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No HDMI playback device listed after a Windows Update

Q: No HDMI playback device listed after a Windows Update

Relevant Computer Specs:
This is a PC not a Laptop, and I always have my HDMI connection connected

Processor - AMD A8-5500

Graphics - Amd Radeon hd 5700 Series

OS - Windows 8.1 64 bit
After a windows update this morning (not the update from 8 to 8.1) I no longer have an HDMI playback device listed in my sound options. I have since updated both my Graphics card drivers and my processor drivers, my realtec driver, and downloaded an Auto-detect driver updater from AMD just to make sure. When that didn't work I uninstalled my audio driver in my device manager, rebooted my computer, let the computer re-install the audio driver, and still nothing. All I show as playback devices are Speakers, Headphones, and 2 Digital Audio (S/PDIF). I have show connected and disconnected both checked at this screen. Any suggestions, I am really at my wits end with this? This did happen to me after I updated from 8 to 8.1 but re-installing drivers fixed the issue, but that is not working this time.

A: No HDMI playback device listed after a Windows Update

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I was wondering if you could give me some advice on a current computer issue.

So, I've got my TV hooked up to my PC as an extra monitor via HDMI. Up until last night I was able to get audio from my PC to be played/heard/whatever through the TV.

Earlier in the evening, I saw a bunch of Windows Updates needing to be installed, so I installed them. One update was for the Intel Graphics Card, wasn't able to be installed because of Windows Update Error 80070103 (which apparently appears when Windows tries to install something already installed). I didn't think much of it at the time and proceeded with the post-install restart (TV's HDMI audio was still working at this point).

Shortly after the restart (upon resuming watching the video from before), I noticed that the TV's HDMI audio was no longer playing. I checked the Audio Device manager to see if it somehow got deactivated and found that it was no longer listed as a possible playback device. I double-checked to make sure unactivated devices weren't being hidden from view (which they weren't).

I tried un-plugging the HDMI device, restarting, re-plugging - to no avail. I try replugging the HDMI cable into a different port on the back of the TV.

I then try to do a system restore to before the installed the updates but that didn't work (Windows said they it was unable to restore anything so no settings were changed).

I try to re-install the Intel Graphics update via Windows Update but I get that Erro... Read more

A:HDMI Audio Device No Longer Appears as Playback Device

If you have NVIDIA GE Force, that suggests it is the active video device, rather than the Intel. Check the Device Manager, Sounds section to see what is listed and if there are any error codes for the NVIDIA HDMI Audio.

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I'm trying to understand how to enable HDMI audio on my Win10 Asus notebook (before buying a A/V receiver 5.1 ).

I think I should have a "Digital Audio (HDMI)" option, or something similar, in my Playback Devices inside Windows Audio control panel, but I don't.

My hardware:

- Intel 4600 Graphics
- Nvdia Geforce GTX 580M
- Realtek High Definition Audio

All the drivers are up to date (or at least very recent, I usually prefer stable versions even if they aren't the latest ones). Still, I don't have any HDMI option in any control panel (Nvidia, Intel, Realtek) or in Windows Audio.

The only place where I can find any mention to "Audio" is the Intel Graphics Control Panel under Display > Audio. But there is only a text that says that there is no display connected with audio capabilities.

My Nvidia control panel has only the "3D Settings" section, but I see from other users that they have others sections, like the "Display" one where there are options for HDMI.

I have no TV or other HDMI enabled device right now, so I can't try to connect the notebook until I buy the A/V receiver. But I guess that I should have the HDMI playback device and the HDMI options in some Control Panel even when there is no HDMI device connected, right?

Under Sound, Video, and Game Controllers, I have no "Intel(R) Display Audio" that should be associated with HDMI out (even if when I install Intel drivers there is indeed a DisplayAudio f... Read more

A:No HDMI audio playback device

While it's plugged in, right click on the volume icon, and click playback devices.

Select the HDMI device and then click set as default

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Hi ,

I am tryng to connect my sony vaio through HDMI to sony bravia,i can see the video but the audio is being played from my laptop speakers.

I am not able to find any HDMI output in my sounds playback menu. I have checked evrything but in vain.

My OS is windows seven 64 bit.

Please help me.

I have attached the options that i could see.

A:No HDMI output in Playback device list

I think what I need to know here is your mobility graphics card information.
First we need to determine if the device supports hdmi audio and then we will more than likely need to track down a driver specifically for it.
In the case of hdmi, the video card controls the audio. So it may not even appear in the volume control the way most other audio does.

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I have headphones through onboard audio set as the default playback device.

I have HDMI set to listen stereo mix (onboard) under recording devices so that I can get duplicate audio on my headphones and TV.

Windows 7 likes to set as HMDI audio as the default playback device when I am not looking (assumedly shortly after rebooting, but not quite sure when). And then I get no sound from my headphones because the programs are all playing on HDMI.

Is there way I can fix this?

A:HDMI hijacks default playback device

Hmm; I think HDMI is mutually exclusive to pc { speakers & headphones }. If the HDMI senses a signal to the tv, then the others go off.

right-click on the speaker icon in the tray and view/set the playback devices

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Hi everyone

The issue i have is that when i connect my laptop to my tv via HDMI i cannot get any audio, the video works like it should. It constantly says "not plugged in" and is greyed out in playback devices. The issue is only when running windows 10, when i boot into Ubuntu on the same machine the HDMI connection works perfectly so i figured it cant be a hardware problem....

I have tried installing AMD legacy drivers, updating my graphic and audio drivers through windows updating and searching the web for older drivers as it has worked in the past. I have also performed a reset in win 10 because had been playing around with scheduled tasks to try and improve boot time on my ageing machine.

Also tried starting the computer with the HDMI cord already plugged in and the TV on just in case it was some sort of issue recognizing it getting plugged in. Have also tried deleting drivers and restarting with the cord still attached.

My Laptop is a Compaq Presario CQ62 402AU
CPU - AMD Athlon II P360
Graphics card - Radeon HD 4200 series

I apologize in advance if i have posted in the wrong section, i have been searching for a solution for a week now and cant seem to find anything that fixes my problem

Thanks in advance for any help

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I just got a new (cascaded) computer with seemingly no standard audio.

The audio icon is a speaker with and X through it and the only audio device that populates the Playback Devices list is the HDMI digital audio.

I have audio on the motherboard (think I can find it?? nope) and some auxiliary ins and outs on the front of the PC (headphone, line in).

