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Audio Muffled & Bass too High

Q: Audio Muffled & Bass too High

My system specs are on my profile.

My integrated audio is: Realtek ALC898

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preferred Solution: Audio Muffled & Bass too High

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

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

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

A: Audio Muffled & Bass too High

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Running Windows 7 64 bit.

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

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Nevermind. Issue resolved. Please close this topic.

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Heya heres my problem,

Iv had this for a few months I am REALLY but really sick of it, i have no idea how to fix it.
Im using onboard sound realtek HD, latest driver installed.
My problem is that sometimes my sound goes really high when there isnt any bass playing. When high bass, the sound goes lower. Im also using headphones. I feel like there is something that lowers my sound when there is alot of bass, or that my computer cant handle high bass. Heres my dx spec:

System Information
Time of this report: 1/16/2013, 11:08:10
Machine name: SIMONE-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 ?dition Int?grale 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_ldr.110622-1505)
Language: French (Regional Setting: French)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/05/10 19:13:52 Ver: 08.00.10
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G620 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8104MB RAM
Page File: 1772MB used, 14432MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: N... Read more

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I'm getting a PC which was recently been downgraded from Windows 7 to Windows XP. Since the change has been made, high pitched audio are coming from his headphones.

Drivers are most recent, but removed, and reinstalled incase of bad install, no luck.
Tried different media and different headset and still gives the same issue. Also tried the read audio port, no luck.

This is a Dell OP GX520 Windows XP with 2 gb ram, P4

it has the latest bios and drivers...any ideas? thanks in advance

A:Sounds from PC is high pitched, no bass

Hello there,

Is there a utility that came with the drivers which allows you to set the sound equalizer settings?


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

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

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

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

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

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The only recent changes I've made to my computer is the newest update from Microsoft. When I log on to XP, the startup sound is fine, but the normal system sounds are very very muffled. I've checked the levels, and checked for conflicts, and nothing seems to be wrong. Aside from the system sounds, known wav files have the same very very low volume.

Using XP SP3, realtek 97. When I use the HRTF demo under the audio configuration, everything sounds fine. Just not sure why if all the levels are good, why things don't work.

Please help.


A:Solved: Muffled Audio and System Sounds

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Hello I recently Bought a new computer and ever since then i have been having some annoying problems With Recording and audio. So Before on my old computer that is about 4 years old it had Realtek AC,97 Great software But my new computer will not work on anything else other then Realtek High Definition Drivers, i really hate it but without it my sound will not work and my computer will not function right without it. Let me explain to you what was happening just two weeks ago, i downloaded fraps And i got into Half life 1 to test if everything was going okay but it wasn't. What was happening was everything was to loud and distorting, something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX55ZY7TZEg but a little less loud and annoying but still really annoying, enough to make any one mad. I fixed it and its great now but Of course nothing is calm if your going to try to fix something, now what i get is this annoying Muffled audio track every time i record a video, I messed around with the settings for about 2 weeks till i got that loud annoying stuff away but now it's all muffled, i have googled many times and found nothing and i used youtube to but nothing helped me, I have Tried Fraps, and Xfire recording both ending with the same result. This is not the program its my drivers or settings. I Have uninstalled The HD Drivers twice now attempting to install AC,97 but my computer refuses and i accept that. I am really tired of this issue and if someone could help me out, h... Read more

A:When Recording Videos The Result Is Muffled audio

my name is dominic too!

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Turn off all enhancements, in your speakers properties if you want to record using any recording devices.

dont turn on dts effects too. ( i don t know if i really had it on when i was recording but yeah i turned it off)

if your Stereo mix isnt showing, my problem was, because i didnt install my motherboard drivers.

other people had it disabled and didnt right click and checkmark hidden devices so it could show.
and damn now its working like windows xp. im soo happy

i hope i helped someone cause it took me about 5 hours to figure out LOL

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This has been a persistent issue-- years ago, I experienced this on my Windows 7 pc (which I resolved years ago and no longer remember how I did it). Last night when I updated to Windows 10, the muffle came back happened again.

The issue is that only the audio from *streaming video* when paying through my speakers (not my Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma headphones) comes through muffled and distorted. Audio from streaming audio is fine through the headphones, and system sounds play back fine.

I have a Sound Blaster Recon3d Xfinity Pro card.

I can't imagine this isn't a driver issue, but I uninstalled the Recon3D driver and allowed Windows 10 to do an auto-reinstall, and the problem persists.

