vista sound driver problem


G

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 ?
 
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G

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 :(
 
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dean-dean

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?
 
G

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
 
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dean-dean

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...
 
G

Guest

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

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.
 
G

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 :(
 
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dean-dean

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...
 
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dean-dean

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...
 
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C

Conor

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).
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.
 
G

Guest

lol , i cannot remember that . but then again i have build a lot of computers
since then (not just my own)
 
G

Guest

touch wood it is working for the moment , i will find out in the morning .
thx for the help anyways ;)
 
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G

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
 
G

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)
 
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dean-dean

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...
 
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G

Guest

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

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