No audio will output whatsoever. Keep in mind I will not be using the HDMI audio.

No headphones and no "X"s in the device manager...

um... any help would be appreciated! Thanks


A:No Audio, HDMI (unplugged), No Audio device listed

Go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound and finally the Sound Panel. What is listed there? The HDMI and Speakers should be listed. If that is the case make the Speakers the default playback device.

If the Speakers are not listed, RIGHT click in a blank area on the panel and check the Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices and then if the Speakers are shown you can make them the default playback device.

If there is still no speaker, you can check the Device Manager to see if the sound is listed (could be RealTek or IDT) and if it is check to see if there is an error code,

As this is a new PC and you can't get it working it would be best to contact HP support. If there is some problem only HP can get it corrected under warranty.

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If I try to restore by windows restore point, would the problem solved?

Thank you

A:Playback & Record Device not found after update Driver

What "driver update" did you do?

There is nothing showing, either for the RealTek PC audio or the NVIDIA HDMI audio.

RIGHT click in a blank area in the Playback panel and check to Show Disabled and Disconnected devices. If nothing still shows up RIGHT click on the RealTek entry to highlight it in the Device Manager and then LEFT click "Uninstall". DO NOT uninstall the driver. Then restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall it.

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A:skype update listed in Windows Update

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A:Bluetooth Speakers listed as disconnected in playback list, no sound.


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Hi there

I actually LIKE the SKY Q package -- also now 4K UHD available - and it's cheaper than the SKY HD + if you are selective in what you choose (apart from the up front cost).


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2) if you want to RECORD to DVD recorder -- then there's no SCART or A/V outputs - so just get HDMI-->SCART converter --works fine. !!!

Note most DVD recorders still record at 576p - no probs really for older stuff and you can connect the output from the HDMI splitter into the converter for your DVD recorder.

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New to the forum and was hoping you may be able to help.

I have a Dell Studio 1737 laptop with ATI Radeon HD 3650 graphics card. I have a number of DTS WAV files that I would like to play back through my AV Receiver. I have downloaded VLC player (as I believe that will play back the DTS files) but when I connect the laptop to the receiver via HDMI I am only getting stereo sound.

Im pretty sure my graphics card will bitstream the audio via HDMI but I cant figure it out.

I have tried downloading the AC3filter which I have seen mentioned on another forum but it didnt work for me.

Can anyone help?

A:DTS WAV playback via HDMI

There are SOME models that will only output two channel stereo. Post your question on the Dell users forum Laptop section and see what those there say. Laptop - Dell Community

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Hi everyone,

I have an irritating problem that I just can't figure out.

When I try to play a DVD movie on my new HTPC I just get a big black screen which no amount of alt-tabbing or control-alt-deleting can exit.

This happens with with Windows Media Player and Cyberlink too. Everything works fine until I put a DVD movie in and press play. It looks like it's going to go full screen but just goes to a full black screen and becomes unresponsive.

THIS ONLY HAPPENS OVER HDMI, VGA plays the video fine (it's windowed, so it's not trying to go full screen to a multiple screen).

HDTV and any videos on the hard drive play fine over HDMI and HDCP status is fine - though I haven't tried a Blu-ray yet.

I've tried different drivers.

I have built many of these systems with the same specs so I'm going a bit nuts with this.

42" FullHD LCD HDMI 1.3
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1000GB HDD
Sony 5600 slim slot-load Blu-ray - (I have tried different drives too).

Any help appreciated, thanks in advance!

*UPDATE: Same thing happens with Blu-rays, just get a big black screen when I play. The blu-ray also worked perfectly over VGA. When I was attempting to play a DVD over HDMI I plugged the VGA cable in too which actually got me as far as the DVD menu (while still on HDMI).*

UPDATE 2: VLC Plays the dvds fine over HDMI. This is just a problem with WMP/MC and Cyberlink PowerDVD...

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I fear your problem may be DRM related. HDCP is the DRM which HDMI equipment has to be certified for to allow the transmition of copywritten media (Blu Rays, DVDs, iTunes Movies etc.) to or from a device. This DRM is designed so that in theory it is impossible to rebroadcast on large screens in public places (or at least that's what I understand of it). For you to be able to play back Blu Rays and DVDs on your monitor via HDMI both devices must be HDCP complient and I'm pretty sure all monitors and screens are HDCP certified so it must be your PC that's the problem.

Read more at High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sorry to break the bad news to you.


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There are numerous threads about this topic, but none of the solutions have worked for me. Can anyone help me out?

There are no HDMI audio when plugged into the tv with HDMI cord. There is video, but no audio. The only audio I hear is from the laptop.

I have read that you can go onto control panel, enable HDMI audio to default and all that, but the problem is I DON'T HAVE a HDMI option under playback anymore.... I have tried installing drivers from, but it doesn't work. I have tried the intel detector thingy that one of the thread mentioned, but it doesn't work for me either.

I am stuck at a dead end. please help.

thanks in advance

A:No HDMI option under Playback

grillzrho, welcome to the forums.

It would help immensely if you filled in your system specs,

so we can help you.

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editlease move this thread to Windows 7, guess it fits in better there

Hi everyone, I got a hard question (well, at least I believe it is).

When I plug my usb headset into my computer it automatically becomes the default/standard device - which is fine. When I play music, play games all the sound comes out of my headset.
But lets say I want the music to be played out of my speakers instead of my headset, is that possible using WMP11? Any other software I can use to accomplish this?

Another situation would be a friend watching a movie on my TV through my computer while I am gaming at the same time on my computer monitor. I am forced to plug out my headset and mute my game so the people watching a movie on my tv don't hear the ingame sound.

Is there any way to force a program (or at least WMP11) to play out of a different audio device than the one which ISN'T the default/standard playback device?

I just asked all of my colleagues (we are computer technicians), no-one knew ^^

A:Solved: Playback Audio through different device than the Default Device - Possible?

Hah, finally found out all by my self ^^

Windows Media Player 11 -> Tools -> Options -> Devices -> Speakers -> "Select the audio device."

As simple as that, amazing I haven't noticed that before - I've looked through the settings of WMP11 tons of times to no avail.