Solutions online discuss Adobe flash, but if Adobe flash were the issue I'd be experiencing the same problem while listening through headphones. By process of elimination it seems to be a problem with the Recon3D drivers.

Anyone have any suggestions for me?

A:Muffled audio on Youtube/other streaming sites

Perhaps instead of allowing Win10 to install the driver, download and install it from here.

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This has been a problem for me for a few months now, but it's just getting unbearable.
So, here's the situation:Oftentimes, my headphones give out muffled audio. It makes it virtually impossible to make out human speech, and just generally isn't very good. In the past, I could fix this by adjusting the headphone jack somewhat, but over time I've had to do it more violently and I'm concerned at this point that I'll harm the computer if I continue doing it. Now, whenever it happens, I have to wiggle the jack around with a decent amount of force to get it to work properly.
I'm not particularly good with computer hardware, so I'm not entirely sure what the exact issue could be. If you need any more information, just ask. I'd be happy to provide it. Any help is appreciated.

A:Audio jack giving out muffled, bad quality sound

Nevermind. I just hooked up a pair of speakers with audio ports of their own into the back, and it works pretty well.

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The audio for all media through the speakers will become muffled every few seconds, then revert back to normal quality only to become muffled again. This happens only with the speakers, though, as headphones seem to work fine.

A:Audio on inspiron 13 7000 windows 10 fades in and out, with a muffled quality

 I think I found a fix!

Right click on the speaker icon on the lower right part of your screen (sorry, can't remember the English name for that) and choose "Playback Devices", so you'll get to the Sound menu. Click on the Communications tab. There you'll find a set of options to "When windows detects communication activity:"
Choose "Do nothing".

This solved for me, hope it helps you guys too. Sorry about my English, I am not a native speaker.

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I just got a new computer...with Realtek HD Audio. Specifically: Realtek ALC888S.

The computer has no bass. Music played through YouTube, Winamp, WMP, iTunes, or through games have essentially nothing coming out of the sub.

I do have 5.1 selected, that is what my setup is.

Here is the weird thing. When I plug my MP3 Player into the Line-In and play through there, the bass sounds great. When I play from inside the computer, there is none. Can anyone point me to some places to look inside the Realtek HD Audio Manager? I can't seem to find anything useful in there at all.

A:Realtek HD audio, no bass

have you checked the bass management and swap bass and center option? you might want to try checking those option to check if it bring back the bass.

btw also try the 5.1 speaker test to check if all channels sound properly.

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Hi I have recently updated my OS to Windows 8.1. The problem I have is the bass has completely disappeared and the sound is awful and tinny. I have a Pavilion DV6, Please help! Kye

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A:No Bass on Beats Audio...Help!

Hi: Please see if this driver helps. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-124991-1&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0027

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Hi,I recently installed a driver to reinstall beats audio and improve the sound quality on my laptop, and it was working fine up until just recently.Now, the audio sounds tinny with no bass to speak of. I was wondering if there was a fix for this, and if it would be easier to just delete the beats audio codec and replace it with the generic one instead? I am not too computer savvy, so I tried to the best of my ability to resolve it by turning beats audio on and off, enabling/disabling the audio codec, but that has not done any good. Would someone be able to help me out? My computer also updated recently to OS build 14393.447Thanks!

A:Bass Not Working in Beats Audio!

Hi: See if this driver works...Install and restart the PC. This package contains the driver that enables the IDTHigh-Definition (HD) Audio in supported notebook models that arerunning a supported operating system. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp63501-64000/sp63555.exe

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Heya guys, not sure if this is the right place to put this....
Anyways, I may butcher some terminology here but, my motherboard came with Realtek Audio for the sound software(?). The audio manager for it kinda sucks and it just gives me a bunch of childish options like making it sound like I am in a bathtub or a sewer pipe. I just want to turn the bass down a little bit. Is there any software that could let me do this? Am I missing something basic?

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Ive just got an Horizon IdeaCentre all in one and have connected my external 5.1 speakers via USB. Unlike my previous Lenovo pc, if I go into the Realtek Audio Manager I can only change the built in internal speakers and it doesn't give me an option to select my own speakers so am unable to change bass, treble, acoustics, etc. Any suggestions as to how I can change these audio settings would be appreciated.

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I'm in the same boat.  I just got my Horizon 2 -27 yesterday and the sound quality is tinny like a bad a.m. radio.  I don't know what to do to make it better, but I can't stand listening to anything on it the way it is right now.

