URGENT Windows 7 Audio Issues (PLEASE HELP)

Hi there,
Windows 7 audio isn't working. I've plugged my headset into the front and back of my PC, with no difference. It's recognized by the sound(where you right click the volume indicator and click playback devices) thing, and claims there's sound playing whenever it should be, but it never is. I'm not sure what to do. Please help.
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  1. I dislike these problems because they happen all the time.

    To start, I'm going to need to ask you a few questions so I can give you a more accurate solution than just taking a shot in the dark.

    -What are the recognized Playback Devices? (Name them off)
    -When did this issue start to happen?
    -What were you doing when this issue happened?
    -What is your motherboard (if you know it), or the manufacturer and model of your computer (If you bought it from a manufacturer, ex. Dell, HP, ASUS, etc.)

    Once I have those, I can start creating a solution for you. Be as detailed as possible, it helps. :)
  2. - does your headset work when plugged in to other devices?
    - does any other playback device work when plugged in to your computer?
  3. Playback devices are (in order) NVIDIA HDMI Output (Ports 0-3), Speakers, Realtek Didital Output. The issue began this afternoon, when I powered on. I hadn't been installing anything or messing with it. The mobo is an ASRock Pro4 Z87. Nothing else works when plugged in, so I'm sure it's a system issue, rather than one with the headset. I've also tried plugging into the back, which doesn't work.
  4. Hmm. If you have already tried restarting, and it didn't work, then it could be a driver related issue. See if there is an update for your Realtek audio device.

    Search for (In Google): ASRock Pro4 Z87 Realtek Drivers and you should find what you need.

    Let me know if that helps!
  5. I already updated the drivers earlier.
  6. Hmm well the front audio is connected to the motherboard. Its usually located on the bottom right or left depending on your board. Make sure its plugged securely if at all. For your back ports, the drivers should have fixed it. For that I recommend downloading ccleaner and doing a full uninstall of all audio drivers and then reinstalling them after you restart. There may be a problem with the driver. What usually works is if the current driver isnt working, find one that is a little older and install that instead.
  7. I've uninstalled and installed drivers a disturbingly large amount of times. I've downloaded them from the disc, FileHippo, the website (ASRock), and CNET. I'm not sure if that's the issue.
  8. Best answer
    My advice, never download any driver from CNET or Filehippo. Only download drivers from the manufacture of that part. Otherwise you may just be installing adware, spyware, hooktools, etc.
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