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Gigabyte ud3h bk mobo - realtek ac1150 onboard sound issue (very low volume and crackling)

Question: Gigabyte ud3h bk mobo - realtek ac1150 onboard sound issue (very low volume and crackling)

Hi everyone,

A few days ago I replaced my cpu, motherboard and hdds on my system.

OLD System (main components)
Case: Antec 902 v3
Cpu: i7 950
Mobo: Asus p6x58d-e
RAM: corsair vengence 4gb x 3
GPU: Zotac GTX 660
Boot drive: Intel 40gb ssd (Win 7)
HDD: WD 1TB (black)

New System (main components)
Case: Antec 902 v3
Cpu: i7 4790k
Mobo: Gigabyte z97x - ud3h-bk
RAM: corsair vengence 4gb x 3
GPU: Zotac GTX 660
Boot drive: Samsumg evo 500gb ssd (Win 7)
HDD: WD 3TB (black)

I was able to clone the ssd and hdd (samsung migration for ssd and Easeus todo backup for hdd). Initally I had some driver conflict when I booted up the computer on the new mobo.
I managed to uninstall all the old drivers and then used the driver cd to install the mobo drivers and even updated all of them to the latest version. I

The conflict I'm still having is with the back panel audio for the onboard sound. I get very low volume and and crackling at certain frequencies (tried on both my generic creative speaker and Audio technical headphones). When I'm plugging in the speaker into the green port and have it plugged in half way or accidentally touch the jack to the I/o plate I get really strong/loud static noise.

Here is the list of solution that I tried with no success:

Updated the Realtek HD Audio Manager app (I.e the one installed from the driver cd) to the latest one
Used DPC latency checker and it is showing all greens (didn't test it for more than a minute though..should I be doing something while the app is on to test for interference?)
Installed Generic Realtek driver for ac1150 codec.
Disabled C1E and EIST in the bios
Played with the equalizers on Realtek HD Audio Manager (helped to reduce bit of static but its still there and the volume is still very low)
Disabled all line/in devices
Checked audio with a ubuntu live cd and the problem still persists (does this indicate a hardware issue?)
What I find strange is that my front panel that is connected to the HD audio pins on the motherboard works fine with the same speaker and headphones.

I still have some more solutions I need to test out, like:

Update the bios (currently on F6 version the latest is F7)
I have a spare asus xonar dg (PCI) so will try to install it and test if audio will works fine. But this is not a permanent solution as I only have one PCI slot which I'm using for my wireless card adapter (Edimax 7128g)
Run Memtest (can this ever be a problem for sound related issues?)
Driver Sweeper (I believe I have properly/manually uninstalled all the mobo drivers but going try this app to be sure)
Can someone please point me in the right direction on how to solve this? This is the first time I'm installing/replacing a mobo and cpu so should check if there is a wiring issue when I replaced all the parts back into the case. Please let me know if more information is need to help resolve this.

I have a few more days left incase I have to RMA the mobo so any pointers would really be helpful before I decide to send it back (if at all).

Sreejit S

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hi folks
id just like to pick some brains on this 1 plz.
i hav just upgraded my mobo to a gigabyte 880GA-UD3H but i had a friend do the fitting.
he put my x-fi extrem music soundcard back in too and i was wondering if there is realy any point in using the sound card as its a brand new mobo and i would think that the onboard HD audio may be better than the old x-fi card.
any suggestions folks??

Answer:x-fi xtreme audio or gigabyte 880GA-UD3H onboard

Only way for you to determine that is to try both and see which sounds better to you. If you have anything resembling half way decent speakers or headphones I'm betting that you'll still use your X-Fi.

If you're connecting digitally (optical or coax) to a receiver then it doesn't matter which you use, as it will be the receiver that will be doing the digital/analogue conversion.

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Hey, I recent put together this new rig. I'm using the onboard sound card for my Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0 mobo. The sound chipset is Realtek ALC889. I've updated the latest drivers, but there is crackling/static noise when I play music.

Currently I mainly use a 2.1 speaker system. But Ive tried testing it with headphones the static/crackling noises persists. It is not constant, but it shows up periodically. Furthermore, when there is no music/sound playing the noise is not there. This leads me to believe its a hardware/driver issue and not so much a speaker/interference issue.

I'm stumped on this and any help would be appreciated, the noise is annoying.

Answer:Realtek onboard sound card: Static/Crackling noises

Do you have a wireless (wi fi) connection? They have been known to cause this. A cordless phone or cell phone sitting close by is also a potential. Video card/drivers have also been another issue.

There are many possibilites and many forum posts about this problem, here, on the Dell users forum and other internet computer forums. No "one fix" for the problem.

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Hi all,

I'm trying to run two monitors in Win7 using my Gigabyte z77x-ud3h. If I install NO drivers, I get a mirrored display; if I install either the Gigabyte Intel VGA driver or the native Intel driver, however, I get dual monitor performance... but only when the driver is freshly installed and the computer is still on.

If I restart or reboot, Win7 "forgets" the second monitor and only uses the VGA monitor.

If I uninstall the drivers and disconnect the VGA monitor, Windows will use the DVI monitor with no drivers installed.

But if I install the drivers again, Windows -- even if the VGA monitor has never been connected -- will "use" the VGA monitor and the DVI monitor will stay dark.

Is the motherboard defective? Or is this something about Windows 7?

Answer:Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H onboard Intel graphics - DVI issues

after the reboot, can you rightclick on the desktop and select "screen resolution" then click on "detect" and see if it then detects both screens, then set them to work how both are supposed to work, click on save and then see if on reboot it works.

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Well guys , after MUCH reading on the tinterwebs ive noticed that there are alot of posts about 'crackling' sound and sound drops with realtek drivers and windows 7 on some machines. And it seems like im also one of the unfortunate that its happening to Heres the scenario.

Installed Windows 7 Ultimate x86 , Custom Clean Install - All drivers installed Apart from Realtek HD Audio Driver which was installed after the installion completed.
When the computer makes any sounds the crackling is like somebody is crunching a packet of crisps in there hands.

Clean Install of Vista Utimate x86 , Intalled ALL drivers and had 0 Problems on vista.
Decided to try the 'Upgrade' Method as it would use all my old drivers and hopefully solve the problem. Well the upgrade took a bit of an EON but in the end completed succefully , And seemed fine until i turned on the sound.. This time the crackling was just as intense if not more.

---- Update :: When i go to the Sound configuation to use the 'test' function. I notice that Microphone is a full green bar and sometimes dips to 9/10 then goes to 10 again. As if something is talking through a microphone ---- Update 2 :: After going to the Microphone properties i enabled 'Listen to this device' and omg the sound was excrutiating , it made my son scream then burst into tears. So im guessing theres a problem with the jacks registry? As its FINE on vista. ----

Heres a rundown of the system

Higrade ... Read more

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Using Win 7 64-bit with AMD SATA drivers with a strange issue.

When this board boots up it does an AHCI initialization which shows the attached sata drives. After that, Windows 7 loads and runs without a problem. However, when I reboot Windows it sounds like the hard drives spin speed is slowing down then speeding up again. It does this about 4 times then the computer shuts down. When the computer restarts and goes back to the AHCI init screen it now shows "S.M.A.R.T. Error", but Windows boots without a problem. If the computer is shut down (powered off) the next boot will not show the error.

I've had Windows 7RC 32-bit, and currently also have XP-64 and XP-32 partitions on this machine with no problems at all. If I set the machine to Native IDE instead of AHCI everything goes back to normal with no shutdown issues.

Any ideas?

Answer:SATA driver issue w/ Win 7 and Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H

Have you Disabled the S.M.A.R.T. in your Bios.

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A friend of mine made a bad mistake when he removed his CD/DVD drive while the Computer was still running. Now his computer reports a bunch of sounds device issues and of course no sound. I still had the original motherboard drivers cd but that didn't work. I know this issue is kind of popular but i haven't found a real solution yet.

The board is an ECS 755-A (V1.0a)
AMD Sempron Socket 754
On-board sound issue

Have already tried a sound card with no luck.
Hope thats enough info...thanks

Answer:Realtek AC'97 Onboard Sound Issue

Can't say much here,He could have damaged anything if the computer was running and he touched random pieces.

I would recommended backing up all your files and try to reinstall windows and then downloading the latest drivers from to make sure its defintaly a hardware issue.

Makes sure the sound is not disabled somewhere like in the Bios or device manager

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I recently upgraded my computer and moved all the components to a new case and later switched to windows 7.

While I was on my old OS, vista, with same hardware as I have today, I had no issues with my sound.

Then I upgraded to windows 7 (clean install). I downloaded the latest Realtek drivers, R249 (ALC883), for my on-board sound (Gigabyte G31M ES2L Mobo) and I noticed that my iTunes music made a crackling/static sound that was previously not there. Since I thought the problem was only with iTunes music I looked for a solution regarding iTunes and found that there were some issues with purchased music and a crackling sound on iTunes 9 but I am hearing it on imported music as well.

I also hear this crackling sound on skype and sometimes when I watch online videos from you tube and the like. I have heard it a little during gaming. I have not really heard the sounds while watching DVDs which is weird.

I don't think the problem is my speakers because I am not hearing the crackling sound all the time with every application (i.e. watching DVDs) as I have stated above and I tried a pair of headphones and I get the same results.

My specs:
Mobo: Gigabyte G31M ES2L
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4
GPU: Gigabyte ATi Radeon HD 5770
Ram: 4 GB DDR2 800
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620 W
Case: Cooler Master 335 Elite
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Speakers: Creative SBS 2.1 350

Please help me.


Answer:Crackling, static w/ Realtek onboard after switching to Win 7

If you look around you will find hundreds of posts on here and other forums with this problem. Some of the problems are related to wireless devices (especially a wireless wi-fi), some can be related to video card/driver issues and since you have some type of SoundBlaster sound card there have been issues with more than 3GB of RAM and some models of SoundBlaster sound cards.

Having worked OK in XP and not in Vista/Win 7 can also be related to the SoundCard as there are some sound functions that are handled differently in Vista and Win 7. Also many SoundBlaster sound cards, that are Win 7 compatible must have Windows 7 specific drivers, not Vista drivers.

