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Windows 7: Missing Equalizer in Windows 7 Enhancements Tab


19 May 2012   #11

Windows Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Ah HAH! Found it!

For those who were experiencing a similar situation to mine (where EQ settings in Windows or Realtek weren't showing up where they should), check and see if there is another program controlling sound effects and such on your computer. My mobo driver disc installed a THX program onto my computer that seemed to (poorly) be controlling sound effects. I uninstalled it and BOOM. Everything is the way it should be.

Thanks to those who tried to come up with solutions. Helped me narrow things down a lot.


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19 May 2012   #12

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Good work, and thanks for posting the solution !
I'm sure it will help others looking for a solution to this problem.
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19 May 2012   #13

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

well done, glad you have it fixed.
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19 May 2012   #14

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
I just looked at my Test PC, and some Playback devices have the equalizer, and some don't...
Guess I should mention why I don't have the equalizer on some devices.
On the PC I looked at, the HDMI output is using an AMD (GPU) driver.

Realtek is the provider for the equalizer enhancement.

It makes sense I don't have the equalizer on this HDMI device - I'm not using the Realtek driver.

I'm sure I could change HDMI to the Realtek driver and get the equalizer, but i don't need it...
Just something else to check if the equalizer is not available.
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15 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Surprising

I have this same problem, I've had my laptop for about 2 years and never have found a solution. I tried downloading realtek drivers and whatnot, but nothing seems to work. I'm really surprised this hasnt been a bigger issue, with the way people listen to music nowadays, but I guess this generation only cares about a stupid bass booster button which is all too easy to find these days. My realtek sound manager has as many presets as I know what to do with, but nothing I can do custom. Oh well there is a box I can check off that says "equalizer" and it makes the audio sound a little different, but there is no clue as to what it sounds like. "Well does it sound good" is just not good enough for me. I guess I'm kind of anal about my music. WMP has a tiny eq if you can find it its like hidden in a skin or something. I wish there was something that could personalize my music experience with streaming audio across the pc and without paying for some dumb poorly written internet program, or worse downloading one for free.
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05 May 2013   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scirto View Post
Ah HAH! Found it!

For those who were experiencing a similar situation to mine (where EQ settings in Windows or Realtek weren't showing up where they should), check and see if there is another program controlling sound effects and such on your computer. My mobo driver disc installed a THX program onto my computer that seemed to (poorly) be controlling sound effects. I uninstalled it and BOOM. Everything is the way it should be.

Thanks to those who tried to come up with solutions. Helped me narrow things down a lot.
Yes, I'm betting this is what happened to me as well. At first I installed the Realtek HD Audio Manager from the official Asus drivers download page. Then I installed (Creative) THX TruStudio Settings from the same page, and sure enough, the [Sound Effects] tab disappeared after a reboot.

Even though I love how THX equalises my audio, there were some fun effects in Realtek, and I don't get why it's like "no, forget it. You're not allowed to run to equalisers at once". I want to have the "conert hall" effect whilst still having the equaliser from THX!

Edit: Just to confirm, I uninstalled THX TruStudio and rebooted, and the Sound Effects tab in Realtek came back, and it works.
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16 May 2013   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello.
Thanks for asking this question.
My enhancement tab only has "Disable all sound effects" option.
How do you check if there's another program controlling sound effects?
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17 May 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello sueling,

Look at your Add Remove programs list.

And....

Run msconfig.exe from a run box and check both Startup and Services tabs for offenders.

You can look in Device Manager under Sound... and see if you have a secondary driver as well.

I removed the HDMI audio driver, I don't use it, and I still don't see an equalizer still in my Realtek HD Audio Manager, but fortunately I don't care.

I do have a physical TONE knob on my 2.1 speaker rig though.
Music wise I use 1by1 and foobar2000 players which have some adjustments within, if needed anyway.
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18 May 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faladu View Post
Hello sueling,

Look at your Add Remove programs list.

And....

Run msconfig.exe from a run box and check both Startup and Services tabs for offenders.

You can look in Device Manager under Sound... and see if you have a secondary driver as well.

I removed the HDMI audio driver, I don't use it, and I still don't see an equalizer still in my Realtek HD Audio Manager, but fortunately I don't care.

I do have a physical TONE knob on my 2.1 speaker rig though.
Music wise I use 1by1 and foobar2000 players which have some adjustments within, if needed anyway.
Thank you.
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