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Realtek is a Chinese manufacturer of electronic chips and currently manufactures and markets integrated circuits for communication networks, computer peripherals and multimedia integrated circuits. Most motherboard manufacturers buy integrated circuits for various computer components from them. One of these components could be audio chips. Audio chips need the latest drivers to work properly.
Drivers are sometimes installed automatically by the operating system, but in some cases they must be downloaded and installed manually. This may be a problem for some users because these drivers are not available in the Windows update and must be downloaded manually. Therefore, this article will teach you the easiest way to download and install these drivers on your computer.
Download and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager
Before downloading the new drivers, uninstall all current drivers. To avoid duplication conflicts between multiple drivers, you must also uninstall the duplicate audio drivers.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Click the Start button and access the Device Manager.
- Expand sound, video and game controllers from the Device Manager list.
- Locate the Realtek High Definition Audio driver below.
- Right-click and select Uninstall Device from the drop-down menu.
- Under Remove Driver for this device, select the option and click the Uninstall button.
- Now go to the Views tab and click Show Hidden Devices in the drop-down menu.
- Now search for duplicate audio drivers, if available. Right-click and select Uninstall.
- Restart the system.
Update Realtek HD Audio drivers
Updating Realtek HD Audio Manager should be easy. Click the Start button, then type “Device Manager” and click Device Manager when it appears.
Then click on the arrow next to the audio inputs and outputs to display a list of your audio devices. You should see something similar to “Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)”. Right-click and click Update Driver (Windows should normally update this driver automatically, but it is known that it does not work.)
To reinstall your driver, right-click in the Device Manager, click Uninstall Device, and then restart your PC.
If Realtek updates, this is good news, but another reservation is that the latest driver is not always the best, and you may want to choose a different version of the driver. Or sometimes, the latest drivers provided by your motherboard are not the latest available, and you may not get the best sound quality.
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