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Q: no audio devices are installed, realtek error 0xc0000374

I'm running windows 8.1 on Toshiba Qosmio X875 Q7190. My computer kept crashing after trying to install Sabrent display adapter. I booted into recovery and did a system restore. Everything works fine now except the sound. I have visited Toshiba's website and downloaded the most recent Realtek drivers. When I install I get the error "HD Audio Driver Failure error code: 0xC0000374". If I go to device manager it shows realtek but with an error next to it. If I look under playback devices nothing is listed. I have deleted the drivers and tried letting the computer install them automatically but that doesn't work either. Two solutions I have seen were to disable and delete Microsoft UAA HD bus driver, but that is nowhere to be found on my machine and the other solution was to enable on board audio in Bios, but that optioin doesn't appear in UEFI.

After my first system restore I no longer have any additional restore points, so another restore is not an option.

Any idea how I can fix this issue?


Preferred Solution: no audio devices are installed, realtek error 0xc0000374

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

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A: no audio devices are installed, realtek error 0xc0000374

Hi, try to install the generic drivers from Realtek.

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The Realtek ATI HDMI Audio device in my machine works perfectly when the machine has got 2Gb of memory installed in it, but when I put another 2Gb in and reboot the audio devices vanish from the Device Manager and I get a red X in the little speaker icon on the taskbar.

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit

Has anyone seent his behaviour?

A:Realtek audio devices vanish with 4Gb memory installed

I'm having this exact same problem. Any Solution?

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I had this same issue with Win 8.1 Pro N about year ago as well and I somehow fixed it, but I can't recall what I did at all besides that it was big headache to figure out. Now yesterday since I got a SSD I installed Windows again and that problem is back.

What I checked first:
Nothing to see here...

Then I tried troubleshooter:

"Hardware changes might not have been detected"
That's not very useful

Let's check out Device Manager:

Shouldn't it be in sound devices category with some other entries? I have that category missing altogether.


"This device cannot start (Code 10)"
I tried uninstalling drivers and restarting many times already

Let's let Windows search for new drivers:

Outside of that I've tried to install two different versions of Realtek driver packages. Multiple times. One from Asus site that's latest for this particular laptop but officially has support only up to Win7. (I had that driver before so it works with 8.1) and other is from Realtek site that officially supports Win8.1 as well. No success.

I even restored BIOS factory settings even though there aren't any sound related settings there.

Windows Audio service is running. Checked that.

I re-installed Windows 3 times. One of them was just old Win 8 Pro with no updates included, second was latest Win 10 preview, and finally I installed Win 8.1 Pro N back. None of them had working audio.

Windows 7 didn't have that issue and I know that my hardware is fine because... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 Pro N "No audio devices are installed" Realtek

Also I just discovered that when I installed either versions of Realtek drivers they removed all the files they copied to program files/realtek/driver folder just before finishing the installation. So they didn't even install properly.

Probably due not finding actual audio hardware it can use? Then it's entirely Windows problem.

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hi all, im new to this site. I have problem with my sound. There were no problems before but now whenever i try to put the volume higher an error alert saying no audio devices are installed comes on. i have looked around and tried going to services.msc but it didnt work. I really cannot stand having no sound!

thank you all.


A:Sound Error: no audio devices are installed - hp pavillion dv6500

What did you do to cause the problem, if you know? Did you do a complete reinstall? Have you disabled the audio in the BIOS? Did you run a "Registry Repair" program?, etc.

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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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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!

Note: My PnP Software Device Enumerator is worki... Read more

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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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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I had no problem with it, but now for some reason, whenever I plug in my headset/mic, it won't respond like it usually does. Usually it will tell me "an audio devices has been plugged in" or something similar to that, but now it won't respond at all. And the headset itself has no problems because I tried it on my laptop. My speakers will not work either. Nothing works. I didn't even touch any settings that would have caused this. I use the onboard sound card for the Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P. Is there any solution to this, or any reason why this happened?

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Im having the dreadful "No Audio Output Device is Installed" problem on my realtek audio.

It worked some months ago, but im in no position to do a roll back. Im sure the hardware is just fine, it works with Ubuntu.

The computer is a Dell Vostro 430.
My OS is win7 64bit.