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Hello everyone, I have a problem that is driving me crazy. I am able to access all my channels when viewing them on my Windows 7 laptop using Media Center. When I hook up a HDMI cable to the laptop and connect it to my TV I get the following error.."display driver error the video playback device does not support playback of protected content". I have updated the video card drivers and this issue still persists. Does anyone have any ideas to solve this. I am using a HDHomerun Prime and this is the only way I have to watch live TV on my TV. Thanks in advance for everyone's help

A:Windows Media Center display driver error the video playback device does not support

"display driver error the video playback device does not support playback of protected content"

Infers the content/media that you are playing is protected and/or the HDCP handshake is not taking place. This is likely a hardware issue. The video chipset (ie: HDMI port) or the TV does not support HDCP.

Try viewing a different channel or content.

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I have been messing with trying to get hdmi to work in windows7. At 1 point I had several hdmi sound sources in my playback devices section of sounds. Whatever it really is called... I removed my old nvidia drivers ver 191. and went to the newest version 260. thats when I noticed they were gone. I have an external soundblaster 24 bit and internal sb710 chipset. I disabled the internal but taht did't bring back the hdmi stuff. I have just downloaded the sb file from the top of the forum area and will try and install that later.
I want to know if I need to install the file from here or whatever to get the hdmi stuff back.

A:missing hdmi in playback devices

If your video card has a built in audio device for the HDMI that is what is needed to be selected to have HDMI audio from the HDMI connection on the Video Card.

Since you upgraded the video drivers and that apparently killed it, rollback the driver and see if you get the audio back.

The HDMI, when it's on-board with the video card, has nothing to do with your PC's audio card. It's strictly a function on the Video card.

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I hope someone can help.

I have an Aspire 5738Z laptop running Windows 7 Home Premimum.
I am trying to set up a HDMI cable connection to my Toshiba Smart TV.
The picture is fine but there's no sound.
When I go into Sound in the Control Panel, there is no HDMI option to choose in order to send the output to the TV speakers (only "Speakers" and "S/Digital Audio S/PDIF) .
I've tried downloading various Graphics Media Accelerator Drivers from the ACER, INTEL and REALTEK sites but they all say that they are not validated for my computer.
I am stuck! Please can someone help?

A:No HDMI option in Sound Playback

Hi CluelessBird and Welcome to Bleepingcomputer. Did you checked the Nvidia Control Panel for enabling the HDMI sound default playback device?Please download Speccy and then install the program. To post and publish a snapshot of your PC.. In the Menu bar, click File -> Publish Snapshot. Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard. On your next reply, right-click on a empty space and click Paste on reply box then click Post.

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I have my tv and monitor connected with hdmi cables, both showing video, but my playback devices in sound management only shows one playback device that works. I want to switch audio playback between monitor and tv, but they share the same playback device. I noticed when I plug them in separate from each other that they use the same audio playback, "Digital Audio (HDMI)". So how can I get the sound to switch between tv and monitor?

Testing default playback on all shown devices (only "Digital Audio (HDMI)" played sound and only on tv or monitor)
Displaying disabled/disconnected devices(no new devices are shown)
Installing/Reinstalling video and sound card multiple times (this would change the name for hdmi audio device to "ATI DP Audio Output" or "AMD Digital Audio" or "Digital Audio (HDMI), despite installing the same driver)

When I watched videos of people fixing sound issues I noticed their audio playback devices were named after the monitor, but for some reason mine isn't and it even shares the same audio playback name for both tv/monitor.

Windows 7 64bit
Video Card: Dual Radeon 5900s
Sound Card: AMD

A:Missing HDMI Audio Playback?

Can you post a picture of the Sound Panel Playback section and of the Device Manager, Sound section.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Normally, both are listed in the Sound Panel playback section, If an HDMI cable is plugged in it automatically sets the HDMI as the default audio playback device. If the HDMI cable is disconnected from the PC it will switch back to "Speakers" (the PC sound card). You should also be able to manually set the Speakers as the playback device with HDMI connected.

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lately i accidentally deleted the hdmi in my playback. how can recover it again? if it needs to download a driver please paste the link thank you. i ma using a dell studio15 with vista sp 1.

A:Accidentally deleted hdmi in playback

What is the service tag number of your system? You'll probably need to reinstall your graphics card driver ( because the graphics card is responsible for what passes through the HDMI )

I'd be glad to assist you in finding your driver.

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I know this is a subject that has probably been hashed to death, but I'm not finding the answer that I need. How do I get the HDMI to show up in my Playback devices?

I plug my HDMI cable into my computer, and into my TV. Check.
There is not an option for HDMI on my playback devices, but there are options for Speakers, Headphones, and digital Audio (S/PDIF) -- the digital audio only appeared after I uninstalled my Audio driver, and restarted the computer. And no, there is no sound on my TV w/ the Digital Audio device (although it says it is ready, when my HDMI cable is plugged in).

I have also unstalled my NVidia driver and reinstalled it.

A few months ago, even after installing Windows 7, I was able to do a troubleshoot, which fixed the HDMI problem, and allowed me to play sound from my laptop,through the TV speakers. I promise. It really happened. On Playback devices, the HDMI option was there. But now it's not, and I can not figure out how to get it to show up.

I selected "Show Disabled Devices" - and nothing else appears.

I can not figure out, for the life of me, how to get the HDMI option to reappear. I even ran the troubleshooting utility again - to no avail.

This is making me crazy, because it has worked in the past.


A:HDMI not an option in Playback devices

Jbrown6, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Filling in your system specs,

would go a long way in making it easier for us to help you.

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I have an HTPC that I use to watch TV through Media Center with an HD Homerun Prime. Lately I've been getting an error message in Media Center that say something to the effect of "no audio device detected." When I close out of Media Center, I notice that the little speaker icon in the bottom right of the screen shows that the volume is muted. If I right-click on the speaker icon, and select "Playback Devices," the HDMI Audio is not listed. It's usually listed as something like "Denon Receiver - Digital Audio".

Anyway, I've right-clicked in the Playback Devices dialog and made sure that I have both "display disconnected devices" and "display disabled devices" checked. Even with those settings, it's still not showing the HDMI Audio. It's as if the cable was completely removed, even though the video is getting through.

Does anyone have any ideas of what could be causing this issue? This HTPC has been working without this issue for years now, so I'm not sure why this issue is suddenly popping up, but it's really annoying. I haven't installed any new software or made any hardware changes that I can recall.

Here are my specs:

HTPC: Intel Celeron with onboard graphics (HD4000, I think);
Receiver: Denon with HDMI inputs;
TV: LG 50" plasma.

I should mention that I have the HDMI cable running from the computer to the receiver, and then an output from the receiver to the TV.



