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Windows 7: Windows 7 Slow Startup/Sound not detected Until Restart

4 Weeks Ago   #11
Kat777

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I have a checkmark next to SoundBlaster Control Panel and then the realtek stuff. It seems like on the initial startup like I said soundblaster is rarely detected. If I reboot it's working. I have had no problems playing games or anything else other than this sound issue and the computer starting up slow. Actually I can screenshot the startup -



Is there no log file or something that might explain what is going on? The best description of the startup, is that it shows the windows logo for maybe 40 seconds, then the windows welcome screen is where it hangs for maybe 1-2 minutes, then it loads windows and at first it looks fine but then the soundcard icon turns into a red X with the no speakers or headphones message if I click it. In the device manager is just says Audio Device on High Definition Audio Bus. Since CC was run all the icons load slower and it feels a bit delayed. Then it starts and runs fine as normal, and doesn't feel slow or anything bad. To get the sound to work I have to reboot the pc and then soundblaster is recognized. Everything else runs fine. I have updated the drivers and it still does the same thing.

For awhile windows update wouldn't work after the windows 10 anytime upgrade happened. I finally got that working fine but that's around the time this strange sound card issue started happening.




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4 Weeks Ago   #12
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I suggest you disable the first two items shown - Realtek, which relates to the M/B Internal Sound, and HD Audio Which is likely related to HDMI sound Driver.

The sound blaster control and the Razer Synapse should be all you need to run your sound and multiple options can confuse things

If this does work you can probably disable the realtek in the Bios - The HDMI sound may be OK once the realtek is disabled ( I run nVidia HDMI sound with my Add-On Sound Card without issues) BTW I would not bother with the CCleaner entry in startup, unless you are running a pro version for the free version it is just a strtup shortcut
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4 Weeks Ago   #13
Kat777

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

It does seem to boot faster with those two disabled, the sound though either works or doesn't. if I reboot it does. I guess I may have to disable the realtek part you mentioned? I have no idea how to do that with this ASUS motherboard though. it is kind of confusing how it works.
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4 Weeks Ago   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Sorry late reply - yes as Barman has suggested Kat and you still have an awful lot of things starting up in that tab but that is your choice. CC can be taken away I only keep it because it reminds when updates are available.

Now not being that familiar with the Soundblaster and please forgive my ignorance because their site is not that helpful - just how is your system set up is this an external system or a card with HDMI cabling to an external system.

I think I said a while back another member had a problems with the product/s and while I know you have paid out for the system would you consider a change of sound systems?
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4 Weeks Ago   #15
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

What I think is happening is as you have two different sets of sound hardware when you cold boot the system uses the first one that it finds and due to the way it boots this can vary between the Onboard Realtek and the additional Creative card

You need to enter your System BIOS in order to disable the on board audio. [Am Assuming from here on that you are not familiar with working with the BIOS so excuse the hand holding If You are more aware of the systems ]

With ASUS this is normally a case of tapping the F2 or DEL key during initial start-up ( which one will either be in your user Guide or will flash on screen during the First Logo Screen). You may need a few goes to get the timing right. I have also read that Holding the F2 key down and booting is a better way to ensure it works ( keep the F2 pressed until the bios screen appears).

In the BIOS you will probably find that you do not have Mouse options but need to use the Keyboard to navigate ( the options should be displayed on the screen)

These are some instructions direct from the Internet on how to proceed from the point when you enter the BIOS to disable the onboard Sound ...

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Click on the advance tab to go into the advance settings of the bios. When you do you see an ai tab and advance tab.click on the advance tab then click on onboard devices. It say audio manager or audio device. Click on the enabled button to disable it
My advice is take your time and check any on screen instructions and options - There may even be an option to set the order of Sound devices used rather than disable it. If so, look for an option such as External or PCI and set that to preferred or First

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Working is the BIOS can cause system boot and running issues if you press the wrong options so by all means have a look around to check the options available to you Especially the reset to defaults, or Initial, option which if something should go seriously wrong will get you back to the optimal settings


You may decide that you are willing to put up with the situation you now have which is I believe usable rather than mess around with something you are not sure of but The BIOS is often a last resort option but it can also be a source of the full control you need
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4 Weeks Ago   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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In the BIOS you will probably find that you do not have Mouse options but need to use the Keyboard to navigate
Yes this is so right I have almost an identical board to Kat have done things in my BIOS which I know I want to happen but there are heaps of things that I still have no idea of what they actually do so I leave most things alone except for a bit of clocking and boot management.
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4 Weeks Ago   #17
Kat777

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Okay thanks both of you for the information about that. I may change it but I still notice to day a slight hang when windows is starting in the welcome screen, unless it is just the realtek or soundblaster issue and it wanting to choose?
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4 Weeks Ago   #18
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well just recently after a few months of odd issues with the Ivy Bridge and a slow start up with he hanging you describe I acted on a tip from a member and found my CMOS battery near dead - 1.03v and replacing it fixed the problem. Of course I had to do the BIOS settings all over again but it was certainly worth it.
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4 Weeks Ago   #19
Kat777

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I did a few things got tired of this problem then thought i'd just reinstall windows, but I decided to try windows 10 instead of going back to 7. The problem remained too but another different problem happened, on startup I noticed the realtek Ethernet 2 would not work then after about 2-5 minutes it would work great. I reconnected to Ethernet 1 which is gigabyte and on start it works great and the sound issue is never there. So I'm kind of confused what to do with this. The whole thing seems tied to realtek maybe but soundblaster is working fine now. It's that realtek ethernet port that was doing something. I've been using that realtek Ethernet 2 port since 2012 with no issues, but now it seems like not plugging it in there makes things work better.
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4 Weeks Ago   #20
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

To be honest Kat I would try 10 mate because it will set up a lot of drivers through Windows and it isn't as bad as it used to be see the pic of my Sandy Bridge set up - you just need to go through the settings as in letting them see stuff you don't want anyone else seeing - although I am betting they have a way around that


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