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Hello everyone,

My audio has seem to quit on me. I updated to the newest drivers for my mobo (biostar A870U3) from their download page and now I get no sound whatsoever from my speakers. I have tried uninstalling all of the sound devices from the device manager and letting windows reinstall them, but to no avail. I have also made sure that the onboard sound is on in the bios. When I uninstall the sound devices, it defaults back to the windows default audio driver which won't recognize something is plugged in.
It greys out my speakers and then defaults to the Digital Ouput, but I have no such device. I then have also tried downloading the onboard audio drivers from the mobo download page and installing them. They install but it then defaults to the Realtek Digital Output (once again, I don't have such a device). If I go to the realtek HD audio manager and disable front panel detection, it doesn't even recognize any of my back panels being plugged in. Even if I try to plug in my headset mic, the manager doesnt pic it up.
If I play music at this point, the speaker shows the level volume changing but I dont hear anything. I've tried switching back and forth all configurations in the manager and changed the levels of things, still nothing. Can anyone help? Or am I gonna have to go pick up a sound card?

That picture also shows it trying to use the front jack, which I dont have hooked up because I want to use the back panel. So I'm assuming that may be part of the reason. And ... Read more

Answer:RealTek OnBoard Sound Issue - No Sound

The first thing I see is four HD Audio devices in the Device Manager that should be uninstalled (RIGHT click on the entry for the device and then LEFT click Uninstall) then restart the PC. Get rid of them to eliminate any possibile conflicts.

If there is a "default" setting for the sound outputs, set it to default and see if that helps.

I notice a web cam that is also showing up. They can tend to cause issues too so temporarily disconnect that from the PC while you are trying to get the system audio setup.

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Current specs are:
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 2.4Ghz
Corsair 650w
WD Velociraptor 300gb (+ 2 other storage drives)
Radeon HD5850
4gb G-Skill
Win 7 64-bit

I can not get my audio to properly work! Windows start up and shut down sounds work just fine. As soon as I try to play music in Itunes or start a game the computer gets BSOD. If I disable the sound game starts don't crash. My basis for tests were WoW:Lich King installer when the screen pops up with music playing and the button to click install would crash. Disabling realtek in Device Manager worked fine and I could click install.

Those are my current PC specs which are what I currently have after replacing parts trying to figure out what's wrong. I've reformatted, tried different hard drive for my OS, different graphics, new bigger PSU, diff ram, bought a new motherboard (previous was also Gigabyte with same issues, new mobo is different model). On my last recent Windows 7 install I used driver sweeper and reinstalled the realtek drivers stickied in this forum. I've of course tried the drivers on gigabytes site as well. I also have a Sound Blaster audigy card I tried buying previously but I believe there were issues with that as well. I haven't tested that yet with the creative drivers in this forum but regardless would like to have my onboard working if possible.

Please, any suggestions or ideas what I should do or try? If you need any further information let me know! Tonight I will disable the realtek in... Read more

Answer:Gigabyte onboard Realtek causing BSOD?

[1 - Novice] How to ask for help with a BSOD problem

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Hi Guys, I'm having a problem with my network card. I have a realtek onboard network card which i have been using for over a year with no problems. Over the weekend i upgraded my psu and gpu now every few hours i lose network connection. What happens is that ill be on the net or playing wow and ill lose connection and i look in the taskbar and the network icon has a X on it and telling me there is no network cable plugged in even tho there is. The only way to fix it is to restart the pc or I have to go into device manager disable the nic and re-enable it and it gets fixed again. The problem is that I dont mind this happening but when it happens in arena I cant get back on time and I dont know why its happening. I deleted the original drivers that came with windows 7 and downloaded the drivers from gigabytes website for my realtek that didnt change anything i changed my cable and ports on the router that did nothing as well but i know it has nothing to do with router or cable because there is 3 other people using the same router and nothing happens to them. Anyone have any idea why this would happen? also power save mode on the nic is disabled before anyone suggests that, this is driving me insane

Answer:Problem with Onboard NIC (Gigabyte mobo)

1st if you still have your old psu, stick it back in for testing in and see if you get the same problem. If the problem goes away then you might have a faulty PSU. If the problem persists with the old PSU then the on board network card might be knackered ... let us know how it goes

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Answer:Onboard sound - Gigabyte

Have RealTek AC97 sound on board and downloaded driver, but can't see how/where to connect to use this. Nothing in manual about it. Any ideas please?kerses

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Hi guys, I've currently ordered the MSI Mobo (in the title) and it's overdue, I wanted to build my PC yesterday, contacted Amazon and they said they can offer a refund, but it's in the post so it may turn up still.
Because of this, I accept their refund (rather than opting to wait until Jan 10th for the earliest replacement shipping date) and ordered the Gigabyte Mobo also in the title on Amazon Prime (gotta love free trials) to have it delivered tomorrow.
My question is, which one should be better? - or rather, what's the main differences? I'll keep the one I prefer, and arrange/ cancel returns where appropriate.

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Hey everyone, i got this laptop:

And now.. the crackling problem, when i installed Win7, audio drivers installed automatically and crackling appears when i play a song in winamp and then scroll up and down in a folder full of pictures or scroll a site with pictures and gifs, when i play a video on youtube, when i stream a video from any other site etc.
Tried DPC Latency checker, it had green bars even when crackling appears, red bar appeared maybe once or twice after some time. Sound crackling also appears when i use headphones.
But when i install Realtek driver, it sounds way worse, like this:

(Not my video)

Asus site does not have support for this laptop:
ASUS Notebook Pro55 Series Drivers Download for Windows 7, 8.1, 10 & XP

Task Manager shows this:

Aida64 Extreme shows this:

Dxdiag shows this:

I noticed that Dxdiag shows that laptop model is F5SL (?) i checked the Asus site it also does not support Win7, it looks like my laptop only the camera part is not the same.

I tried to run a bootable Ubuntu from my usb, sound works perfect, today i gave up and installed Windows XP and i installed an audio driver from Asus site, for a laptop Asus Pro55SR, and it works perfectly.

Someone said to me that the problem is in power management of the Realtek sound chip, i tried to do it but i could not find the option in the Registry Editor.

Also, when i install the correct graphics driver, on Win7 showed that it was ... Read more

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I recently bought a Gigabyte GA-G1975X motherboard and discovered that i have the follwing problem: the onboard sound card ( whitch is a SB Live 24bit ) isn't working properly, meaning that there is no output on the speakers. Let me assure you that the speakers are working properly and that i have a simple 2 speaker system .
The audio drivers that came with the motherboard didn't detect my sound card, but in the Device Manager there was an unknown multimedia card.. So i installed it manualy. All went well ( no installation errors occured, no conflicts reported ) but i can't hear a thing on them. After the install the SB Live! 24 took its place in the Sound, Video and game controllers section of the dev manager.
I also tried updating my BIOS to the latest stable version from the gigabyte website and still nothing..
By the way, another strange thing happened after installing the audio card, the OS boot time increased considerably ( almost 3 min ). I had the Windows XP Professional SP2 recently installed so, when the sound card drivers weren't installed, it started in a few seconds...

Hope that what i said makes any sense ...

Thanks in advance

P.S.: Sorry for my poor english

Answer:Gigabyte GA-G1975X onboard sound problem

Only thing I would know to check is if the OnChip Audio function is enabled or disabled in BIOS. I use the OnChip AC97 audio on my GA K8U - 939 mb and I would disable that if I added a sound card.

Maybe you need to manually set the speaker configuration. It seemed to me that the Audio-detecting software was nice but a little complicated (for me anyway).

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Am now running 10 on the Sandy Bridhge and si far so good but I cannot accesss the BIOS now. Have tried the DEL and F9 keys by tapping and just holding them and then powering up but it just loads to system.
Oh and I have aslo lost spellcheck to add insult to injury.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Answer:Cannot access the BIOS on my Gigabyte H67A- UD3H

Generally, you keep tapping the DEL key (machine gun) while computer is booting up. Don't hold the DEL button. You may have set BIOS to fast boot so it won't give you much warning as to when to press DEL key.
F9 is for XpressRecovery (on my Gigabyte board) so that shouldn't be of much help.

If nothing else works you may need to pull the battery on the MB and reset.

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I am looking for drivers for Ethernet Controller, PCI Simple Communications Controller, SM Bus Controller, and 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controllers. When I use update driver in the Device Manager, they will not load automatically. I do not find them on the Gigabyte or Intel websites.

Answer:Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H drivers not loading

Have you seen this page on the Gigabyte site for your MB drivers?
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-Z77X-UD3H (rev. 1.0)

On that page select from the "Choose your OS" dropdown list.
If the drivers you want are available there, have you downloaded them?

Have you tried updating drivers using "Browse my computer for driver Software" rather than "load automatically"?

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Hello techy people
I got me a problem on upgrading my system to AM3 Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H mobo with a x2 550 AMD cpu.
Seems my mobo has only one PS2 port and looks to be for either mouse or KB
and i guess UBS port for the other input device.
I have used a 4 port KVM for about 7 years or so to control my PC's and now it seems i carnt with this new mobo.The mouse in the KVM is USB but i use a converter to PS2.
Keyboard on the PS2 port works fine with the KVM but using a PS2 to USB converter on the UBS port doesn't.
At the moment i use a second USB mouse to use the PC.
So the PS2 to USB converter didnt work , So i bought a Konig USB to PS2 adapter giving me two FEMALE PS2 sockets.This also didnt work.Using both PS2 sockets for the mouse/KB and just the mouse on its own also failed.
KB into the mobo direct ,using the PS2 port works but the mouse using Konig adapter still fails.
Infact my mouse on the KVM into the gigabyte doesnt work,unless the mouse is direct to the USB port on the mobo.
If your eyes glazzed over then i'm sorry..but im now open to offers ,ideas or even a solution....

P.S Though i use the mouse right handed and been left handed ,It doesn't give me too many problems using a second mouse with my left.I just want my desk space back for more junk to collect on......

Answer:Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H Motherboard USB PS2 issues

You can try a PCI card like this:
or this:

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I have just recently encountered a problem where my speakers are playing/making crackling/popping sounds. However, I know this is because of my computer because I hooked my speakers up to my phone and it worked perfectly fine. I'm also aware that if I play a sound over bluetooth the sound doesn't happen. I've run the trouble shooting program 10 times, and after it caused my system sounds to termporarly stop working (fixed by restarting computer) I stopped running it. I believe this is being caused by the Realtek High Definition Audio driver, however im not positive. I've tried going to Device Manager and updating it but it doesnt solve the problem, in fact while trying all this it actually got worse. Before 5 days ago I had never had this problem, and my computer came with Windows 10 installed. I have also noticed that it mostly occurs with my left speaker and hardly at all with my right. I have a HP ENVY Phoenix Desktop, and i've had it for around a year. Any reccomendations on what to do?

