Realtek HD Audio Card Not installed - sometimes.

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Realtek HD Audio Card Not installed - sometimes.

Post by Voyager on 20th January 2013, 4:00 pm

Hello,

My computer is an Acer 4520, Windows Vista with Realtek HD Sound Card.
I have a strange problem.
My sound card would occasionally would show a big red X on the taskbar. When I click on it, it says I didn't have one installed and going to the Control Panel Hardware Devices it doesn't show up. Then the next time (or couple times) later I would start my computer it would show up. Now, I have gone longer, even a month with out it showing then suddenly it's there working fine.

I have tried to update the driver (when it is working) and it says there are no new updates.
I did find the driver for it and re-installed it at one point, nothing changed.

This last time it happened I didn't see if for a couple months, so I assumed it died. Well, today it's working again?

So, am I really losing it or is there something else going on?

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Re: Realtek HD Audio Card Not installed - sometimes.

Post by Seeker1437 on 21st January 2013, 3:46 am

This appears to be what we technicians call a intermediate failure. The sound is in fact dying, but it has not just failed completely. A Complete failure is called a catastrophic failure. You device may have this kind of failure soon. If you are within warranty, I would suggest either having your system serviced or replaced.

If outside the warranty I can recommend both, however in most cases, it will be cheaper to replace than to service.




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Re: Realtek HD Audio Card Not installed - sometimes.

Post by Voyager on 22nd January 2013, 12:00 am

OK, Thank you ImaBrokeDude!

I am out of warranty. Pretty scary for me to think about getting into my laptop. Is that hard?

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