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Realtek ac97 audio - poor quality sound

Q: Realtek ac97 audio - poor quality sound


I have a Toshiba satelite A30 with a Realtek ac97 audio device.
The audio has been working fine for a few years now, but has recently been producing poor quality sound, like it is saturated.
I have been playing with sound volume, have reinstalled the latest drivers as well as the latest version of directX, but still experience the same problem.
I have also checked if there was a hardware conflict, but nothing shows...

can it be that the hardware is damaged, and i need to buy an external sound card or can this be solved otherwise?

thanks for anyone's help.


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A: Realtek ac97 audio - poor quality sound

impossible to buy an external sound card for a laptop. Did you recently update any software or drivers?

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I have a Realtek AC97 Audio soundcard, and am running Windows XP.

One minute my sound is fine, I go and do something (answer some emails, say) and then there are no sounds. This affects MediaPlayer, MSN Messenger, other websites, everything.

A restart usually solves the problem - until the next time!

Anyone got any theories? (I tried updating the driver, but it tells me I already have the latest.)

A:Solved: Sound on & off with Realtek AC97 Audio

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Windows 7 64-bit I'm using an AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor My audio is working, but I'm getting "popping" noises every 15-30 seconds and it's really bothering me. I updated to the latest driver for Realtek AC'97 and I insalled the Realtek HD Audio drivers, but only the AC'97 shows up in the device manager. When I got to add/remove programs, it shows that HD Audio can be uninstalled, but I don't know if that means it's working. From reading around on the internet, some people said the HD Audio driver solved their problem, but I'm not sure if mine is actually working or not. I don't know much about computers, so please spell things out explicitly for me so I can just follow directions.

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Or, does anyone know how to find out the answer to this. I want to know for gamnig purposes. I'm trying to install Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, and it gets to about 80% installed and then stops. Looking at the requirements, this is the only thing I can think of that might be a problem. Any advice? Thx.

A:Is RealTek AC97 audio 16-bit sound blaster compatible?

There are very few games that actually require a soundcard and the installer would most certainly tell you if it didn't find the needed hardware.

Try some basic things like disabling any antivirus programs, copying the CD contents to the hard drive and installing from there, installing in safe mode.

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My audio sounds slightly distorted (especially the high frequencies) while listening to MP3's at a normal listening volume. (and thereís some air noise, only when a song is playing)

A) The Source CD had copy guard protection, which distorts sound quality when transferred to a computer.

B) The songs were recorded at too low of a quality, because the person who made them was frugal with HDD space.

C) The sound card is of poor quality, and isn't "rendering" the sounds correctly.
If "C" is correct as I suspect, what sound card would you recommend?

I listen to Music, and watch DVD's on my system. I'm not really into gamming. I'm looking for high quality, and willing to pay a little more for it.

I would like Dolby 5.1 SS support.

I have heard that Audiogy (SP?) is pretty good.... thereís like 8 different grades of it though, so Iím a bit unsure of which is right for me.

Any help is greatly appreciated as usual.

A:Poor audio quality - Is it the sound card?

You probably can't go wrong with the Audigy cards or any of the middle to top end Sound Blasters. The cheaper SB's give distortions- that you may be experieincing- on some mother boards. I have a little machine in the bed room with one in there and the voices sound like robots many times.

Check out Turtle Beach. They have good cards for a little money and the sound control software is pretty cool. They usually ship with mixers and custom stuff in the software bundle. I have a old Quadzilla 2 in the game machine here and it's still kicking. This one doesn't do surround sound from the CD player but the new ones do. My neighbors can hear Godsmack from across the street when I wind this one up.

Bottom line. Stay with the well known sound guys and you should do ok without having to hire a research team to compare products. Be willing to drop a couple hundred geeta on a card and you'll be in business.

Don't forget to have good speakers.

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Hi All

i am at the end of my tether with this machine. the sound quality is terrible. the only way i can hear anything is if i am in a silent room and then its difficult to hear. i bought the laptop brandnew so i doubt its the speakers as the sound as always been this bad. i have updated my drivers and still my audio is woeful. please help!