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Hello, first I would like to say that I have searched lots of threads about sound distortion, crackling or bad quality and haven't found any solution. Specs of my computer are:
MB: Asus P8Z68-V
CPU: Intel i5 2500k
PS: Corsair HX650W
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Since I bought my computer I started to hear little crackling during listening to music, watching movies, playing games or looking videos on YouTube. Even Facebook pop sound when you get a message is distorted. I have started to search what is the problem and googled any solution. Unfortunately nothing. After a year of torture because I am recording a lot, I have bought Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium sound card and hoped it would be better, It is not. It is the same as it was. I have even turned off the motherboard sound card in BIOS. Nothing. Does any one know any soulution please? Thank you very much for any answer.

Answer:Sound crackling and distortion, Asus P8Z68-V, Realtek and SB X-Fi Ti

I have a Sonar X2 recording studio.

There is no "one fix" for the problems you have. Each one can be different. Drivers are one item, including video card drivers. Wi-Fi can cause this, close proximity to a cordless phone or cell phone, etc.

Download and run the free DPC Latency checker and see what that shows for your system. High DPC latency (different from audio latency) can be an issue.

If you are using a separate sound card, the integrated does need to be off in the BIOS or they can conflict.

Some types of motherboard monitor programs can cause problems. I have a gigabyte motherboard and it came with a program to monitor and control some BIOS (UEFI) items from Windows. That program caused very high DPC latency spikes in my new PC when I was debugging it for recording.

DPC Latency Checker

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I would really appreciate some help not being super techy at all.

The problem first showed itself whilst playing just one game, when the game was graphics heavy the sound would begin to crackle, then slow down incredibly, eventually disappear completely and then crash the game and computer.

I checked all the specs for the game which were all good, updated graphics card driver, no driver update available for sound card.

The problem is now evident across the system, where graphics and sound are intensive. Eg: Playing music and browsing the web. Everytime I scroll the web page, the sound goes slow and crackly. Then I have a bsod.

I have now disabled my soundcard and have not yet crashed.

Elsewhere (Wikipedia) I have read there are compatibility issues with windows 7 and Nforce4 chipset.

Any help, guidance to resolve the issue, or indeed throw my computer in the nearest bin, much appreciated.

CPU: Amd Athlon 64 2800
Motherboard: ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe
Chipset: Nvidea Nforce4
Graphics card: Nvidea Geforce 8800 GTX
Soundcard : Realtek AC97
Operating System: Windows 7

Answer:Sound crackling and slowed with Realtek AC97/Windows 7

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After the crashes, I requested a solution, i found this in messages today.

Address a problem with Game Port
This problem was caused by a compatibility issue between your computer's Game Port and your 64-bit version of Windows. The Game Port is only compatible with 32-bit versions of Windows.

This problem is not critical, but you can prevent it from occurring again by disabling the Game Port in your computer's BIOS. Refer to the instructions that came with your computer that explain how to access the BIOS and turn off Game Port support. So.... ?


Can anyone translate that into english? If the game port is on the soundcard, will it stop the soundcard from working?

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Hello,i recently upgrade my system from xp to windows7,i use the same realtek driver and get distortions!I try severall drivers,disable all enhancements/levels on speakers properties with no result(2.1speakers-),i configure them in stereo mode,i reduce the default format to 44100 16bits(cd quality)!What should i do,there is a fix,something?On windows xp i had NO PROBLEMS!

Answer:Distortion sound using onboard realtek sound card on windows 7ultimate

This is an older motherboard. The RealTek is Realtek? ALC662
Have you tried the driver from RealTek? The "AC'97" Codecs are the ones to use.

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Hi there all...

Iv got a problem with my new Black Edition RAM from AMD
OCZ PC3-12800 AMD Black 2x2GB OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK
timings are 8,8,8, 24 1600MHz @ 1.65

Motherboard is Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3h

Out of the box both DIMMS plugged do not work. One DIMM with all ram settings in the bios set to "auto" will work in any DIMM slot.

THe second DIMM will not work by itself in any DIMM slot at settings set to "auto"

If i install the one DIMM that works i change the Voltage only and increase to 1.65V THEN both DIMMS installed will work. I then have to increase the voltage .1 at a time to increase the speed. both DIMMS runing @ 1.68v 1333MHz

Question 1 - Why do i have to increase the voltage for the RAM in order to make both sticks work?

Question 2 - Why does the one specific DIMM not work by itself but when paired with the other one it does.?

Sorry for the long post but any help or insight would be greatly appreciated

Thanks all.

Answer:Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H RAM issues Black Edition

That is not an uncommon problem... From our experience, they are designed to work that way on some motherboards.
What did the Gigabyte site tell you about that board and its idiosyncracies?

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Wasn't exactly sure where to put this question.
I have a machine with a h67a-ud3h-b3 MOBO abd an currently using both video outputs. Nice board. Does anyone know if I can add an addtional video card to the board without having to disable the on-board video. Yes, I'd like a 3 or 4 monitor system. Everything I've found on the subject is very vague.

Answer:Can I Add Additional Display Card to Gigabyte h67a-ud3h-b3?


I assume you are using the onboard graphics only?

Yes, you can add a graphics card to the PCIe 16x slot on the motherboard which will allow for a 3rd monitor, and it will not disable the onboard graphics.


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i have logitech pc speakers, and sound is pretty good. but when i turn the volume somewhat louder, i hear a crackling sound, when music is played, either youtube or mp3. when the sound is at normal volume, there is no crackling sound at all.

Answer:crackling sound at higher volume

It sounds like a bad connection somewhere but only close visual investigation will tell you if it`s something simple like a loose jack or damaged wire or whether it`s possibly more in-depth like a `dry joint` on a PCB (mobo or inside the speaker)

Another possibility is that it`s picking up interference although that often happens at lower volumes as well so I doubt if it`s that but it`s worth checking the immediate area for potentials.


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I recently upgraded my PC with a gigabyte GA-7VA-C
motherboard and an AMD Athlon XP 2200. The motherboard has
an on board sound card (Avance AC'97 from Realtek-ALC650).
Everything seems to run well apart from the sound (no
sound). In device manager there was a black exclamation
mark (in a yellow circle) at the sound device. The message
I receive when I click properties is a Code 10: This
device is either not present, not working properly or
does not have all the drivers installed. I tried
almost everything. Remove the device, unistall the
drivers, re-install them (either by using the CD that came
with the motherboard or by leting windows find the
appropriate drivers or by downloading drivers from the
net) but nothing seems to work. The device does not appear
to have any conflicts but I also tried to change the slot
of another device that was using the same IRQ. However,
windows assigned again the same IRQ so nothing changed.
I have also tried to remove some devices and although the IRQ assigned to the sound card changed, there was still no sound.

I finally downloaded the updated drivers from realtek's site. After I install them and reboot, the computer freezes. When I press ctrl-alt-del I can see that the program that is running is cmdninst.exe. Apparently there is something wrong there and windows cannot process this operation. I need also to mention that I disabled from BIOS, the games port because if this is enabled the computer will agai... Read more

Answer:no sound with onboard realtek ac'97

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Hi My son has two newish pc's both with realtek hd onboard soundcards, neither of them will output any sound to speakers, in device manager all is showing as OK and enabled and working properly, any suggestions please???

Answer:no sound with onboard realtek

Make sure he has not switched them off on the keyboard.I take it he has his speakers turned on and the slider moved for sound.Try Control panel.sound and audio.Make sure the mute button is not ticked.

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i have a gigabyte GA-7VAX motherboard with intergrated realtek AC 97 sound card (as my title suggests) and i use win 98. I have used this system in the past and also with linux and have always been able to get sound after installing drivers, but recently my comp was re-fomatted and since theni dont get sound when i try and install the drivers.usually when i try and install the drivers and i put in win98 disc in at startup the cd-rom just keeps stoping and starting, but even when it does load completely i still dont get sound

Answer:gigabyte realtek AC 97 intergrated sound card

johnwrite, What do you mean by "when i try and install the drivers"? Are the drivers installed? Have you been to MS update site to see if you need updated drivers? click here You can download some drivers from here.

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I've had my new sound card for over a week now, and I've had constant problems with the sound since then. It's better than the complete lack of sound I had before, but now it's starting to get on my nerves.

My SB 5.1 VX card constantly makes crackling noises when in windows and other audio is not playing besides regular windows sounds (folder opening, errors, etc) and even with all volume set to maximum, it's still incredibly quiet all the time.

I use a pair of headphones, although the speakers have the same issue when I use them. Neither speakers nor the headphones have drivers or anything of the sort. They're both plug and play.

Any assistance fixing this problem would be appreciated.

Answer:New Sound Blaster 5.1 VX card crackling and low volume...

Upgrade your drivers, which version of windows are you running? I had a similar problem with a Sound Blaster card when I moved from 32 bit to 64bit windows, that turned out to be a driver issue.

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I have onboard sound and it randomly freezes up most of the games I play. I know its the onboard because I tried a friends soundcard and the games worked fine. I got the updated drivers from the realtek site, and to no avail. Can anyone direct me to a source of information or a set of drivers that work?

Games that work:
Call of Duty

Games that do not work:
Counter Strike: Source
Far Cry
Alien vs Predator 2

Answer:Realtek AC`97 Onboard sound problems

AC97 Counter-Strike Problem

Disappointing - installed new ASUS A8V-e deluxe. Sound system (5.1) wrosk from disktop, meaning I can validate all channels. Then, in Counter-Strike, only center, subwoofer work. Any suggests would be appreciated. The A8V-e has limited PCI slots, not much room for a sound card! Plus, I bould the board so I would not need a sound card.

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

Answer:realtek ac97, onboard sound

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

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Please can somebody help!! i was having major problems with my usb ports so i gave it to a technition who gladly fixed it, but in the procces he left my pc with no sound?. At first i thought not a problem cant be that hard to sort and to my horror 1 week on i still cant figure it out!! iv been in my bios and the sip onboard sound is enabled, iv then looked at all the sound settings and none of it is muted. so then i clicked on the conection part of my realtec sound setup and it says speakers attatched correctly. No matter what i do i just cant find the correct thing to get my sound back. PLEASE PLEASE somebody help.

