What I have tested:

1) removing and reinstalling audio drivers from Asus website. - no luck
2) trying a headphone in the different jacks to see if any would give audio - no luck
3) went into the BIOS made sure I was up to date and the sound device was enabled - no luck
I can post screenshots of anything that may help in trying to resolve this problem and would appreciate anyone assisting me.
Thank you.

A:No sound from onboard audio (Realtek High Defition Audio)

Ravir mate do yourself a favour and install a sound card I have the exact same board and I fitted an Asus Xonar DG after spending a load of time trying to make sense of the Asus site, RealTek site and the Windows feature which are all a crock of crap.
The GUI for the Xonar card is great for sound (up to 7:1 support) and effects and mixing. Best of all it is cheap. I have them in three of my machines and would not be bothered with the onboard rubbish. Sound Cards and Digital-to-Analog Converters - Xonar DG - ASUS

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Hello XPS Owners

Some help please i have my new dell xps l702x and the QuickSet cant launch waves audio maxx... I already reinstalled QuickSet and works, but when i restart my xps waves maxx audio touch key dont work :(  I already try with official dell drivers, realtek official last driver and the problem continue... I have to run manually the Dell Audio(Realtek waves maxx audio) and the icon appear in notification system tray (rigth down corner) i check msconfig-startup and the realtek procces are enable... Every time i turn on my computer i have to manually run Dell Audio as administrator and the screen of Audio Dell by Realtek appear :(

Any ideas or a guide to solve this problem... I paid $2400 for a system with that kind of problems(basic drivers)

So bad :( and fan start everytime doing normal stuff when gaming it gets hot i hope its normall but i will need thermal paste in my left arm...

I search al lot but cant find a solution only, i try drivers but the problem continues...

Please help me and sorry for my english :)


A:QuickSet And Dell Audio by Realtek (Waves Maxx Audio) Fix


Did you recently install/reinstall the operating system?

Start, control panel, Windows mobility center. Make sure the function row is set for multimedia key.


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I have several computers of differents (HP, Toshiba, etc) and It happens the same problem. The audio device has an exclamation mark in Device Manager.

I think this problem is caused by some update windows. My OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits .

Does anyone know what Windows Update should be uninstalled ?

Thank You.

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I have had this Inspiron 15 7559 laptop for over a year now and the audio has been fine, besides the odd crackle or pop here and there. However, after a Windows update, the audio has since become "muffled" whenever I try to watch youtube or movies, listen to spotify, or play any games. It's like the sound is very distant or like it was being played underwater, if that makes any sense. From what I can tell, Windows notification sounds appear to be unaffected. Audio works fine when I use headphones.
I have seen frequent directions on this forum to open the Device Manager and expand the "Sound, Video & Game Controllers" section, then right clicking on "Realtek High Definition Audio". But I do not see that present there, instead I see "Intel Display Audio", "NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM), and "Realtek Audio" (unless this one qualifies?).
I am not sure whether I have made things more difficult trying other solutions posted on this forum and other troubleshooting forums, which has resulted in the Realtek High Definition Audio" disappearing or something.
In any case, I'm at my wits end here and would greatly appreciate any directions you can give me to find a solution to this problem.

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Hello, my friend recently got a new computer and ever since he got it he has been getting an annoying problem with recording audio. His old computer was about 4 years old and had Realtek AC,97.But now his new computer will not work on anything other than Realtek High Definition Drivers. He really hates it because he cannot record audio anymore or use his microphone.Let me explain what is happening for him, He downloaded fraps and got into Half-Life 1 to see if everything was working, sadly it was not. Everything was very loud and distorted, something like this: . But a little less loud...He was able to fix it but now all he gets is an annoying muffled audio track every time he records.He messed around with settings for about 2 weeks, He has also tried it with both Fraps and xFire with same results. It's not the programs its his drivers or audio settings.He has tried to uninstall the HD drivers and install AC,97, but his computer refuses to accept that. He is very tired of it and desperate for help.Here are his audio settings: His computer specs are (If they really matter):Os: windows Xp Home editionCpu: Amd Athlon 7850 Dual core processor2.80 GHZ, 3.25 GB of RAM (He actually has 6, hopefully nothing is corrupt)Motherboard: JetwayVideo card: Ati Radeon 4850Please help him, He loves making videos!

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As my title suggests, whenever I listen to music, play games, and so one, my sound is horrible. I want to know if there is some way to set everything to default, or is there some other method of fixing this?

It's a pain, because I personally can not play games with this kind of sound, and no, it is not my speakers, because my headset does it too.. So if you guys could help, I'd appreciate it.

A:Getting a horrible muffled sound with my audio!

Try re-installing the audio driver or get the newest driver.

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My system specs are on my profile.

My integrated audio is: Realtek ALC898

I have used both the R2.71 driver from Realtek directly and Realtek High Definition Audio Driver from MSI both are the latest drivers available for Windows 8 64bit.

When playing music from any media player WMP, VLC, Winamp, etc.. The vocals are very muffled and the bass is way too high.

