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Windows 7: Realtek HD Audio Driver AND nVidia HD drivers?

30 Sep 2010   #1
JC6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Realtek HD Audio Driver AND nVidia HD drivers?

I am installing a new Win 7 build on my new-build PC. I have a question...

My Asus P6X58D-E motherboard has onboard Realtek HD audio, for which one would expect to install the Realtek HD drivers. I just installed my nVidia graphics card driver (before installing the sound drivers) and the latest beta gives you the option to install or not install the "nVidia HD Audio driver".

Now, I will want to use audio over HDMI sometimes to output from my PC to my TV via HDMI - so I opted to install the nVidia HD Audio driver. My question is: do I also install the Realtek HD audio drivers? There are currently 4 "NVIDIA High Definition Audio" items showing up in device manager, plus one separate "High Definition Audio Device".

Any advice? Do the Realtek drivers offer much benefit over the built in Win 7 drivers? Any issues with conflicts if the nVidia and Realtek drivers are installed together?

Thanks.


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30 Sep 2010   #2
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

My ASUS P7P55D-E PRO has both installed.
It appears on mine the Nvidia is for graphics card output for HDMI, built in monitor speakers, etc. from the graphics card.
The onboard audio is for the motherboard audio outputs which also would include front panel in/outputs if you have them on the case and wired to mobo.

So you need both if using now or in the future.
Mike
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30 Sep 2010   #3
Aphelion

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The Windows HD device is actually a Windows certified Realtek driver.

I'm of the opinion, if everything is working well in the manner you require, there's no need to upgrade. If you're having problems, then upgrading the drivers becomes an option. (Depending on your problem).

(If you do decide to install the latest Realtek driver you may have to re-install the Graphics drivers again, depends on what the latest Realtek driver decides what to do with the HDMI devices, it should leave them alone but you never know.

All the settings you need can be found by right clicking on the Microsoft speaker icon in the task bar, select either Playback or Recording Devices, you may have to set Nvidia HDMI as the default output deivce when you're going to use HDMI. One you single left click on a device other options be come available.

Also, some devices may be hidden.

Right click the MS Speaker icon, select playback devices, right click anywhere in the center of the Window, enable both Show Disabled/Disconnected Devices.

Ap
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07 Jul 2011   #4
BlueMonster

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aphelion View Post
The Windows HD device is actually a Windows certified Realtek driver.

I'm of the opinion, if everything is working well in the manner you require, there's no need to upgrade. If you're having problems, then upgrading the drivers becomes an option. (Depending on your problem).

(If you do decide to install the latest Realtek driver you may have to re-install the Graphics drivers again, depends on what the latest Realtek driver decides what to do with the HDMI devices, it should leave them alone but you never know.

All the settings you need can be found by right clicking on the Microsoft speaker icon in the task bar, select either Playback or Recording Devices, you may have to set Nvidia HDMI as the default output deivce when you're going to use HDMI. One you single left click on a device other options be come available.

Also, some devices may be hidden.

Right click the MS Speaker icon, select playback devices, right click anywhere in the center of the Window, enable both Show Disabled/Disconnected Devices.

Ap
Aphelion~

You seem to be in the know here, NV audio, what not.

Anywho, I have FOUR NV Audio Drivers in Device Mgr. It happened during install-

ation of NV display drivers took a few times, LOL!!

Here's pic, CAN I REMOVE ALL BUT ONE NV AUDIO DRIVER???

For that matter, I have no built in Speakers anywhere, ok. Like to

delete all, but no biggy there.



Surely I don't need FIVE!!

Thanks in Advance!!

Blue
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07 Jul 2011   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I also have the 4 NVIDIA High Definition Audio entries and in my case a VIA High Definition Audio entry under Sound video, and game controllers. Having 4 NVIDIA entries are normal, its not the same driver installed 4 times. If you delete them windows will just install them again. In my case the NVIDIA entries are for my GT220 video card and the VIA entry is for my motherboards onboard sound chip. I'd just leave it alone, especially if everything is working OK.
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07 Jul 2011   #6
BlueMonster

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I also have the 4 NVIDIA High Definition Audio entries and in my case a VIA High Definition Audio entry under Sound video, and game controllers. Having 4 NVIDIA entries are normal, its not the same driver installed 4 times. If you delete them windows will just install them again. In my case the NVIDIA entries are for my GT220 video card and the VIA entry is for my motherboards onboard sound chip. I'd just leave it alone, especially if everything is working OK.
Good advice. each driver file is probably about 50-100 kb's

Hardly anything to get worked up over!! LOL!! I'll just let them be.

Thanks again fella's.........

Blue
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07 Jul 2011   #7
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

No problem, thats what we are here for.
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09 Jul 2011   #8
BigBoi88

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Problem i have is that everytime i restart the pc or plug in the hdmi cord it keeps on reinstalling thes 4 drivers over and over again. Any way to fix that?
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10 Jul 2011   #9
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Are you deleting them again each time? If yes, don't, just leave them alone. If no, I think I would un-install and then re-install my video drivers.
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24 Sep 2011   #10
matt06black

vista
 
 
4 NVIDIA HD Audio Drivers but no audio and sometimes no display

I've just noticed that I have the same 4 x HD Audio Drivers.

What's odd is that the 1st time I used an HDMI cable to connect to tv the display worked bu no audio. The next day both worked, and now it seems neither does. Please help this is driving me nuts. It is an NVidia card, think a 320??

I am now using an RGB lead instead.

Also have questions about the sound from the onboard outputs. I have just bought a 5.1 pc surround system which connects using 3 3.5mm jacks, but it doesn't look ike I have a read and sub output, just the blue pink and green ones. I read somewhere that these sometimes do both the rear/sub outputs and mic/line in. Is this right? If not what is the best way to connect this system?

Thank you, Matt
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