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Windows 7: Problems with Sound card Driver.

23 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM 32Bit
Problems with Sound card Driver.

Hi all!

Im currently running the Windows 7 RTM, and im having a little problem with my sound driver!

it keeps installing a standard driver that comes with W7, and i keep getting this message "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"

I have managed to download the latest driver for it, but when i try to manually install it/update driver, it says "the best driver is currently installed"
And the second i uninstall it, it installs it again straight away using the standard drivers that come with Windows 7... is there any way of stopping this?

This is the computer i have Shuttle United Kingdom - Home

The sound card is built in to the motherboard and its a "Realtek ALC880 7.1 channel High Definition

Any chance someone can help me stop it installing the standard HD Audio driver when i uninstall it, so i can just install the one i have downloaded?

Or have any other solutions?


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23 Aug 2009   #2

Windowz 7

update the driver thru the inbuilt updater( let it go online to find driver) will search M$ database for driver....or you can go to each hardware vendors respective site and d/l'd em from there.
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25 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM 32Bit

if you would have read my post you would have seen that i have tried both of them and it fails...

anyway i managed to solve the problem myself... woop
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25 Aug 2009   #4

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

The mistake your making is trying uninstall the windows hd audio driver windows 7 installs automatically - the hd audio it installs has to be available before you can install the reatek driver - if you open the read me with the driver package you will find this -
On Windows XP/2000 (early versisn of 2003) you need to install a QFE to allow an HD Audio driver to install. This QFE is made available by Microsoft, and it is required to update Operating System components before installing the audio driver. The QFE contains the required files which outlines installation procedure.
On Windows Vista & Windows 7 the Microsoft audio function driver installs by default, and then you can proceed to update the driver.
So if you want the latest reatek driver you go to this site and download it - i think they have a W7 driver now available -
download from
Damn, sorry I'll just continue anyhow. I've just looked at your computer specs, and you have an old p4 cpu, hence, you must have an old motherboard now you might have problems getting a driver to install - you can try to install the above or your already have, and it wont install, so you might have to go the manufactures site of your motherboard and download the audio driver - support -downloads - type in your motherboards name - it will be an xp driver most likely - to get it to install you will have to follow the below procedure :
To install a driver OR program in compatibility mode - right click the setup.exe file - click properties - click compatibility - check run in compatibility with vista/xp etc - check run as administrator - leave the rest blank. Start setup.exe and install.
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