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Realtek AC 97 sound card dissapeared

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April 11, 2011 5:34:08 PM

Hello everyone this is my first forum post and i could use your help if you'd like 2 help me :) 
So this weekend I've been playing with some ubuntus on my pc and yesterday i came back to Windows 7
I did the same things I do at every install but this time i can't install my Realtek driver. Windows Security comes up and tells me it's an untrusted source and even though I click on "Install anyway" it keeps showing up. Then I looked up in my Device Manager and saw that I only have one sound device called "High Definition Audio Device". I think thats just the sound control that Windows has, so where is my sound card? I can't seem to find out. One more thing: in my Device Manager I now have a device called Unknown Device. Could it be the sound device? If it is then why won't my pc recognise it anymore? Please help and tell me if I can give more details 2 make things clear. This is all I know so far. :D 
April 11, 2011 8:00:15 PM

Thanks but I already found a solution. I found a program called Driver Genius that seems to detect my Realtek audio driver. I updated it and all my other out of date drivers and now it's running smooth :D 
April 12, 2011 6:35:33 AM

best go to your motherboard manufacturer and get there version of the realtek audio.
even though guru 3d is a trusted supplier of drivers your mobo manufacturer may have a different version.

driver genius is crap as all the other driver auto updater's.
for instance my motherboard is up to 2.58 and have no issues with em. with win7 64bit.
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April 12, 2011 4:08:08 PM

Quote:
time you read your klite codec pack help file then. wait let me do it for you

Q:My PC completely freezes or gives a BSOD when playing a file on Windows 7 x64 with a 2.1 speaker setup

A:This is a bug in the Realtek HD Audio driver. It only occurs on Windows 7 x64 and only when configuring audio decoders to output 2.1 audio channels.

A known stable version of the Realtek driver that we can recommend is version 2.35.




Good thing I got x86 not x64 :) 
April 12, 2011 4:14:52 PM

I will remember that thx :) 
April 12, 2011 4:28:26 PM

nothin special.. just a logitech 5.1 system :D 
April 12, 2011 6:45:43 PM

thing is i dont use the k-lite codec pack as it causes incomparability and stability issues.
nore do i use 2.1 audio i use 8.1 or 7.1 so its not an issue. and as the op uses 5.1 it wont affect him either...
not every 1 is stuck with a P4 you know.
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