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Windows 7: Can't stop nVidia HD audio driver from loading

08 Mar 2013   #1
HowardWoodard

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Can't stop nVidia HD audio driver from loading

This PC is running an ATI Radeon graphics card on an MSI motherboard with an Intel processor.

Recently I removed an NVidia graphics card and replaced it with the current ATI one.

All of the nVida software uninstalled without error. All of the ATI software installed without error.

Yet, even though it now has an ATI HD Audio driver, along with the original Realtek audio driver, it is still loading the NVidia Hd Audio driver. I uninstall it with Device Manager and it reinstalls the next time I rescan for hardware changes or reboot.

I've even tried Driver Fusion to remove it and it deletes all of the associated registry keys it finds but it still reinstalls after a reboot.

This is making me nuts. Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks in advance.


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08 Mar 2013   #2
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Update Your Realtek audio driver with the latest release and it should stop this . If it does not just look through your registry for anything relating to Nvidia and remove it. Always back up your registry first.
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08 Mar 2013   #3
HowardWoodard

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I first tried to update the Realtek driver but it said that I already had the latest one. Then I uninstalled it and reinstalled. At first it appeared that it had worked. I had the AMD high def device entry and a Realtek high def device entry and a third that simply said "High Definition Audio Device". There were no indicators of issues, known or unknown. Then as I was looking at it up popped a box saying "downloading driver" and shortly afterwards the high def audio device entry had been replaced by the NVIDIA device again.

I have already deleted everything that I could from the registry. First I used Driver Fusion in Safe Mode and it deleted all it found. Then I laboriously went through and manually deleted all of the entries that it would let me delete. There were a couple of entries in the enumeration section that it would not let me delete nor would it let me update ownership and permissions in order to delete them.

In Device Manager under System Devices there are two High Definition Audio Controllers, one on PCI bus 0 and the other on PCI bus 1. If I disable the first one it removes the AMD High Definition Device from the Sound, Video and Game Controller section. If I disable the second one it removes the NVIDIA and Realtek device entries.

For the life of me I can't figure out why it thinks it has an NVIDIA device.
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08 Mar 2013   #4
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Drivers - Clean Left over Files after Uninstalling

Ha! Try this found it in this forum.
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09 Mar 2013   #5
HowardWoodard

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. I am a long time user of Driver Sweeper which is now Driver Fusion. It did find and remove some entries -- see original post -- but did not solve the problem.

Clearly, whenever Windows 7 enumerates the hardware it is finding what it is identifying as NVIDIA High Definition Audio. The only entries left in my registry are in the hardware enumeration section and, as I explained above, I cannot delete them.

Thanks for hanging with me on this.
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09 Mar 2013   #6
HowardWoodard

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Well, the clue was the fact that there were entries for NVIDIA in the Registry's enumeration section that I could not delete. Even though the device had been uninstalled those entries remained.

I have run things like CCleaner and Driver Sweeper/Fusion on this problem but only after uninstalling the device through Device Manager and, as I said, it would reinstall each time. This time I didn't uninstall the device, I disabled it before running the cleaner. When I rebooted it did not install anything but the NVIDIA entry was still there. I then re-enabled it and uninstalled it and re-booted the PC. When it came back up it did detect new hardware and installed a driver but it was the default Windows high definition audio driver, not the NVIDIA one.

It looks like the secret was disabling the device before running the cleaners.

Thanks so much for your help with this.

Regards,
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16 Oct 2013   #7
Joshua1226

 
 

Could you please direct me to the cleaners and steps you used. I have been going nuts now for 3 days trying to get this nvidia hd audio to stop. Been all through my registry, system files deleting drivers manually even after uninstall. It just keeps coming back to haunt me. Id really like to settle the score with this tricky little driver. Thank you for any help.
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16 Oct 2013   #8
Joshua1226

 
 

I got it figured out this morning. I do appreciate the forum though. With some good investigating and a ton of stupidity on my part. Who would have thought when I upgraded my nvidia graphics the HD audio forced my bios to turn off my on board sound. Something so silly took 4 days to solve.
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16 Oct 2013   #9
Joshua1226

 
 

Was strange though. I would take graphic out on board would pop right up on device manager driver and all. Soon as I would put it back in. Nvidia would take its place and force it out right in front of me. Even after I removed every trace of Nvidia HD audio drivers.
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