A:poor sound quality Lenovo Ideapad Conexant Audio HD

Originally Posted by mightycee79

Hi All

i am at the end of my tether with this machine. the sound quality is terrible. the only way i can hear anything is if i am in a silent room and then its difficult to hear. i bought the laptop brandnew so i doubt its the speakers as the sound as always been this bad. i have updated my drivers and still my audio is woeful. please help!



Welcome to the forums, you could try installing Dolby Home Theatre 4, installation instructions are in this link:https://forums.lenovo.com/lnv/attach...eater%20v4.pdf

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HP ENVY TouchSmart 17-j160nr Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR)Model #: E8A06UAWhen Windows was giving a free Windows 10 upgrade from 8, I upgraded.Since then, I have had very low sound from only the front speakers near my wrists, and low quality like they are from a really old game boy.Beats Audio does not work, and there are no drivers for it.I have scoured the internet for a solution to my problem, but I have not found one. I have checked every other week researching. I've been in the properties and drivers, I even did a Windows Update at the time of installation and have kept it current to see if there is a fix; to no avail! HP Doesn't find any updated drivers for my computer for audio. Beats Audio has no software or drivers for my computer either.Again, I have not found the same problem with a solution. None have worked so far!Please help

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Hello guys! In the other forum that I do participate, I found a tutorial about the Realtek HD Audio (RHDA) chipsets. Making the long history short, all RHDA have a paid driver for the Gigabyte mobos that makes then emulate a X-Fi sound card. Of curse, it is not a quality of a real X-Fi, but I could see a small change in the sound quality.

The original post:
Apr 24, 2009
Realtek (R2.22) / VIA HD Audio driver for X-Fi MB Software
Can't believe how stupid some people are.

X-Fi MB is much like a Winamp audio enhancement plug-in and provides better effects than Realtek. It does improve your sound experience.

However, this is not a hardware upgrade, does not improve RMAA tests and won't make the built-in DACs better.

Don't you believe me? Get a loopback cable, disable all effects, configure the mixer accordingly and do the tests yourself.

If you still cannot understand this, sorry for you. Some people are so easy to cheat.

Read reviews, learn and (maybe) some day you'll understand.

Finally, the X-Fi MB costs $30, way expensive for an audio plugin.

For $35 @ Newegg, you can buy an Audigy SE and enjoy incredibly better sound than a codec can provide.

EDIT, for a good laugh:

Mussels, Aussie Moderator @ TPU Forums:

"Yes its true it wont do any hardware changes or any big upgrades... but if you're changing the sound profile via EQ's and the equaliser, i'm sure the RMAA results would change somewhat."

OMG! LOL! Do you even know what RMAA is for?

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A:Improve Realtek HD Audio Sound Quality!

The link doesn't works:

Please read all the docs at http://audio.rightmark.org/download.shtml.

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Hello, I am looking for help.The speakers have deteriorated after upgrading drivers from the Lenovo website.Does anyone know how to undo this update?

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When I type dxdiag in run and look at the Sounds tab, my RealTek AC97 Audio is v5.10.0000.5750 and dated 2004. So I guess it's out of date right? Where can I download the latest one? (I have googled it but unsure what is the correct one to download).

A:RealTek AC97 Audio

try this...www.majorgeeks.com/Realtek_AC97_Drivers_d4400. This should give you the drivers you need.

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I'm having an issue I've had before, and found the resolution for... But can't find it again.

Symptoms: Flash programs, like the sound for the MMO I tried logging into, and the part of an online job application that has a "play" button to listen to a scenario then answer the questions from what you heard... won't play. Problem wasn't there lasntight, it's there today. Winamp, etc. will still play audio. System sounds won't play. Alert sounds used to play a chime but now play the alert tone from the pc.

All drivers are updated and correct. This is a setting somewhere that needs to be fixed, I just don't remember what setting. Some people with this problem report that it fixed itself after a while, but I don't have time to sit and count on that.

