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Windows 7: Audio drivers

03 Jul 2011   #1
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Audio drivers

Today when Golden posted on my previous topic about updating audio drivers i noticed that realtek audio drivers weren't installed, so now i have nvidia high definition audio drivers and realtek audio drivers. Am i supposed to have 2 different audio drivers or nvidia drivers weren't supposed to be here?


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03 Jul 2011   #2
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I went to my manufacturer website, i searched for the drivers that my laptop was supposed to have and i only see Realtek drivers there.
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03 Jul 2011   #3
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I have both VIA and NVidia High Definition audio listed on my PC. The NVidia drivers are there because my video card has HDMI support, which is an audio & video output. So in essence I have two sound cards. The NVidia sound driver is installed as part of the Video card drivers.
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03 Jul 2011   #4
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I have both VIA and NVidia High Definition audio listed on my PC. The NVidia drivers are there because my video card has HDMI support, which is an audio & video output. So in essence I have two sound cards. The NVidia sound driver is installed as part of the Video card drivers.
Well the problem is that i don't connect my computer to the tv so i think that this drivers are useless. But i tried to remove them and windows installed the VGA again so i let them stay on my computer, but now should i continue to update them or not?
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03 Jul 2011   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Thats up to you, I update them when I manually update my Video card drivers. I don't update drivers though windows update, I have that option disabled.
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03 Jul 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When you installed the video driver did you use the one from Acer or the one from Nvidia? If the one from Nvidia that is where the Nvidia audio driver came from, and from what I can see looking at the manual for that laptop it doesn't support audio over HDMI which if that is the case the audio driver shouldn't have installed.

Also if it was the one from Nvidia it should have the option to do a custom install which will give options like this (will look different if an older driver),

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which you can uncheck everything but the video drive if shown.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I don't update drivers though windows update
As should anyone with an AMD or Nvidia video card.


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03 Jul 2011   #7
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
When you installed the video driver did you use the one from Acer or the one from Nvidia? If the one from Nvidia that is where the Nvidia audio driver came from, and from what I can see looking at the manual for that laptop it doesn't support audio over HDMI which if that is the case the audio driver shouldn't have installed.

Also if it was the one from Nvidia it should have the option to do a custom install which will give options like this (will look different if an older driver),

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which you can uncheck everything but the video drive if shown.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I don't update drivers though windows update
As should anyone with an AMD or Nvidia video card.
I don't remember very well but I think I used the one from Acer but after i updated my video drivers the audio driver were also there so i think when the installation finished, the realtek audio driver disappeared because until today i didn't seen it on my control panel.
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03 Jul 2011   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Doubt its there, but double check the bios for the onboard audio and make sure it is set to enabled if present.
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03 Jul 2011   #9
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Doubt its there, but double check the bios for the onboard audio and make sure it is set to enabled if present.
Where can i do that?
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04 Jul 2011   #10
wicken

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I check my BIOS for the onboard audio and i don't see any option to enable or disable the onboard audio.
This is what might have happened until today: "If your computer does not have an option within CMOS to disable the on-board audio it is likely that either the motherboard has a jumper that can be set to disable the on-board audio, or the on-board audio will disable automatically when the new sound card is installed into the computer."
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