A:HDMI Audio not showing in playback devices???

Check the Device Manager, Sound section. You should have Intel Display Audio and the regular PC audio listed. The Intel Display Audio is for the HDMI.

If the Intel is missing, the Intel CPU drivers will have to be reinstalled, as a start. If it has an error code, please list the code. If its show and status is working OK, try recycling the Intel Display Audio, Uninstall the device in the Device Manager, but DO NOT uninstall any drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the Intel Display Audio. See if this fixes it.

If not, try running the HDMI direct from the PC to the TV and see if you get audio.

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If i was to buy a sound card, and i connect hdmi to graphics card and use tv to watch a blu ray, what sound would be used? Im assuming onboard is that right?


A:hdmi playback sound card or onboard?

None of the above. The sound would come from the video card when using HDMI.

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Argh. I can usually fix whatever isn't working, but this has proven to be a match for me and I'm hoping that someone here has some idea what might be going on.

I just set up a new mobo and monitor: Intel Socket 775 (to use some old parts) DG43GT and an Asus VE248Q. They're connected by a known-good HDMI cable. There's no problem with video and (this is where it gets interesting) no problem with audio using WMP or other playback applications. There are no other known problems in the setup. The monitor has notebook-sized speakers, so I've set the highpass filter in the monitor device properties for 200Hz. The resulting audio is loud enough and listenable, for what it is. However, the system sounds are nearly inaudible and don't seem to "play" properly either when system-initiated or when using the test button on the sounds dialog. Sometimes they'll play from the beginning of the .WAV, sometimes it sounds like the start of the .WAV is cut off. It's not the mixer because that's set for 100% level on system sounds as well as 100% on WMP etc. All adjustable levels, including the monitor, are set at 100%, which ends up being a bit too loud for WMP, but not nearly loud enough for the system sounds. Other playback devices are disabled, so there's no chance of interference. Finally, as an experiment, I loaded all of c:\windows\media into WMP and all the WAVs and MIDs play just fine. So that pretty much points the finger at the system sound "player", and... Read more

A:HDMI playback, system sounds nearly inaudible

Finally got to the bottom of this. The "explanation", which unfortunately isn't a "solution" may be helpful to others.

The problem isn't in Windows. It's in the monitor. Specifically in the HDMI digital audio section of the monitor.

When the (analog) audio from the PC is connected to the analog audio input on the monitor, there's no problem. However when HDMI digital audio is used, there's some delay time from the onset of the audio event to the time that the monitor actually produces audio. IOW, there's a start-up time associated with digital audio that's not present with analog audio.

Since Windows audio events are intermittent and infrequent, the monitor essentially "squelches" the first ~1 second of the audio event. Therefore some Windows sounds never sound at all, while the tail end of some of the longer ones can be heard.

Aside from playing audio constantly so the monitor audio system is always active, I don't see any fix for this.

The monitor, BTW, is an ASUS VE248Q. I have a feeling that other ASUS monitors in this family will behave similarly since they're all on a common hardware platform.

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As the title says "HDMI option missing from playback devices"
NVDIA Geforce 9500GT, P55m-UD2 running Windows 7.

I can plug into my HDMI and get video on my TV but no sound.
I do not have the HDMI option in the playback devices?

This is a new system with new drivers and updates.
This is a windows 7 problem.

A:HDMI option missing from playback devices

i5 750, welcome to the forums.

Have a look at this guide here,

Guide: 8800GT/9800GT/9800GTX Sound over HDMI (Now including Creative cards) - -

and double check that your 9500 GT has the same SPDIF header on it as those cards. If it does then you will also need a cable similar to this,

as shown in the guide connected to the SPDIF header on the video card and the one one the sound card (or motherboard if using the onboard audio).

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Hi, in the playback device list I can only see the default speakers. When I connect to the TV via HDMI I can see the video but no sound reach the TV. I've checked all drivers, uninstalled and re-installed them, tried to install earlier versions of Graphic Card 5500 directly from Intel with no success...

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
Intel Core i5-5300U



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i have update my computer via HP support but i can't connect my laptop via HDMI Cable with my sumsum smart TV.Please help me .according my search some say that problem need HD grafphic driver other say audio high defintion  driver.i have instaled all of this but no way.only can display video wirless with my TV.

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I recently realized that my graphics card is not showing any where on my computer. I went to the control panel and went to Uninstall Programs and I found the Nvidia driver. Although I can see the driver, I can't see it under hardware, and I no longer see it running on the toolbar. I have a GT310m with optimus (at least I did hahaha). Would be nice to have it back. Thanks

A:GPU is not listed under device manager

Quote: Originally Posted by 123sam

I recently realized that my graphics card is not showing any where on my computer. I went to the control panel and went to Uninstall Programs and I found the Nvidia driver. Although I can see the driver, I can't see it under hardware, and I no longer see it running on the toolbar. I have a GT310m with optimus (at least I did hahaha). Would be nice to have it back. Thanks

Can we get a snip of the device manager GPU tab?

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I get these errors:

A:CD/DVD Drive Not Listed on Device

hi iam curious why is it listed in downloads it should be in devcie manager have you checked in device manager for errors ie yellow ! or red Xs

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I am using HDMI to connect from my laptop to a tv, but it is late and I have a roommate so I want to use headphones for the sound. I plug in the headphones, and go to the playback devices panel. It has an option to disable the tv sound, but it does not work. No error or anything, just does nothing. How do I get this to work?

I have tried enabling the speakers, I have tried setting the speakers as the default device, and I have tried disabling the TV output. None of these work, the TV stays set as the default device.

A:Unable to disable audio for HDMI in playback devices panel

What are you using to try to disable the sound via the HDMI? You'd need to enter the graphics card software to do that as that is where the sound to the TV would be coming from, the sound for the headphones would be coming from the onboard sound/sound card which is controlled by the audio device manager.

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Hey guys, I Recently had Windows 7 installed on one of my computers but the computer isn't very good so I downgraded back to windows xp sp2.

My problem is after Windows Xp installs on this computer it doesn't detect my network device. What I mean by this is there is no network tab or anything listed in the device manager.

My ethernet is built into my mboard which is an EVGA nf66.

I've tried installing all sorts of drivers and combinations of the such and nothing seems to work. The internet worked fine prior to installed xp and has had xp before without this problem.

Also, in the device manager there are 3x devices that are listed with yellow exclamation marks beside them that I am unsure what they are.