I know a new piece of hardware won't fix it... It's an issue in the computer settings somewhere.

Steps taken:
Originally when I went to device manager it showed everything as working.
Down in the system tray I had the volume icon, but when I tried to left click, nothing happened.
When I went to right click>open volume controls, it gave an error saying there were no mixing devices.
Checked that realtek is set to mixing, and checked all drivers.
Went into control panel>sounds and audio devices: no audio device, and no option to set one as default.
I went into services.msc and audio's set to automatic already.
I disabled th... Read more

A:Realtek ac97 audio issue - No Audio Device

Go to the motherboards support site, under your model and operating system. Download the audio driver and install it once more

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Does anyone know where I can download a driver for my realtek AC97 audio card? I can't find one



A:Driver for realtek AC97 audio

Hi amplid

Try this.

Download REALTEK Sound Card drivers - Softpedia

Hope it helps!

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i have recently built my own computer with this audio built into my motherboard. i have all the updated drivers but i experience very choppy and skippy audio, i DO have audio though, it just studders. the audio will play for a few seconds and then skip. any help is appreciated. oh and here are my specs, amd 3700+, 2 gigs of ram, bfg 7800gt, and a biostar tforce4SLI mobo.

A:another realtek ac97 audio question

Maybe you have too many other programs running,that are using up your memory/CPU ?
Although looking at your specs that should not be a problem.

These could be legit programs or spyware programs.

Go into msconfig/start up and uncheck everything except firewall/AV

Look in the Task Manager and see if anything is running that doesn`t need to be running.
On most people`s PCs,that`s at least half of them.

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Hi friends,

Well, i have a new computer, i pluged in correctly my mixer to the line in and out on the one hand and to my receiver on the other hand, when i try to record with cool edit pro ( adobe audition) i can record without any problems on one track. But when i try to record a second track all what was oin track one is also recorded on track 2 .
Why does track 1 get recorded on track 2 when I try to listen and record at the same time in Cool Edit Pro?
my sound card is the basic one from windows ( realtek AC97 audio problem )
when i go in the options of the soundcard, in the record section, i can only choose from the list stereo mix or SPDIF . I think that if it stays on the stereo mix this is the reason why it record everything...

Please help

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Hi All,

I've just joined and need to update my profile with my hardware details but for the moment I'll just say it's in relation to my A-Bit motherboard and the Realtek AC97 on board audio.

When trying to capture audio streams from Monty Python's Holy Grail (Camelot song) I noticed that there is only what can be described as a "wee-woo"in in the background.

Usually this noise is un-noticable but increasing the volume and editing the wave causes this to become really prominent.

Can anyone tell me if this is a standard problem with the onboard sound or if this is something I can resolve by updating the drivers?

Hope someone can help as it's really annoying.


A:Realtek AC97 Audio (Onboard)

How are you trying to record the sounds. By plugging the output into the microphone on your sound card or are you using some software.

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I just installed a new GPU Radeon HD2600PRO, and now I have no audio.

Windows XP pops up with the New Hardware Found Wizard and fails to install drivers for it using both options to install automatically and manually. Tried installing the drivers from the Realtek site and also tried the drivers on the HP website. Uninstalled the Unknown PCI device in device Manager and scanned for new hardware, still shows unknown PCI device.

The PC is an HP model a1118x (Athlon XP 3300) running XP Home. Any thoughts on why a new AGP card would kill onboard audio?

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Have nice day everyone, I work whit a windows XP operating system mi problem is that when I use my headset the microphone sound realy low even when I put the max vol in the audio options but I can't set the advanced options (it's just grey I can't ckicl on it) even when I use the advanced options for the audio it's locked, I have installed AC 97 realtek and searching the web I found that maybe it's my "driver", what can I do in this case, 'cause my mic is ok, everything sounds great but in a conversation my sound is just to low and no one can hear me, please help; and thanks for your time.

A:realtek ac97 audio problem

Did you try updating your sound card driver?

