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    Determine the HDA Realtek driver needed for your Audio


    Here, at Tenforums, we have a very looong and detailed thread regarding updates to the Realtek HD Audio Driver Version, which is maintained regularly.

    One of the most asked questions in this thread, is which type of Realtek driver one needs to update his Audio, since there are quite a few available.

    As bluntly put by one of the most knowledgeable fellow members: "this is Greek to me" and he is absolutely right! So let's try to shed some light to this really complicated issue.

    If you have already installed the appropriate driver, suggested by the Manufacturer, or if you have clean installed and Windows 10 has installed a driver for your specific Hardware ID then proceed with the steps below.
    If not, go to the system’s Manufacturer Support page and search for the Audio driver for your system. It doesn’t matter if you find the latest version, but make sure to download the suggested by the manufacturer driver for your Audio chip, install that driver and then follow the steps below.

    1. Detect Realtek HDA driver Manually

    To determine which driver you need you must follow these steps:
    1. Right click on the Start Menu and select Device Manager or in Search type devmgmt to open Device Manager.
    2. Navigate to “Sound, video and game controllers” and open “Realtek Audio
    3. Select the Driver tab and click “Details
    4. In Details search for any of the "special" files, for your specific driver, according to the list below.

    The image below is an example of Realtek driver with Conexant (CXAPO) Integration and the HDA driver type needed to update the Audio device, according to the "special" files lists below is FF04. You must have something similar, for the same or other integration:

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    If you cannot find any of the "special" files listed below, it means that you don’t have any additional integration (feature).
    In this case you, to update your driver you need to install the FF00 - Generic driver type.

    Besides the Generic one (FF00), which is what the name implies, a generic driver with no additional integration, for each one of the other driver types, the "special" files you must look for to decide which driver you need, are:

    FF01 = FF00 with Fortemedia (FMAPO) Integration
    Code:
    FMAPO32.dll
    FMAPO64.dll
    FMAPP.dll
    FMAPP.exe

    FF03 = FF00 with Nahimic Integration
    Code:
    NAHIMICAPOlfx.dll
    NahimicAPONSControl.dll
    NAHIMICV2apo.dll
    NAHIMICV3apo.dll

    FF04 = FF00 with Conexant (CXAPO) Integration
    Code:
    Caf64api.dll
    CAF64APO2.dll
    CX32APO.dll
    CX64APO.dll
    CX64Proxy.dll
    cxapo.lncs
    cxapo.prop
    CXAPOAgent64.exe

    FF06 = FF00 with MaxxAudio Integration
    Code:
    MaxxAudioAPO20.dll
    MaxxAudioAPO30.dll
    MaxxAudioAPO4064.dll
    MaxxAudioAPO5064.dll
    MaxxAudioAPO6064.dll
    MaxxAudioAPO7064.dll
    MaxxAudioAPOShell64.dll
    MaxxAudioCapture64.dll
    MaxxAudioEQ64.dll
    MaxxAudioMeters64.exe
    MaxxAudioRealtek64.dll
    MaxxAudioRender64.dll
    MaxxAudioRenderAVX64.dll
    MaxxAudioVienna264.dll
    MaxxSpeechAPO.dll
    MaxxSpeechAPO64.dll
    MaxxVoiceAPO2064.dll
    MaxxVoiceAPO30.dll
    MaxxVoiceAPO3064.dll
    MaxxVoiceAPO4064.dll
    MaxxVolumeSDAPO.dll
    tbb_waves.dll
    WavesGUILib64.dll

    FF0C = FF00 with Intel (DTS/SST) Integration
    Code:
    IntelSSTAPO.dll
    IntelSstCApoPropPage.dll
    rtkSSTsetting.dat

    FF10 = FF00 with Creative Integration
    Code:
    GWfilt64.sys
    MBAPO232.dll
    MBAPO264.dll
    MBAPO32.dll
    MBAPO64.dll
    mbfilt64.sys
    MBPPCn64.dll
    MBppld64.dll
    MBTHX32.dll
    MBTHX64.dll
    MBWrp64.dll


    2. Detect Realtek HDA driver Automatically, with PowerShell

    To automatically detect the type of your Realtek HDA driver, you can use the following PowerShell script.

    RealtekAudioDriverIntegration.ps1


    1. Download the script, save it on your Desktop (or any other convenient folder) and unblock it.
    2. Open PowerShell as Administrator and run the script.




    Note 1
    If you haven't already changed the PowerShell ExecutionPolicy to allow running scripts, you need to do it. So before running the script (or any other script, from a source you trust), run the following command to allow the script to run in the current PowerShell session.

    Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process

    Remember that closing the PowerShell window your ExecutionPolicy returns to its defaults, for every new PowerShell window (session).

    Note 2
    To run the script you must first make a note of the folder where the script has been saved. Once you know where it is located you can run it in any of the following two ways:
    Either in PowerShell, navigate to the folder where the script is located and run it from there. e.g. if it is saved in the Downloads folder you type the following two commands:
    cd $env:USERPROFILE\Downloads
    .\RealtekAudioDriverIntegration.ps1


    Or
    If you want to run the script from your current location in PowerShell, if for example your script is saved on your Desktop, type the following command:
    & $env:USERPROFILE\Desktop\RealtekAudioDriverIntegration.ps1



    When the script is completed, it will give you the driver type (integration) you currently have installed for your Audio device and will propose which HDA driver type you need to use for updating your Realtek driver.
    It will also create a log file named RealtekAudioDriverIntegration.log, on your Desktop, which you can examine or post in this thread to verify that the results produced are accurate.