Answer:Realtek onBoard sound problem

Sound setupclick here

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I am running XP Pro x64 and have Realtek HD onboard sound. All was working fine and I had just managed to get the front panel working so my 3 rear panel sockets worked fully with my 5.1 speaker system. A couple of re boots later I got three error messages at boot, one after the other, for 3 realtek .exe's that run at bootup from the msconfig/startup page.
They are alcmtr.exe, alcwzrd.exe and rthdcpl.exe and all had the following message: 'failed to initialize properly (0x0000005)'
I have de installed and re installed the latest realtek drivers, deleted the microsoft UAA bus driver, but every time I re install the same arrors appear.
Sound works but only at basic level. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Mobo: ASRock N68PV-GS 2gb
2.70 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Bios at latest level
Running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 (build 3790 at latest update level.
Nvidia mobo divers and graphics at latest levels.

Answer:Onboard Realtek HD sound problem

download driver sweep to clean any peices left behind after you uninstall your hd sound driver.
Then reinstall it.
Make sure you have 64-bit drivers.

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Hi, I can't get 2-channel sound with ABIT AT7-MAX2 motherboard, integrated Realtek AC'97 sound. I've tried those drivers from, but those ain't working neither. I have 5.1 Creative surround sound. I get sound from every speakers except the 2 channel ones, which are connected to green phohe jack (Front Speaker Out), everything is connected correctly but i just can't get no sound. The problem came after i had put my pc together into another case. Before that the sound was working. My headphones doesn't work either in that green phone jack.

Answer:Onboard sound - Realtek AC'97 sound missing.

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I'm putting a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 mb into a NZXT Phantom White ATX full-tower case. Been a while since I've done this and this was never really my thing, so forgive my ignorance.

I have two wires/connectors on the case that I'm not sure what they're for:

A male molex connector. Could this be for the fans? The case comes with four fans with external controls that are on top. The fans are all connected via three-prong connectors to wires that are labled for each fan control. I don't see any other wires to connect them individually to the mb.

A SATA connector. Perhaps for the case esata port?


Answer:Solved: NZXT Phantom White Case & Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H MB Connections?

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i jumped from Win XP to Windows 7 but the problem now is i have no sound device installeed on the taskbar i tried to install my original driver but i have install a Kb888III.exe hot fix to install my driver properly but the installer says 'u require a minimum of windows XP sp2 to apply this fix' i tried trouble shooting compatability but no use .........
Pls help me out

Answer:Unable to install hot fix for my onboard realtek sound

Go here and download the latest W7 Realtek driver and install -
download from

Hope this works - I'll check back - forget whatever driver your trying to use - i'll get your driver page and check to see what's availabe there. Hmmn just been there and there is a realtek driver version - is that what you were trying to install? See if you can get the above driver to install firstly and post back.

Your driver Page -
Select software and drivers Compaq Presario SR1630IL Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (Australia - English)#

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I'm having problems with my sound on my computer. I had downloaded the latest drivers from the via web site and everything was going fine. I have made no changes to the computer except for installing The Sims and everything was working fine. Now the problem is that I get some sound but not all. Best description is "choppy". It happens w/ sound efects and music files. The only thing I have not tried is playing an audio cd. Of course I removed the sound device. Now this is the strange part. I run the driver install that I downloaded and I get a message on the computer that says the via chipset has not been enabled in the bios. This is incorrect. The chipset is enabled. The onboard sound is enabled. So, after removing the sound device from device mgr I reboot the computer. The comuputer recognizes a pci communications device and locates and installs the drivers for it. Wow! Imagin that. Of course I get the same problem. Any suggestions? Need more info? let me know.Thanks.

Answer:sound choppy. elements mobo, via chipset, onboard sound

I'm guessing an IRQ conflict. Any devices fighting for the same IRQ?

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I am having issues with the on-board audio, where there is intermittent static, that seems to be only present while playing any audio while in Windows - event sounds or WMP, but disappears when using other applications either gaming, or streaming video, like YouTube. As an observation it seems to increase when using peripherals, mouse, keyboard, inputs while in Windows, but that could be subjective. Moreover the static is present both in speakers or when using a headset.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Computer Specifications
Audio Device - ALC889
Speakers - Logitech Z3200

Processor: Intel Core i7-950 @ 4.0 GHz
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 460 2GB (SLI 4GB)
Memory: A-Data 12GB (2GBX3) DDR3/1600 MHz
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R
PSU: Corsair HX1000W
Hard Drives: 1X1TB SATA III 6.0Gb/s (WD1002FAEX) and 2X1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s (WD1001FALS)
Case: Azza Hurrican 2000 Full Tower
CPU Cooling: Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling System w/ 240mm Radiator Push-Pull Configuration
Optical Drive: Lite-On 24x DVD Burner
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Attempted Solutions:
(1) Updated BIOS - FC1
(2) Fresh Install of Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
(2) Updated Realtek ALC889 Driver - High Definition Audio Codec R2.53
(3) Installed Third Party Codec (Cole2k or K-Lite)
(4) Uninstalled All Audio Drivers/Codecs and Reinstalled (Tried w/ and w/out Third Party Codecs)
(5) Ran DPC Latency Diagnostic Program and Shows No Significant Drops (DPC Latency C... Read more

Answer:Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R (Rev. 2) - Realtek ALC889 Static and Noise Issue

You might try uninstalling the drivers from the mfg and installing them from Realtek.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I have just reformatted my hard drive and loaded everything back successfully ,even my modem with your help (see earlier query) EXCEPT for my sound system. I have a Microstar International MS-6198 motherboard with AWARD BIOS 6.00 PG. (I found that out using which I read about whilst searching this forum) and am running Windows 98.CD?s play using CD player but I get no sound. In -- accessories ?entertainment and then selecting Volume controls gets no response . I can not get volume controls to appear.In the BIOS ,?onboard sound? is set to auto ?only other choice is ?off?In Device Manager there is a yellow ? by PCI Multimedia Audio Device and further checks show ?No driver installed?.Do I need a driver and if so where could I get one and what would its type be.I assumed that by the term PCI in Multimedia device it is refering to a SOUND card in a PCI slot not a sound card built into the motherboard as I have. Am I wrong in my assumption- are built in sound cards still referred to as PCI ones? Would appreciate any help and explanation Thanks

Answer:No volume controls or sound -onboard sound card

Get your driver click here

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Hi all,

Recently moved apartments, and as part of that I shut down and packed up my computer. Upon getting it set up at the new place, I found that 1) the rear panel audio was now displaying "Not plugged in" and not producing sound, 2) the front panel headphone jack was no longer working, and 3) I had numerous playback devices from AMD, presumably for the HDMI audio.

I've found several other threads online describing a similar problem, but I haven't been able to fix my issue.

I've tried a few basic troubleshooting things, in isolation as well as in combination:Confirmed the speakers worked
Uninstalling the Realtek High Definition Audio device from Device Manager without removing the driver
Uninstalling the Realtek device and removing the driver files
Installing the latest Realtek drivers
Installing the latest AMD drivers for my graphics card
System Restore to a known good date
Editing the registry to disable jack detection - this did allow me to set Speakers as default but didn't otherwise help

I'm completely out of ideas, and considering just buying a sound card, but I thought I ought to ask here first. Any information or suggestions would be very helpful, I've attached a DxDiag export. Thanks!

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Firstly thanks for the forums and support, I've used this forum before searching problems, finding solutions. But alas, this is the first time I've not been able to rectify my issue after searching on the forums.

My Spec:
AMD Phenom Quad core
Asus m4a79 deluxe
2GB ddr2 Corsair Dominator RAM
nVidia GFX card
Windows 7

There is no sound coming from my computer. There once was sound, but the computer was dormant for 6 months and I replaced the Power Supply, and now there is no sound. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling/updating all drivers. I've tried configuring my audio devices (Currently there are 4 listed: Speakers, RealTex HD Audio 2nd Output, Digital Output(RCA+ Optical) and RealTek Digital Output).

When I play sound, levels are shown going up and down, indicating that the audio devices are aware of the sound, but no matter what speakers I plug in I still don't get sound. I've tried 3 different outputs, 1 of which were headphones, all of which didn't work. I have also tried accessing my PC remotely from my iPad through SplashTop, which plays the sounds from the PC, weirdly.

I don't know what to try now and would appreciate any help or input.



Answer:Solved: No Sound - Asus MoBo onboard sound

I'd suspect a faulty audio chipset. The hardware being recognized and the drivers installing aren't an indication that the hardware is actually functional.

With that being said, try a different version of the RealTek drivers. Try using the latest version available from Asus. If those don't work, try the latest version directly from RealTek.

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Been using a Creative X-Fi Sound Blaster Extreme Music sound card for about a few months.
Then I bought evga's 780i motherboard.
I decided to remove the sound card, and use the onboard SPDIF to my Pioneer 7.1 receiver via optical digital cable and I'm amazed.

So...what would you use and why?

Answer:Onboard mobo sound or dedicated sound card?

Originally Posted by grimreaper

Been using a Creative X-Fi Sound Blaster Extreme Music sound card for about a few months.
Then I bought evga's 780i motherboard.
I decided to remove the sound card, and use the onboard SPDIF to my Pioneer 7.1 receiver via optical digital cable and I'm amazed.

So...what would you use and why?

Hey Grimreaper!

Sounds like you have a killer setup for sound. (I won't say what I'm using ).

If it were me and the onboard sound system is working great, then I'd stay with the onboard system. If you change your mind in the future, you can always add the external back in.

Best of luck with your new mobo

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Hey everyone

On Thursday, I received my copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. I skipped the Vista bandwagon, so I was moving directly from Windows XP Service Pack 3 (32-bit) to Windows 7 Home Premium. I opted to install the 64-bit version of Windows 7, as I had no issues when running the 64-bit beta.

As it turns out, I seem to have encountered an issue with my network adapter on Windows 7. Using any speed test site, such as, I get an extremely high ping (500ms +). I have tested another machine behind my router running Windows XP and there is no problem. Also, on the website, which tests connections per minute, I can only get around 200 on Windows 7, whereas I could get 2000+ on Windows XP with the same hardware.

Strangely, in games like Counter-Strike: Source, my ping is normal and in the 25-60 range on most nearby servers. Also, when running the ping command from the command prompt, most servers return a result lower than 100ms ... which is also normal. So, I don't understand why on,, and dslreport's flash speed test.. I get a ridiculous ping time of 500+ms. Web browsing does seem to be slow as well, as images take longer to load then they should.

