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02 Jun 2009   #1

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Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems

Hello, everyone. I've upgraded to Windows 7 from XP.

However, like many people, I've had problems recording

audio when using Windows 7. I can't even record from

the "Line In" on the back

of my PC. The "Microphone" only works for the Speech

Recognition setup. When I used XP, Soundmax (which

came with the motherboard disc) was the default audio

driver and I had no problems.

I tried the "uninstall driver" from the Device Manager to

remove the default

audio driver that Windows 7 installs. However when I reboot, it

automatically reinstalls itself. I've tried installing more recent


drivers (Vista and Xp versions) but Windows 7 keeps the default

driver and the Soundmax driver and still can't record any

input. So for now, I'm using my Asus p5b-e motherboard

with onboard audio default sound driver. Audio playback through SPDIF is no problem with the automatic default driver though.

Trying to record with Audacity or Sound Recorder results in silence.

I tried disabling "Windows Update" (and the "digital signature" after the PC posts) but that didn't work
Is there anyway to totally remove the default audio driver and stop Windows 7 from automatically reinstalling the sound driver on reboot?. Maybe then I can retry the Soundmax driver. I attached some pics. Maybe they'll be of some use. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

First 4 pics are dealing with the automatic default driver.
Last 3 pics are showing what happens after attempting to install Soundmax.

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Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems-1-default-driver.jpg   Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems-2-default-driver-recording-setup.jpg   Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems-3-default-driver-recording-setup.jpg   Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems-6-soundmax-view.jpg   Windows 7 P5B-E audio problems-7-soundmax-working-properly-lol.jpg  

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03 Jun 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

SoundMAX drivers are typically a joke. Oddly enough, you could try removing them entirely and using the WDDM1.1 drivers from Microsoft. I used them initially and didn't have any problems with them. My board is a little different but it was a hassle, nonetheless.

It would be helpful if you fill out your sys specs in your profile. As for removing the SM drivers, try the Add/Remove, it seems to work well. Once you reboot allow it to look online for new device drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7

Thank you for your response, Captain Zero. Regarding WDDM (correct me if I'm wrong)isn't that related to video? I don't have a problem with my GPU. At this point, the SoundMAX drivers are removed from my system and Windows 7 has surely gone looking for new device drivers and reinstalled it. Interestingly enough, even when I disconnect from my network to prevent Windows 7 from putting the default driver back, it's still able to do so. Audio playback from SPDIF output is fine but recording audio input remains a problem. If anyone else has any input/suggestions, I'm all ears. I hope they come up with something to resolve this recording issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Nov 2009   #4

windows 7

I have the same problem, unable to record!
I have an ASRock dual VSTA M/B and am using the onboard sound (just the dual channel, not the 7.1). I have updated to the latest drivers (v. 2.36) (unless anyone knows any different!)
But there is still nothing there. Although..... if I record from a CD for a few seconds and play back, if I turn up the volume to max, I can here what has just been recorded... very faintly.
My brother, who has his own recording studio, says that it is most probably leakage from on of the channels or whatever, that is coming over.
And that the only thing to do is wait for a patch from Microsoft.
It's obviously affecting all type of systems and set-ups and is purely down to Windows 7. As, I still have my old XP on my computer and if I switch to that all is well!
But if anyone knows any different.......?????
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03 Nov 2009   #5

windows 7

Just a quick update.
I managed to get the 2.36 update working and after a few false starts and alterations to the program, everything is working fine now
The 2.36 update gives you the option of using the Realtek HD mixer, which I never had before.
So, thanks Windows 7, if I had not come across you I would still be chasing my tail!
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