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RealTek AC'97 Audio: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Q: RealTek AC'97 Audio: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Hey hello everyone, I am new member here. I already checked couple threads with this same title, but I didn't really find any solution.

Here's a thing. Yesterday I went to clean my computer for dust, so I opened case and unplugged all wires. Now everything is backup except there is no sound. In device manager I got that yellow/black '!' next to Realtek AC3'97 Audio. I reinstalled drivers couple times already, but nothing. I mean, I was just cleaning dust...

So I came up with that idea that it might be the problem with the front panel pins, which I probably connected in wrong ways. I don't even know in which way those pins should be facing when connecting. So the motherboard is Asus A8N5X (from 2005, yea old), computer runs on Windows XP SP3. I tried many combinations with those pins, but nothing. I get that yellow/black '!' next to device or I get nothing at all (it won't show the device at all).

I tried reading the manual, but the wire names are different on the actual wires than shown in the manual:

And the names on wires are:

GND (black wire)
GND (black wire)
Mic Bias (yellow)
Mic In (green)
Spkout L (red)
Spkout L (red)
Spkout R (white)
Spkout R (white)

As you can see names duplicates. So I tried various combinations, but nothing. Once looked like I fixed it, after loading Windows up, there was sound icon in the tray, but PC suddenly restarted and next time there was no audio again.

Like I said I unplugged all wires before cleaning the dust and after that I also had many other issues, like for some reason onboard Lan Controller was re-enabled in the BIOS, so I had to disable it, Daemon Tools virtual drives needed to be reinstalled too. Also date was reset to 2005 together with time (but I didn't touch the battery). So I have no idea why all that happened.

So if anyone knows what to do please help!


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

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A: RealTek AC'97 Audio: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

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Basicaly the title explain it all,can find the driver for on board audio device.
I just buy a second hand MBO.It is MSI Neo 4 H,MS-7125 Ver:3,Bios ver. V5.3 072106
Newly instaled Windovs 7 Ultima 64bits.
Trayed few diferent drivers non of them works,so probably is audio device gone.
Any sugestions?

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I've seen this issue resolved on here before, and it all seems to balance on a code that is different on all computers. I accidentally uninstalled something when I clicked on the wrong line. I hit cancel as soon as I saw what I did but it was too late. I have no sound on my old POS computer Help tech support guy. Help!

I'll even send cookies to whomever helps!

A:RealTek AC'97 Audio: This device cannot start. (Code 10)

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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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HP Pavillion zx5000
Intel Pentium 4
3.20 GHz
Windows XP Home Edition SP3

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 seems to be 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!

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

OK you probably thought of this first thing but don't laugh when I ask: after the clean install, did your friend run the motherboard disk for his machine? Because the AC97 drivers are on that cd. He should disable it in "devices' and install the driver from the mobo cd and then enable it again and reboot. Should have sound. Only other thing is it could be disabled in the bios - you could check that too.

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Just installed this mother board. Its on board sound on a IL9 Pro.

Tried reinstalling the drivers from the CD - no change.

Tried reinstalling the drivers through windows auto - no change.

Tried to get the drivers from the abit site, but the site has been down for ages. (Edit: got the newest drivers from the website, but still no change in the error message).

Can anyone help me?

A:Sound Realtek Ac 97 This device cannot start. (Code 10)

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PC is an old MSI board G31M3-L V2 (MS-7529) with latest BIOS 2.80
WIn 10 Pro.
The onbaord NIC is a Realtek PCIe GBE .
While the PC is booting one light is flashing in the network socket. When WIn10 boots the light is off, a red x is on the Network icon in the systray. In device manager there is a yellow triangle on the NIC . In details it says:
This device cannot start (code 10)
The driver is the latest from Realtek 10.8.311.2016 (11-Mar-16)
I have tried different drivers, uninstalling and reboot. But no solution.
Any suggestions?

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I've searched this forum, and others, and haven't found a solution for this problem.

I have no sound for anything. I have a Realtek AC'97 audio, running Windows Service Pack 3. My motherboard is an intel corporation one. My laptop is a sony vaio pcg-z1wamp.

In the Device Manager it shows the following: "Device cannot start (code 10)".