I tried the newest Realtek driver suite, the recommended dell-drivers and some basic windows-drivers. Nothing makes the "No Audio Output Device is Installed" go away.

Any help is welcome.
Ive attached my sound-related reg. I believe my realtek device is 0001.

A:Realtek Audio: No Audio Output Device is Installed

The Dell driver is required, non Dell drivers will either not work or not work correctly.

First thing, is the Integrated Audio enabled in the BIOS? (F2 at boot up to enter Setup).

Second, on Dell's (and many others) if the motherboard chipset drivers were not installed, the sound device will not work. In this model there are Intel motherboard chipset drivers. Try installing them and then the Dell sound driver. Dell Drivers

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I'm trying to fix an hp pavillion dv6704nr laptop running windows vista home premium. It has the little red x on the speaker in the lower right hand corner. The owner said it has been there for some months. I have tried downloading the current audio drivers for the computer but every time I try to install the driver, I get an error that says the device couldn't be found.

The first time i restarted the computer, after the driver installation failed, the audio came back and worked fine, until I had to restart the computer. Now I keep getting the same error and nothing i have found so far online has helped.

There are no yellow triangles in the device manager and the device list isn't showing the category for "sound, video and gaming etc." at all.

Please help. I did a search but the other threads didn't solve this problem for me.
Thanks in advance.

A:No audio device installed error and devices wont show in Device Manager

I see three different audio driver packages at http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwar...ct=3646926#N661.You need to find the right one to install. If you install one and the system doesn't work properly...please uninstall it before trying the next one.Installing the wrong one won't do anything harmful to your system...it just won't do any good to leave it installed.Louis

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Hello everyone, well, for the past few days now. I've been experiencing this issue of having no sound. On the lower-right corner of the system tray, there is a Speaker icon with a red circle with a white "x" on it. So naturally, I assumed that this must be due to the sound drivers corrupting. So I went to the manufacturer's website for my Notebook. Which is an Acer Aspire 4730Z running on Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2.

The drivers I downloaded were Realtek High Definition Audio, after the files finished downloading I reinstalled them, only to encounter yet another problem. Which was that they failed to install. The specific error message that appeared was "Install Realtek HD Audio Driver Failure". So I tried to install it again, this time through the Device Manager by updating the driver software. This also, did not work, the error message for that was "This operation returned because the timeout period expired".

I've also tried the System File Checker tool, Microsoft Mr. Fix-It tool, the Check Disk utility, editing specific Registry entries in the Registry Editor, resetting the Services back to their defaults. Absolutely nothing has been successful so far. I've even attempted to reboot into Safe Mode, and install the software. Which surprisingly enough, worked. I rebooted my computer again for the changes to take effect, just when I had thought that I finally solved this annoying dilemma, restarting comput... Read more

A:Realtek High Definition Audio + No Sound or Playback Devices

Hello Zephanosuke & welcome to TSF

Did you try doing a System Restore to a point when the Audio was working alright?

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Recently my audio manager pops up advising that I have diconnected my speakers however, I'll be listening to music or watching tv with no sound loss or interuption. Device manager indicates all drivers are up to date (vers: What's causing this and how do I correct it?

A:Realtek HD Audio Manager pop up message reports unplugged devices

What PC do you have? Please Fill in the "My System Specs". It helps for someone to try and assist you.

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hi to all,
in the middle of an important project realtek audio stopped working
i have tried to re install the drivers from my original dvd-rom for the asus motherboard p8h61m-le  for windows xp x32 bit (sp3)
the installation cannot be proceeded due to setup dll error
you can download the error file from sendspace (notepad document)
the reason i have upload the file is because the error code contain capital letters
i have run the tweaking com windows repair but again the realtek audio cannot be installed
i have re install my windows xp (upgrade) but the problem exist
i have remove from system devices the realtek hd audio bus but again the drivers cannot be installed
for the time being i do not wish to format my computer
cpu celeron g530
motherboard asus p8h61m-le socket 155
2 x 2 gb ddr3 ram
wd 250 gb hard disk
intel ntegrated graphics 
many thanks in advance

A:realtek hd audio cannot be installed

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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Hi iam having HP Pavilion Media Center a1320in Desktop PC.. iam unable to install driver for my sound card.i got driver from hp website but while installing a msg gets popup. it says install Microsoft uaa bus driver for hd audio. even in device manager-system devices i cant find MS UAA hd audio. 1 unknown device its shows in device manager.
And also in the device manager-system devices- i cant find microsoft UAA.......
So i purshased a new sound card and iam using it.its working fine.
But the problem is realtek sound card is not getting detected. Even i searched google. but no use.
Microsoft UAA Bus Driver for HD Audio is not installed. i think dats the problem.

