Windows 10: Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version
Hi everyone, i have a strange problem (i mean really strange).
I can't install any newer driver.
My actual driver version from device manager says 188.8.131.5204.
Microsoft says the latest is 184.108.40.20645. (when i try to install this driver it says "driver is up to date")
Realtek website says the latest driver is 220.127.116.1136. (is not installing at all)
None of the newest drivers are installing.
I checked my driver id and is compatible with the newer versions of drivers.
Does anyone know what is happening?
Did you try to uninstall current drivers and let windows install one ?
The windows is installing the same driver as i have right now 18.104.22.16804
The name change in Device Manager only happens with onboard Realtek audio chips on DELL computers only.
I can confirm this on my aunt's Dell Inspiron 580 computer using Realtek ALC3220 audio device using this hardware ID:
so billneftleberg, you must be using a Realtek audio device on a Dell brand computer (what kind of Dell PC do you use?). I do not get the shortened Realtek audio device name when used on other brands like HP, Toshiba, Sony, etc.
THAT ID is specifically mentioned in the HDATHXD.INF and HDXTHXD.INF files and it looks like Realtek "shortened" the device names for their audio devices with SUBSYSTEM IDs beginning with "1028" which is the vendor ID for Dell. If I delete that HDXTHXD.INF file and let the Realtek audio driver setup program use the HDXRT.INF file instead to install the audio driver on my aunt's Dell computer, I'll get the regular Device manager name to "Realtek High Definition Audio" instead of the shortened "Realtek Audio" device name. Look at the INF files like HDXDELL.INF, HDXMaxxD.INF & HDXTHXD.INF and you'll see the shortened name change for the Realtek audio device on Dell systems.
The name change has no effect on the audio hardware - it's JUST a name change, nothing more, nothing less.
thank you erpster, great explanation too and yes I do have a dell pc. that really relieves my mind because with the name flip-flopping like that I thought that maybe my motherboard was having issues and in the process of dying.
thank you for your great knowledge and understanding
Version 22.214.171.12451 has been released on the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Note that as I write this only 64-bit versions are available.
Thank you Teejay. First post updated.
Thanks Teejay, I knew this would surface on MC sooner or later.
GREAT catch erpster4!! Noticing that the first four characters of the SUBSYSTEM ID is the Dell vendor ID
I think your find also helps answer a question from an earlier discussion in the thread
As an example, I did some random checks of HDAUDIO hwids on Gigabyte boards, and the first four characters of the SUBSYS ID of HDAUDIO hwids for Gigabyte boards appear to all begin 1458 = Gigabyte's vendor ID. So appears MB is, in fact, identified within the hwid.. not ACPI, BIOS or elsewhere. (Example below goes back to a Gigabyte board going back to XP)
Aha, I see it now, wonder what may be for let's say MSI ? I could do text search thru .INF files and replace number(s).
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