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Windows 7: Audio not working on HP Spectre XT 13-2003ef under Windows 7

10 Aug 2016   #1
Niccolo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Audio not working on HP Spectre XT 13-2003ef under Windows 7

Hello

First of all, my apologies if this same subject has been already dealt with in another post.

After updating the OS on my HP laptop from Windows 7 to 10, I experienced random sound issues (audio would stop working randomly). Messed around with drivers, audio stopped working altogether and, considering I was not impressed with Windows 10, I decided to go back to Windows 7 through an HP factory recovery procedure available on start-up.

Now I've got the laptop with Windows 7, everything works well except for no sound (usual loudspeaker icon with a red cross on it), as according to the OS there is no installed audio device.

I tried all the usual fixes (run Windows troubleshooter, search for updated audio drivers, etc.), including downloading and installing "IDT High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver" which, according to the HP Support website, is the correct driver for my laptop. Unfortunately, the driver refuses to install, and I cannot solve the problem.

Could anyone suggest any other approach?

Many thanks in advance and don't hesitate to contact me if you need more details on the laptop or the OS.

Niccolò


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10 Aug 2016   #2
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Could it be the audio was disabled in the BIOS?
Post a screenshot of the Device Manager, Sound section.
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10 Aug 2016   #3
Niccolo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Hello firebe(i)rd

Thank you for your assistance.

Since my first post this morning, something has changed as, when I came home this evening, Windows managed to (sort of) partially install the IDT driver, hence the screenshot attached.

However, still no sound, and when I launched a driver update, it went on forever with no joy (I ended up stopping it via Task Manager).

Kind regards

Niccolò


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10 Aug 2016   #4
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

What is the error code for the IDT High Definition Audio Codec? e.g. Code 10, Code 28, etc.
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11 Aug 2016   #5
Niccolo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Hello fireberd

I do not get a specific error code; at the end of the installation process I get on of the attached windows, depending on whether 1) I run the self-installing package distributed by HP or 2) I go via Device Manager.

The messages say respectively:

1) Detected material (device/driver) is not taken in charge by this IDT package. The installation will be aborted.

2) The following material (device/driver) has not been installed: IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. An error happened during the installation of the device. The class installation refused the installation or update request for this device.

To complicate things even further, this morning the sound icon in bottom-right tray had gone back to normal, and the volume keys worked, but still no sound.

After a couple of power cycles (shutdown / startup), back to the old "loudspeaker-with-a-red-cross" icon...

Thank you once more for your patience!


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11 Aug 2016   #6
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

According to the HP Downloads, there is no Windows 7 drivers available for this model. You need a Windows 7 specific driver, a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 driver is not compatible.

Uninstall any audio driver you have installed, restart the PC and if compatible, Windows should install the generic "High Definition Audio Codec (driver).
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11 Aug 2016   #7
Niccolo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thank you very much for the suggestion fireberd, I will try this evening.

However, please see the following webpage for IDT High Definition (HD) Audio Driver for Windows 7 and my model of laptop:
HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP® Customer Support

I'm starting to wonder whether it's a hardware problem, although the fact that the problem happened after migrating to Windows 10 would be an odd coincidence. I might have a look at cables and connections this evening, after having tried out your fix.
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11 Aug 2016   #8
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

OK. I see the drivers now.

Did you install the Intel motherboard chipset drivers? If not, install the chipset drivers, restart the PC, and try the IDT driver install again. In Windows 7, the correct install sequence is (1) Install Windows (2) Install motherboard chipset drivers (3) Install device drivers including Video, Sound, etc.

One of the purposes of the chipset drivers is to identify all the devices on the motherboard. If the IDT audio was not properly defined, the driver will not install or install properly.
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11 Aug 2016   #9
Niccolo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Hello fireberd, one quick update: when I switched on the laptop after coming back from work this evening, as by magic I got a message saying that the IDT Codec driver had been installed. The sound was effectively back, without me doing anything since last night...

Then, when I started Skype, it disappeared, although I could hear come crackling coming from the loudspeakers every now and then. I realised that by pushing hard on the loudspeakers' grille, between keyboard and display, the sound would come on again. I suspect a loose connection on the sound card, which I'll get round to check tomorrow.

In any case, the sound is now working (and has been for the last couple of hours), so thank you very much for your help and assistance. If you ever happen to be in Brussels (not that I could think of many good reasons to, but you never know..) beer and a cone of fries (cornet de frites) will be on me ;-)
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11 Aug 2016   #10
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Glad to hear it appears to be resolved. Sorry I wasn't more help.
Jack
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