I've tried installing several new drivers; I've uninstalled and installed the device; I've tried updates and some of the solutions suggested on this forum. Nothing has worked.
Hardware issue & problem persists.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Realtek AC'97 audio controller, can't start (code 10)

I ran everest, see below
CPU Type Mobile Intel Pentium M, 1687 MHz (17 x 99)
Motherboard Name Sony Corporation PCG-Z1WAMP(UC)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Odem i855PM
System Memory 1024 MB (PC2700 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Phoenix (11/21/03)

Video Adapter MOBILITY RADEON (16 MB)
Video Adapter MOBILITY RADEON (16 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Mobility Radeon (M6)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor (12001)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801DBM ICH4-M - AC'97 Audio Controller [B-1]

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Recently, I installed this Windows XP Professional SP2 on my comp. Once done, I am not been able to install my audio drivers for Realtek High Definition Audio. I couldn't understand what the problem is. Before, they were working fine, now since I had re-installed the Windows again, the whole thing came into being. I had done reinstalling the Windows several times now.

The drivers for the device are installed. But it says the device cannot start.[Code 10].

I had done loads of things, such as :

1. Reinstalling the drivers after uninstalling the same.
2. Rebooting as appropriate.
3. Surf through different sites to check, what best I can do, to tackle the whole thing. But nothing so far.

Hopefully someone be able to tell me, what to do.....

I need my sound back, as my work is completely hung up without it.....


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I have an AMD 2.1 athlon, i try and re-install my C-MEDIA AC97 Audio Device, i dont have the CD and i dont know how to fix this

A:Solution Title: Device cannot start (CODE 10) - C-MEDIA AC97 Audio Device - How can I

Try THIS site, just enter C-MEDIA AC 97 or similar in the search box. Install drivers.


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My IDT audio works fine and my laptop's sound works fine, but when I hoop up my laptop to my TV through a HDMI cord I get my laptop's video output displayed on my TV but no sound from my laptop is output to my TV. I think the problem is because there is something wrong with my High Definition Audio Device. It has a yellow triangle next to it with a ! in the middle of the yellow triangle in device manager under Sound, video, and game controllers. And when I click properties on the High Definition Audio Device, it says, " This device cannot start. (Code 10) {Operation Failed} The requested operation was unsuccessful". Any help would be great. Windows 10 is CLEAN installed on a NEW HARD DRIVE. I DID NOT upgrade, windows 10 was clean installed from a disk.

A:High Definition Audio Device, Code 10 device cannot start, y...

Hi: Yes, that is the Intel HDMI audio device that is having a problem. See if this works...right click on it, and select uninstall. Check the Uninstall Driver box and restart the PC. Hopefully the HDMI audio driver will reinstall itself properly. If not, I have one other trick up my sleeve.

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I am having a problem isolating an indication in the Device Manager with the High Definition Audio Device. I have Intel Graphics with this machine. The OS is W10 Pro. I loaded the audio driver for Windows 7 64 bit, but that did not make any difference. The Device Manager indicates that "This device cannot start (Code 10)" Driver Date 7/9/2015 / Version - 10.0.10240.16384 / Microsoft Driver Details Tab - Value = High Definition Audio Device From the Events Tab - (Information)Device HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8086&DEV_2804&SUBSYS_80860101&REV_1000\4&36c4990c&0&0301 requires further installation.     Any guidance is greatly appreciated. 


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A:High Definition Audio Device - Device Cannot Start (Code 10)

Hi @JS2045 The problem HD audio device you are seeing is the Intel HDMI audio device that needs a driver. I looked around for a W10 driver for the hardware ID you posted, and can't find one. You don't need that device unless you want/need audio through the display port. The only suggestion I can offer would be to try the W7 Intel graphics driver from your notebook's support and driver page, but install it this way...so that you just target the problem audio device... Download, but don't run this graphics driver... http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=4095873&swItemId=ob_127914_1&swEnvOid=4059 Download and install this free file utility.  64 bit is the second file listed. http://www.7-zip.org/ After you install 7-zip, right click on the graphics driver file you downloaded, and select 7-zip from the list of items. Have 7-Zip Extract to: and let it extract the driver to the folder name (sp64360). Go to the device manager and click on the problem Intel HD audio device needing the driver. Click on the driver tab.  Click on Update Driver. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option, and browse to the driver folder 7-Zip created. Make sure the Include Subfolders box is checked, and see if the driver installs that way. Then reboot. If you explore the driver folder 7-zip created, and open the DisplayAudio folder, you will find the setup informa... Read more

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After many many tries and a couple reformats, I've decided to ask for help instead of trying fixes that have yet to work.

