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Windows 8.1 Audio Initialisation Problem

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 Audio Initialisation Problem


    Hey all

    I just reinstalled a fresh copy of Windows 8.1. Everything works fine, apart from the audio. When I play any sound effect, I hear a small "pop" (when the audio channel is initialised), and then about a 0.5s delay before I can hear anything. By this point, I've missed the first 0.5s of the sound effect, and it is halfway through.

    When the sound effect finishes playing, I hear another small "pop", as if the channel is then de-initialised.

    If I click the sound effect continuously (before the de-initialisation "pop"), it plays fine - once the channel is "open" there is no problem. It's only when it finishes, and I get the second small "pop" sound, that if I try to play it again I get the problem as described. Streamed audio is fine - once the channel is "open" it stays open presumably.

    I've got a Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard, and I'm using the onboard sound.

    The audio was working perfectly before the reinstall.

    I've run Windows Update, and downloaded and installed the Realtek drivers for this motherboard (from here Realtek) to no avail.

    Device manager looks like this - http://i.imgur.com/LtsEbdD.png

    I've also tried to go to the speaker properties, and disable "immediate mode". There were no enhancements enabled.

    Hope someone can help, thanks in advance for any advice.
    Last edited by smimon; 05 Apr 2014 at 12:05.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Ok, it was as I expected - there is a 1 second delay when initialising the audio channel, meaning short sound effects and system sounds are missed.

    http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=151635

    I found a utility here which continuously streams a silent sound to the audio in order to keep the channel open. It has fixed the problem, but this is really a massive bodge (workaround), and doesn't really address why the issue started happening after reinstallation when all was previously working.

    Any input welcome.
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  3. #3


    You have two High Definition Audio Devices listed in the Device Manager. I can't tell what they are for, but that suggests the generic basic function Windows installed sound driver is installed, along with the RealTek. Disable both of the HD Audio Codec drivers in the Device Manager and see what happens.

    By the way, forum protocol is to not link screen shots or the "My System Specs" to some other site. In the My System Specs, list them direct - see my "My System Specs" for what to do. For screen shots, here is the procedure to post screenshots on this forum:
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Hello pal. Thanks for the suggestion, but I already tried that as well to no avail.

    I also uninstalled all 3, and rebooted to allow them to be redetected. All 3 came back again.

    Yeah I was too lazy to type out all the system specs, you can't copy+paste them from CPU-Z for some reason, I thought an imgur link would be fine. I'll change it over.
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  5. #5


    The two open audio devices are probably for the audio produced through the video card. Did you install your video card drivers from AMD?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Not specifically but they've been put on by Windows Update - ATI Catalyst Control Panel has been installed, multi monitor support etc.
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