I'm not sure whether this is a driver issue, or what. I have tried disabling both my firewall and AV software, so they are not at fault. I've tried 3 different version of the drivers for my NIC. One from the Gigabyte website, and two from Realtek's website (they released an update... Read more

Answer:High latency issue onboard Realtek adapter

I have encountered issues from speed test sites. Such as high ping. It is something I have grown used to. Mainly its just the speed you have to worry about for the most part. You can try to disable ip/v6. you wont need it unless your connected directly to the internet.

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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

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

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

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Bought a new ECS KV2 Extreme Skt939 MoBo for a new build that i've nearly finished off but can't get the onboard sound to work!

XP is not recognising that there is an audio device.

Any ideas?

Answer:ECS MoBo - No onboard sound ?!?

Enter the bios.. Go to Integrated Peripherals, highlight "Via onchip PCI Device" press enter.. Make sure AC97 Audio is set to "auto".

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I'm building a new PC using Gigabyte GA EP45-UD3P motherboard, windows 7 Professional, 64bit, OS and many of my programs have installed successfully using my Plextor DVD/CD writer/player.  Everything was running smoothly until my DVD/CD drive quite working properly.  So, I figured the drive went sour and ordered a new LiteOn, IHAS124-04.  I received and installed the new LiteOn unit and couldn't get Win 7 to recognize it; well, sort of.  Going to Device Manager it does appear and updating drivers informed me that the drivers are just fine.  However, Windows Explorer does not show the device nor do I get any recognition of its existence when putting a music cd.I put the plextor back into my older PC and it ran fine, as did the new LiteOn.  This would indicate that both writers/players are operative.  I would think that because the initial installation of the Plextor into the new machine ran fine, that the drivers also are fine.Does anyone have any constructive input as to how I may get my new PC to again recognize a DVD/CD player/writer?  Are there components in the mobo that control DVD player recognition?  I'd appreciate any help.    Thx.

Answer:gigabyte mobo issue? Or, dvd/cd player drivers?

You have done the right moves.Now you need to verify that the new mobo is good.There is a known issue with drivers for the 64 bit Windows OS.Here is a possible diagnostic plan.Do you have any 32 bit  Operating  system you can try on this Motherboard? If so, try to install load the  older 32 bit Operating system on a spare drive or a new partition. It will run fine on a 64 bit CPU.The DVD drives should not even be needed. It should do fine with either drive. If not, then it is time to wonder about the motherboard.Personal tip: I like to use the Puppy Linux live CD to test a new or broken machine. It boots quick and can read most PC hardware on the first try.

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i am planning to upgrade to a 5.1 sytem to be more precise:-a creative inspire 5.1 m5300 speakers(it in not the normal 5300 speakers it is an m5300)

i have an asrock dual 915gl motherboard .

i am willing to find out that does my mobo has good or at least decent sound quality.

hope my choice of the speakers is also good.

Answer:Does my mobo has good onboard sound.

Your mohterboard has onboard Realtek AC'97 Audio. My last three motherboards have had this sound. These soundcards have decent quality sound, better than some cars and SUVs. So yes you should have decent sound quality.

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I recently installed a new motherboard Asus Sabertooth 990FX. It has an on-board sound card "Realtek? ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC". I'm using 5.1 surround speakers from creative. Speaker fill with windows update driver, or Realteks driver from Asus' website, has the same outcome.

The problem is that the back speakers, when playing music, sound like an mp3 playing at 24kbps or something of the sort. This is not the first time this has happened, and ever since windows vista, this problem has occurred in every on-board sound card i have dealt with. I have heard different reasons such as DirectSound3D Hal in Windows Vista being removed, on-board sound cards just sucking, drivers sucking, etc.

The only time the rear speakers sound right, is when i test the speakers with windows, with the software from Realtek, Or using some media player that i cant remember the name of anymore that had an option to fix this problem only for music played in that media player. But I just want all sound to play through them right. I don't watch movies on this computer and usually don't play any games, so i don't really care about the surround affect. I just want all the speakers putting out sound in stereo.

At this point I really don't care if i need a third party software to fix this issue and just for the record, no I do not have room in my system for an internal sound card, and I really don't want to deal with an external one either. I'd rather just never fix the i... Read more

Answer:Realtek onboard sound card with 5.1 surround speaker fill problem

The first step once confirmed that the correct drivers and by the way sound app is installed is to set to the speaker settings for 5.1 or 4 speakers depending on preference. You may want to check on the Windows sound mixer settings as well since many often forget about that other mixer being there.

The first test once the settings are looked over is going into the Control Panel>Sound section there to run the test/configuration wizard which will verify each pair of speakers first front then back as you go along. That is found in the Playback tab when first clicking on the CP>Sound and seeing the popup window appear.
(refer to attached images for both Windwos sound mixer, Sound configuration wizard)

As you will see from the second image there for the configuration wizard I use a separate expansion card(preferred here) while you would still look through that wizard. With the Creative Audio Console/Volume Panel you generally expect a move evolved mixer.volume control panel while most onboard sound setups also provide some smaller form of mixer app you would need to look at as well.

Another trip up found with some 5.1 speaker sets is on the center speaker or other volume and balance controls where sometimes tweaking them is required when it seems sound will drop off from the rear speakers. If the bass is up a bit the quality of sound from the rear pair despite having a woofer below can suffer! Then you have to tweak the tremble if these controls are present to clean up th... Read more

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I don't know how to title this too well but yeah.
I have been using a USB headset for quite some time but I recently purchased some Audio Technica ADH-700's. I've plugged them in and woolah!..
Just kidding.. No sound at all

I have an Avermedia Live Gamer HD Capture Card and with getting it to work with a usb headset there was a few things that were required to be done.
as seen in this thread below:
How to: Avermedia Live Gamer HD and streaming BF3 (PC) | Oscar Mike

But now I've got a 3.5mm jack headphones and a 3.5mm Microphone in the mail I don't need the usb way. So I've gone back (Well I hope) to the settings before the thread but nothing happens.
I have tried reinstalling multipul Realtek HD Audio things..

Any help would be much appreciated!

Answer:Realtek onboard sound. No sound

Have you reinstalled the ASUS supplied Realtek driver? In most cases the vendor (in this case motherboard vendor) driver works best. Non Vendor drivers can either not work or not work correctly.

Do you have the Audio Playback set correctly? The "Speakers" (in this case Realtek) should be set as the Default Audio Playback Device in the Sound Panel.

Also while you are in the Sound Panel, go to the Recording section and set the Stereo Mix as the default recording device.

Finally, make sure you have the front panel headphone/mic jack correctly connected to the motherboard front panel audio jack. The "HD Audio" connector from the front panel should be used (some also have an AC97 or only have an AC97 and that should only be used if there is no HD Audio).

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I recently bought a new M800 with Windows 7 Pro. After a few days, the onboard audio became muddy with low volume. I disabled/enabled the audio speaker device and noticed that the Realtek driver updated in the Lenovo system patch. But there is no improvement in the audio. Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks 

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higot the above mobo which is running well with windows xp home edition (mobo uses realtek alc650 audio codec). however I can't get 4.1 speakers setup working. front 2 and sub work fine but rear 2 speakers just hiss very faintly. i've changed settings in control panel to 'surround' that shows 4 speakers and sub but still nothing comes from rear 2. i've checked to make sure that leads are pushed in ok. i've only had the mobo about 3 weeks so drivers are up to date (at least on the asus site). Any ideas or should I just get an audigy 2 soundcard and disable onboard sound?Many thanksP

Answer:asus a7n8x-x mobo onboard sound

have ac 97 6.1 on my abit motherboard and have creative 4.1 speakers.rear 2 only work when listening to 5.1 sources if listening to stereo only front 2 get them all to work all the time you only need a creative 4.1 card which you can get for about 25 you dont need to go to the exspence of and audigy card unless you want to of course but then youll need 6.1 speakers.darren

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I'm trying to resolve an issue with the onboard sound device for my ASUS P5GPL-X motherboard not working. Here's the message that I sent to their tech support:

The sound device built into the motherboard won't work. Windows is recognizing it only as a "PCI Device" but has no driver. When I run the SoundMAX ADI1986A Audio Driver software on the install disc, it returns an error ("The audio files do not support your computer hardware"). I called yesterday and was advised to reinstall Windows. I did that, no improvement. This is a new install on a new PC, so it seems unlikely that old drivers are the problem.Click to expand...

Their (unhelpful) response:

All the drivers on the support cd will work for your motherboard. If it will not allow you to install the driver, then this has to be because it's conflicting with other devices. If you show pci device in device manager, that indicates that the driver has not been installed. When you first setup this system, you have to limit the system down to the bare minimum components. Videocard, memory, processor, 1 hard drive, 1 cdrom, and fl! oppy. Format and reinstall windows. Once windows is installed, then you have to install the support cd that came with the motherboard, and install all the drivers on the cd in the order that they're listed. Videocard drivers would be installed last. Once doing that, you should be able to look in device manager, ... Read more

Answer:Onboard sound for Asus P5GPL-X Mobo not working

WHen you reinstalled windows did you install your motherboard drivers before trying to install the sound drivers?

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hi i want to disable the onboard sound and put my soundblaster in any 1 know how i do this thx

Answer:disabling onboard sound on asus a7n8x deluxe mobo

You should be able to disable the on-board sound via the BIOS. On my Asus board (not the same model) it shares a 'page' with the modem riser entry. Then install your card and its drivers and away you go (with fingers firmly crossed!). LC.

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I have a strange problem with sound outputs. It affetcs all sound outputs (itunes, movies and games).

The sound 'crackles'/skips. It seems to be related to computer / internet activity ongoing while listening to a song etc.

For the first few hours after re-boot all is fine and I can run loads of programmes without affecting the sound. After a few hours (maybe 6) it starts but infrequently (3x a minute) with very small skips, after about 24 hrs it's got so bad that things are unlisteneable - literally!.

Once the problem has started I've tried turning all other programmes off but it makes no difference

It's not the heaphones and I've tried with speakers / other phones and it's still there.

I've checked the sound thing drivers (realtek) and updated, it doesn't seem related to any particular combination of programmes or computer activities but the fact it gets worse over time is a constant.

It's a Compac machine only 6 months old and has no other issues I'm aware of

I'm now restarting the machine every 12 hours or so or using it without music.

Any ideas suggestions etc much appreciated

Answer:'Crackling' Sound Issue - please help

Any ideas? Please


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Realtek ALC662 + Windows 7 here.