I got this laptop about a week ago from Radio Shack. It came with vista preinstalled and had so much stuff I did not want. I wanted XP cause I have had a fair share of experience with both Vista and XP to come to say Vista is a gigantic resource hog. I wanted to go back to XP because I'm an avid gamer and most gamers use XP.

I downgraded and found all the drivers, and my computer flew. EXCEPT, it had no sound.

I've tried drivers for every laptop known to man and have seen many people fix theirs, but to no avail, none have worked.

I've tried the HD hotfix and it is currently installed.

My Computer Specs: Gateway m-1629

* AMD Turion? 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-60 (2.0GHz, 512KBx2 L2 Cache), up to 1600MHz HTT
* 250GB SATA hard drive
* ATI Radeon® X1270 with up to 256MB of HyperMemory?
* 8x multi-format dual-layer DVDRW with DVD-RAM
* Integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam
* 3GB DDR2 667MHz memory installed, 4GB maximum supported

A:Audio Device Cannot Start (Code 10)

You need to find out the details of your chipset (Northbridge and Southbridge - the Southbridge is, I believe, the critical one re audio.

Then find through Google a mobo that has that sepecific set of chips and try and find XP drivers for that.

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Hi there,

Not a computer expert by any means and would really appreciate your help. I tried to download a 'DVD decoder' that would enable me to watch a DVD that wasn't working on Windows Media the other day. This still didn't work and gave me a far more frustrating problem as well....

The sound has now gone and I have a yellow explanation mark next to my audio device (in device manager) and the device status says 'This device can not start (Code 10)'.

My computer is as follows:

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Version 2002, Service Pack 3
Model: T7870
AMD Athlon(tm) 64X2 Dual
Core Processor 4200+
2.20 GHZ
1.00 GB of RAM

I have tried de-installing and re-installing, got rid of any new downloads, checked for Viruses (using Kapersky), checked the wires and done everything on Windows Troubleshooter a number of times!

I saw a few other threads on this and it all resulted in the poster having to buy a new sound card. Mine is built into my system and this all seems quite fiddly and could cause me to do further damage. Has anyone else got any further advice before I go ahead and do this?

Thanks in advance for any advice given. It is much appreciated!

A:Audio - This device can not start (Code 10)

Sounds like the driver needs updating go to manufacturers website and download the latest drivers to your desktop and unpack the driver to your desktop then go into device manager and right click on the sound card select properties and update driver and follow the hard ware wizard and locate the driver you downloaded.

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After restoring my laptop I now get the following error for "High definition audio device" in device manager: This device cannot start. (Code 10){Operation Failed}The requested operation was unsuccessful.  First thing I tried was updating all drivers which did not change anything. I then tried reinstalling the driver provided on the hp support site as well as uninstalling through device manager and installing again from the hp support site. I have also tried fully restoring my laptop and reinstalling Windows but this has not solved it. I am not sure if this is an issue from the driver provided online or if it is my laptop. I have tried running the "find and fix audio playback problems" tool which just suggests updating/reinstalling the driver... Windows audio is already started in Services. I have checked for the upper/lower filter entry in regedit, which weren't there. Can anyone help advising what else I can troubleshoot or if there is another site I can use to try download this driver? Thanks in advance.

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Hi there.
Let me start off by saying that my problem is specific to only windows 8.1 64x and deals with usb devices. 
My specs:

Crucial MX100 ssdWin 8.1 Pro 64xMSI Gtx 970MSI Gaming 5 z97i7-4790k
I'm trying to connect my Rocksmith Realtone cable (usb audio) to a usb port on my pc and whenI right click the "Usb audio device) in device manager, this pops up under properties. There is also a yellow exclamation mark on the device.
This device cannot start. (Code 10)

The I/O request was canceled."
Now, like I said, this is only on win 8.1 64x. I installed win 7 64x on an older hdd and put it in my pc and the cable was recognized right away and was usable. I have tried:

Manually uninstalling the device, and reinstallingManually installing the device driverFormatted ssd and did a fresh install of win 8.1Tried it on win 7 with same pc and it worked fineUpdated realtek driversUpdated Nvidia driversDisabled xHCI in biosDisabled legacy usb support in diosDisabled eHCI in biosEnabled usb powered hubs in biosDisabled selected powering in power options + made a new high performance profile
Here are photos of the problem