I installed kb888111,kb835221 and realtek audio codec WDM_R252.nothing happened.
Actually i had mediaCentre xp installed in my system. i just formatted evrything and installed xp sp3. since then no sound card detection. unknown device....

My motherboard specification

help me pls.

A:Realtek audio driver is not getting installed

List any Problem Devices

Make sure 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
On the other hand, if no devices are listed, tell me so
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)


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My Realtek Audio drivers are not getting installed. Only the Audio drivers are not getting installed. Rest of them got installed. When I check in the Device Manager, "Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus" is showing an yellow exclamatory mark . When I saw the "Detalis" tab in the properties, it shows HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_8086D606&REV_1000\4&14B5779E&0&0201
as its details.

On my intel drivers CD, it is written "for the intel Desktop Boards D945GCNL and D945GCPE Esential Series".

Please help me so that my Audio drivers get installed.

A:Realtek Audio Driver not getting installed

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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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Well, I'm doing a fresh Windows install and I'm having a little problem. With my old system, along with the Realtek driver install, came an Audio Manager (with nice features such as an equalizer). Now with my fresh install (different motherboard, but on-board realtek sound), I just installed the latest driver for the Realtek High Definition Audio (R2.67) but there's no Audio Manager on my System Tray and according to Windows, It's using a Microsoft audio driver instead of the Realtek one. I need some help. Why is Windows not using the Realtek driver and how do I get back the Audio Manager?

A:Realtek driver installed, but no Audio Manager

It's usually on the Control panel.

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I know this topic has been brought up a number of times before however I have still been unable to correct this issue with previous troubleshooting.

The History-Suspected power surge, replaced hard drive, motherboard, and power supply. Reinstalled Windows, Vista 32-bit.

Since this happened I am informed via control panel that No Audio Devices are Installed. My speaker icon in the task bar has the dreaded red X over it.

I have two different sets of speakers I have tried. Both sets of speakers work on another computer. In device manager I have attempted to update drivers, uninstall and reinstall, disable and re-enable, to no avail.

I have set BIOS to default as per previous threads on this subject.

I am happy to provide any further information sought, I am not terribly technical but can follow instructions like a pro. Thank you.

A:No Audio Devices are Installed

Does your new motherboard have on board audio or are you using a sound card?

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I recently upgraded from XP to 7 and have been stumped by a problem for over a week now that I can't seem to find in any other forums.

I have a Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3P motherboard with RealTek High Definition onboard sound (I'm pretty sure, could someone confirm this?)

RealTek High Definition Audio appears in device manager but in the Sound window of Control panel it says there are "No audio devices installed".

I have the most up to date driver for the RealTek onboard sound from the thread on this website. (Driver version -, yet it still doesn't show as an audio device?

When i try to let windows update them automatically they say i have the most up to date drivers?

Under properties for Realtek HD Audio i have this error "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:No audio devices are installed. Please help.

In your BIOS, do you have an option for Azalia codec? is it enabled?

Also, did you know you have to install the Drivers twice? The first time removes the old drivers, the second time installs the new driver.


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i recently change my windows from XP to windows 7. my VGA also change to a new one. when i test the sound, i cant hear at all !! i go to the contol panel, and check the sound, its say "No Audio Device Installed". i check again through the device manager, in sound,video it seem High Definition Audio Device (not my audio device) and NVIDIA high definition sound. under the other driver, there a ! icon or Unknown Device.
im using Simbadda CST 5000 audio device
Sorry guys for my bad english
Sound Card: High Definition Audio Defice

A:No Audio Devices Installed, Help !~!

Hi, welcome to the forums

You may want to Uninstall the unknown device. Just right-click in Device Manager then select Uninstall. Reboot your machine then allow Windows to try to connect to Windows Update to search for new drivers.