I have no options of lowering the bass. Changing the Equalizer in the Realtek HD Audio Manager to Treble helps out a little making vocals a tad clearer and dropping the bass.

My speaker system is a Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary.

I did not have these issues on Windows 7 64bit. Only experienced the problem on Windows 8.

Any suggestions or ideas?? I am running out of hope! I would prefer not to have to downgrade or get a dedicated sound card.

A:Audio Muffled & Bass too High

Win 8 uses the same drivers as Win 7 and should work the same.

What is "Altec Lansing 2.1 external speaker set using auxiliary"? You should be connecting the speaker system to the GREEN speaker jack only.

Do you have any Sound Effects enabled (in the RealTek HD Audio Manager)? Disable any if you do.

Did you install the Intel motherboard chipset drivers? The drivers need installed for proper operation, as one of the main things the drivers do is properly identify all the devices on the motherboard.

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I'm gonna try and lay out my problem very simply, and then tell you what I have tried/done.

PROBLEM: When I plug in Headphones, I can not hear anything, and in the playback devices, nothing is shown to be plugged in. This goes the same for my other audio device which is a bose sound dock (for ipod but I connect using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable)

Okay, so here goes. When I first build the system and installed windows, i wasn't thinking much of the sound as i was installing updates and video card drivers and what-not. I did, at some point, connect the bose to the computer using the 3.5mm jack on the front panel of the computer. It worked fine, I heard the little sounds the computer makes when logging on. Since then I have had troubles with my network card and ran windows update and various other things.

Now no sound works at all. When I realized this I tried:
-Changing the actual front panel cable that is connected to the mobo from hd audio to ac 97 (and changing the setting in the bios)
-Searched for many hours online trying many different solutions such as:
-updating drivers
-rolling back drivers

Other things i've tried:
-system restore
-update bios
-install audio drivers from mobo disc

I have moved past being extremely frustrated and I now just dont know what else to do.

I would greatly appreciate any feedback what so ever :)
Ask me any questions you want

A:Realtek HD Audio/Motherboard Not recognizing any Audio Devices.

Try this.


Then this.

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(Not sure if I am posting in the right place, move me if necessary)
Hello BleepingComputer
I just upgraded my computer a few days ago, and I am having problems with the Front Jack Audio/Headphone.
Normally, I set my Headphone to run simultaneous with my Speaker with Realtek HD audi/Stereo Nix (Disable Front Jack Detection and vice versa), and I could change the volume on both devices separately.
But since I changed the motherboard, when I have realtek installed, it doesn't have the Headphone setting in Sound/Playback.
The headphone work perfectly, but its linked to the Speaker's volume, which is really annoying.
Also, the Realtek layout changed from the last one I got, and doesn't have the "Disable Front Jack Detection" option.
(Picture: http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac232/notyellowasian11/Untitled-1_zps2242cdba.jpg)
So far, I have tired..
Installing an older version of Realtek driver;
Changing the audio setting in the BIOs (HD or AC97)
Changing the audio connector on the MOBO (Hd or AC97)
Tried multiple compinations with Realtek HD audio manager settings.
Cleaned every plugs/jacks related on that.
So far, I couldn't been able to get the Headphone tag at all when Realtek is installed.
Thanks !
Here's my spec:
Audio: Realtek ALC887 (MOBO default)
CPU: Intel Core i&-3770k 3.50Hz
RAM: 2x 8 GB DDR3 Corsair
GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512 MB
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
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A:Headphone/Front Jack Audio w/ Realtek HD Audio

could try ....
Control Pane>View by category>Hardware and Sound>Manage Audio Devices>(select device)>configure
It's  a long shot, I know. Just putting it out there.

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The issue:
With realtek drivers from either realtek OR the Asus site, I get audio pops/thumps anytime audio is played from idle. Windows navigation's "click" noise turns into a super short "tick" After 10 seconds idle, it's a louder "tick", and when an audio channel is kept open, stuff sounds normal. Even opening a webpage that opens an audio channel makes a nasty crunch sound.

I am on the new ROG Asus Hero Alpha with a 6700k, stock settings in BIOS.

5.1 speakers I am using:

Amazon.com: Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506: Electronics....

Also used my previous builds speakers that never had any issues (good ol' dell):

*Windows default audio drivers work 100% normal*

This forum also describes my issue:

I have done the following:

Stock BIOS
Updated BIOS
Don't even have my GPU in yet, but that works fine and doesn't change anything
Tried multiple drivers, each time clean uninstall/install
Reformatted countless times
Removed all interference/wireless stuff
Used previous builds PSU and 2 new ones
Swapped all components muliple times
Used different outlets/plugged all into same surge protector strip / tried different surge protector strips
Tried many different drivers/MEI code updates from intel from their own site
Playing with all audio settings / volume levels
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My internal speakers seem to work fine but I can't get the sound to go into my headphones when I plug in my headphones. Is there a way how to fix this?

A:Problem with the Headphone Audio Jack with realtek HD audio

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