Every other usb device I have/try works. I tested all my usb 2.0 and usb 3.0 ports and they all work with my mouse, keyboard, and flash drive.
I'm not really sure where to go from here. I contacted Ubisoft (maker of the game Rocksmith) and they said it was a... Read more

A:This device cannot start (Code 10) with Rocksmith Realtone Cable (USB Audio)

Well I formatted my ssd and installed Win 7 64x Pro on it. Firs thing I did after updating GPU drivers was plug the cable in, and lo and behold, it worked instantly. 
I think it has to do with the fact that Microsoft made the drivers for USB ports for win 8.1, as opposed to how Intel made them for win 7. But, this is just a speculation

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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 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 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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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 need help urgently...


this all happened when i took my jack sound off (speakers) then put it back on and no sound was playing... so i restarted my pc then winamp goes i aint got no audio playback devices. i go check my sound manager and it goes i aynt got no Audio Devices in the input and output...

i tried desabling n enabling on BIOS and reinstalling My drivers and getting updates but still no hope.. anyone please care to help?

i got

windows xp SP2
DirectX 9.0c
1.5 GB RAM
512 MB Graphics Card Nvidia
Nforce MotherBoard
Realtek HD Audio!

A:Audio Device Missing! RealTek HD Audio! Urgent :(:(

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I have no sound coming from my speakers and when I look at the device manager the "Realtek High Definition Audio" has a yellow icon with an exclamation point. When I right click and click properties it says, "This device cannot start. (Code 10)".

I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers several times and have even done a fresh install of Windows 7, but no luck.

Any help is much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Under my sound card driver hardware ID it is listed as:


Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144)
System Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
System Model: CM5570
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6144MB RAM

A:Realtek HD Audio (Code 10)

What do you show in the Device Manager, Sound section?
Post a Screenshot of that.

Code 10 can be driver or can be some other hardware issue.
In the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the RealTek and then LEFT click "Uninstall" ALSO check the box to uninstall the drivers. Then restart the PC. If there are no hardware problems or conflicts, when Windows starts it will detect and and install the generic, basic function, "High Definition Audio Codec" for the sound driver. If this is installed, check to see if you have sound, and if the Speakers (High Definiton Audio Codec) is set as the default Audio playback device in the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound, Playback section.

If this works, you can consider reinstalling the RealTek drivers. Where did you get the drivers you have now?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I have a HP Pavilion zv6000
amd 64 3200 +

I used the Realtek AC'97 Audio driver when I had x64 vista business and the sound worked fine.

I used the same driver with W7 and I get and error that says This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Has anyone had luck fixing this issue or had the same problem.

A:Realtek AC'97 Audio (Code 10)

i had a problem with my ac'97, not sure if that was the error code, but it was saying i had no audio installed, have you tried the lastest version from the website? i am running 6.01.6293 (16/09/2008) and after installing this version it was OK

Quote: Originally Posted by billdobeans

I have a HP Pavilion zv6000
amd 64 3200 +

I used the Realtek AC'97 Audio driver when I had x64 vista business and the sound worked fine.

I used the same driver with W7 and I get and error that says This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Has anyone had luck fixing this issue or had the same problem.

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Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39).

So as you can see above, i have tryed everything to fix this. I get this message or the computer crashs and i have to do a system restore.

If you have any ideas i didnt think of let me know.

A:Realtek AC'97 Audio (Code 39)

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)

Microsoft Trusted Audio Drivers

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I'm running windows 10 on an HP Omen and after most recent windows update, my computers internal speakers are unavailable, as are any wired connected audio devices. Sound icon says no speakers or headphones are plugged in. Device manager, under sound, video, and game controllers does not show realtek HD audio. This only appears when I go to view and select show hidden devices. Then, under properties, I can see Code 45 (hardware device not connected. To fix, reconnect). I have attempted driver fixes including driver version Troubleshooters for audio detected nothing. I have tried rolling back the windows update.

I cannot find any sites that recommend steps beyond checking driver for the device. I've also tried calling HP tech support twice, and both times representatives told me they needed more time to find a solution (which they have failed to do).