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Hey guys im new to this forum .I have a problem i dont have any sound.When i click on the volume icon at the bottom of my screen and go to playback it says ''No audio devices are installed''When i open the sound options there are no speakers.
When i go to services.msc and try to start audio and audio enpoint it says there is an error.I downloaded nvidia hdmi audio driver but when i open it ,it says no audio services are not downloaded something like that.Ive tried nearly everything.
Also when i go to device manager and sound there is nothing about sound it just says nvidia hdmi output.

Also i have windows 7 dual boot with windows vista and i logged in with windows vista and it is fine.


A:No audio devices are installed

Quote: Originally Posted by Warlock1

Hey guys im new to this forum .I have a problem i dont have any sound.When i click on the volume icon at the bottom of my screen and go to playback it says ''No audio devices are installed''When i open the sound options there are no speakers.
When i go to services.msc and try to start audio and audio enpoint it says there is an error.I downloaded nvidia hdmi audio driver but when i open it ,it says no audio services are not downloaded something like that.Ive tried nearly everything.
Also when i go to device manager and sound there is nothing about sound it just says nvidia hdmi output.

Also i have windows 7 dual boot with windows vista and i logged in with windows vista and it is fine.


Warlock Hi and welcome to sevenforums

Pretty clear you need to install the audio driver. Can you give us info about your computer mobo, audio chipset, 32bit or 64, etc

Rhanks in advance
Ken J+

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i'm fairly new to this forum but i have a problem i need help with,
so i swapped my graphics card and i noticed my sound was missing i took a closer look and there was no driver installed.I don't know how this happened because i didn't touch it, but anyway i have no sound icon on the right side of the taskbar and i tried installing my sound drivers again and everything install's just fine and it prompt's me to restart my PC and when i do everything is just the same no sound if anyone can help it would make me really happy.

A:No audio devices installed

So i managed to fix my issue, the problem was when i installed the AMD driver for my GPU it installed something like a audio driver that blocked my onboard sound card. The fix was to go into the BIOS and enable my onboard graphics.

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My audio device has stopped working. When I go into the control panel it tells me there are no adio devices are installed. However when I go to device manager the drivers are there and they say the device is working correctly. I then tried msinfo32 and got the following information:

NameRealtek High Definition Audio
PNP Device IDHDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_101990B5&REV_1001\4&14A93FF&0&0001
Driverc:\windows\system32\drivers\rtkvhda.sys (, 2.15 MB (2,250,272 bytes), 11/06/2009 00:41)

NameIntel(R) High Definition Audio HDMI
ManufacturerIntel(R) Corporation
PNP Device IDHDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8086&DEV_2802&SUBSYS_80860101&REV_1000\4&14A93FF&0&0101
Driverc:\windows\system32\drivers\intchdmi.sys (, 109.50 KB (112,128 bytes), 11/06/2009 00:31)
Can some one please help me get my sound back up and running?

A:No audio devices are installed

Try disabling your audio device in device manager, reboot your computer and let the drivers reinstall.

If this does not work, try and download a new driver from your pc manufacturers website.

Hope this helps

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I need help. My computer is a Gateway Support - 1015229R*Gateway FX7024 Desktop Computer

I had a misadventure with the original hard drive and bought a new one. Installed Vista on the new hard drive and got things going fine again except for the audio missing.

I had installed through windows update 'Matrix Storage Manager' and having an up and running PC before that install ruined the hard drive. I have no way to get into the recovey tools to make it so much easier so I'm forced to do it all manually. Last thing to do is figuring out how to get the audio going.

Any help would be awesome.

A:No audio devices are installed.

Is you audio card dsiplayed in the device manager and its just a driver issue?

Make sure your On-Board Soundcard is enabled! You could check the BIOS Settings for this first.

This seems to be your soundcard at least when i read the psecs you send:
8-channel audio output using the Sigmatel / IDT-STAC9271 10-channel audio codec
HD audio link header (optional)

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This morning I turned on my PC and then decided to take a nap. when i awoke i decided to go on my PC. I was greeted with a black screen (and yes i turned it on.) after restarting i noticed i had no sound, after thorougher investigation i noticed that my Sound menu says "No audio devices are installed" I have already tried to reinstall Realtek High Definition Audio, but no luck. any ideas?

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A:NO Audio Devices are Installed

Welcome to the Bleeping Computer Community trigga00
Were there any hardware or software changes recently, specifically with the audio/video? Have you tried system restoring to a date before the issue occured? Please post the computer model next time.