-PCI device
-other pci bridge device
-sm bus controller

I previously had another computer with this same exact problem that I couldn't fix as well, the only way I could fix it was to install windows 7.

Please help guys I really need this to work.

A:No network device listed in manager, HELP!

Have you downloaded and installed the Chipset Driverss?

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Ihave a CDRW/DVD combo, it is not detected in device manager, but in my Computer it is shown as Removable Disk, i have tried unplugging and replugging, tried ad new h/w wizard also, I have two OS installed, 98 and XP, it has been working properly for all these years, but now i have the problem, please help me,

A:CDRW/DVD not listed in device manager


This is a common problem with a simple solution. In Device Manager make sure that DMA is OFF for the CDROM. Also update IDE drivers.
Also try hitting the Windows Key (on keyboard) and Pause key at the same time, or go to control panel and open System. Go to device manager and locate your CD-Rom Drive. D-click it and go to the settings tab. There should be a box where you can check/uncheck Removable. Mine is greyed out so I can't do anything to it. See if your is checked and uncheck it. If not, let us know.

Good luck,



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Lately my two external drives (Seagate & WB) are not showing up when I click the "send to" option for a file.
They DO show up in the Computer section though.

I've tried different usb ports...yet nothing.

A:Device not Listed In The Send To Option

I put send to into the send to menu that way I can add to the list on the fly go to the send to menu
C:"Users\Your User Name"\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
Create a short cut and send to send to

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If I use the original Receiver, nothing works.

I tried re-installing MS IntelliType Pro 5.5 for both but only the mouse works.

Any ideas?


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I'm using an dell inspiron laptop with windows vista. Few days back, installed windows Xp professional successfuly. The main purpose I installed xp was to program a microcontroller via the com ports. But to my surprise the com ports were not listed in the device manager in XP! Any help??

A:COM Ports not listed in device manager

Are you sure the laptop actually has a COM Port? Finding a laptop with a COM port newer than a Pentium III model is rare, as they have been all but replaced by USB.

Make sure you're not confusing a VGA port for a COM port. Same size and shape but the VGA has 3 rows of contacts (15 total) instead of 2 rows of contacts (9 total) for a COM port.

If the laptop shipped with Vista I'd be surprised if it did. Even many 4-5 year old laptops that shipped with XP don't have a COM port.

If it does have a COM port, check in the BIOS to make sure it's not disabled

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I have this problem, under the sounds and audio devices there is no audio device listed. I'm wondering what drivers I should get. Here are my specs:

CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 1513 MHz (3.75 x 403)
Motherboard Name Kobian KOB 845 NFSX (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 3 DIMM, Audio)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Brookdale i845
System Memory 768 MB (SDRAM)
BIOS Type Award Modular (08/21/01)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (128 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (FP44677329WI)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801BA(M) ICH2X/M - AC'97 Audio Controller [C-0]

A:Solved: No sound device listed

Well I can't find the specified support site for your mother board, Try to get he model number.
But you have an AC'97 sound chipset so you can head over to Realteck's website and download the codec.

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A:My 2nd SATA HDD is listed as a Removeable device

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I'm really stuck, so I'd appreciate help if someone can give it.

I'm working on someone's computer. I should mention that I am doing this remotely, & I don't have another choice just now.

Due to a whole mess that with his computer, we needed to do a full destructive installation of windows. (XP Pro SP2)

Now, here's the problem. There were no USB devices listed in the device manager in windows after the new installation. There also aren't any unknown devices. There had been one, for audio, but I've fixed that.

The computer is older & the motherboard is a Microstar International MS-6738. I went to their site. i've run their live update multiple times but it just isn't finding anything missing regarding usb controllers and I did the 3 available updates for the motherboard. They didn't seem related, but i tried just in case. No luck, besides of course the audio working.

At this point I'm really at a loss. I feel like throwing the computer out the window, except I can't even reach it to do that! lol

Any ideas? Thanks for spending the time, for anyone who read this.
I did also run belarc advisor. If it would help, ask & i'll post it, as long as that's ok on this board.

A:no USB controller listed in Device Manager, no unknown

Have you actually plugged a usb device in???

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Hello Everyone,

I have a Compaq Presario F553US running Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit, I just installed a new copy of the OS so I know this is not virus related. I cannot get my wirless card to be detected in the device manager. I downloaded the drivers and HP Wirless Assistant and still nothing. So I thought maybe the wirless card was bad and replaced it with a new card. But still nothing, I even checked the BIOS to make sure that the wirless was enable and it was.

So now I have no idea was this suddenly stop working, the light on the front (next to the wireless switch) is an orange color instead of blue. Do anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this problem.


A:Wirless Card Not lIsted in device manager

I've seen a number of laptops where the built-in wireless device stopped working and had to be replaced with an external USB wireless adapter. It sounds like you have the same problem.


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I am having a slight issue with my new setup, appears to be driver-side. Every time I restart my computer a window pops up stating that a driver could not be installed for "IDE channel." This box appears six times in which I have to close out. There are six of these "IDE channel" devices listed (under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers) in the Device Manager w/ the little (!) next to them. When I go to install a driver for each of the devices I get "driver is not intended for this platform" or something like that. I don't know what I should do because I'm really not sure what I am looking at exactly. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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New System Specs

ASUS P5N-E SLi mobo
Intel Core 2 Q6600 (2.4Ghz)
XFX 8600GT XXX 256MB (x2)
IDE Western Digital HDDs (x2)
SATA Western Digital HDD (not configured yet)

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A:Unknown Devices Listed in Device Manager

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I sure messed up somehow. I performed what I believed to be a clean install, and lost all my software!  Also, there is no audio. I tried to reinstall the audio driver and it said there was no device.Yipes!! Plwase help.

A:No audio device is listed after a clean install

Hi, What is your HP envy 1700 ? Please use the following instructions to find out the model/product of your machine:

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A:Network driver is listed as 'unknown device'

On the unknown device in Device Manager, right click and select Properties. Under the Details tab select Hardware ID's in the dropdown box. Please copy and paste the first line in your next post.