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Hey @Don_HP,  Welcome back to the HP Support Forums! I read over your previous thread. I understand that you were having some sound quality issues back and forth between the headphones and your built in speakers. I will do my absolute best to help you resolve the problem on your HP ENVY 17t-k000 CTO Notebook PC. Some of the steps that I provide to you may seem redundant and repetitive, but it's because sometimes in a specific order, they work.  If the headphones or headset device is not functioning with your notebook, updating the audio driver and software can sometimes resolve the problem.You had provided the download that you had used to update the driver previously.  Have you tried using the Windows troubleshooting tool?Have you tried to see if the headphones are recognized by the Notebook? Please use the Resolving Headphones and Headset Problems documentation. You will find the steps provided below in this document:Using the Windows troubleshooting toolChecking the sound settingsTroubleshooting headsetsTesting the Headphones using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (UEFI)Other resourcesHave you tried to manually update the chipset drivers to the latest version?Have you done anything different with the Notebook?Did you make any changes to the Notebook?Do you headphones have a microphone on them also? The headphones or headset you want to use might need to be enabled and/or... Read more

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System info in my specs. My Sb Audigy 2Zs turns the volume almost all the way down to barely audible when I adjust the treble or bass sliders. windows indicates that the volume is at 100% it is kinda pissin me off as I have had this sound card for some time and never have had any issue until I used vista. I do have the most recent drivers from creative labs website and I have also used the driver from Microsoft update and both do the same thing. I can use the audio control center and restore *Driver defaults and readjust the volume but no go for bass and treble.

A:SB audigy 2 Zs audio not right/ no bass and treble low volume


Look here for the sound driver for Vista: -

Creative Worldwide Support > Audigy 2 ZS

Here for the motherboard: -

MSI Global ? Mainboard - 870-G45

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Hello, I've been having a problem with my static and distortion in my audio, particularly when the audio playing is heavier on bass. I can consistently play the same movie/music/whatever and it'll crackle at the exact same time. I've tried different speakers, so I know it's not that. Changing my audio drivers to 'High Definition Audio Drivers' as opposed to the 'Realtek High Definition Audio' eliminates the problem entirely. Changing drivers is actually one of the top solutions you get when you Google the problem. Unfortunately, Windows Update keeps on reverting my drivers back to the Realtek drivers (as they're more specific to the hardware), and the problem returns. I can't seem to disable the specific driver update. Even getting the drivers directly from Realtek also gives me the same ridiculous Bang & Olufsen tray app with its horrible equalizer/compression that's causing the distortion. When will these drivers be updated? It seems like I can't even install the vanilla Realtek drivers without being roped into the Bang & Olufsen equalizer that's causing so many problems. It seems like it would be easy to add a toggle setting to the tray app so I can use the proper drivers without the heavy-handed compression. Please, if you know of any way of disabling those settings, even if it's outside of the GUI, let me know. I'm sure others are interested. The latest drivers for my machine are from August 2015 - and they exhibit the... Read more

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Hi, ive had this laptop for a while now, and a few months ago the audio was working just fine when i was producing my music, i plugged in my microphone, guitar hitch, i even set up a new maschine micro mk2 and it all worked fine with low latency. I didnt change the latency and a few weeks after letting my computer sit, i came back and tried to go onto soundcloud, and the audio wasnt working right. The audio came out, but it was like the bass had been manualy turned off. I preveously owned a macbook so if you could please elaborate and explain how to fix the problem or what is happening, that would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi here's my situation. I'm using a computer right now with only two usb plugins. (The mouse and keyboard ports don't work) so I use a USB keyboard and mouse. The speakers I have require USB too, to power it.I could buy one that plugs into a A/C port instead or buy a USB hub but I really don't want to right now.

So what I'm using for sound right now is a subwoofer that plugs into an A/C port for power, it sounds like crap on youtube because there is obviously too much bass. But on windows media player where there is an equilizer, if I turn the two first bars down the sound actually comes out pretty good and clear.

Yeah, I'm a cheapass haha. But what I'm wondering is there some type of UNIVERSAL audio controller I can download where I can turn the bass down all the way so I can listen to stuff on youtube and everything else with clearity.. Really I just want to turn the bass all the way down but I don't think the audio control windows comes with has that option.


A:advanced audio control? (turn bass down on my PC)??