Anyone who has dealt with this issue or has thoughts, any advice appreciated.

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Hello everyone,

Havent been here in a while so sorry if im doing something wrong, well my problem is with a Toshiba Satellite L505D-LS5005 after having an issue with freezing at start up I ran several antivirus and spyware scans and all came up negative but the freezing continued so I then was able to go into safe mode and do an MSconfig and unchecked everything booting up. That took care of the problem with the freezing and I was able to uninstall Norton and McAfee which I believe was the problem. (enabled one by one to identify the problem so far everything is playing nice no conflicts)

Soon after getting things back to normal I noticed that the audio drivers weren't working. This computer has the "High Definition Audio drivers" but it has "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" status on the drivers. I have tried the following solutions with out results:

Uninstalled drivers from the device manager and reinstalled them using the drivers from the Official Toshiba Website. After installing I restart but still no audio and the same "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" message on the status

I have also tried uninstalling all Realtek drivers such as Ethernet controller and Wireless device controller and done one by one. All other devices install and work after installation except the audio drivers.

I have also gone to Add or remove programs and uninstalled the Realtek audio drivers and reinstalled the drivers from realtek.com and still ... Read more

A:Realtek audio drivers code 10

Hi just to start of code 10 is when the wrong driver is installed so you do need to get the right driver .. toshiba is the most unreal difficult company to get drivers from they have a few sites .. not sure y but maybe someone with more experience can help there . you do need to get them from the site tho I will go and try find one for you aswell,, also not 100% sure but im quite sure you should really run 64bit on 2gig of ram that could be another problem ARE YOU IN UK OR USA

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So, I've reinstalled my system back to XP, and installed all of the devices but it shows that there's no sound card. It shows the "code 10" problem. I've tried to reinstall the driver, and installed different updated version,but still no luck. I have attached my dxdiag, so if anyone call tell me where's my problem

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I encountered some sound problem and then I uninstall the Realtek HD Audio from Add/Remove Programs. It requires to restart the computer so I restart my computer. After that I can't install again the driver & the program. BTW, I have Windows XP SP3 in my computer.

A:Realtek HD Audio device

It's a version mismatch in the driver.
A hotfix specific to Sp3, for the HD Audio driver, will be made available after XP SP3 releases.

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Hey guys! This is my first post and I hope I can get some help!
A few days ago, I set up my desktop and installed a fresh copy of Windows XP Pro. Of course, I had to get all my drivers manually, and I did. Everything was all fine and dandy until I realised that I had no sound. so searching I went until I found the driver I needed: Realtek AC'97 Audio. So I restarted and figured I would have sound. That was not the case. So I went into Device Manager and found a black exclaimation mark in a yellow bubble on my sound driver. I right-clicked it and went to "Properties". In the text box it said: "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"! I cannot seem to fix this issue! I went to RealTek and downloaded them. I went to Asus but could not find the drivers for my model (I am not 100% certain but I think I have a Pundit-S)

System Specs:

Mainboard : Asus P4R8L
Chipset : ATI 9100 IGP
Processor : Intel Pentium 4 @ 3200MHz
Physical Memory : 2048MB (2 x 1024 DDR-SDRAM )
Video Card : RADEON 9100 IGP
Hard Disk : Seagate ST380811AS (80GB)
Monitor Type : ProView Technology - 17 inches
Network Card : 3COM 3C920B-EMB-WNM Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
DirectX : Version 10.00
Device Audio : ASUSTeK Computer IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller

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A:Solved: RealTek AC'97 Audio Error Code 10!

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hi guys i need to change my audio devise from realtek to something else (windows/other) im using windows 7 and when every i go to play a game the pc freezes ive found out that its something to do with realtek because if i disable all sound the game works fine just no sound can you tell my how to do this and what is best to use

A:change audio device from realtek

If you have a RealTek hardware sound chip, you must use the RealTek drivers, whether they say provided by RealTek or provided by, for example Microsoft.

You may want to post this question on the gaming section, include the game or games you are having problems with.

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Hey there,
Can someone help me? I've been trying to work this out 4 weeks.

I can hear audio playing through winamp/media player and basically any program thats on my computer (XP). But I cant hear anything that plays through flash online eg. myspace audio and youtube etc etc.
But I can listen to online radio through Real audio etc.
This is a real prob for me cos I work in the music industry and have to keep up with the latest music from bands.
Everything was working fine until about 10 days ago when it stopped without explanation (that I can fathom).
It's very strange cos when I go into control panel, it says there is no audio device. But how can this be? I can still hear music from my harddrive.

