IDT Audio IDT High Definition Audio CODEC took out my audio

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Dave Horne, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. Dave Horne

    Kyra Pryde Guest

    Helloes people,
    ....I'm new here but I'm writing here because I am also having the same
    problem. Because of being oh so trusting with the Windows Update, it created
    this problem. I've been reading the conversation about this problem and right
    now I'm waiting for the backup to finish. I'm kinda of clueless of my
    technology now that this happen. I'm usually up-to-date, making sure it's
    free of viruses, clean and everything but this has gone way too far. I love
    to listen to music on my laptop and now that this IDT Audio crap came out,
    it's been a huge pain in the butt for me. If it does work like you say it
    does, I owe you one. BIG TIME.
    Kyra Pryde, May 2, 2008
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  2. Dave Horne

    Nathan Guest

    I have the same problem of installing the IDT Audio IDT High Defiintion Audio
    Codec with Vista Home Premium and the sound didn't work. I tried various
    things which apparently created restore points so now when I go to backup and
    restore there are no restore points left for before the update. Simply
    uninstalling the driver and reinstalling the correct one does not solve the
    problem - I have no sound on my laptop.

    Interestingly, when I boot up my maching when connected to my tv tuner I
    have sound. When I boot up not connected to my tv tuner I have no sound.
    Are there any solutions to this problem other than restoring to an earlier
    time? Or can I get a restore point from an earlier time even though Backup
    and Restore does not show one?

    Nathan, May 2, 2008
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  3. Dave Horne

    Dave Horne Guest

    Follow up - I went to the Dell site
    ( ) and under Desktop \ Audio
    there is one thread on page 1 ( )
    that gives some of us the option to download another SigmaTel driver, one
    that is approved by SP1. Read that post carefully. After I installed that
    particular driver (via Dell), I was then offered SP1 to download.

    Initially I forgot to disable my McAfee Firewall\ AV when installing that
    SP1 (and rec'd a 80041315 error) , once I disabled McAfee the SP1 installed
    Dave Horne, May 2, 2008
  4. Dave Horne

    MyWebs Guest

    Windows update is pushing this update out automatically. I experienced the
    exact same thing David Horne did. I installed, rebooted then no sound. Vista
    said "no sound device installed" System properties confirmed this. :(

    So I rollback the driver... No joy there either. I was also forced to use
    System Restore to get things working again.

    MS should not be pushing out drivers that don't work at all. And rolling
    back a driver should fix it. So something else must be wrong as well. Someone
    at Microsoft needs to look closely at this update because its very flawed and
    is going to cause a ton of problems for the newbie users who probably isn't
    going to even know how to rollback his drivers, which doesn't work anyways.
    Lets hope they know about System Restore.

    System specs in case anyone from MS reads this:
    Dell Inspiron 1501
    AMD Turion 64X2 Mobile CPU
    2 gigs of RAM
    110 GB hard drive
    onboard sound: SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC
    Vista Home Premium
    MyWebs, May 2, 2008
  5. Dave Horne

    annabana Guest

    If I do a System Restore.. WILL i lose everything I added/changed to my
    since I have had it? Does it take my computer back to day 1? i tried the
    roll back wouldnt let me did the unstall/restall kept giving me code 10
    error then couldnt find driver etc...
    annabana, May 2, 2008
  6. Dave Horne

    Dave Horne Guest

    System restore will not touch any of your 'working' files. Any documents
    you've created, changes to your agenda, etc. will not be touched, deleted,
    or altered. Windows will also give you a message stating that.

    I assume Windows restores an earlier version of your registry and any
    drivers that have changed as well. I"m not an expert just another user.
    Dave Horne, May 2, 2008
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    Doomed Guest

    Doomed, May 2, 2008
  8. Dave Horne

    annabana Guest

    Ok i tried to do the system restore and the backup... my backup failed.... I
    WISH IT WOULD OF TOLD ME TO DO A BACKUP BEFORE the SP1!!! my computer hasnet
    worked proberly since I bought it. Im so sick of Dell.... I don't know what
    to do...
    annabana, May 2, 2008
  9. I've had exactly the same problem today. I spent a long time to find a
    solution. This is an incredible bug !!! Now I have no more esitations : my
    next computer will be an Apple !
    Thank You Microsoft !
    ThankYouMicrosoft, May 2, 2008
  10. Hi,

    Same problem on a Dell Inspiron 640m running Vista Home Premium SP1 with
    SigmaTel Audio.

    I went through some of the same steps as listed here. My eventual solution

    1. Use Device Manager to uninstall the IDT High Def CODEC
    2. Restart
    3. Download and install latest Sigmatel drivers for my laptop from Dell
    4. Restart

    Fixed it nicely.
    Thomas Beagle, May 2, 2008
  11. Dave Horne

    GuanYu Guest

    hi, im also haveing same problem, but i have an additional problem on top of
    that. i can't use system restore because all my old restore points got wiped
    out today when i downloaded servis pac 1, so now what?
    GuanYu, May 3, 2008
  12. Dave Horne

    surajkala Guest

    I too was facing the same prob... My audio was gone after installing " IDT
    Audio IDT High Definition Audio CODEC " ...