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Please help, ive tried everything, It was working now it wont, Please help, it's a home built pc, ive added a pic of the specs

A:No Audio Devices Installed

It looks like you have an ASUS? Go to the ASUS website. Look under Support to find drivers. Enter model number of your motherboard, select the OS and ASUS should give you the audio driver

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Ok, this started when I opened my PC and I unplugged the case speaker wire that was connected to my motherboard because when I had no headphones plugged it would use the case speaker (it's not the one that only beeps), i wouldn't think that this would broke the audio port, I tryed plugging my headphone in the front and in the back audio ports. I did of course plugged back the case speaker wire back after i tryed all of these, but it did nothing.
I searched on Google for help, I tryed checking for hardware changes and updating the drivers from the Device Manager, but it obviously didn't worked.

A:No audio devices are installed

What is the audio chipset status in Device Manager?

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Hello all,

I'm new to this forum and new to forums in general. I have a problem with my laptop all of a sudden. I went to you tube the other day and had no audio sound coming from my computer. Using my limited computer knowledge, I went to Control Panel then Sound and I have 3 tabs, Playback, Recording and Sounds. Playback and Recording both say "No audio devices are installed." My little speaker down in the lower right corner of the task bar has a little red circle with a white "x" in it. When I hold my mouse over the little speaker in the task bar, it says " No audio output device is installed". When I right click on the little speaker, a box pops up and the option to "Open the volume mixer" is ghosted out.

Why did this happen and what are my options?



A:No Audio devices are installed

Welcome Mark
Go to search by the start button
Type device manager
In device manager, you may see a small yellow triangle, near the audio driver, if so download the most current driver as iyours is corrupt.
If not small triangle, update to the newest driver as this may be the cause of the problem
Follow the instructions in this tutorial. At the end search for driver, do not go to browse this computer
Device Manager - Install Driver

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Hello guys, this is a problem I've been dealing with for quite some time, though I never really tried to solve it until a while ago. The main problem is this: (I wanted to post a pic of the icon but I couldnt due to lack of posts, its the speaker icon with the white cross on the red background)

icon showing up, when I right click it and go to 'volume mixer' it tells me there are 'no audio devices installed'. I've tried multiple things to solve the problem, I downloaded the latest drivers and installed them (didnt work), I 'removed' my (onboard) sound card with device manager and plugged in an usb sound card to see if that would solve the problem (didnt work). I went to device manager, 'removed' the onboard sound card then had device manager look for uninstalled hardware, it reinstalled the onboard sound card but didnt change the 'no audio devices installed' thing. Is there something left I can try to do? I'd appreciate any bit of help I can get!

PS: Im using a Windows Vista, if there are any specs you need to know about, just ask. Btw, when I look in device manager or control panel --> Sound, there is never a problem stated. I dont use speakers and usually have headphones plugged in. Also, when I start a game like Skyrim, it quits and tells me Skyrim needs a sound card in order to run, even though there's definately one onboard (not working though).

A:No audio devices installed

List any Problem Devices

Make sure 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
On the other hand, if no devices are listed, tell me so
Generate and attach a DirectX report

Click Start->Run, enter dxdiag and click OK
===> If you?re running 32 bit Windows, dxdiag will launch on its own
===> If you?re running 64 bit Windows, you?ll see 64-bit DxDiag. Click it to launch the 64-bit version of dxdiag
Notice progress in lower left window corner
When done, click Save Information button and save to your Desktop
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i built myself a new computer and it has an ASUS Rampage 3 Formula motherboard which has:
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- X-Fi? Xtreme Fidelity™
- EAX? Advanced™ HD 5.0
- THX? TruStudio PRO™
- Creative ALchemy
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

I install the Realtek audio driver software and i get access to all my cool EAX advanced HD, THX truStudio etc.. things on that list BUT i get crackling noises every now and again when playing music/games whatever.
However i uninstall the audio driver software and i get no crackling sound when i listen to music or such, but i cannot access any of the features anymore.

Whats going on here? its not the speakers or headphones i use, they have been tested on multiple devices, this only happens after the audio driver is installed and the audio features are activated.