What I've done: Uninstalled/ reinstalled Flash, also the Realtek drivers...

Where is starts to get wierd:
I thought i fixed my problem the other night. All of a sudden it recognised Realtek as the audio device and I could listen to everything online- so happy! But i had no explanation of why it started working again.

Then the next day:
No device recognised! Ahhh!
After several restarts I found that some times control panel says there was an audio device (realtek 97) and more often it says there is nothing.
I have a suspicion it could be cos there's other hardware Unimodem half duplex installed on the computer.. but am not sure what to do about this. I tried disabling it, but then nothing at all would play- not even through winamp etc.

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A:Realtek AC'97- No audio device recognised

On-board audio, Realtek codec drivers and such can be very dodgey and problematic. Even when all things are working perfectly, these still utilize a big portion of CPU resources just for basic operation. In all, integrated audio is a good cheap alternative for Grandma's "You got mail!" when she signs into AOL, but for most everyone else, it's not the best solution.

While not the answer you want to hear, you're likely going to save yourself hours of grief, diagnostics and driver download/installs by simply buying a cheap, well supported, true sound card.

If you're in the US, my best cheapest solution is to just go to Walmart and buy one of their Audigy SE's. These are around $30 bucks US, they usually have a ton of them. You just disable your current on-board audio in the BIOS, power off, slap the card into an open PCI slot in the case, close the case, power-up, install the drivers off the included CD and you're in business.

Above all, you get up to 64 voices in hardware, spares your CPU so the rest of your system runs fast, EAX support for surround 5.1/7.1 speakers, CMS3D for expansion of 2 speakers/headphones, tons of nice EQ features and handy EQ presets, sound environment settings, clean 96khz, 24-bit hardware audio quality, etc.etc. Not to mention you can hit Creative's website and they have an auto-updater (for IE5.0 and above) that works like Windows Update.. takes all the pain out of keeping your drivers and so... Read more

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Recently I had some computer issues and had to take apart my PC and refit it back. Everything is fine now but I just realised that my Nvidia GPU is being used as the HD audio device. Audio plugs are all in the motherboard jacks and not in the gpu, my gpu dosent have any audio jacks anyway.

I didnt even realise the issue until recently when I tried to record some gameplay footage and found my recording to have screwy audio. Everything else seems to be fine as far as sound is concerned. I need to know how I can go back removing my GPU as the audio device and re-enabling Realtek. Right now I have no realtek device manager in my control panel or my programs list.

I wasnt sure if it was as simple as re-installing the drivers and rebooting the PC and I've had some major issues with drivers in the past so Im wary of trying to fix the problem on my own.

My motherboard is: Biostar TP67xe
GPU is: Nvidia gtx 570
running on win 7 home 64bit

Thank you.

A:Need help enabling Realtek audio device.

What is listed in the Device Manager, Sound section?

Post a screen shot of the Device Manager, sound section. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Thanks for anyone, who helps me
I have "an old fashion motherboard,, with realtek's VT1818S High Definition Audio 8-Channel soundcard build in to the Asus m4a77 motherboard. Usually with W7 windows i had to install the driver from asus's website... so far when i get to the installation point it says:

none of this package's drivers are compatible with your pc

allthough, this time W8 did install the driver but its delivered by microsoft, High Definition Audio device. well... the card works, if i keep the speakers attachde to the front jack. and the stereo mix capturing doesn't work.

Any help?

A:Realtek HD Audio device driver

Try running in compat mode. Steps 1,2,3 of option one should get you there. You may need to ininstall what you have going then run this on the exe that you downloaded from asus.. good luck to you
Compatibility Mode - Windows 7 Forums

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Hello all I have Win 7 32-bit on my gateway mx6437 and am having the same problem that several people are having here - no sound. I downloaded the latest Realtek AC '97 drivers from the Realtek website. I checked to see if this card was compatible with Win 7 32-bit from the compatability website. Right now the drivers are "installed" but Win 7 says its unsuccessfully installed.

I have an AMD Turion 64 card. Please help I've been researching this issue for the past 2 weeks without success.

