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Windows 7: Sound Output

20 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Sound Output

Hi,

I'm a college student with a desktop computer. Whenever I come home, I leave my speakers at school.

I used to have Windows Vista. When I'd come home, I could listen to music without headphones or speakers. In other words, sound would come from my sound card.

I now have Windows 7, which will only play sound when I have headphones or speakers. How can I enable Windows to let sound play from my sound card when I don't have any other means of output?

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21 Mar 2010   #2

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

Normally, desktops do not have speakers. If yours does, it's not the usual configuration on a desktop. Best to checkwith HP to see what you need to do, as you may need some special HP audio software to get it to work.

I've worked on several HP desktops and none of them had internal speakers.
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21 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I saw nothing on the HP website for sound drivers.

My Device Manager says that I have a "High Definition Audio Device". I think that means I need the stickied Realtek HD audio drivers (Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version). How can I confirm this?
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23 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I'm still looking to figure out why on-board sound would just *work* in Vista but not Windows 7. What information would be useful to figuring this out?

My speakers (Creative Inspire T3100) won't output any sound without headphones, so this is becoming quite an annoyance.
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23 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

HP doesn't list any drivers for Windows 7 for your onboard sound.

There are Vista drivers:

HP Compaq dc7800 Ultra-slim Desktop PC*-* ADI High-Definition (HD) Audio Driver for Microsoft Windows Vista - HP Business Support Center

They may work under Windows 7.

According to its specs:

HP Compaq dc7800 Convertible Minitower PC (RU017UT) specifications - HP Small & Medium Business products

your sound chip is an ADI 1884, not a Realtek product. Unfortunately, ADI doesn't make drivers available for direct download. They'll refer you back to HP.

Be careful if you search the Web for drivers. There are dubious sites (like bioticaindia) that position themselves to pop up at the top of searches, even though they appear to be scams.
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23 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by captcadaver View Post
I'm still looking to figure out why on-board sound would just *work* in Vista but not Windows 7. What information would be useful to figuring this out?

My speakers (Creative Inspire T3100) won't output any sound without headphones, so this is becoming quite an annoyance.
Right click on the Microsoft speaker icon in the task bar, select "Playback Devices"

What do you have listed there? What is set as the default device? (green check mark).

The light green jack in the back of the computer is the speaker jack.

Ap
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24 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

bobkn: I love you. I now have on-board sound!

Ap:
Speakers
SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio (this is what I just installed)
Default Device

The sound visualization is active and moving, but I don't get any sound. :/
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24 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by captcadaver View Post
bobkn: I love you. I now have on-board sound!

Ap:

The sound visualization is active and moving, but I don't get any sound. :/
That means the drivers are working but one of the default Microsoft settings (usually enhancements) is not letting sound through.

Looks like the Vista drivers have you up and running.

Ap
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24 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Ap, is this the enhancement option that you're referring to? I've tried disabling it, but it doesn't solve my problem.

What are some other keywords that I can research to try and fix my speakers? Right now, I feel like I'm screwed...
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24 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

What have you tried?

I'd go to the Sound control panel, and make sure that the desired output device is enabled. Select it, and hit the Configure button. Run the test.

(My desktop PC has no internal speakers, so my only choices are my external ones, and the sound card's digital interface.)
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