New info:
My PC spec is:

CPU: Intel i7 980 3.33Ghz 12mb cache 6 core
GPU: 2x GTX 460 1GB
MB: Asus Rampage III Formula
RAM: A-Data Plus v2.0 XPG 2GB 1866Mhz 8-8-8-24 x3 in triple channel
SSD: OCZ agility ~400-500mb read&write
HDD: 1TB 7500RPM WD caviar black

this is all brand new, i just finished building it all a while ago, so there is like no crap running in the background like viruses or unneeded programs.

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A:occasional crackles when realtek audio driver installed

The audiio driver is one area that can cause the noise. You should be using the driver supplied by ASUS rather than a "generic" RealTek driver. The ASUS driver should supply you with all the features. Is this not the case?

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I'm working on a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2031. I just reformatted, and WHILE installing windows updates, i was installing video drivers and modem drivers. I got a blue screen, but it seemed like the video drivers installed ok. I went to install the sound drivers and device manager was all clean (no ! or ?), but when I adjusted the volume using the sound icon in the taskbar, no sound!

I thought it was the speakers, so i plugged in my headphones to no avail. Please help, trying to fix this quick! Thanks guys!

I removed all the Realtek drivers I tried, then tried the Windows Update realtek driver, and it rebooted with a blue screen pointing to RTKHDAUD.SYS. Tried following some instructions and installing the manufacturers version R2.14, but no luck =/ Trying to install 7 now

Installed Windows 7, all the drivers were already found, but sound still doesn't work T_T

A:Solved: Installed Realtek HD Audio Driver But No sound!

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Running Vista on an HP laptop.  Volume icon now has a red X over it and I have no sound.  I went through all the common fixes including trying to download new audio drivers all to no avail.  Any ideas anyone?

A:No audio output devices installed

This is a common problem in Vista and unfortunately it is usually solved by reinstalling the OS. When you said you did all the standard steps, did you follow the steps here. Did you try a System Restore before the problem occurred?
To rule out a hardware failure you could download a small linux distro, Puppy 5.7 is good. Try playing a sound file. If you do not get sound in Puppy then I would say your internal sound card has failed. You may want to look at purchasing a USB sound dongle good for earphones only.

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I've been searching around for what seems like a million years and it looks like a lot of people are having this problem. Pretty cool, because now I have it too! Absolutely no sound comes out of my USB speakers (I have onboard sound) and my computer is acting like I don't have any way of playing sound at all.

Most of the fixes I've found seem to come down to needing to install drivers and such, but none of the audio drivers on the Gateway site do anything at all. In fact, it says they aren't even for me, or something to that effect.

I'm running Vista Home Premium and I honestly can't figure this out. I should note that a lot of people have said to look in the device manager under "sound, video and game controllers" or something, so to completely remove that as an option, that doesn't even exist in my device manager for some reason.

Any help would be appreciated as I am now slowly going insane.

A:No Audio Devices Installed Problem

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I have a big problem. I usually use the microphone that is bulit into my computer but i wnated to use my headset for better quality. It didn't work so I tried some things to make it work. I went into control panel and under sound to see if I could change anything in recording. Recording showed that I have one microphone installed "realtek". After I figured out i can't change the realtek microphone into my headset microphone I closed the tab and could literally see how the "realtek" microphone disapeard out of the recording box. Does anyone know how to get it back?? I really need my microphone!!! My playback is still working.

Thanks a lot and please excuse my poor English, I'm from Germany.

A:No audio devices are installed in recording

alright i got it back!!! I'm pretty proud right now!!!

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Hello, I am helping a friend fix his computer. A Dell InspironN5030
There is a red X over the sound icon in the task bar and he has no sound, he belives this started after the last Windows Update. He did have sound before. When I go to Sound in Control Panel a message pops up saying "No audio devices installed." When I go to Services The Windows Audio Properties says "Windows could not start the Windows Audio Service on local computer. Error 1608: The dependency service or group failed to start." When I go to Dependencies the Multimedia Class Scheduler is started. The Remote Procedure Call is started. The DCOM Service Process Launcher is started. The RPC Endpoint Mapper is started. The Windows Audio Endpoint Builder is stopped. When I try to start it I get this message: "Windows could not start the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder Error 999 Error performed in page operation." The Plug and Play is started.
I have ran MalwareBytes, CCleaner, TDSSKiller. I have noticed there are a lot of services stopped but first things first and get the sound going.
Thanks for the help.
Here is the Farber Service Scanner report:
Farbar Service Scanner Version: 16-02-2014
Ran by Mike (administrator) on 16-02-2014 at 12:57:59
Running from "C:\Users\Mike\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium  Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
Internet Services:
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A:No Audio Devices Installed after update