A:no audio output device - realtek ac '97


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first I already wanna thank everybody who replies to this and try to help me. Yesterday morning I tried to download a sound driver that would make the Stereo Mix option available. It was not from the original website of Realtek or HP. It was from here: http://driveragent.com/c/archive/196a161c/Realtek-High-Definition-audio#summary. After I finished the installation and restarted my PC there was a red cross next to the sound icon and when I tried to open volumemixer it said 'No audio output device installed'. I tried to uninstall it with system restore. Than I also tried to install the latest sound drivers from the Realtek and HP site but both didn't work. Also I saw on another topic that maybe some services were stopped but that wasn't. Now I really don't know what to do. Hope someone can help me.


PC manufactrurer: HP
Operating system: Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 32-bit

A:There is no output device (Realtek HD Audio)

Your PC manufacturer is HP but what is the model?

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I don't know what's wrong with this.I have no sound for anything. and even when I try to stream videos in the internet, the video automatically pauses for about every 12 seconds.

I don't know what to do but I think you guys can help me.
I also have a Realtek AC'97 audio for VIA(R) audio controller. I'm running Windows XP Service Pack 3. My motherboard is VIA VT8237R plus.

I'm having the same problem:
Device cannot start( code 10)

I also tried to install that vinyl_v700b
but every time the installation starts, my conputer tends to restart. That's why I can't install that one.
what's wrong? Can you guys please tell me what to do?
thnx. I cant really watch videos nor play music files.

Thanks again.

A:Realtek AC'97 audio controller not working -- error (code 10)

Apart from the audio driver, it is critical to have the right chipset driver installed. The VIA southbridge needs to work properly to interface with the vinyl audio processor.
So try installing the chipset driver first, and then the audio driver. And of course make sure all MS updates are installed, including the MS UAA driver.

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Hi peeps.

First time posting, so if im not doing it right i apologise.

I recently formated my pc, and re-installed windows XP pro.. installed all my drivers ect & everything was working perfect even my sound.. the next day when i switched the pc my audio device has a code 10 error?

How does that work? i dont have a virus as i did scans, i tried uninstalling and re-installing all different audio drivers even older versions, just doesnt seem to work...
Im getting sleepless nights with this nonsense .. damn digital signatures

My pc specs:
AMD 3000+
motherboard 7njl3/4
geforce 6200a
1 gig ram
120 gig hardrive.

PLEASE HELP ME.. it is so damn annoying..

thanks in advance.

A:Realtek ac'97 audio drive not working, error code 10

No sound?

Try the simple things first. Speakers on and working? Plug them into a MP3 player, test that they actually amplify. Speaker plug in the correct socket in the PC? ( I mean not the Mic socket?) Have you looked in 'Device Manager' for a yellow warning by the entry for your sound option? Assume you know all the above, it's most likely still to be the wrong drivers. Go into 'Device Manager' and uninstall any sound drivers. Then go to www.drivereasy.com and download their free program, scan your PC and you will get the right driver I would think. You might also find a few other drivers out of date too. And NO it doesn't cost you to use that program. Hope this helps.

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Hey! First things first, I'm running an Aspire V3-772g laptop. After the recent Windows 10 update, I was having issues getting past the lock screen (took AGES to get to the point where I could input my password) and it had been a while, so I reformatted ('reset my PC' deleting all files) - this actually didn't solve my problem, so I used Rufus with a Windows 10 iso from Microsoft to delete all partitions and REALLY start fresh. Ever since, the laptop is running like a dream--in all but one respect. It seems like no matter WHAT I do, I CANNOT get my HDMI audio / TV to appear as an option in Playback Devices (yes, disabled devices is ticked). Looking in Device Manager, the High Definition Audio Device has an exclamation mark is throwing a code 10 - device unable to start. I've tried uninstalling it, tried installing all drivers from Intel's V3-772g page including chipset, updated my graphics driver / Realtek / Intel HD audio drivers... and yet, nothing. Ran /sfc, ran /chkdsk, nothing. I read something that led me to believe .NET framework might be part of the issue--and I did actually have quite a bit of difficulty getting 3.5 installed / functional, but I finally did...... and still, nothing!! I'm seriously losing my mind. I'm having to run my surround sound through an auxiliary cable into the laptop, which is just sacrilege and a fraction of the quality. If there is ANYTHING, ANYONE can suggest beyond the above, please do!!