You may want to have a look at this thread for more info on sound problems.

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I have a Realtek AC97 Audio Sound card. It came in a package with the mainboard etc. I installed the driver and the sound seemed to work fine, when I was not actually making the computer "think". But when i started a game or any other program where the computer had to do alot of loading and processing to do, it started lagging. It sounded as if I am talking to someone over my cellphone, and I am in an area with low connection, so that i only hear bits and bobs from what is being said. The only difference is that I do here everything but in a sort of cut to pieces slow motion sound.
I tried updating the Sound card's driver, it made it a little worse, so i rolled it back. I checked on the Soltek website (producer of my mainboard and soundcard) (www.soltek.com.tw). There it said that i'd have to update the Bios because there was a problem with the Bios and Windows XP Service pack 2, and that that will fix it. I don't know that much bout the BIOS and I don't know what it has to do with the Soundcard but, when i start up my computer it says BIOS is not installed. So i tried to update it, but that only works in DOS. But in DOS, my Harddrives don't get recognized, so i sit there with my little floppy, with the files on it, but not able to update the BIOS, because it tells me error 3 missing file.

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My friend did a redo of her pc and their is no sound. I see a Avermedia Multimedia Controller and a Realtek AC97 Audio Controller, is one of these causing a conflict why there is no audio? We've tried downloading the driver but it keeps asking for a cd? Help someone?????

A:Realtek AC97 Audio Controller

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Audio keeps failing, but I can reactivate it by disabling and enabling. It doesn't fail all at once. The sound gets crackly and then, over several minutes it fails completely.

Toshiba Satellita A35-A159. XP Home with all upgrades and service packs. Careful about viruses, malware, etc. Recently purchased and ran Advanced System Optimizer 3 to try to fix the problem. 2008 Realtek driver installed.

Any ideas welcome.


A:Realtek AC97 audio problem

This is the best I could do with the computer number you gave.
Web Site for Toshiba sound problems.

Windows Media Player 11 download.

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To put it bluntly my sound has stopped working.
I have made no changes to my computer.

I am useing realtek ac97 audio. My computer tells me that the drivers are missing or corupt. I have tried everything. I have reinstalled it, I have run maintenance on it, and I have downloaded and updated the drivers and still the same problem.
I have also restored the my computer to factory defaults.

I know the problems not the hardware as i have checked it.

Any idea on how to fix this ?


Also when i run a diagnostics i get
Hardware Detection: PASS
Wave: FAIL
Midi: FAIL
DirectSound 3D: FAIL
Soundfont: FAIL
Mixer Settings: FAIL

A:Realtek AC97 audio pains

What's your computer make/model (or motherboard make/model)? Your version of Windows and Service Pack level?
First 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, then Edit->Select All, Edit->Copy Paste into next post


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I installed a new Radeon HD2600PRO (512MB) yesterday, and ever since I booted up with the GPU, I have had no Audio.

Windows XP pops up with the New Hardware Found Wizard and fails to install drivers for it using both options to install automatically and manually. Tried installing the drivers from the Realtek site and also tried the drivers on the HP website. Uninstalled the Unknown PCI device in device Manager and scanned for new hardware, still shows unknown PCI device.

The PC is an HP model a1118x (Athlon XP 3300) running XP Home. Any thoughts on why a new AGP card would kill onboard audio?

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I installed this HD Windows XP Pro by repairing via "R" previously used on another old Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo with SoundMAX audio.

However, one soundMAx leftover folder cannot be deleted “access denied” as SoundMAX was not properly uninstalled before setting automatically Realtek AC97. This undeleted folder, I believe, maybe causing the automatically installed Realtek AC97 not to produce any sound despite being properly setup with the latest driver
In Command Prompt the file is visible as <DIR> soundMAX and as Administrator I cannot delete it. Even by running Registry Mechanics of PCTools have still no sound from my speakers.
Thank you for any advice, solution or else.

cheers from UK!