Depending on your sound hardware and driver, sometimes there is a separate configuration panel for your sound hardware and sometimes, e.g Realtek, a global EQ is provided.

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How can I adjust the bass and treble settings on my HP Envy 23 inch all in one computer?  The computer  has Beats Audio system

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Recently I upgraded Windows to the new Anniversary Update. However, when I turn on Bass Boost in the Sound settings, there seems to be a weird crackling sound when playing a video, just as if my headphones are broken or can't play enough bass. I believe this has to do with Windows, as I found a really weird thing - if I go to the settings and disable Bass Boost, then enable it again, the video plays out fine. Until I play another video - then the sound is crap again. And so, every time I play a video I have to re-enable the Bass Boost to get a decent sound.
This happens both with the default audio drivers and with the suggested Conexant drivers on the manufacturer's website.
Before I upgraded Windows there was no issue.

Does anyone know how to fix this?

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Hey guys, I just had this happen to me and I am very frustrated. Nothing like this has ever happened before, so I don't know how to go about fixing it. I love listening to music and watching videos on my laptop, but a few days ago, everything started to sound like total crap. I realized that it's because nothing had any bass to it anymore. I've tried plugging in various headphones and speakers, but they all have the same problem. Note that all of these headphones and speakers work perfectly when plugged into other devices/computers.

I used this YouTube video to test my audio and I could not hear anything below 80Hz.

Other info:
Laptop model number: HP ENVY 14t-2000 CTO
Product number: LR198AV
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Warranty: expired
Audio driver: IDT high definition audio CODEC (latest driver from HP website)
The laptop uses Beats audio.
This is an issue with plugging speakers/headphones into the 3.5mm audio jack. Yes, I'm aware that the regular laptop speakers do not output bass to begin with. This is not about the internal laptop speakers.
No, I did not stick anything into the 3.5mm audio jack.

Things I tried...

1. Checking with multiple headphones and speakers
2. Restarting the computer
3. Checking for updates to the audio driver (none found)
4. Rolling back the audio driver - this caused the computer to output NO sound when something was plugged into the audio jack, but the internal spea... Read more

A:Bass output range (though 3.5mm audio jack) suddenly gone

Check the configuration of the Beats Audio. It is an "enhancement" to the basic PC sound. I don't have Beats so I can't say what all it does, but I suspect there are different music settings and an equalizer in it. Beats is known for boosting bass, so another reason to check the Beats configuration.

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The bass has dropped out of the audio frequency on my Pavillion. I think it may be something to do with the B&O software as its menu has also disappeared. Windows 10 came with the product so I don't think it was that update that has interfered.

A:Bass has dropped out, B&O audio product menu has disappeared

Hi, Can you post back with the full Model No. and Product No. of your notebook - you can usually get this by holding down the fn key and pressing esc, otherwise see Here for a guide on locating this information. Regards, DP-K

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I would like to disable the Beats Audio feature, as it is known to change certain volumes and mess with the sound. For example, I noticed that the bass is often muddled and overpowering. However, when I disable it in the Beats Control Panel, the bass suddenly disappears, despite my external equalizer (not the one in the Beats control panel) being neutral. How can I fix the bass problem, or completely remove the Beats features from my laptop? I have looked into past threads on this subjects, but unfortunately the fixes mentioned no longer work with the current drivers/Windows. For example, the IDT drivers that were mentioned are now gone, instead I only have Realtek drivers. EDIT: I have disabled all sound effects in the Windows Sound enhancements tab, this seems to negate some of the changes of disabling Beats Audio. Is this a viable fix?

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Hello All

I have a dell inspiron 531 with windows vista home premium. i have a Realtek ALC888 HD Audio sound card.

recently, the audio when i play music has been malfunctioning, and the bass suddenly cuts out, leaving only a tinny, muted sound playing. i tried a different player, to no avail. this happened 4 months ago, and dell resolved the situation, although i forgot how.

we (dell and I) installed the updated driver (as of this month), and that did not work. we then system restored to the day before when I the latest quicktime, but this did not work either.

a minute ago I tried to install the new version of the driver again, and that did not work either. I am out of ideas. Does anyone know what could be the issue?

Thank you all,


A:Realtek ALC888 HD Audio driver for Vista - no bass

After installing the new driver twice, I checked the properties for it, and it still says that the driver date is in 2006. Does this mean that the new driver hasn't installed?

The driver is the only thing I can think of that would be causing my bass to be totally non-existent when I play sound.