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This is for a friend of mine. The computer says that there is not sound driver and has this button because there's no sound. I don't know much of his computer but whenever we try to download and install the realtek high definition audio driver, it installs succesfully, asks us to restart and when it loads it STILL says that there are no drivers for sound. He said he installed a genuine windows a few minutes ago and asked me to come to his house and fix it. He hasn't installed any windows updates yet. All I know is that he has an AMD Seprom 2500+ 1.7GHz 512MB ram and that's it. Anybody know WHICH version of Realtek should we install?

A:Realtek HD Audio Device intalled. Still not working?

First thing is are you sure the motherboard has Realtek for the audio? Also the HD or AC'97 driver, as with it having an old Sempron in it is possible that it uses the older AC'97 driver.

Need to double check the model number of the motherboard to see what it has.

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I'm using a windows 8 pavilion g7 laptop. Long story short, I wanted to have realtek HD audio on my computer mainly for the cool audio effects that come with it because the audio drivers that came with my computer don't have those effects. Nonetheless, I installed realtek HD audio hoping it would install and i could simply change the audio settings to use realtek instead of the ones on my computer. once the installation was complete and after i rebooted and everything, I couldn't find the driver for realtek. So i went into sound, video, and game controllers under device manager and didn't find the realtek driver listed. only the two audio drivers that came with my computer. The two audio drivers that came with my computer are as follows: AMD high definition audio device and IDT high definition audio device CODEC. I tried to uninstall them and just reboot but my computer ended up automatically reinstalling those devices anyway. I don't get it. It's like my computer can't recognize the realtek driver or something. At this point I'm not even sure if my computer will allow that kind of audio device. PLEASE HELP!

A:Realtek HD audio not showing up in device manager

You list IDT High Definition Audio. This is your PC's sound "card". You can't install RealTek as there is no RealTek audio chip. You can ONLY use IDT drivers, and the Vendor (HP) supplied drivers are the preferred.

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Hello guys. I am new here and really hoping you guys could help me out!

Basically i formatted my computer yesterday and reinstalled Windows XP. But now when i try to add my drivers for my sound card i get an error. Its a Rundll error and its coming up every time i try and set it up.

The thing i am confused about is that my sound card says it is working properly. Its a Realtek AC'97.

Here are some pictures of the errors that i am getting:

I really hope you guys can give me some sort of information on how i can fix this. It would be must appreciated.

Kind Regards

A:No audio device found, after installing Realtek AC'97!

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
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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I have a practically brand new C940, but every once in a while have a red X by my sound icon on the bottom right hand corner, and lose audio.  A restart will normally fix it, but it happens quite frequently. Under the device manager, the Realtek Audio device shows:  This device cannot start. (Code 10)STATUS_DEVICE_POWER_FAILURE Again, a reboot will generally fix the issue, but not sure why there is a power failure to the audio device?

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I have a PC built from an Asus P5B-WiFi Delux motherboard running Windows 8 Pro with Classic Shell which has an Realtek HD audio on board sound device. I also have a Creative X-Fi Gamer sound card installed. All of these were installed and working correctly.

One time I unplugged my speakers and when I plugged them back in again the sound was being played back on the Realtek headphone device. I couldn't find anyway to get it to play back on the Realtek speakers so I disabled the headphone device. Now I can't find the headphone device anywhere. Since rebooting the sound is coming out of the speakers device so that is OK but I'm still wondering where my headphone device has gone.

I will try re-installing the Realtek drivers but I'd like to know what happened.


A:Realtek HD Audio headphone device missing

I had trouble with my headphones & fixed it with the method in the picture---

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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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Oh man... all I did was re-boot my computer and now this! As far as I am aware, I have updated nothing, downgraded nothing, windows auto update is turned off, my device was working before... had the drivers, because I was listening to music a couple of hours ago. what information can I give you lovely sweet technicians to help me out or narrow down the problem? **NOTE Re-booting again doesn't help, but maybe it's a one in 3 Chance?

A:No Audio Device/The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)

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I bought a laptop from a friend and it has no sound. When I tried to find the source of the problem an error message pops up which I am sure is the root of my problem. It is Realtek AC97 audio driver error code 10. Make: emachines xp, Model number: m622-uk8x. Can someone please assist me with this issue, I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Realtek ac97 audio driver error code 10

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