First of all, welcome to BC !
As a first step I would go to the Dell web-site and download and install the audiio drivers for your Inspiron and see if that solves your problem. Your Dell probably has a barcode on it somewhere. If you copy the barcode number and type it into the search box on the service page on the Dell web-site you will normally be taken to a page which has all the drivers for your computer - I wish more manufacturers would do this !
If this gets you your sound back, great. If it doesn't, post back.
As for your non-running services, if you go into 'Computer management' you can decide how services you want to run startup. To get there, clcik 'Start', RIGHT click on 'Computer' in the start menu, then click 'Manage' in the drop-down menu that appears. Services are at the bottom of the dialogue box. If you click any service you want to change the startup for, click on the service, then RIGHT click and in the dialogue box that appears you will find the option to change the startup type. Your choices are 'automatic', 'Manual' and 'Disable'.
Chris Cosgrove

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so..i restored my windows xp gateway notebook and it doesnt have any audio devices installed now. i talked to gateway and they gave me the audio driver installation thing but it still wont work..so im completely stuck..and it also wont let me insall certain programs like windows live messenger and stuff like that..can someone please please help me out! Thanks!!

A:No audio devices installed on xp after restoring

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So i got a new headset and i found out that the sound works but not the mic.
It works on other computers but not on my because it doesnt show up grey, it doesnt show up at all even thought i did check the show dissabled or disconnected devices. I tried to instal a new upgrade for my sound but the windows 7 said that i have the new upgrade.

If someone could help me it would be awsome

Sound card : High Definition Audio Device

A:Recording: no Audio devices are installed.

Are you using the Dell supplied sound drivers? I do a lot of support on the Dell users forum and we have found that not using the Dell sound drivers can cause problems in some systems.

Dell does not support Win 7 (no Win 7 drivers) for the XPS420 however they do support Vista and the Vista drivers should work without problems. The Vista SigmaTel driver is HERE If you have anything other than the Dell SigmaTel driver, suggest you uninstall whatever you have and install the Dell SigmaTel driver.

FYI the Dell users forum can be accessed http://en.community.dell.com/ You may want to check out the support forums.

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It's my first post here so please bear with me. I'm not a super techie person so pardon my terms.

I got a Toshiba Dynabook AX/940LS laptop with Windows XP before and installed Windows 7 on it. Everything has been working so far except for the microphone. I can't seem to perform any recordings, or use Skype and other Video Calling plug-ins because I kept getting an error that "No audio devices are installed". The speakers are working fine though. Again, I just recently purchased it and installed a different OS immediately, I did not know if the microphone was working fine before. But I was thinking, if it has a microphone port then I guess it has a built-in mic, right? Well, I performed some TS and here are some of them:

I checked the devices for Sound and here is what I get:

I checked "Show disabled devices" and "Show disconnected devices" but nothing still shows.

I went to Device Manager > Sounds, Video and Game Controllers and got "High Definition Audio Device"..not very helpful with that one..

anyway, I "Updated the Driver Software" and got:

So, I "Disabled" and "Re-enabled" the High Definition Audio Device Sound Card, "Uninstalled" and "Re-installed" it, yet it's still the same.

Next, I went to Control Panel, typed "Troubleshooting" in the Search bar. Went to "Troubleshoot Audio Recording" and got:

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A:No Audio Devices Are Installed in Recording Tab

The "HD Audio Device" is a generic Windows installed sound driver. You need the Win 7 (or Vista) driver supplied by Toshiba. In many cases the vendor (Toshiba) supplied driver is needed for the sound to work correctly.

You may also need to install the motherboard chipset drivers first as the chipset drivers define (identify) all the devices on the motherboard.

Here is the drivers from Toshiba Toshiba Drivers Download - Toshiba

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I have an Acer Aspire One AS1410 laptop, which I upgraded to a retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate. For many months, everything worked great.

