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Windows 7: Windows Audio service not running ! But it is ?

18 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate (Greek)

I have the exact same problem,
it is really annoying. :@

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18 Dec 2009   #12
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Same problem here it just started a day ago.
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18 Dec 2009   #13


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JackDinn View Post
hmm, will adjusting the volume do the trick ? i shall try that next time it occurs

I have same thing once in awhile and doing this fixes it everytime...
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27 Dec 2009   #14

Win 7 Pro

I got this same issue when I upgraded my video card from an 8800gt to an ATI 5770. Happens for me everytime I start up, theres a red X but the audio works fine.
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12 Jan 2010   #15


Just upgraded from Nvidia 8800 to ATI 5700, same as the poster above, and I have the same problem.

I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the audio out fuctionality of the HDMI ports on the new ATI cards?

Sliding the volume made the X go away for me too.
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30 Jan 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows Sound Service

Ladies and Gents, I also came across this annoying issue and here's how I fixed it:

The problem is caused by the OS not loading the Realtek HD Audio driver(s) before the service is started.

To fix it, I simple removed the Realtek HD audio device (un-install from devmgmt) and then reinstalled (preferably with Realtek's latest driver package: Available HERE

Simply reboot after the driver is reinstalled and that should do the trick. Don't get a fright if the red X is still there DIRECTLY after explorer.exe loads as it will disapear once the OS is fully loaded.

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12 Mar 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
If only it were that simple for me...

I have the same problem, however, no amount of rebooting will rectify the problem. All necessary devices are enabled, however, when selecting the Playback devices dialog, there are no devices listed. I don't even get the option of a volume slider to play with.

A quick check of the startup menu via msconfig shows that the needed apps are loading and the device manager also shows no errors with hardware, so I am at a loss what the problem could be.
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05 May 2010   #18

Windows 7 Professional (final) x64

I do have the same problem, yet I couldn't resolve it through sliding at the volume. As it won't play sound still. And even after re-enabling the disabled service, often (not always ) the sound still doesn't work.

Any ideas? I'm just reinstalling the Creative X-Fi drivers, hope it helps...
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12 May 2010   #19

Windows 7 Home Ultimate

I just got that Red Flag in the System Tray and the "Audio System is not Running". I read the posts and adjusted the volume while the red "X" was there and it disappeared. I am finding little bugs in Windows 7 all the time. Thanks for the tip!
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17 Jun 2010   #20

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bits

Same issue happens to me after installing drivers for a Wacom pen tablet
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 Windows Audio service not running ! But it is ?

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