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My OS is Microsoft Windows XP SP3

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A:my graphics card not listed in device manager

Quote: Originally Posted by fred54321

im useing a old graphics card leadtek myvivo winfast a280 agp 8x 128mb right its not listed in device manager its useing standard vga graphics adapter when i run drivers through leadtek site it says cannot find product but when i start up pc before windows loads it states leadtek graphics card and bios etc im useing windowes 7 ultimate 64bit

You may be able to use a vista driver if you install it in compatibility mode. to do that right click the installer>properties>choose OS

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here is an example of what i mean -

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A:[SOLVED] Device Manager, No motherboard listed

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A:Video Card Not Listed in Device Manager

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dfi x48 t2r motherboard

A:2 HID keyboards and mice listed in device manager

I have Windows 7 x64 as well and have 3 each HID keyboards and mice. This is normal for me (four different installs on two computers) and is a result of other Human interface devices (HID). One is an IR remote control.

With all above, my sleep works fine.

In the device manager, select view by connection and see which device is attached to these entries.

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im useing a old graphics card leadtek myvivo winfast a280 agp 8x 128mb right its not listed in device manager its useing standard vga graphics adapter when i run drivers through leadtek site it says cannot find product but when i start up pc before windows loads it states leadtek graphics card and bios etc im useing windowes 7 ultimate 64bit

A:no graphics card listed in device manager

Hello !!

You might wanna post it in Windows 7 Forums there you might find someone who is expert in this area. Also check this website to see if this card works with Windows 7 Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads

Good Luck,

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I have an ACER 603G with Win 7 Pro installed. Thanks for the help on this.
At this point I can't access the internet. My ethernet controller is no longer listed in device manager. The area where it was listed now states "unknown device". This issue has been ongoing since I uninstalled a piece of software. I had been able to load the default BIOS and that worked until yesterday. I've downloaded the BIOS again (P11-B2) and tried installing it with no luck. The first time this happened the controller was disabled and I was able to correct it in Device Manager
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While exploring Device Manager today in my Win 8.1 system I discovered I had three entries listed under Sound, Video and Game Controllers:

(1) AMD High Definition Audio Device
(2) CyberLink WebCam Virtual Driver
(3) Realtek High Definition Audio
Every now and then when my wife is playing some of her Facebook games she says the computer will shut down and restart with a message similar to: "Your PC ran into some problems and needs to restart. We will correct them and restart for you." She says that message is preceded by what looks like a 'sad' happy face.

As an added note in Device Manager under Audio inputs and outputs both my Microphone and Speakers are controlled by Realtek High Definition Audio.

That being said do I really need the two Sound Cards (1) and (3)? If not, which one could I disable?

Thanks and regards,

A:Two sound cards listed in Device Manager

The AMD High Definition Audio Device is for HDMI audio.
The Cyberlink Webcam is for your web cam.

Nothing there that is duplicate or needs disabling.

The problem with the PC ran into some problems has nothing to do with audio. Can't say what that is but its for one of the other forum sections that deals with crashes.

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I'm am trying to update my firmware for my Sony Optiarc 5500s... basically my Blue Ray dvd rom drive for my Laptop (Asus M70-B1) because a blue ray dvd is not working properly. When Windvd BD starts playing the dvd It says that it could have a 2-3 minute load time based upon the compatabilities of my hardware. It gets through the previews fine but it will not load the main menu of the movie and after a short period of time my Blue Ray dvd rom spins down and ceases to do anything. I let the black screen sit for well over 5-7 minutes and still nothing.

I assume that a firmware upgrade could fix it. I went to

and got my firmware upgrade. It is a flashing tool and when I clicked flash it said "updated failed".
They give an update procedure here:

My problem is that I cannot disable DMA on my DVD rom because I have no channels listed under my "Ide ata/atapi controllers"
I have "Intel(r) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller" (which doesn't seem to contain anything useful" and then controllers for my multi card reader.

My DVD Rom drive is on channel 1. It's using the basic windows drivers and it explains this here:

I'm running Vista Home Premium, Motherboard is Intel PM45 Montevina

A:No IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers listed in my Device Manager

Contact Sony about the issue, it is a Sata Optical drive, and XP-Vista has no method to change the UDMA setting on Sata devices.

The only other suggestion is if there is a way to change it in the bios, unlikely.

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I recently replaced a Logitech mouse with a MS Wireless 5000. After initially installing the 5000, I found that in device manager it was listed twice. This didn't seem to be causing any problems and I left it alone but have since had a few BSODs. Wasn't having any problems before the mouse install.

So I went into device manager and uninstalled one of the entries but did not delete the drivers.

On reboot, there are now two entries again but one is "HID compliant mouse" and the other is "Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Mosue (IntelliPoint)".

Is it normal to have both of these items listed? If not, how do I stop Windows from installing the second driver on every reboot?

A:2 mouse drivers listed in device manager

Both entries refer to the same mouse and should be left alone.

Your new mouse is a "HID compliant mouse" like every modern mouse, so Windows loads it's own driver for that.

But you've also installed the Intellipoint driver which accounts for the second entry in the 'Mice' category of Device Manager.

I also use a MS wireless mouse but I didn't have to install a driver for it. Windows took care of that (Windows 7), so my Device Manager shows only one mouse entry which is "HID compliant device".

Unless your MS mouse has any special functions with extra buttons, it should work perfectly well for standard functions without the Intellipoint software & driver, in which case you too would have only one mouse entry in Device Manager.

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Hi there
1. I recently purchased an Asus X53-sx1159v laptop (Windows 7 64 bit os - other detals at bottom ).
2. While it has a wifi network connection (which works fine), it doesn't seem to have any listing for ethernet (ie wired) connection. (even though it has the port for wired access.)

3. When i look under computer/device manager/networks, all i get is the wifi atheros 9485 network adaptor. There is no other listing. (see attched file for screen grabs)
4. Am i missing something obvious with all this? The Asus website has examples of this model with screen grab which includes an ethernet adaptor as well (see attached file)

Note that laptop is labelled as an X53 series but in the computer it get listed as a K53e - nice and confusing.
any advice appreciated - DEM

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 3873 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000, 1872 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 286160 MB, Free - 242869 MB; D: Total - 403640 MB, Free - 403504 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc., K53E
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

A:ASUS X53 - no ethernet listed under device manager

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Installed Windows 10 x64 via SCCM image with all drivers provided by ACER's download website, and the SD Card Reader does not work nor is it listed in Device Manager. I tried both versions of the drivers from ACER, and I tried the latest version from Realtek's website; still, the reader is not listed in device manager (I'm even showing hidden devices). Does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this issue?

