Would anyone know why Windows would be detecting speakers under playback devices when absolutely no speakers are plugged in?
The result is I can not get sound out of any speakers I plug in, presumably because Windows is trying to use these phantom nonexistent speakers. USB headphones work fine, but USB speakers do not (Guessing because headphones show up as a different type of device ).
I've tried disconnecting everything from the system not required to boot into Windows, so the only output device is coming from my video card to a standard VGA monitor.
If it provides any additional info, I get no audio booting into a Linux Mint live OS either, but I didn't do too much troubleshooting when I was in there, more just wanted to check and see if it was exclusive to Windows.
The board is a ASRock 970 Extreme3 with RealTek audio. I've tried fully uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers
and restoring BIOS defaults, neither made any difference.
This seems like the onboard audio card is completely malfunctioning but I hope there is some other explanation. Thanks.