I've been everywhere, from BIOS, to new, old drivers, equalizing, desequalizing, been to every menu on sound I could find.
And certainly deactivated that "conversation setting" supposed to bring your volume down when in calls.

Yet, my sound is terrible. I'm pretty sure the "awesome" new sound processing system on Windows 7/Vista is screwing me over.

1.When listening to music, I can reach, generally, the 40% volume. Anything above that is dead. I can roll to 50, 70, or even 100 and there will be no change.

2. The music is playing. If a MSN sound, for example, is played too loud, my music will forcedly play at a lower volume at that moment. That's valid for EVERY sound. If I play a louder youtube music, my mp3 will be lowered. It's awful. Everytime the dullest random sound is played, my music will go down.

3. Obviously, the music is awful, as even louder parts in the own song are enough to push this "volume down" thing on the whole playback.

Is it a driver issue? I know a lot about the cracking sound some people experience, so, my solution is also to wait for the correct drivers, like them?
I have seen more of that problem around, than mine, but still...

Or is there a setting I'm missing that keeps on dragging louder sounds down?

Thank you all for the time...

Answer:Low volume/sound limiter (realtek)


I realise this reply is late, but having discovered a fix I thought I'd share it with whomever may still be searching...

I've had my new PC for only a few days, and although I am liking Windows 7 enormously, the volume fluctuation was really aggravating. As Patemos describes, it isn't random - it's like some sort of automatic volume normalisation. It is especially noticeable when listening to classical music, as the quiet parts become almost as loud as the genuinely loud parts. Patemos' note (2) above is the obvious symptom to check if you think you have the issue.

Anyway here is the fix...

1) Right click on the volume icon in the System Tray
2) Select "Playback devices"
3) Double click on "Speakers"
4) Click the Enhancements tab
5) Check "Disable all sound effects"
6) Click OK
7) If you are playing any sound/music, stop it for a few seconds, then try again.

This took me no less than 9 hours to find... I had tried this option before temporarily, but unlike all the other buttons, the change wasn't instant, so I hadn't realised it would work. You do actually have to press stop in WMP/Winamp, and wait a few seconds before playing music again to notice the change. What is also nasty is that even if the box of enhancements has nothing selected, you still need to check "Disable all sound effects". It would appear that there is some other normalisation effect that is going on in the background which you can't see in th... Read more

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:majorI have read previous sim. threads, not sure if they apply to my problem. I have had many problems. All starts w/ fried mobo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5yr old system.

New mobo: ASrock Intel Pen 4, ConRoe 1333-D667 (package) w/intergral sound; REALTEK HD AUDIO ?? Driver R 1.47.

Original start up everything OK; sound work fine. Had installed everthing on install CD.

Used old 'C' drive w/ everything as before. Shortly started boot problems.

Installed Viedo Acell Card: Nvidia Geforce Fx5500 256M DDR PCI card
w/Driver 56.64. Did not use sound for several days; then the "NO SOUND" was realized, may be conflict !!!!!!

Meanwhile; boot problem got worst, no hot reboot (power supply fried & replaced).

Then "blue" screens: 0x0000007F "UNEXPECTED KERNEAL MODE TRAP" these got so frequent ( some 5min or 1hr ). Tried to do a OS repair, system locked up W/ Black Screen & nasty message. Have Backup 2wks old.

Installed new SATA 'C' drive: Did complete clean reinstall W/ Nivida card on mobo. Installed mobo disk 1st them Nivida disk. Now have A---E drives (Old 'C' is now 'E') + have portable 'F' drive as added backup. Have put copies of most install info & Install Shields in seperate folder.

Reinstall from Backups in parts (copy & paste), some from original disk, have most reinstalled w/ Firewall, all security, maint tools, IE6 & OE data restored. Everything is up an... Read more

Answer:No Sound / Realtek HD Audio / mobo

Good effort with that info!

Your drivers are here: R1.0&s=&T=D&ID=282

I would install the chip set driver: INF_XP64_MCE_XP_2K( R1.0&s=&T=D&ID=282
Then, re-boot.
Check your sound. If you have none, re-install the Realtek driver: Realtek_MCE_XP_2K(R1.47).zip R1.0&s=&T=D&ID=213

If you still don't have sound, I'll need a little info from your Device Manager. Is the Realtek driver showing under Sound, Video, and Game Controllers? Is there a ? or ! next to it? What does it say in properties under the general tab? Is the device enabled?

Use Everest to get a report of your system?s hardware, OS, and drivers. Upload the report as an attachment
Click "Report" at the top of the Everest window, click next to get to "Report Profile", select "Hardware-related Pages", click next, select "Plain Text", click "Finish". Then when it is done processing, click "Save To File". Save it where you want to. (I would use Desktop.)
Click "Go Advanced" in the MG reply box, scroll down a little way until you see "Manage Attachments", click it, browse to your file, click "Upload", and close the window. Then submit the post. You m... Read more

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Hi i have a new MSI mobo H61M-P31(G3) that i used to replace a Dell mobo(unknown model) everything fit right and all drivers installed right but still have no sound. I'm not sure if this is due to a driver conflict because i did not reinstall windows or if it is a fault on the board. Yes i have tried everything from different speakers to different driver versions to no avail. I guess what i am asking is would this be a problem caused by the old windows install and should i reinstall windows.

Answer:New MSI mobo with realtek sound not working

TBH im surprised it worked without a reinstall, did you sysprep or prepare the OS for hardware migration ?
If not then its hard to say, chances are the wrong/no audio drivers are installed but it could also be something else
Have you checked device manager for any unrecognised devices/caution marks

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First off here is what I am using

Windows 7 x64
RealTek ALC888 -> R2.70 drivers for Windows 7 64 bit.
Headphones: Creative Fatal1ty

Audio settings:
Loudness Equalization enabled,
16bit 48000 Hz DVD Quality.
Mixer Volume 100%


Recently I noticed my volume has significantly decreased especially in games (L4D2 being one) I hadn't changed any hardware, installed new drivers or updated windows.
Whatever caused this is lost on me. However I have noticed one thing..

I plug-in my headphones, jack is set as Headphones. In RealTek HD Audio Manager
Speaker configuration is "stereo". I then click "test" and it shows it playing the left speaker - I hear a very faint DOO (pause) DOO a bass sound, it plays the second speaker and I hear that midi scale thingy.

It seems like my headphones aren't playing in stereo at all, rather mono and one of them thinks it's a sub woofer or something. For some reason I have a feeling this is what is also responsible for my loudness issue.

Any help would be appreciate, thank you!

Answer:RealTek ALC888 - Low volume issue

Also tested headphones on other computers and they work fine. Strange.

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Hi all
I recently posted a thread about pixelated lines when i play games as I have just upgraded my machine.After much hunting I found out from the onsite tech that there is a compatibility issue between the gigabyte 81945g motherboard and the jetway Geforce 6600 256 pci-xpress.So just a friendly heads up to all those considering this option. :suspiciou

Answer:Warning compatibility issue: gigabyte 81945g mobo & Jetway Geforce 6600 256mb pci-e

Hi G A Hunter - thanks for the warning - I was thinking of getting the same exact motherboard!

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Hello Folks,I ordered and received a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. It will not fit in my case because of the fan mounted on the side panel of the case. I'm a little leery about buying another cooler. I don't want to go into the CPU cooler resale business.I'm thinking about ordering the Cooler Master GeminII S. It's only about 3 inches high, so that should be no problem. My main concern is that it may interfere with the RAM. I have read that the memory slots on the GA-890GPA-UD3H are a little closer to the CPU than is usual. Does anyone know of any problem fitting this cooler on this motherboard?Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3HPhenom II X2 555 BEThermaltake case V9 Black  VJ400G1N2ZHarry

Answer:Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H / Cooler Master GeminII cpu cooler question

Why do you think you need to replace your current cooler?  Do you have software installed to monitor temperatures?  The fan on the side panel is close to the CPU, right? So, it aids the cooling of the CPU.  How many case fans, other than the one on the side panel, are installed in your computer?

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Just installed Windows 7 x64 and everything else is going smoothly albiet the sound. I've updated the Realtek driver (2.43) and nothing yet. I've tried to change the audio connection from the front to the back of the computer. Has anyone else had or fixed this problem? On other forums people have said it's hard to get Realtek sound from Windows 7.Thanks.mmvm

Answer:No sound with A-bit IP35-E mobo / Realtek HD Audio

Mines working fine, the Realtek driver came via Windows Update the first time I fired it up.

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i just received my new PC with a brand new Gigabyte UD3H Wifi motherboard and a HD7950 GPU.

I installed all the drivers available from the Gigabyte website for some reason the wifi function simply does not work. Also, the screen plugged into the 7950 works fine but the other screen connected into the motherboard gets the message "no signal detected".
How can i fix this?

Answer:Gigabyte UD3H Wifi doesn't detect WiFi or second screen

Also, when I try to install the VGA drivers from gigabyte, I get the message "PC does not meet minimum requirements"

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Hello after one year sound problem ocured on my laptom. Everytime I swap between tabs within no matter which web browser strange sound arise form both speakers. Its not only due to flash but also winamp/vlc ... I have run latency meter dpclat.exe and it goes to RED every time the crackling sound arises. I tried all drivers (intel graphics, chipset, contextant...) then clean instalation of windows 7pro and sound is still crackling ....  does anyone have similar issue ? 

Answer:E320 sound crackling / popping issue

Hi Martiner, I have a similar or the same issue and it's driving me crazy. Now I know at least that a New Installation of Windows won't help fixing it After hours of desperate search, I have found what's the source of the problem. It is the Power Management Driver not the Energy Manager. I would like to use the Energy Manager because I do think it's a great program which manages the battery life perfectly, but without the PMD it is no use. How did you manage to get solve of the crackling/popping issue??? An Answer would be highly appreciated, I actually just signed up in this forum because of that issue...

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Hi guys,I have a very annoying problem on an otherwise excellent machine. Whenever I'm playing my music through my media player, or watching youtube, I would get crackle and popping sound from the speaker (same thing with my headphone).I have installed the latest drivers from lenovo.Any idea how I might be able to fix this?Any chance I might be able to find prev version of the sound driver somewhere just to try it out?Thanks!


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Answer:T400 sound crackling / popping issue

i have searched though google about this kind of topic. It seems that no one have exact answer for this problem. No one suggested whether this should be driver problem or hardware defects. I am only having problems when the system come up from hibernate or standby mode. The crackling sound occur or no sound afterwards. Hope someone can give hints on this. 