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I have a Zen Micro MP3 player.
This item is not listed in the Safetly Remove Hardware applet.
I am able to copy music files from my CD-ROM or hard drive.
I am running Win XP Professional - 1024 RAM - Plextor PX-712A DVD RW - 3 Maxtor hard drives ( 1X 60 gig on motherboard - 2X 200 gig on Belkin ATA controller card ).
Your assistance is appreciated.
Thank you.

A:Device not listed in Safely Remove Hardware

Not really a big deal with Windows XP. You don't really need to do the Safely Remove with XP.

Do you have the Display Device Components box checked?

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Hi,  My HP ENVY TouchSmart 15-j181na Notebook PC is not working with windows 10 since the driver was updated. Can you please help.

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UPDATE: That was stupid. You just have to hit the windows key and p and then extend your screen.

Also, the third party search app I am trying right now is UltraSearch.

I guess the Windows 10 update went poorly for a lot of us. I removed the bloatware they reinstalled. I'm not sure how to disable Cortana (the Windows 10 search function is really terrible). Are there any third party apps that do this better?
My main concern is that my laptop no longer recognizes my external monitor when attached via HDMI port, nor does it detect my projector when plugged into the VGA port. I'm sure this is an easy drivers fix, but my basic troubleshooting attempts in Device Manager didn't work. Any recommendations?

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I think I have Bluetooth ability but I can't seem to find any evidence of this in the Device Manager. Where would it generally be located?

Thank you

A:Where sould my Bluetooth hardware be listed in Device Manager?

BT shows up in the DM only when enabled. There should be a switch to enable it. I have it in my lappy, once enabled, it showed in my DM. Before that, no trace of it.

Also check whether you have installed the drivers. Try re-installing them.

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Good day everyone!

I have an issue with the Touchscreen LCD listed in the title, an LG monitor. The problem is, I plug in the device, Win7 then tries to automatically install drivers (I have a working internet connection), it fails, and asks for a reboot. I reboot, then it recognizes (or doesn't recognize - i should say) the display as an unknown device, installs the driver for such a device (successfully installs, ready to use, name: unknown device) and the touchscreen does not work.

The problem came up when the PC was turned off (it is used in a caf? for administration and such) properly after a day of work without any issues. The monitor has been used for 3 years now, without any errors. The next morning it started being listed as an unknown device and I can not sort out the problem. Things I tried:

-Plugging it out, then back in.
-Turning it off and on again.
-Using another USB slot.
-I asked everyone who had access to the computer if they did anything, they did not.
-I asked if they even plugged a USB flash drive in, they did not.
-Installing the touchscreen driver from LG's site (win7 never asked for it, the automatically downloaded driver always worked up until now)
-Disabling the device, removing the display's USB and VGA cable, uninstalling drivers, then plugging it in, reinstalling everything.
-Disabling and uninstalling every USB root hub from device manager, reinstalling every driver.
-Installing Microsoft FixIt, running it.
-Running the Win7 HDD repair servic... Read more

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Hi, I've had a Lenovo G510  for about 18 mths. Not used wifi yet as I have a wired connection in my house. Decided to check out the wifi today but I can't find a way to turn it on and I can't find any wireless device listed in Device Manager. All I have under "Network adapters" - are: Qualcomm Atheros AR8172/8176/8178 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller Also no "Other Devices" or Unknown devices listed either. I've tried scanning for hardware changes but no luck. Why can't windows find the wireless card? It was advertised as coming with a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter. I'm on Windows 8.1. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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My laptop config:
Sony vaio (E- series) VPCEB24EN with intel i3 M350 @2.26 GHz processor, 512 MB ATI graphic card, 3Gb RAM.

Recently my laptop harddisk got repaired, i had thosiba MK3265GSX HDD with (320GB storage area, 8 MB buffer size & 5400 rpm). I replaced it with seagate ST9750420AS(750 GB, 16MB buffer size & 7200 rpm). Also previously i had only windows 7 Home basic 64-bit so, i purchased home professional with 64-bit.
After installing my new OS i downloaded my drivers s/w, everything got installed except my intel HD graphic driver & it showed the message "minimum system requirement is not met" Also, in my device manager intel graphic not appeared in 'display device'. But, my ATI graphic driver is working properly.
Also, i tried with my older recovery CD which had home basic but when windows tried to install setup my harddisk is not detected since i changed it recently.
i tried every possible solution but couldn't able to find exact reason. plz help me...
for ur info, for sony vaio Bios does not have advanced option so i couldn't view whether graphic card is there or not

A:Intel Graphic card not listed in my Device manager

Where did you get the Intel drivers?

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I have a Dell Inspiron M731R laptop upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Home 64-Bit that suddenly quit connecting to the home network. Was using wireless, so switched to an Ethernet cable, but still no luck. I just discovered that ALL of the network-related devices are now listed under an "Unknown" tab in the Device Manager. A check of properties of each item in that folder says they are all working properly, but that obviously isn't the case. I tried uninstalling each of the 4 items, but when they are recognized again they still show up under the Unknown tab. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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I have updated my bios ,update came out last month, and still under the device manager it shows "unknown device". The BIOS recognizes it and the Sytem under Control Panel recognizes it. Anyone with the same issue? I don't have any performance problems and didn't even with the old bios. I attached a screenshot.

A:Q9650 Intel Quad Core listed as unknown device?

I have looked on the net and this seems to be a fairly common problem. One suggestion that came up few times that seemed to work was to uninstall the unknown devices in Device Manager and then run a refresh or reboot.

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I am running a clean install of Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 on a Asus P8Z68 Deluxe. When I first installed Windows, first thing I did was install Intel's chipset drivers and IRST drivers, then all other mobo drivers. Checked Device Manager and everything is detected.

Here's where it gets weird, I had a MSI R6970 installed on a workbench and when it was time to put everything in the case the video card wouldn't fit.

I had spare GPUs lying around so I used a ATI 5450 in the meantime. However once I installed the 5450 and booted the system, then restart after detection, device manager is showing there's a unknown High Definition Audio Device in device manager.

I tried uninstall Realtek's drivers (R266) and reinstalling them, didn't work. I tried installing 'ATI HDMI Audio Device' from Realtek's website, didn't work.

Now I'm starting to think, does this have something to do with AMD's drivers?

A:Clean install - High Definition Audio Device listed twice!?

You're correct - this ATI card supports HDMI 1.3 which can transfer video and audio over a single cable. For that reason the card has its own audio device onboard, which requires drivers from AMD.

It will not conflict in any way with your existing Realtek audio, it's simply an additional audio device you may instruct Windows to use instead.