Any ideas friends?


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Bass Boost Configuration not present in the properties of my Speaker/Sound Settings. Using the Category View in the Control Panel, I left click Hardware and Sound, and then Sound. I then right click on Speakers and select Properties. Following that, I go to the Enhancements tab, for my speaker settings. There isn't a Bass Boost option, available. Does this mean I cannot have my speakers on my new PC producing quality sound? This is dells latest model, and I contacted them only to have them tell me that the driver I currently have is the official driver, and that I would have to"Seek a third party driver, for your desired enhancements." I don't have the slightest idea where to look and I don't want to retrieve any malicious virus' from any "third party" websites. Any advice?

A:Dell XPS L702X Audio Driver Bass Boost Problem

I know it's only been an hour but someone else just posted in the same "driver" part of the forum, and got several answers in only 23 minutes.... bump? =_= . . .

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I have this ready built office pc "Dell Precision T1600", quite nice setup, but i have a problem with the sounds, ive encountered this problem years ago with the same integrated Realtek HD Audio device.

For awile now it has annoyed me alot that the sound levels keep changing from bass, say a song where you got strong vocals before the bass kicks in, the vocals are loud and clear, but when the bass starts kicking, the vocals are supressed for atleast -50% volume, when the bass eases up, vocals and other background sound volume rises again.

What i have tried:
Remove/reinstall drivers, adjust the bass volume control on the subwoofer, change speakers, try the same speakers on another pc, try the speakers on my mobile phone, fiddled with all kinds of settings ive found on windows and realtek hd control (returned them back to normal).

It works great on other pcs with a different sound card, and the sound was actually best on my mobile phone.

My solution is to buy a new good sound card, but meanwhile it would be nice to just get it working better. This pc only has plugin holes for 1 sound and 1 mic cables, might be the problem, but it doesnt explain how it works on a laptop with the same holes.

A:Realtek HD Audio integrated problems with vocal/bass balance

The Precision line is designed to be a business workstation. But, it should sill function properly.

Whether the Realtek hardware is the problem or something else?

Realtek just issued R2.78 drivers. I would give them a try and see how they work. ONLY use the Windows Media Player and on a known good song file. Do not have other media programs running or be on line. Just the basic computer to see how it works.

www.realtek.com Download from the Taiwan site, NOT the Global site.

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Hi everyone, I would be very grateful for some help please!

My laptop recently installed a BIOS update - I don't know what this was but since it happened I have been having sound problems with my laptop. After the update I had no sound. I read around and found how to get the sound back on - I did this by uninstalling AMD high definition audio device and high definition audio device. I would then restart the laptop and the sound would be working again. But when the laptop would be turned off, on turning back on it would re-install the above 2 things again automatically and the sound would no longer work.

I noticed that when the sound was working realtek high definition audio was listed under sound, video and game controllers in the device manager and when it wasn't working this wasn't there. Every time I uninstalled the AMD high definition audio device and high definition audio device the realtek one would be automatically installed when the laptop was restarted but then taken off on the next restart. I tried disabling the first 2 to see if that made any difference but it didn't. I noticed the drivers could be removed for the AMD high definition audio device so I tried that - that is now fully removed but I still have the problem with sound.

My laptop keeps automatically installing high definition audio device. When this is listed the sound doesn't work and the realtek high definition audio isn't listed. When I uninstall that - on the first restart the realte... Read more

A:realtek high definition audio and high definition audio device problem

First, the AMD High Definition Audio Device is ONLY for HDMI audio. It has nothing to do with the PC audio (speakers and/or headset).

Are you sure it was a BIOS update? Those are normally not automatic. The BIOS is the heart of the PC and controls the hardware configurations.

The basic Windows installed High Definition Audio Coded/Device is a generic audio driver. It can be installed for the PC audio and/or the HDMI audio. As this is a generic, basic function driver, the correct hardware driver needs to be installed.

Without the actual HP model number, I can't research what actually belongs on your PC. Apparently it is RealTek, but as it isn't functioning properly, or conflicting I still need to research the PC's specs.

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i have a gateway computer and i want to record some audio from my computer. i looked online how to do this and stereo mixer kept coming up. i looked in my sound and show disabled and disconnected devices are both selected and i do not see stereo mixer in the list of recording devices. can someone please help me on how to get it?