A:NO sound on Realtek AC97 f

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So yesterday I installed windows vista onto my computer (there was no OS on it before) but there is no sound my speakers are plugged in and I can see the sound thing jumping there's just no sound I have tried uninstalling and installing the drivers again but no luck I also tried the microsoft audio repair thing but it's still not working anyone know how to fix this?

A:Realtek AC97 no sound?

I switched out a cord and now headphones will work but the speaker still wont

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Problem: No sound. Uninstalled ITUNES. Works, but now there is VERY LOW SOUND. Drivers Up to Date, all volume control's are max'd.
Diagnostic says working fine.
What do i do??
Realtek AC97 Audio, Toshiba tecra a3, XP - 2002 - Service Pack 3.

A:Very Low Sound<<<Realtek AC97

Uninstall the drivers if they are listed in Add and Remove Programs. Remove/delete the sound card in Device Manager. Reboot, Windows should find and install the drivers. You can then DL and install the latest drivers available.

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Using AMD Athlon(tm) XP2400 with XP Home and all updates. Previously was using 2000 Professional NT. After switching to new install of XP Home, I have no sound. Need to know which driver to load and where to get it. Audio Driver Ver, Direct X9.0c, audio Controller Sis(7012) working properly with 2000 Professional. Message for sound is "This device is cannot start"(Code10) Need Help

A:Realtek AC97 No Sound

You need the motherboard drivers ( which include sound)
Go to the motherboard makers website and download the drivers

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as i said above have this as my built in sound card all drivers are installed and up to date all volume dials ect are up to the full but im not getting any sound!
all help apreciated thx

A:realtek ac97 no sound

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Hello, I have been struggling with this problem for awhile and can't fix it. My speaker will not play sound.

But, when I open the config. program for it called "Multi-Channel Audio Configuration"... and go to connector sensing (where it shows headphone, line in and microphone connectors)...and hit the start button to test for anything that is connected, i hear the song that is playing in another window.

I have no idea what is wrong.

All i can think of is that another audio driver (i think*) is activated and this one (the right one) only activates when I test.

Any help???



A:No sound with XP, Realtek AC97 help PLEASE


First,check all the relevant volume controls are up and not muted.

There are several of them hiding in various places.

Failing that download the drivers HERE and see if they improve anything.

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I have an integrated Realtek AC97 soundcard on my Acer Aspire 3000 (motherboard chipset SiSM760GX) laptop running Windows XP. Sometime in the last 3 months, some problems started occuring with the soundcard. When I play any audio (streaming/mp3/etc), the sounds starts to distort and crackle after a few minutes. Eventually, the audio 'slows down' as if the audio is running at half speed. These both happen intermittently. The effect is present on the onboard speakers, headphones, external speakers.

I've updated the audio driver and video driver, tried uninstalling and reinstalling the audio and video card, slowing down hardware acceleration, but nothing seems to work. I have a feeling something happened after a Windows XP update a few months ago.

Here's some info on the AC97 Configuration:
Driver Version:
DirectX Version: 9.0c
Audio Controller: SiS(7012)
AC97 Codec: ALC203
Any ideas???

A:Weird Audio Problems With Realtek AC97 -- Please Help!

When you installed the new Drivers, did you uninstall the old ones, reboot, then install the new?

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Hi. I am new here and have not been able to resolve my problem by looking elsewhere. Could you guys please help me? My problem is everytime my computer reboots..I have to re-install the audio driver. I have my computer set to update automatically at 3:00 am and when I get up in the morning it has rebooted and I have no sound.

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I recently installed the program Mp3MyMp3 and afterwards I noticed that the sound coming from my speakers appears to sound as if it is coming from far away. I went into Sound and Audio Devices under the Control Panel, but anything that I did, did not seem to help. I was hoping somebody would be able to tell me what is wrong and how to fix it.

A:Trouble with Realtek AC97 audio device

Is there a Realtek option in the control panel (you might need to switch to 'classic view')? Check in there and disable any special effects that are turned on.

