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Realtek or AMD Audio Driver


thummel

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What would be a better option for a Sound Driver? I used to have "Realtek High Definition Audio Codec" when I used Windows 7, but a few months ago I installed Windows 8.1 and just kept the generic "AMD High Definition Audio Device". Haven't really noticed that much of a difference. That's why I want your guy's opinion based on AMD vs. Realtek - (Quality, Performance, etc.)

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Realtek is for the onboard high definition audio codec built onto the motherboard. It is what you use when simply using a desktop or laptop.

AMD is the audio driver for HDMI, for when you have a tv attached to the computer or desktop. This driver is installed along with the video driver itself.

You should download/install the latest Realtek HD driver from their site.
 

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Just tried installing the latest Realtek HD Driver from their website and I get this error message:
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Any idea what's causing this? I made sure it is for Windows 8.1.
 

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Nope, no idea. Maybe you don't have Realtek at all or Realtek HD.

Could be Realtek AC'97 (especially if older board) or some other.
 

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Since you make/model and/or motherboard information is unknown, try going to the manufacturer's website and look for a compatible 8.1 audio driver.
 

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Nope, no idea. Maybe you don't have Realtek at all or Realtek HD.

Could be Realtek AC'97 (especially if older board) or some other.
Only odd thing is that when I had Windows 7 & Realtek installed, I still have the same Motherboard as I do now. So I don't know what's causing it to error when installing.

Since you make/model and/or motherboard information is unknown, try going to the manufacturer's website and look for a compatible 8.1 audio driver.
My Motherboard is a Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 from ASUS.
 

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Still getting the same error as before; :cry: Tried downloading the hotfix as well but same thing persists.
 

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Longshot here. Try uninstalling the existing audio driver completely, reboot to make sure it is uninstalled, and then check Windows Update for an optional audio driver update.
 

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Google the error code and follow what you find. The method with safe mode etc and all that good stuff will fix it.
 

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Ok, MasterChef seems to have this under control so there is no sense in trying to go in two different directions. Please work with him directly until your issue is resolved.
 

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heh it's all good. I read some stuff before that seemed promising. Whatever gets it going.
 

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You may want to download the file again, in case of file corruption.
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