A:conexant high definition audio and intel(R) High Definition Audio HDMI

The Conexant HD Audio would be the device that supplies the Stereo Mixer, if Gateway enabled it. Some vendors have not enabled it to avoid DRM (Digital Rights Management) issues. I've seen a couple of Dell's that way.

Have you tried reinstalling the Gateway supplied driver? If not, give that a try first.

Gateway Support - Downloads & Support Documents - Notebook / NV Series / NV54

If that does not work, unless you can find a compatible Conexant driver somewhere else you may be doomed.

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I am running XP SP 2 on Intel Motherboard DH55TC, Core i5 CPU. UAA High Definition Audio class driver is resulting in high hardware interrupts that uses upto 10 to 12% of CPU. The interrupts goes away if I uninstall UAA Bus driver through Device Manager. But this also disables RealTek audio driver which means I hear sound no more.

I tried updating the UAA driver to Version 1.0a but still the hardware interrupts wont go away. Please help how to fix this issue.

A:Microsoft UAA bus driver for High Definition Audio is causing high hardware interrupt

Download the Realtek drivers here Realtek drivers, you want the third one down, Windows 2000, Windows XP/2003(32/64 bits) Driver only (Executable file)

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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 am constantly having this problem with my laptop. As I plug in and unplug my headphones throughout the day, I've noticed that after a couple times the bass gets really quiet and almost completely drops out. Since I have some pretty decent audiophile headphones with really great bass, it is super annoying and noticeable. 
One workaround I have discovered is to go to the audio settings (either in Windows or the Dell Audio app), and switch the Default Format (the thing with 24-bit, 48000Hz in it)  to something else, play some audio, then switch it back. 
A little word on my setup: I have the latest drivers from the Dell download page installed. I am running Windows 10 64-bit with all the updates. I have Waves Maxx audio "enhancements" disabled. My Default Format is usually set to 24-bit 48000Hz, but the problem eventually happens no matter what I set it to. The "headphone size" option is set to "Medium", but as far as I can tell this option does nothing if I do not have Waves Maxx enabled. Switching it also does not fix the problem.
If I play audio using WASAPI (this basically means that the music player takes over the sound card completely, and bypasses whatever audio processing Windows and the driver has) the problem does not happen. 
How do I fix this problem? It's incredibly annoying, and most likely has something to do with the audio driver, since this does not happen in Linux, and it did not happen when I was runn... Read more

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I just bought a notebook Lenovo G450 and I had drivers not found problem. My OS is Windows XP SP2. In Device Manager, there are four "Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus" device with exclamation mark. Below is the link to the screenshot of my device manager (pardon me, you have copy-paste the link manually since my post count is still below 5 so I cannot post link/image here):

There is no sound problem since I had successfully installed the sound driver from lenovo (The name is "Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221" as you can see on the screenshot above) and the sound is working without problem. I also had installed Microsoft UAA Bus Driver before installing the sound driver.

I had tried installing realtek and nvidia high definition audio driver and all required drivers from lenovo (http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_list.aspx?CategoryID=370748), but still no avail. The four yellow exclamation marks is still exist.

So I need help to identify what actually are the devices that shown as "Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus"? And where can I get the driver for that devices?

These are the device IDs:

HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10DE&DEV_000B&SUBSYS_10DE0101&REV_1001\5&15CA... Read more

A:Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus driver not found on Lenovo G450

I'd advise you should first upgrade to SP3. Then report back if you still have the problem and can proceed from there

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Got a niggling problem with installing a driver for my onboard sound. I recently bought a motherboard bundle (Nforce 7050M-M) and I have got everything working fine but I just cannot install the driver for this. I'm currently using OS XP SP3.

It seems like I have tried every everthing that i've seen posted on a similar problem. I have all the latest drivers for windows, motherboard & Bios.

When I first had the problem it was a code 39 error on the device manager, now its a code 1 error (i'm can't rembmer at what point this changed as i've tried so many things).

Does anyone have solution for this problem?

Please help, thanks.

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Hello, my name is steven and I would like to begin by saying that I am an amateur when it comes to working with computers. I wanted to free up space to operate my computer faster and hopefully stop lagging while playing games or just browsing for that matter and it seems the only certain amount of RAM to add to increase my speed is the lowest that is sold @ kingston technology which is a 1GB card. Unfortunately, being the amateur I am, I was stumped here , http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/system_specific/server where they ask for my manufacturer, product line, and model. I plugged in all the numbers I could think of that might work for each but nothing matched when it came to the model # and I personally have no clue what my product line is so as I said I was just guessing I have all the information about my computer (from what I believe to be the complete transcript of it) and I just need to be able to answer the questions on kingston technologie's website so I can get my recommended RAM card that will hopefully be compatible with my computer. Nothing about product line is stated and the manufacturer of the cpu is unclear and so I would like help identifying the answers to the three questions posed on kingston technologies website.

