Realtek just released it's latest set of HD Audio Drivers, R2.73. They just replaced the R2.72 drivers to fix some bugs with Windows 8.1. I was using a set of drivers Asus posted for 8.1 when it first came out and then I jumped up to the R2.72 package when it was released with no problem. Now after installing the R2.73 drivers I have some weird issues. First I have a set of Logitech analog 5.1 speakers and I know I won't get true 5.1 and I can only get some sound from my rears by using the speaker fill enhancement, that's fine. But now whenever I choose 5.1 in either the Realtek control panel or the default Windows one I lose all functionality of my rears completely, even in tests where it runs sound out each speaker individually. That always worked. Now I have to set everything to 7.1 and the rears seem to share the rear and side outputs. Also when I turn on 5.1 in the Realtek CP the rear speaker check box is grayed out and all speaker fill does is make some horrible delayed wavy sounds come out of the rears.
Am I just stuck with the last proprietary Asus drivers that worked now or can I do some kind of troubleshooting here. Maybe it's time to just get a half decent PCIE sound card? Any thoughts/Ideas?
Sorry to sound so jumpy but I always play music while I work and it drives me crazy if I can't or something interrupts it. I am sure some of you know the feeling.
13 November 2013 - 20:33
I use realtek on my Toshiba laptop as well. It works flawless. my thinking is, it "might" be a hardware to software issue. I've been using the same drivers for a while now and noted NO issues.
I don't have surround issues as it appears you have, I sure hope you can get it rectified. could you let us know what the issue was and keep us other realtek users up to date? thanks?
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