    I even tried Driver Roll Back Option but in vain ..

    Thank god .. Window Update had created a Restore Point while installing a
    update.. thus i was able to Restore to most recent point.. without missing
    any updates...

    After going thru may sites.. it seems like thier is no option to retrieve
    the sound after u install " IDT Audio IDT High Definition Audio CODEC " ..
    only thing u can do is either .. Reinstall your OS (Nah Nah) or Go Back using
    System Restore

    Suraj jain
    surajkala, May 3, 2008
  13. Dave Horne

    Dave Horne Guest

    Go to
    and read the 9th post down (by basiltoo). There's an additional driver for
    the SigmaTel that not only works to solve this 'No Playback Device' problem
    but will allow SP1 to be installed as well - that was another issue for me.

    Once I downloaded and installed that driver (from that Dell link in that 9th
    message) I solved my 'No Playback Device' issue _and_ then was offered SP1
    to be downloaded through Windows Update.

    Read those posts carefully and if you see your Dell model listed for that
    SigmaTel driver, you don't have much to lose.
    Dave Horne, May 3, 2008
  14. Same problem,dell xps 420, 4 gb ram,1 tb raid 0 nvidia 8800gtx,remove
    driver,reinstall original using utilities disc,hide update until IDT sort it
    out doesnt microsoft check 3rd party updates?
    queenstowngreg, May 3, 2008
  15. Dave Horne

    Phil Guest

    I, too, was having a problem installing Vista SP1 on my Gateway CX210X laptop
    (preinstalled with Vista Ultimate one year ago). Gateway didn't have an
    updated driver, and SigmaTel wasn't making new ones, so I'd deleted the
    SigmaTel Driver (from Gateway) in order to install Vista SP1 about a month
    ago. Upon restart, Microsoft Update installed an IDT High Definition Audio
    CODEC. Voila, I could now install Vista SP1.

    Installed some other updates this afternoon, among them the MS Udate
    "Optional" IDT High Definition Audio CODEC software update released in
    September, 2007. The install gave me the "no audio devices installed"
    message upon restart.

    Unlike some other posts in this thread, I was able to "roll-back" the driver
    successfully, and have the older IDT High Definition Audio CODEC back.
    Phil, May 3, 2008
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    annabana Guest

    It finally worked.. The sound only. It will not let be do a back up or
    restore... i have to fix that asap... but to all... the fix that Dave Horne
    worked great.. but like he said turjn off your firewalls first... THANK YOU
    Mr. Horne
    annabana, May 4, 2008
  17. Dave Horne

    Dave Horne Guest

    Glad to hear it worked! I didn't come up with this fix, I'm just passing on
    what I discovered at the Dell site. If I would have first looked there I
    would have saved myself an evening with that SP1 install, reverting, and
    ..... repeat, lather rinse.

    All the best, DH
    Dave Horne, May 4, 2008
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    star_x Guest

    Hi, one day i was doing updates for my computer (i have an Acer and i'
    using vista) and i think it called for a vista update. Once i update
    it, i restarted my computer and i found a little sound icon with a re
    "x" on it saying: "no audio output is installed". I don't know why i
    happened. I researched what i would do on google. One webpage said:
    go to control panel>device manager>find the sound card by clicking o
    the plus next to Sound, Video and Game controllers. You should se
    something that has a brand name with integrated audio>click on it>driv
    tab>roll back drive
    I did this. It said once you "roll back the driver" that the soun
    should start working again. But unfortunatly when i went to the Driv
    tab, it would NOT let me click on "roll back driver". i don't know why
    And now i do not now how to solve this problem, and get my sound back o
    my compter.

    By the way, it says my sound is a "IDH High Definition Audio CODEC"

    Does anyone know how to fix this? Your help is much appreiciated
    star_x, May 4, 2008
  19. My computer is an Apple, but I run Vista via Bootcamp. The recent "IDT High
    Definition Audio CODEC" update disabled my sound card in Vista, and now -
    even though I've managed to get the system to revert to the previous SigmaTel
    drivers, the sound card still isn't working.

    I'm very, very, very unimpressed.

    Windows Update should not offer users the option to install updates that are
    incompatible with their hardware. With Apples running Bootcamp, this should
    be especially easy for Microsoft to avoid, because the level of
    standardisation is high, and so is the user base.

    I actually bought Vista because it was the only OS that was compatible with
    certain audio software I use (aside from XP, which was originally intended to
    have been phased out by now).

    Also, the latest Apple Bootcamp update just failed to install. No Apple
    updates have previously failed to install. I am pretty sure that this is
    because of the sound card driver problem.

    So now I can't do my work, and I can't patch my other drivers either. Thanks
    a bunch, MS.

    Macbook 2.13GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD
    Windows Vista Home Premium via Leopard Bootcamp
    sampablokuper, May 4, 2008
  20. Dave Horne

    Dave Horne Guest

    Did you go back in time via System Restore ... or Rollback Driver?
    Dave Horne, May 4, 2008
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