Going to admit to being a bit of a noob here. Once upon a time I used to build computers and had to deal with insane driver
problems and other issues back in the day, but fast forward a few years and now I'm faced with a driver problem and have no clue how to resolve.
I have a Gateway P-6860FX laptop. It has an nVidia 8800M GTS and an HDMI output jack.
I did a full clean install of Windows 7, and no longer get audio output through the HDMI jack. I have spent 2 days trying to resolve this problem, but I'm at my wits end. Mind you, Gateway doesn't even seem to realize that Window 7 is out, considering they have NO mention of it in any of the driver support pages, and after contacting them, I have decided I will never buy a gateway again. They basically said that the laptop is out of warantee and they won't answer the support emails unless I PAY to call them. Awesome.
I know there are a lot of threads about HDMI audio not working, and this whole Realtek business, but I have NO idea if I have a realtek audio card. I can't find any info anywhere telling me what kind of audio chip is in my laptop. I went ahead and assumed it was since everyone seems to mention realtek, but when I installed the drivers
... nothing happened. Nothing. Not even an error. It appeared to install... and everything was exactly the same as before. If I try to force windows to update the driver and point it to the realtek folder, it says I've got the latest version of the driver.
I've attached two screenshots of what I see in the sound control panel and the Device Manager... but no audio coming out of the HDMI. I'm not even sure what the heck S/PDIF is, and it sounds like it's some sort of connection between the sound card and the video card, but considering it is a laptop, I'm not even sure I'm supposed to see this. When I inspect the properties of it, Windows seems to think it's an optical output jack. I've deleted the driver and let windows reinstall it to no avail. Other images I've seen here, people seem to see an HDMI audio device. As can be seen from my images, I don't.
So does anyone have any idea?