When running the troubleshooter for the Audio it gives me the error "Audio device is disabled" followed by not fixed with a red x. When going into the Control Panel in classic view under Sound it has my device enabled but I can not make any changes to
the speakers which include Configure Speakers, Test, Disable Speakers, and etc... when going into the Realtek HD audio manager no speakers are shown under the speakers tab although it recognizes which speakers are plugged in on the left hand side. This problem
happened when I attempted to uninstall and reinstall drivers as my 5.1 speakers would not work but upon reinstalling the drivers the speakers would not work. Also I have tried to uninstall the drivers and letting windows automatically detect the proper drivers.
So what else could be done to fix the issue.
Edit: The driver on the Mother Board website is Realtek HD Audio Driver 188.8.131.5235 for Vista and all download links for it are broken
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As I understand the red X mark under the device manager tells that the drivers have not been installed properly, In the first place I would suggest you to contact the Audio manufacturer and try to get the latest drivers for your Audio device that is compitable
with Windows Vista and install it.However you need to contact your Audio device manufacturer and get the latest updated drivers for your audio devices.However, I would suggest you to perform a system Restore and check if it helps you get the sound back.
To restore the operating system to an earlier point in time, follow these steps:
1. Click StartCollapse this imageExpand this image, type
system restore in the Start Search box, and then click
System Restore in the Programs list.Collapse this imageExpand this image
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password or click
2. In the System Restore dialog box, click Choose a different restore point, and then click
next. 3. In the list of restore points, click a restore point that was created before you began to experience the issue, and then click
4. Click Finish. Note: When you use System Restore to restore the computer to a previous state, programs and updates that you installed are removed. Refer to this link for step by step procedure to System Restore http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936212 The computer restarts, and the system files and settings are returned to the state that they were in at the time that the restore point was created.
However you can install the same program in Vista compatibility mode if there are no updated drivers for windows7, the following steps will help you to install the drivers in vista compatibility mode. 1.Right click on the icon for the program
2.Click on properties
3.Now click on compatibility TAB
4.Under compatibility section,put a check mark on “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”
5.In the drop down box select windows Vista
6.Under privilige level check mark "Run this programs as an administrator"7.Click on “Apply”
8.Click on “OK”