About a week ago, I installed some updates that Microsoft pushed out. After those updates finished installing, my audio device was no longer recognized by my machine. Specifically, when I try to turn on the volume, I get a message stating "No Audio Devices Are Installed." Similarly, I cannot find any audio devices through the control panel or through Start->Run->msinfo32.

I first tried downloading the latest drivers from Acer's site and installing them. That did not correct the problem (and I've tried several times). I then tried restoring the system to an earlier date when everything was fine, and that too has not solved anything.

I have read in other threads about changing some settings in the BIOS, but I will admit that I am unclear on how to do this. Any additional hypotheses/theories would be greatly appreciated.

Acer's default reply is to pay for them to send me a new OS and reinstall that. I'm less than thrilled with the idea.


A:Acer 1410 (No Audio Devices Are Installed)

Check device manager to see how audio device looks (yellow warning).
Try deleting the audio driver and reinstalling.
You could also roll back windows to a date when the audio worked. Then selectively upgrade MS Windows, making sure not to install any audio drivers.

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Hey I'm new, and I disabled my internal microphone by: Control panel>hardware and sound>manage audio devices>recording tab> and disabled it. I would like to turn it back on now. but it's saying No audio devices are installed please help

A:Disabled internal Mic/no audio devices installed

Hi GuyWithProblems,

Could you please Fill Out Your System Specs? It would really help. Also, are you using a desktop or a laptop? What sound card are you using?


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So, I have these wireless headphones that I got from Brookstone. The device driver is called E-Core wireless audio. Its installed and ready, but it's not listed as a default playback device in volume control. How to fix?
It worked ok before. There's no driver to install on my wireless headphones.

A:One of my audio devices is installed, but not listed as a default dev

Apparently another device doesn't wanna show up either..

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>Have windows XP
>upgrade to windows 7 pro
>works fine, except no audio driver.
>install audio driver IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver, but it doesn't work.
>in device manager, no sound under 'sound, vid, & game controllers'
>under 'other devices' 'multimedia audio controller' is there, with an error.
Mobo is ASUS Emery2 (ancient, i know)
Onboard sound

ALSO: To be clear, it isn't that i'm not hearing sound, there ISN'T sound, meaning i can't turn it up, mute, etc...on the taskbar.

All help always appreciated.

A:No audio output devices installed, after new boot of 7

There is no sound icon in the notification area? Did you upgrade to windows 7 or did you do a clean install? With doing an upgrade you can run into problems like this. It's just part of it. It's recommend to do a clean install and then install all updated drivers then install all the MS updates including any SP if available.

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Hi, I have a Dell XPS 420 running Windows 7.
When I first tried plugging in some speaker they were not detected so I changed the BIOS to use the on board audio (from auto select to on) and my speakers have worked ever since.
Yesterday I tried using a microphone (turtle beach x12 headset, speakers worked) and it is not detected (front and back panel). I tired a different microphone encase the headset was faulty and it wasnt detected either. So I tried my headset on my other computer and it worked straight away).
I've been reading forms etc but cant find a solution...
Any ideas?


PS. I tried another headset of mine which is only usb (no speaker or mic jack) and it works.
Also as the XPS 420 isn't sold with windows 7 drivers can be a bit of a bind

A:Microphone not detected (no audio devices installed)

Device detection is a function of the drivers (ie: audio drivers). So if it's not working properly, I'd suspect the drivers. If there aren't any Win7 drivers, then your best bet would be to get an addon sound card with Win7 support.

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OK so last night I was trying to get a microphone to work and I was drunk and some how I guess I've deleted something that allows my computer (Dell Inspiron 1525) to produce sound. I don't any thing about computers! Please help! I've also included a screen shot.

Thanks in advance!

A:No audio devices installed - Dell Inspiron 1525


Originally Posted by JJJJORDAN

OK so last night I was trying to get a microphone to work and I was drunk and some how I guess I've deleted something that allows my computer (Dell Inspiron 1525) to produce sound. I don't any thing about computers! Please help! I've also included a screen shot.
Thanks in advance!


What you need to do, is to click on this link:
Download Audio Drivers for Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebooks

This will 'download' the audio driver file, R170217.EXE, to your computer. This file (R170217.EXE) will probably end up on your Desktop.

Double-click on this file, to run it. This should re-install the 'audio driver' for your computer.


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