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I have a problem with my volume on my microphone, it's very low. I can only hear anything if I blow directly into the mic, or shout very loud. No matter what settings I change the volume does not get any louder. Altered all the settings including mic boost but still it doesn't work properly. Any ideas?

A:Realtek AC97 audio low microphone volume

Could just be a lousy microphone.
Have you tried the microphone on a different computer or tried a different microphone?
Would try this first since it would at least give you an idea if the problem is the microphone or a computer sound issue.

Would also check to see if there are updated drivers for the Realtek AC97 at your computer manufacturer's site.

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Umm as title says. How I can find out which driver is for my pc.. ac97 or hd audio codec..

A:Solved: Realtek AC97 or HD audio Codec?

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Hello fine people of the Windows 7 forums I am in need of help. You see when repartitioning my hardrive for the windows 7 install windows xp exploded, however I was not fazed by that due the fact all my data was on a external hardrive. So instead of trying to recover windows XP I simply reformatted the entire hardrive and installed windows 7 with no problems.
However now I have problem. I have no sound. Windows 7 keeps insisting that my onboard RealTek AC97 isn't installed and no update seems to be fixing this issue. And I can't seem to install drivers, or at the very least I am doing terribly wrong because I can't even seem to find the option for such things. So my request here now is, how the blazes do I go about fixing this problem?

A:No Audio Deviced Installed. RealTek AC97


Do you have the drivers for win 7 or vista? If not you can get them here Realtek
It should work after you install the correct driver (32 bit or 64)
hope this helps somewhat

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Hi there,

I have a problem with my volume on my microphone, it's very low. I can only hear anything if I blow directly into the mic, or shout very loud. No matter what settings I change the volume does not get any louder. Altered all the settings including mic boost but still it doesn't work properly. Any ideas?

Cheers, Adam

A:Realtek AC97 Audio Low Microphone Volume

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hi guys, new here and is my first post,
so i have a dell comp, with a realtek ac97 onboard sound card, now running windows 7, but have no sound coming from pc.
have uninstalled sound drivers and reinstalled new ones, have done this 3 times now, but still no sound,
finally i have sound going to my head phones but still no sound coming from the on board speakers.
I do not have any desk top speakers as very short of room, and wife would flip in bed room lol.
any suggestions.

A:realtek ac97, onboard sound

If you are using your headphones, the pc speakers will not work... if you unplug your headphones, do you get sound??

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hi everyone

I've got a realtek ac97 sound card. sometimes it works fine for days but then it will only produce sound from 1 speaker for days. I've reinstall the latest drivers and codecs. and its not the speakers or wires as I've tried them with other equipment. please can any one help!!!

A:realtek ac97 sound only from 1 speaker

Are you running vista?

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I cant hear sound from my computer and have recently formatted it. All the volume setings are turned up, everything is correctly connected and the speakers are functional.

Operating System: Windows XP Proffesional 2002 Service pack 3
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp. 0Wf887
Device Audio : Dell Computer 82801EB/ER (ICH5/ICH5R) AC'97 Audio Controller

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Hi. I have bought a 5.1 speaker system and I was wondering if it was compatable with my Realtek AC97 audio sound card? I have the speakers plugged in and sound only comes out of 2 speakers and the sub woofer. If it's not compatable is there any software I can get or will i have to get a new sound card? Thanks!

A:Surround sound on Realtek AC97

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Hi People

Ive just built a computer and installed all drivers off the cd. I attached my speakers to the line out on the back of the pc and no sound. All settings were correct, speakers were attacched, all volume was up, sound enabled in the bios etc. I then attached my stereo spekers and they worked. There is this program called Sound Effects manager that has been installed with the drivers for the sound and when i insert my speakers to the line out and change the speaker config to 2 channel mode it says speakers are front speakers but then no sound comes out. When i put speakers in line in and change speaker config to 4 channel mode it changes speakers to rear speakers and i get sound but you have to put your ear to the speaker as its very very quiet. To hear sound from my stereo speakers f(attached by a cable that runs from pc to aux on back of stereo) i attach cable to line in and 4 channel mode and hear sound fine. Ive been on realtek site and downloaded drivers incase ones on cd were older and still nothin has changed. Ive been in sound properties in control panel and performed a test of hardware and it says everything is working. Can anybody help me hear please ive looked at other forums to see if anyone has had same problem and similiar ones are reported but replies just ask to check setings but ive done that already in bios and device manager and everything is good. Ive installed directx 9 because when i installed the driver it said that directx 8 would... Read more