IDT High definition audio codec (code 10)
The title explains it all I went into device manager and the only thing with an ! on it was the IDT high definition audio codec and "PCI simple communications controller" beside it under t... Read more

A:Solved: RAM limit and Audio IDT high definition audio codec code 10

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238409 MB, Free - 192384 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FJ030
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: No, On-Demand Scanner: Disabled

These are my computer stats using the techguy's software to identify my information

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I am new to this forum. I have searched for related problems here but did not find anything relevant, my apologies if this is a duplicate. What follows is a copy of a message sent to VIA (in Taiwan apparently):

I seem to be having some issues with your VIA High Definition Audo drivers in an Asus K60IJ-series laptop (purchased in 2010). The driver version is dated 09/07/2009. It works fine on its own but when I try to add an external audio device to the system, I run into problems:

- I was not able to make a Toshiba Bluetooth Stack (driving a Kensington K33902 dongle) produce any audio: Windows will not let me set the bluetooth-connected external audio device (Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter, provides no Win7 drivers) as a default device while you drivers are installed. If I remove your drivers and allow Windows to install its default drivers instead, I can now choose the Bluetooth device as default but still get no audio out of it, nor out of your VIA audio chipset either (it seems the generic Windows drivers are not compatible with your chipset).

- Am having similar problems with a Creative Digital HS-1200 bluetooth headset: the headset is automatically set as default when the Bluetooth interface is plugged into USB port, but the default can't be changed, and Windows Media Player complains that there are no audio drivers for it (it appears OK under Device Manager)... YouTube continues to play through the VIA despite. The headset works fine on a... Read more

A:Laptop audio problems possibly involving built in VIA High Def Audio

Hello sybernut mate this is the site where you need to go to get drivers the Windows feature is not something I am a fan of and find it is far better to get the drivers straight form the machine's manufacturers site or the device in side the machine site.
http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=K60IJ&os=17 - in the manual section it tells you how to set up Blu tooth stuff. The drivers are all there - I am linking to the Asus K60IJ notebook form your specs.

Now if you want in depth details of the components see this
Using HW Info
You can test the volts on the PSU with HW Info HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download < download the right bit version and close the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power section where you will see what the volts are doing see my pic.
The original right hand window shows the machine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use the main left hand side panel
Open each small square with + in it on the section the components are in and then click on the individual component/s (it will highlight in blue) - in the right hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds and other essential info that particular device. See pic for example.
Use Part B: (see pic for an example - I have shown you my RAM you need to click on one of the +'s until you find the Blu tooth info probably Network)

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Hi, please help.
I accidentally uninstalled audio device on high definition audio bus...now it has a yello exclamation mark and won't update. Under audio it says I have no audio device. I have windows XP, service 3 pack... and I hope this is the number you would need 55274-640-8725436-23218? thanks

A:No sound, accidentally uninstalled audio device on high definition audio bus

What is the make and model# of your computer? Or if a custom build, the make and model# of your motherboard? Go to the Manufacturers Support/Download Drivers site, type in your make and model # and download the Audio Driver for your computer.

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Just reinstalled windows xp. Reinstalled all my drivers, but I'm not sure what this "audio device on high definition audio bus" driver is; that device driver has put that yellow question mark next to. I've looked and looked on Google, it seems some people have fixed with video card drivers, others, motherboard drivers. I'm using a fatality pro soundblaster card.

I've tried to download the audio drivers for the maximus formula, but I believe this goes to the sound card that comes with the mobo, which I am not using. When I try to install, it says that it doesn't match my hardware, and aborts.

I have also disabled on-board sound or the equivalent thereof for this board, in BIOS.

My chipset is X38, and my SB is 82801IR (ICH9R).

Also, if it helps, the device instance id is:


Oh, and thanks!!!

A:audio device on high definition audio bus -- ASUS Maximus Formula

Are you getting sound through the sound card? Did you install the drivers to the sound card? Try to enable on-board and see if you get sound from the card? After you enable on-board, install drivers for it, then go back and disable it so it might shut up.

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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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