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Possible solution:
Make a linux usb live disk. e.g. use Rufus to make an ubuntu usb install disk.
Change bios boot order to boot from linux live disk.
When linux is booted up, open up the built in browser, and go to a webcam testing website on google to turn on the webcam. After you see that the webcam works, reboot back into Windows, and Windows might reinitiate and reinstall the webcam driver to get the webcam working again.
Laptop built in webcam suddenly listed as unknown device in device manager. Uninstall, reboot, detect hardware, does not work, and device remains as "unknown device" in dev manager. Driver update fails, as there are no drivers available from manufacturer or microsoft.
Basically every possible troubleshooting method short of OS reinstallation fails.
(recently my asus k53ta laptop webcam suffered this issue. Posting this here for search engine results)

A:Webcam suddenly doesn't work, listed as unknown device.

Most likely there is a malware &or virus that took control of your webcam &or others.

Recommend to go to to download the free version.
Run the scan by selecting "Scan this computer" and do a "quick scan".
If not resolve, do a full scan.

Beware, someone is watch you live.
(Just a joke, hahaha...

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Hello everyone, thank you for your time. It's my first time posting and I'm not computer savvy at all, so if I'm doing anything wrong please tell me.

Recently my computer was attacked by a virus and I rebooted my computer, wiping the whole thing clean. My microphone is plugged in correctly, it is in good condition, but when I try to record, the sound quality is horrible. It is a Labtec mic (presumably a Labtec Verse 524 Consumer Microphone) and my operating system is Windows XP. Before the virus, it worked great and had really good sound quality. I checked in Control Panel->Sound, Speech and Audio Devices->Sounds and Audio Devices->Clicked the Audio tab and found that under Sound Recording, my microphone was not listed as a device. This is extremely odd to me, because I am positive my mic can record sound at the moment. I tried using Sound Recorder, and it works! (But again, horrible sound quality).

Can anybody help me? Thank you.

A:Solved: Mic works, but bad quality & not listed as sound recording device

Welcome to TSG, wakarimasen.

After reinstalling windows, did you reinstall all the drivers as well?

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Every time I try to update PXI Hardware HID Complaint Device in windows update I get error code 80070020.
I disabled my antivirus and tried updating it again didn't help. Do any of you have any solutions that will most likely work

A:I can't update PXI Hardware HID Complaint Device in windows update

This appears to be a process-share error.
I suspect that you may have multiple instances of the same process running and Windows is getting confused.
This is sometimes the case with Malware, and sometimes a problem with an AV - but there are other causes.

What AV is currently installed? What other Security software is installed?

See the advice here Windows Update error 80070020 - Windows Help
follow that, and post back with the results.

If you're still unable to install the updates,
Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data
If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

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Hello! I'm getting desperate and I hope you guys can help me. i'm running WinXP &the sound suddenly stopped. i tried to uninstall the sound device to re-install but this is what happend

A:No playback device!!

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i have a problem in my computer!

there's no playback devices or any sound device in my computer.. can you help me??

A:no playback device

pls post your answers immediately

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I have not been using sound on my computer, because there is an adjoining room and I usually am on this time of night. My houseguest is no longer here. When I try to play a CD (audio--music) I get the message no playback device.
I can pull up Microsoft media player and it appears to "hear" the music and responds visually, but no audio.
I have checked all the volumes--no mute; speakers are plugged in and power is on; I went to Device Manager and everything appears to be present and accounted for; there are not any exclamation marks; anything remotely sounding like sound, I have opened and all are working properly--except the device. Now what should I try next?

A:No Playback Device

Hey there,

1: Are the speakers definately plugged into the right port?
2: Is the soundcard listed in device manager?
3: Have you tried different speakers?

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when my computer got a virus i reinstalled windows xp and ever since there's been no sound and it just says "no playback device" windows audio is set to automatic so i really have no idea what to do next. The speakers are plugged in but there's still no sound. the computer is a Tiny one and these are the motherboard details:

Field Value
Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID: 01/17/2005-KM400A-8237-A7V400SE-00
Motherboard Name: Asus A7V400-MX SE

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type: DEC Alpha EV6
Bus Width: 64-bit
Real Clock: 133 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock: 267 MHz
Bandwidth: 2133 MB/s

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Width: 64-bit
Real Clock: 167 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock: 333 MHz
Bandwidth: 2667 MB/s

Chipset Bus Properties
Bus Type: VIA V-Link
Bus Width: 8-bit
Real Clock: 67 MHz (ODR)
Effective Clock: 533 MHz
Bandwidth: 533 MB/s

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots: 1 Socket 462
Expansion Slots: 3 PCI, 1 AGP
Integrated Devices: Audio, Video, LAN
Form Factor: Micro ATX
Motherboard Size: 240 mm x 240 mm
Motherboard Chipset: KM400A
Extra Features: CPU Overheating Protection

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Product Information:
BIOS Download:

i'm not sure if this helps at all but that's all i know i would be grateful for as much help as possible thank... Read more

A:no playback device

Hi and welcome to TSF. :)

Most probably you haven't yet installed the drivers.
Download this:

and install.

Is the LAN, graphics, etc. all working fine? Have you installed drivers for them?

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Well...I'm having this problem with a few of my games - Counter Strike Source and Half Life 2 Deathmatch. The problem is that whenever I try to change the Speaker Configuration to Headphones, it always reverts back to 7.1 Speakers after I go back in the options to check.

This seems to be related to my Windows sound settings since whenever I change my Speakers Configuration in the Sound window to like Stereo or Quadraphonic or 5.1 or 7.1 Surround, the option the games change respectively to 2 Speakrs, 4.1, 5.1, 7,1 Speakrs.

I don't think that the 2 things should be related meaning I should be able to change my option in game to whatever I want despite what I've chosen in the Windows settings.

Now, since I don't think there is a way to make my game not know what I've set the windows audio settings to, I need to find a way to get my headphones recognized by the OS and have "Headphones" instead of "Speakers". Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that. I've tried to look for a guide or figure it out myself but with no luck.

This is what I can see in the Sound Options:
I think I've seen while I was looking for a way to fix this, that other people have the "headphones" in their Sound playback tab, but I don't...

A:Headphones as playback device.

If you have a specific headphones port on your sound card/motherboard, try using that. Often times with onboard sound, you'll have a set of ports on the back and then a set of ports on the front. The front ports are usually set to headphones.

Also, try updating your drivers if you haven't already.

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