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Hello after one year sound problem ocured on my laptom. Everytime I swap between tabs within no matter which web browser strange sound arise form both speakers. Its not only due to flash but also winamp/vlc ... I have run latency meter dpclat.exe and it goes to RED every time the crackling sound arises. I tried all drivers (intel graphics, chipset, contextant...) then clean instalation of windows 7pro and sound is still crackling ....  does anyone have similar issue ? 

Answer:E320 sound crackling / popping issue

Hi Martiner, I have a similar or the same issue and it's driving me crazy. Now I know at least that a New Installation of Windows won't help fixing it After hours of desperate search, I have found what's the source of the problem. It is the Power Management Driver not the Energy Manager. I would like to use the Energy Manager because I do think it's a great program which manages the battery life perfectly, but without the PMD it is no use. How did you manage to get solve of the crackling/popping issue??? An Answer would be highly appreciated, I actually just signed up in this forum because of that issue...

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Hello all,

Let me first start off by saying I'm a very advanced PC user, so no need to dumb anything down unless otherwise stated. Here is a list of my hardware:

EVGA 790i Ultra SLI Motherboard (onboard sound disabled)
Intel Core2 Quad Q9650 @ 3.0GHz
4GB Corsair Dominator DDR3
Two EVGA 9800 GTX+'s currently not in SLI due to bug being mentioned.
Creative X-Fi Elite Pro
Operating on Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Now onto the issue. I recently purchased the remnants of a friend's PC after he upgraded, he assured me everything was in working order and he had no trouble and his word rang true. The only issue he claimed to have was in a strange combination of attempting to run World of Warcraft and Skype at the same time while SLI was enabled. I unfortunately have had worse luck with SLI. Upon enabling it and starting any 3D heavy application or game, a strange crackling begins to occur whenever anything even slightly bass heavy plays, and then grows worse from then onward. I've first tried the simple stuff, reseating cards, dusting them off, making sure they don't share any power leads with one another. Then went on to more advanced stuff, downloading Daniel K's (if that's his name, can't remember) 2.0 Support Pack for the creative cards on Vista/7. It didn't do anything to improve it. My friend said he never had an issue like this, but he was using a Razer soundcard I had given him for his birthday at that time. That is why I'm confused as to if it is a hardware or softw... Read more

Answer:Another sound crackling/distortion issue under Windows 7 x64

An update for something I just attempted, which was to swap the video cards in the event that was an issue, same result. An added symptom I forgot to mention was that if I let it go on long enough, the crackling and distorting will eventually force all sound to quit, or only stick to the left channel.

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So I just recently noticed this problem. Every time I startup my system, that's when it occurs. It seems that I'm not the only one experiencing this issue since I've researched the issue and others are experiencing a similar situation. I tried playing some audio, but speakers seem to be fine. 
Anyone know a resolution?

Answer:Dell XPS 13 9350 sound crackling issue

Thank you for writing to us. I would ask you to provide us with some more information so that I can assist you  better ,
*Check if  the problem completely goes away when the computer goes to sleep and comes back.
*Is the noise heard when you try to boot into safemode with networking.
*Have any recent changes ( software/hardware) made to the system.
*Which is the operating system installed on the system and have you tried using a headphones to hear if the same issue is seen during system startup.
Awaiting your response to proceed.

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I've been trying to figure out my problem for months and months now. I even contacted Realtek but have no luck getting a reply back.

The sound and all works perfect. It's just when I try to record sound from the sound card from my computer for MSN voice clips. It doesn't detect any sound? - I have tried everything from settings to updating drivers. Updating drivers just cause my recording to not have "Stereo Mix" anymore. Also when I'm mastering a song or something it sometimes get a popping sound. I'm still wondering to this day what is the problem? Did Realtek make a crappy onboard card which can't function perfectly on the 64bit system and now avoiding it?

Anyone know what is the go?

Answer:Gigabyte EX58-UD3R (Realtek ALC888) - What is wrong with Realtek?

Bumpity bump!

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I have now installed Windows 7 on my R500 to prepare for Windows XP's end of life.
I experienced that now with Windows 7 the sound does not really work.

The build-in loudspeaker does not work and an externally connected speaker with amplifier can just get some sound in max amplification. I googled and saw many people having similar issues.

Does anybody know if Toshiba has a fix for this ?

Do other people with Portege laptops have the same issue ?

Thank you

Answer:Portege R500 - Low sound volume with Win 7 and Realtek driver

As far as I know the Portege R500 supports the Realtek ALC262
I've googled and found people having problems with low sound volume on other laptops from other manufacturers using the ALC262 chip

But I found the solutions :)
Download the small ?Sound Utility to Turn Mute Off After Upgrading to Vista?
[Sound Utility to Turn Mute Off |] and unzip it using WinRAR or WinZip
You will find a small file called 'MuteOff'. Run this file as administrator and check if your sound would work.

Note: All drivers should be installed as well as the Realtek sound driver.

Feedback would be appreciated

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I have had Win 7 installed for almost a week. I like other posters on here have had a problem with Win 7 and onboard audio. I have read alot of websites, downloaded alot of drivers and put alot of time into the issue. This morning I solved the problem and thought I would pass it on to you. I would guess that this solution will apply to only a very small percentage of you, but the way that I solved the problem was to plug the wire into the speaker..............

Answer:Onboard Sound Issue

If you have a Zotac Geforce 9400 GT 512MB,. why would you want to use onboard sound?

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I recently attempted to put a audio output jack into the front input on my computer, and my computer shut down. When I turned it back on, my computer no longer recognizes any audio devices being installed on my computer. I've attempted to download drivers and reinstall it, but I'm starting to worry that it is a hardware issue.

Win 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
DX58SO Mobo - Pretty sure onboard was Realtek.
I7 920 @ 2.7
6G DD3 Ram

Thanks for any help,

Answer:Onboard Sound Issue

Is that front jack installed internally? From your post, I cant understand how you connected your front port output.

Did your computer shut down involuntarily? If it was connected internally, is this when you were connecting it? Thats a no-no.

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I have an MSI K8N Neo platinum motherboard with onboard sound and I am having a hard time figuring out what is wrong. The board is about two years old. I have done everything that I know how to do as far as adjusting settings.

I reformatted my drive and 3 days later began having sound issues. I have sound in Windows media player, and programs such as any video game and teamspeak. What is not working is any IE based sound, as well as windows sound. My microphone also will not work while using teamspeak, but while running the sound hardware test wizard it registers fine. I have also found that using the control panel to play windows sounds will not work either. The black > symbol that you click on to play the sound is now greyed out.

I have reinstalled my drivers and probably triple checked every setting that I know to check. I am ready to rip my hair out over this. If someone could help would be my hero for sure! LOL Thanks much in advance.

Answer:Onboard sound issue....please help!

Welcome to Techspot!
1. please post all your PC specs here or in your profile, just in case they are needed. 2. go to start>run>type in services.msc this opens the windows services panel. scroll down the list to "windows audio" make sure it is enabled and running. 3. go into control panel>system>hardware tab>click on deivce manager>go to sound, tell us what it says about your sound card. any additional info here would help. good luck!

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Hey Guys,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Has anyone come up with an answer to Morgan 19's question about recording "what you hear"? I have the same problem.

Answer:"What-You-Hear" with Realtek onboard sound?

Yeah just plug a phono lead from the head phones socket to the microphone. Sounds silly but it works!

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My computer uses a Gigabyte GA-EP45 mainboard with Realtek's ALC889A onboard sound. Does anyone know if it has the capability to enable "what-you-hear" recording (like a standalone soundcard would)? According to this thread I should be able to find options for it in the Audio Mixer, but exhaustive searches haven't pulled up anything so I'm thinking the onboard sound just doesn't have the capability...

Barring that, I might be interested in picking up a real soundcard to replace the onboard, but want to make sure "what you hear" recording is a possibility. Is there any way to check that a card can do that, or is it pretty much standard these days?


Answer:"What-You-Hear" with Realtek onboard sound?

I have a SoundBlaster xTreme Fidelity card, and it has "what-u-hear" recording in XP, but not in Vista or windows 7 beta. This is also true for my laptop, my other desktop, and the onboard sound card for the desktop with the upgraded sound card.

So this issue may be more to do with Vista than your PC.

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This weekend I built a PC reusing parts like the GPU, PSU, and HDD that were in my old HP pavilion but replaced everything else. I also kept all of my files and windows 7 installation using sysprep. Everything is fine except the audio (onboard) which has a weird problem with the volume. It seems the volume is inconsistent, and instead of a flatline volume for all sounds, quiet sounds are too quiet and loud sounds are deafening. This makes watching videos and playing games a pain because the sound is just not right, and constantly hurt my ears. I've tried the loudness equalization setting in windows but that didn't help much. I also tried the demo of a sound enhancing program called breakaway, and that almost fixes the problem but all sound lags and the full program is $30.00 so I don't think I'm going to use that. Is there a way to fix this problem or am I going to have to buy a sound card?

Answer:Onboard sound issue with new PC build

Did you install the Gigabyte supplied drivers, and specifically the sound driver. The motherboard vendor (in this case) drivers are the preferred. Non-Vendor driver drivers can not work or not work correctly.

I have a recent built system, using a Gigabyte motherboard, and after installing Win 7 I installed all the drivers from the Gigabyte supplied disc. Win 7 will install some drivers, some with be the latest and correct, some will be old drivers and some will be just generic drivers. Given that you used the Win 7 installation from the old PC I suspect the drivers are the problem.

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Okay, well i helped a friend put a pc together because i've done several of them and he's not...

the board for this is M3A78-EM with realtek 8channel onboard sound (ALC1200)

the operating system is xp sp3 (slipstreamed version to save some time)
so after installing the drivers all signs showed they were installed and worked.

however, after he got it home and setup, he found that there was no sound and there was a driver error for the realtek audio driver.

i've given him links to the drivers right off of asus website, both trying it manually and auto installs, once it actually did install it told him to restart but still is not functional, currently i have sent him right to the driver file from the realtek website, but my hopes at this point are low.

i mean... i've had issues with drivers before... but to me these are just overly weird..

any help is extremely appreciated

Answer:M3A78-EM onboard sound issue

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So, I am in the midst of rebuilding/upgrading my computers. At the moment only one is operational. Basically #1, but with the drives of #2. The strange thing is, when I put the HDD from #2 into the system, I get no sound. It boots up fine and all else seems to work, except no sound -- and no broadband internet connection (even though my modem implies it has made a connection, but no pages open). With the HDD from #1, everything works perfectly. I change nothing else except for the HDD.