A:Sound Problem Realtek AC97

Welcome toTechspot !
It is always good to fill in your hardware spec/OS in your profile ,You will get better answers quicker.
First I would attach the speakers to the proper speaker out socket of your Mb. Since you have confirmed your speakers work , and make sure the wires if unsheilded ,do not travel too close too powerlines etc.
Direct x has it's own Diagnostic ,type' dxdiag.exe'(not quotation mark) in you run box > enter.
I do not know which windows you have nor if your system can support Dx9 ,but it is backwards compatible with most systems.
Anyway try that dianostic.Let us know what happens.

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Hi my soundcard does not work and even though I load the correct driver it does not work After re-loading the drivers the computer shuts down and opens saying that the computer has recovered from a critical error please can you help

A:Realtek ac97 sound driver

what is your motherboard or brand and model of computer
what driver are u loading and where are u getting it from

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I have an asus a8v-e se motherboard w/ onboard realtek ac97 that was working perfectly. I installed combofix to remove a prob w/ internet speed monitor. Now ever since, the audio is not working in IE or firefox. I can play a cd or any other local audio just fine, but windows sounds, IE or firefox no audio at all. Have removed/re-installed the device, re-installed the software, checked the bios, done the wavemapper registry thing. I can't for the life of me figure out why it's not working. In device manager everything is there, but under sounds, etc.......I can't play anything, play button is grayed out as if no sound card installed.

A:pls help realtek ac97 no sound after combofix

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Ive had this problem for a while and i cannot seem to figure it out myself. I Ihave a 2ch speaker system with sub and the sub and the left channel work fine. I try playing music with right channel sound and i can hear it very faintly if i turn it up. I was wondering if maybe its a common problem and an easy solution , i somehow doubt it though. Anyways thatnks for all input. Also ive downloaded all its latest drivers.

A:Realtek AC97, sound from one speaker only

Don't laugh now..

Did you plug the cables in properly? Do it again. Are you sure you haven't set the balance all the way to the left? Check it again.

Swap the cables around and see if you lose the sound from the left speaker now.

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HP Pavillion zx5000
Intel Pentium 4
3.20 GHz
Windows XP Home Edition SP 3

My friend's laptop is having trouble recognizing its sound driver (Realtek AC97). The hard drive was replaced and the operating system reinstalled a couple months ago, and ever since then it hasn't been able to play sound. Under the Device Manager, Realtek AC'97 Audio has a yellow exclamation point next to it, and under its Device Status it reads "This device cannot start. (Code 10)".

I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the device, as well as downloading the most recent driver (the most recent I could find was 4.04), but to no avail. I'm not sure what else I can do at this point.

On other boards that I've looked at people have asked what motherboard was being used. I used Everest to find the following information under "Motherboard":

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3200 MHz (16 x 200)
Motherboard Name Hewlett-Packard Pavilion zx5000 (DZ313U#ABA)
Motherboard Chipset ATI Radeon 9100 IGP
System Memory 1024 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (02/16/04)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

A:Realtek Ac97 Audio "this Device Cannot Start. (code 10)"

Hello blackberet,

This device cannot start. (Code 10) basically that there are driver problems. have you looked on HPs website for software for your specific laptop?

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I dont know but for some reason this message keeps popping up and no matter which one i press it repoops.. with first one it repops after few secs but with second one it repops after 30-40 secs. And driver wont install at all. Please help its really annoying..


A:Solved: Cant install Realtek AC97 Audio Driver

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