vista sound driver problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by russ_will, May 4, 2007.

  1. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    every time i shut down vista the sound drivers are changed , i then reinstall
    the latest realtech drivers but when i shut down my system they revert to
    ones that do not work . any way to stop vista changing the drivers ?
     
    russ_will, May 4, 2007
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    russ_will Guest

    the sound device is onboard my motherboard , the board is the asus a8v-vm se
    .. it uses a realtech driver which keeps getting replace , please help as it
    is driving my crazy :(
     
    russ_will, May 4, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Specifically, what is the sound device's name in Device Manager, under
    Sound, video and game controllers (when the driver from Realtek is
    installed)? Are there files from Realtek in C:\Program
    Files\Realtek\InstallShield?
     
    dean-dean, May 5, 2007
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  4. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    it says in device manager = realtec high definition audio , i am using the
    drivers fron the realtech website (version 1.66) . audion chip is the
    realtech alc660 6-channel codec , it installs well but changes to just high
    def audion for some reason if shutdown for longer than a few min
     
    russ_will, May 5, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Try this (you should have files in C:\Program Files\Realtek\InstallShield,
    from the Realtek installation):

    First, allow Vista to change your audio driver to the generic High
    Definition driver (the one that doesn't work). On your keyboard, press the
    Windows key + R. In the Run box, type

    msconfig

    On the Startup tab of System Configuration, if there are any files from
    Realtek Semiconductor, remove the checkmark for those, such as RtHDVCpl.exe
    (there may be others). (Apply, OK) and restart. (Tell System Configuration
    not to show you it's message or run again when you see that prompt after
    re-booting). Note: the appropriate startup item(s) will be re-entered
    automatically when the new driver from Realtek is installed.

    Then, in Device Manager, double-click the generic High Definition driver,
    under "Sound, video and game controllers", and, on the Driver tab, choose
    Update Driver. Then choose "Browse my computer for driver software." Under
    "Search for driver software in this location", Browse to C:\Program
    Files\Realtek\InstallShield. Click OK once you've found that folder, then
    click Next...
     
    dean-dean, May 5, 2007
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  6. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    tried it , not sure why but it did not work :( . wish i got xp now as vista
    is to buggy for my liking
     
    russ_will, May 5, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    Sorry to hear that it didn't work. The only thing I can think of is to try
    the setup file from Realtek again. Right-click on the .exe file that
    starts the installation, and choose Properties. If it is blocked on the
    General tab, click on the Unblock button (Apply, OK). Then right-click on
    the file again, and choose Run as Administrator.
     
    dean-dean, May 5, 2007
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  8. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    i have been building my own pc's since 98 , i have never had a problem like
    this before . i have tried everything i can think of but nothing works ,
    wish i had kept my old system with xp on :(
     
    russ_will, May 6, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    This is a puzzle. I have the same built-in soundcard that you have, and
    have not had this problem. Realtek has two different downloads for Vista's
    driver (one, an .exe installation file, the other a .zip). Have you tried
    both? Both should be "unblocked". The .zip file installation, once the
    files are extracted, uses Setup.exe, I believe, to begin the installation.
    Either .exe file should be Run as Administrator. Or you could try turning
    UAC off, if it isn't already (and turn it back on after the installation).

    Another work-around:

    In Device Manager, double-click the generic High Definition driver, and, on
    the Driver tab, choose Update Driver. Then choose "Browse my computer for
    driver software." This time, instead of "Search for driver software in this
    location", try "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer."
    Then choose Have Disk. Browse to C:\Program Files\Realtek\InstallShield...
     
    dean-dean, May 6, 2007
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  10. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    i must be tired and sorry for sounding dumb , whats UAC mean ?
     
    russ_will, May 6, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    It means User Account Control. If you click on the Start Menu, then click
    on your user picture (on the top right side of the menu), it will open User
    Accounts, where you can turn UAC on or off (the bottom link, on the right
    side of the window). One example of UAC in action is when you open Device
    Manager, and the screen dims, and you have to allow opening the program to
    continue when the UAC pop-up appears, because of the possible risk involved
    in going forward, given the nature of the program.

    I'm just wondering whether UAC may be somehow preventing the driver update
    from sticking...
     
    dean-dean, May 6, 2007
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    Conor Guest

    YEs you have...when XP first came out.
     
    Conor, May 6, 2007
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    Conor Guest

    There are two different driver sets. One is for the Realtek HD and the
    other is for normal Realtek. Either will install but only one will
    work.
     
    Conor, May 6, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    dean-dean, May 6, 2007
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    russ_will Guest

    lol , i cannot remember that . but then again i have build a lot of computers
    since then (not just my own)
     
    russ_will, May 6, 2007
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    russ_will Guest

    touch wood it is working for the moment , i will find out in the morning .
    thx for the help anyways ;)
     
    russ_will, May 6, 2007
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    russ_will Guest

    well i still have this problem , the driver has revert back and when i try to
    update it with driver update it says no audio installed . it only works if i
    install the realtek drivers , but they do not stick and it is getting me mad
    and i am ready for scrapping vista
     
    russ_will, May 7, 2007
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    russ_will Guest

    how do i stand if i swap the motherboard because of this bug at the store i
    got the bits for building my new pc ? (warrenty replacement)
     
    russ_will, May 9, 2007
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    dean-dean Guest

    It is pretty odd that Vista is "discovering" your audio device after every
    boot, as though it were something you'd just plugged in. Is there anything
    in your BIOS regarding audio that you can toggle?

    Some posters have had luck getting drivers to stick when they delete
    infcache.1 in C:\Windows\inf\. (Some have not). To try that, run Commmand
    Prompt as Administrator, and type

    icacls C:\Windows\inf\INFCACHE.1 /grant administrators:F

    Press Enter. Then type

    rename C:\Windows\inf\INFCACHE.1 infcache.1.bak

    Press Enter. Then run the installlation file from Realtek.

    As to an exchange of motherboards, dunno. I've never tried it. How
    convincing can you be? I wouldn't think it would be a problem...
     
    dean-dean, May 9, 2007
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  20. russ_will

    russ_will Guest

    tried that but it did not work , so i got a new soundblaster audigy SE . now
    it says not enough resources , what gives ?
     
    russ_will, May 9, 2007
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