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Windows 7: sound card


26 Nov 2011   #1

windows 7 X64
 
 
sound card

Hi Everyone. I have a hdmi cable coming from pc to my lcd tv as a secondary monitor. The sound is alright. The problem is that when I do not have the tv on hdmi I cannot hear any sounds. Before reinstalled Windows 7, I could attach a audio cable to an audio input on the tv and hear sound on my pc. Unfortunately that is not working anymore. I updated the driver for the sound card, but that did not help. I changed the default audio to speakers instead of hdmi. Still no audio without turning the tv th hdmi mode. I do not have physical speakers attached to my pc for I did not need them. I can attach a headphone to the pc and hear the sound, so I know the card is working. What am I doing wrong? Any help will be appreciated. deanie44


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27 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

A couple of things to consider. When you are using HDMI and the audio from the HDMI it is being generated by the audio chip in the Video card. Your PC audio (Realtek in this case) is not doing anything.

When you have the hdmi cable plugged in it should automatically default to the HDMI as the "default playback device" which also overrides and mutes any audio from the PC's sound "card".

However, you can't hear what is on the TV back to the PC, which is what I gather you want to do from your post. The HDMI is a one way, from the PC to the TV only.

If you want PC audio, without using the TV and HDMI you will have to buy a standard analog computer speaker set and plug that into the GREEN speaker jack on the rear motherboard I/O panel.

As far as reinstalling and not having everything. Did you use the Dell recovery partition (F8 at POST)? or did you manually install? The F8 recovery is the preferred method as that restores it to the original factory condition and no discs are needed. If you used discs, Windows 7 may have installed some incorrect drivers, such as the audio, or there are some drivers missing.

I do a lot of support on the Dell Community users forum, so I'm familiar with Dell's.
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27 Nov 2011   #3

windows 7 X64
 
 

Hi Mr. Fireberd. Thank you for answering my post. When I attach the audio cable to the Compag(Vista Home Premium) it works fine. I can hear the audio without using an analog computer speaker. Unfortunately, when I do the same to the inspiron, it does not work. I did a windows 7 dvd reinstallation. Do you think the drivers are missing? I am uploading screenshots of the sound card and drivers. Thank you deanie44


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27 Nov 2011   #4

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You have two PC sound drivers installed based on your screen shots. You only want the RealTek and not the Micrsoft High Definition Audio Device. That is conflicting with the RealTek. Uninstall the High Definition Device, in the Device Manager Right click on the entry for that device and then Left Click Uninstall and also check the box to uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and you should then only have the RealTek listed in the Audio.

Also, I can't verify if the RealTek you have is from Dell or from RealTek. You must use the Dell provided driver for proper operation. Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

You should also install the latest ATI Radeon Video drivers, from the AMD site (you don't need Dell drivers for that).
HD4300 drivers (download the catalyst suit). ATI Radeon

Install these and then see if the HDMI works OK. When you plug in the HDMI cable it may or may not automatically switch to the HDMI as the Default Playback Device (this is located in the Sound Panel/Playback

When you reinstalled, you should have used the Dell Recovery Partition on the hard drive, accessed by F8 at POST (Power On Self Test) as this would have restored the PC to the original factory conditon (and no discs or extra drivers needed).
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27 Nov 2011   #5

windows 7 X64
 
 

Hi Mr. Fireberd. I tried to delete the High Definition Audio driver from Device Manager, but when I restart my Pc, It reinstalls the driver. The driver software cannot be uninstalled. I believe the High Definition Audio Device was put there by Microsoft. I do not have the ATI graphics card installed anymore. I use the hdmi cable that is attached to the Pc to listen and view the monitor on my Tv. Any suggestions concerning this matter will be appreciated. Thank you. deanie44


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28 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

There are a couple of issues. (1) The Windows installed High Definition Audio Device is the wrong driver for Dell Integrated Audio systems such as yours. We have found on the Dell forum that the Integrated audio sound will only work correctly with the Dell driver. (2) Having two sound devices listed in the Device Manager as you show is also incorrect and will conflict.

Finally, the HDMI output. You state it works correctly when the TV is on and you get audio through the HDMI to the TV. However, when you do not have the TV on there is no audio. You also state you do not have standard PC speakers so that will be the case. When the TV is off and the HDMI cable is still plugged into the PC there isn't any way to get audio via the HDMI cable that is plugged into the TV.

Back to basics. The PC audio has two choices, audio via your PC's sound device to PC speakers connected to the sound device's output (e.g. GREEN speaker connection) OR (not both) sound via the HDMI to some external device such as a TV that has an HDMI input. However, when the TV is not powered on or when the HDMI input is NOT selected on the TV then there will not be any PC audio.

Finally, if it all worked correctly before reinstalling Windows 7 all of this could have been avoided if you would have used the Dell recovery partition on the hard drive to reinstall.
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