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Windows 7: Front jack not working for Realtek HD Audio on Windows 7

30 Jan 2009   #1

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Front jack not working for Realtek HD Audio on Windows 7

Hi all,

I've just installed Windows 7 and was very happy to see all the hardware working, even my Realtek HD Audio sound card, except the front jacks.

On windows XP I could solve this by with the Sound Manager that comes with the realtek drivers, and select the "Disable front panel jack detection" check box. Unfortunately, after installing the Vista drivers, I could not start he Sound Manager app beause it said it worked only on Windows Vista.

So, if someone knows a way I could start the manager or how I could set the "Disable front panel jack detection" by modifying the registry, or ofcourse, any other way to make the front jacks work, please help.


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30 Jan 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I installed it and run it as is and have no problems, everything's working. I don't have to run in compatibility mode or anything. Maybe uninstall it and reinstall
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31 Jan 2009   #3

windows 7

What is your soundcard chipset? Mine is 'Realtek ALC883 8 Channel Audio Code'.
And please post me a link to the driver you've installed

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31 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

You want to install at least 2.11, that was the first one that actually worked with windows 7, 2.14 is the latest but I found that I could not play COD WAW with that driver installed, so if that doesn't bother you go for that one.
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02 Feb 2009   #5

Windows 7

Download it here!
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12 Jun 2009   #6

Windows 7 32-bit; no 64 coz its a P4 478

Um if i were you (i had this problem b4 in Vista and 7 with Realtek).
OPTION 1: Download this: RapidShare: Easy Filehosting
Then extract it, go to task magaer, kill 'RTHDCPL.exe'... then run the file you downloaded, ignore the OS warning [If you can't continue from here, right click troubleshoot compability....>Try Recommended Settings>Start the program> now hopefully it can run] then open the Sound Manager (ignore the OS warning), and 'disable front jack audio detection' like you did in XP... then re-boot..

OPTION 2: Go to your BIOS and see under HD Sound/Audio something, then see front jack something change that so "AC' 97".. it STILL may not work if you follow option 2..... (coz i haven't tested it)...

PS: the file i told you to download it Realtek's Sound manager (WINDOWS XP version)....

BTW, latest realtek HD audio driver is R2.26 not R2.14

get the R2.26 (if you want) from:
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21 Jun 2009   #7

Windows 7 64-bit

I assembled a new system with dual boot of XP and Windows 7. I have a ALC 888 sound chip on my Gigabyte EP43 mobo. The front audio jack has a AC97 connector which goes to the motherboard.

I get the same audio on front/rear with realtek HD drivers in XP(no issues in XP).
However, I do not need to install any drivers in Windows 7(it detects and starts installing drivers on its own).
It never detects the front headphone/microphones. System keeps displaying that they are installed but not connected.
I tried to install R2.26 realtek drivers. They dont affect the rear audio, but now the system does not even display the front headphone/microphone in the playback devices list.

What should I do to make the front audio jack work on Windows 7 ?
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22 Jun 2009   #8

Windows 7 32-bit; no 64 coz its a P4 478

Read my Option 1 above your post and see that works or not...
PS: It seems that realtek HD chips are gonna spoil 7 release date... T.T
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22 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 64-bit

I cant find "RTHDCPL.exe" in the process list..

I dont even see this file name even after installing realtek.
I do see some RAVCL64.exe after installing realtek 2.26.

Am I missing something ?
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09 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7
I got it to work!!!!

OPEN up sound manager. Look for the little yellow folder ICON up right corner below DEVICE ADVANCE SETTINGS. Click on it. Select disable front detection... It was there all along
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