Because I have recently had all sorts of issues and troubleshooting that went on with #2 (to eventually find that the MB had gone bad) I have even done both a windows repair install, and a clean install (including formatting the drive). Same thing still happens.

I posted a similar thread in the networking forum (for the internet access part of this issue) last night, with no answers so far, but I wasn't sure if some of you stick to only certain forums and figured I'd increase my chances of an answer this way. My apologies if that is not acceptable.

Answer:Solved: Onboard sound issue

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I just got done installing a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L motherboard along with a Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 video card. Everything is going smooth, except for one thing; I've got this incessant crackling noise in the background.

I can still hear music and whatnot fine, but when I'm browsing forums I can hear this steady crackling. Usually it happens when I'm scrolling with my mouse button, but just moving the mouse around tends to do it as well. I upgraded my comp so I could play Warhammer Online at something higher than 5 FPS, but when I start the game up the crackling gets even louder at the character select screen. It happens no matter what I'm doing, but the fact that it's louder in Warhammer Online (Stuff like music drowns out the noise) is particularly bothersome.

I've downloaded the most recent audio drivers I could find; the audio driver from Gigabyte and the Realtek HD audio drivers linked here on MG. Neither has done anything thus far. I just downloaded, extracted and ran the Setup file. Not sure if maybe I've done something wrong there.

When I go to Sound, Video and Game Controllers, I have the following listed:

ATI Function Driver for High Definition Audio - ATI AA01
Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Devices
Media Control Devices
Realtek High Definition Audio
Video Codecs

I'd appreciate any possible help. It's a really annoying problem and I've been up for about four hours ... Read more

Answer:Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L audio crackling

I also wanted to clarify that I'm using Windows XP. If it matters, I also installed a 1.8 dual core yesterday (Overclocked to a 2.66 now) along with four 512mb sticks of memory (Got them free from a friend). Not sure if either of those could cause this problem, but thought I'd throw it out there.

Also, I want to clarify that my sound does work perfectly fine; I can hear songs and movies and games and whatnot. However, there's always a crackling noise in the background that just annoys me to death. It also seems to happen when the computer is doing a process; when I ran a Smart Defrag scan on the computer last night it was crackling the entire time.

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I've had some problems with my old SoundBlaster Live! card, namely for some reason when I happen to open, minimize, or close certain large applications (Newer games, mostly), my microphone will sound all static and 'robot-like' when talking to others over any form of VOIP until I close and open said VOIP program, and even then it won't fix and I'll have to shutdown the game as well.

Thus I've begun trying to see if onboard sound'd help me...yet whenever I try and install the drivers for the onboard SoundMAX Digital Audio System, it aborts the installation because it says the drivers aren't installed. =/ Yet...what I'm trying to install are the drivers. I've used both those on the CD that came with the motherboard and the latest drivers I can download off of the ASUS site, and I get the same error with both. Anyone know why this could be, or think they could help out? =>

As well, I'm currently running Windows XP Pro, and if any more information is needed, feel free to ask for it.

Answer:ASUS P4PE Onboard Sound Issue

G'day Nightfyre, when you have a sound card fitted as well as onboard sound it can have odd problems.
There are settings in BIOS for enabling the onboard sound and conflicts can occur unless the PCI sound card is removed.
Check you motherboard manual for suggested settings for the onboard sound.
When you reboot after resetting in this circumstance it should find new hardware and load the respective driver, if it doesn't that driver should be on your motherboard CD.
It is possible that some audio software program you have loaded is becoming involved and causing your problem, possibly one of the Creative things.
That is a guess!
Cheers, qldit.

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After re-installing Win XP Professional, Windows unable to install on-board soundcare, can any one help me on this, no sound card driver available on the net and asus site.

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Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Sound: Onboard Realtek (Not sure of the name exactly)


So about a month ago I inserted a WAN Card into my PC and after doing so am having an issue getting sound out of both of my speakers. If I slowly slide my speaker plug into the motherboard it will play out of the left speaker only. Once I slide the plug all the way in, the sound only comes out of the right speaker. I do have front jacks that work fine, but I'm trying to avoid using those as I have a one year old who has learned how to walk and loves to play with things in her reach.

Things I've checked:

1. I'm reopened my computer to see if I happened to knock anything loose during my WAN Card installation process.

2. I've checked the balance setting for my speakers.

3. I've plug in a headset to make sure it wasn't a speaker issue.

4. I've ran the "Speaker Setup" wizard offered by the Realtek software multiple times.

5. I've removed the WAN card and tried to use the speakers then.

Is there anything missing or am I just out of luck?


Answer:Realtek Sound Issue

Go into the Control Panel, System, Device Manager and delete the Realtek sound device. Restart your computer and see if Windows picks it up and reinstalls it

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I just started having an odd issue that in my 20 some years working with computers have never encountered. The issue has to do with my realtek HD Audio. It started with games, that I wouldn't get any sound from. I went and did my normal trouble shooting and found nothing wrong. During the tests the sound worked fine. So I went and tried playing an MP3, and no sound happens. Music plays but no sound. I then tried skype. That worked fine and I heard sounds.

I've never experienced issues like this. Where one program has sound and another doesn't.

Anyone have any ideas?


Answer:Realtek Sound - Odd Issue

Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing the driver?

This is about as odd as the issue that I am having on a vista machine where the sound from the internet browser will just stop working periodically.

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MedioN MD8822 Desktop
Vista pre installed. Installed xp pro sp2, used paragon boot manager.
I have not yet had sound through speakers. Only bleeps from tower.

When I run xp a ballon states, "found new hardware, MEDIA". Then I get the update hardware wizard..cannot install this hardware follows.

In device manager 1 exclamation mark next to unknown device under sound, video & game controllers and another next to microsoft uaa bus driver for high def audio.

Right clicking & choosing to update or scan for hardware changes ends with cannot install this hardware.

The realtek driver seems to be installed.
I have previously uninstalled the microsoft uaa driver but that didn't help.:confused

Answer:Issue with realtek (no sound)

Try this driver if you haven't already;

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This problem has the configuration listed in my system specs below, which have just changed recently. My OCZ Vertex 2 died, RMA'ed but sold, and replaced with the Transcend SSD720, 2.5" SATAIII 64GB. Also sold my GPU...

Now, trying to get everything back on track. I reinstalled my OS on the SSD, but I can't for the life of me get the HDMI working. When reinstalling, I knew it was normal for only my Dell CRT to show up via its VGA connection, but then the main ViewSonic HD monitor never came on. I finally realized it wasn't responding to anything. The ViewSonic HD monitor is the only thing plugged in right now, on both VGA & HDMI, but will only work on the VGA. It had been working fine before the OCZ SSD died. No VGA problems. The onboard ATI Radeon HD 4250 is fully updated and all the drivers are installed and updated to the best of my knowledge. There is an update for the BIOS on the ASUS website that I had never installed, ever, but the only change from before was the SSD so that should not matter. I've even made sure I installed the specific driver for the monitor from the disc it came with. I tried playing around in BIOS, and (for once) no matter what graphics device order I set, (i.e., IGPX-PCI-GPX-etc) it always reverted to the mobo's VGA. And obviously, Device Manager is showing no yellow question marks and is generally no help right now...

Again, there is NO longer a standalone GPU/video card in this system, just the ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3's onboard inter... Read more

Answer:Mobo not detecting HDMI? - ATI Radeon HD 4250 onboard ASUS mobo

It's plausible that your HDMI port on your MOBO is dead. Is it possible to obtain a GPU and try it's HDMI port?
It could be your monitor as well, do you have access to anything else supporting HDMI and see if your monitor connects?

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Hi all,
Im having a bit of trouble with sound on my PC system. There seems to be a bit of distortion when i play music through either my head phones and through my hifi system via the mini jacks on the rear panel and the front. Its very bad when I listen to Coldplay Clocks (the piano rift at the start). Through both WMP and Itunes. When I attach my iphone to my stereo and stream the music from the pc it is floorless. Also when I play music via my tv throught the HDMI it is distorted too.
Has any one experienced this before and know a solution?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Realtek ALC887 sound issue

If is the same with both HDMI and the PC's speakers (sound card) that suggests something other than the sound devices. HDMI audio is generated by the Video Card, separately from the PC's sound card (whatever that is, you didn't list it in your specs).

Is this file the only one that is distorted? or is ANY music played on the PC distorted? If its "any" music is it full fidelity wav sound files or MP3 files (which are something less than full fidelity).

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where can i get its drivers

Answer:onboard gigabyte vga drivers

The Gigabyte website"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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I'm getting terrible website speeds and also my ping is all over the place spiking in games. I'm not behind a router but I am using my schools network, I've never had this bad of an issue before having this board. Are there any good cheap nic's?

Answer:Onboard NIC on Gigabyte ds3 965 is slowwww

I haven't noticed any problems with mine.

Try updating the drivers first.
If that doesn't help, try a cheap Intel server NIC from Ebay.

It's likely just the way traffic is on the network though.
I would fully expect the speeds to be all over the place on a school network.

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This issue just started about 1-2 months, before that, for about 2 years, I never experienced anything. I have the same operation system. The problem is, the sounds are all good but whenever, I plug in my headphones or speakers, it is going to me mute. I mean, I just won't hear anything. I tried only allowing 'Speakers' then only 'Realtek Digital Output', when I plug it out, the sounds come back. This time, it happened randomly, but it usually happens, when I use Skype, I got my headphones plugged in, I call my friend, I hear the 'Beep-Beeps' and when she answer, the problem start, and I have to plug it out to hear her. The only solution I found, is to re-install the Realtek Driver everytime, and it means two restarts ... Did anyone ever experience anything like this? Maybe any solution?
Thank you!

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Hi. I have a problem with the quadraphonic sound in my computer. I've installed Windows 7 RC and the realtek HD audio drivers just yesterday, and when I configure the quadraphonic sound in the Realtek audio manager it seems to work fine. In the tests, the four speakers sound clear, but when I play music on the Windows Media Player or Winamp, or any program or game, it just doesn't recognize the two rear speakers. Please, tell me if there is any other info you need to give me a hand.
Thank you all.

Answer:Quadraphonic sound issue with Realtek HD audio

Hmm, did you set the sound driver to "speaker fill"? Here is also a plug-in that might help (not sure though)
MP3 Accessories, DFX Audio Enhancer, Best MP3 sound enhancer -

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