    Example of script output:
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    Example of the log file, the script creates on the user's Desktop:
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    The script has been tested and runs well, but like every piece of software, the more people run it and give feedback the better it will become.
    It will not harm your system, as it doesn’t make any changes to anything and if it doesn’t provide accurate results, you can post the contents of the log file it creates on your desktop, to find the reason it failed.


    As a final comment, it should be once again noted that the above process (either manual or automatic) applies to Realtek HDA (legacy) drivers, but some of the "special" files per driver type should apply to UAD drivers too.

    That's it. You now know, which driver type you need to update your Audio. Find the appropriate one and update to the latest version!

    HTH.
    Dimitri
    Last edited by ddelo; 14 Mar 2019 at 07:29. Reason: Added PS script v1.1 to automate detection; Updated instructions
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    Thank you for that! I found the driver on Github and it works great.
    As far as that Realtek MS store app, that thing is stuck halfway in my store, it says I already have it but when I try to download, it fails. I have tried everything except removing the MS Store App to no avail. Also Brink's tutorial link finds the app just fine but when I just open MS Store and search for Realtek it does not find it, weird.
    No complaints I have an old X58 board and that Realtek app has not worked since Win7 but I would like to find where it is imbedded in my system.
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    You're most welcome.
    Indeed there are problems with Realtek Audio control from the Microsoft store.
    Maybe you can get some help, in this excellent post by one of our distinguished members @EdTittel
    Realtek Audio Console REQUIRES a Realtek HD (UAD) Driver!! - Windows 10 Forums
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    Hemimax said: View Post
    Thank you for that! I found the driver on Github and it works great.
    As far as that Realtek MS store app, that thing is stuck halfway in my store, it says I already have it but when I try to download, it fails. I have tried everything except removing the MS Store App to no avail. Also Brink's tutorial link finds the app just fine but when I just open MS Store and search for Realtek it does not find it, weird.
    No complaints I have an old X58 board and that Realtek app has not worked since Win7 but I would like to find where it is imbedded in my system.
    are you using a Realtek UAD driver, Hemimax?

    The Realtek Audio Console UWP app from the Microsoft store requires a UAD driver and does not work with a "traditional" Realtek HDA or nonUAD driver.

    by the way, I manually download and install the latest available Realtek Audio Console app from this github page rather than from the MS store.
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    erpster4 said: View Post
    by the way, I manually download and install the latest available Realtek Audio Console app from this github page rather than from the MS store.
    Erp… when I tried to replace the traditional HDA with UAD drivers for my ALC0282*** (unsuccessfully! ), the latest Realtek Audio Control was automatically downloaded from the MS store!

    *** with lots of help from my good friend @Cliff S
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    ddelo said: View Post
    Erp… when I tried to replace the traditional HDA with UAD drivers for my ALC0282*** (unsuccessfully! ), the latest Realtek Audio Control was automatically downloaded from the MS store!

    *** with lots of help from my good friend @Cliff S
    Your welcome Dimitri
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    Thanks @erpster4 I got the Audio Manager on the alanfox site installed with the help of @Cliff S and it works great. The problem with the MS Store app is it downloaded but will not install with any driver.
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    when it comes to UAD drivers, I never install them thru Device Manager as that only does a partial install, not a complete install. IT is NOT as simple as installing the traditional HDA (non-UAD) drivers which can be installed either thru Device Manager or by the Realtek driver setup program.

    I always use the Reatlek driver setup program (setup.exe) to install any UAD driver as that installs the necessary INF files (all in one shot, like shooting several birds down with ONE stone)


    For FUJITSU brand PCs, get FF06 since some Fujitsu PCs come with MaxxAudio; certain Dell XPS models (Dell XPS 9350/9360/9550/9560) may work with FF06 driver.
    For certain older "gaming" boards that mention Sound Blaster X-FI MB2/MB3/MB5, Sound Blaster Cinema, THX Trustudio, SBX 360/720, get FF10. Old Dell Studio XPS computers like XPS 8100/8300 might use that one; I even use FF10 drivers on my relative's Dell Inspiron 580, which installs Creative DLL files thru the HDXTHXD.inf file.

    for certain MSI gaming motherboards with Nahimic 2.x, get FF03. Also certain ASUS ROG Strix Gaming boards that use Sonic Studio may also benefit using the FF03 driver.

    For those using ANY Compaq or Hewlett-Packard [HP] brand PC (laptop or desktop), use FF04.
    Last edited by erpster4; 08 Feb 2019 at 19:46.
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    There are a few special cases where using FFxx drivers on certain few computers are NOT recommended as using those could cause loss of certain audio functions or having a "crippled" Realtek HD Audio Manager control panel app with a bunch of options missing, like this fella here who has a Dell Optiplex computer (and used a v6.0.1.8491 FF00 driver).

    For those using certain Dell Optiplex desktops, Precision or Latitude laptops (business class PCs), customized Realtek HD audio drivers from Dell are required for these machines for the Realtek audio options to function correctly and FFxx drivers should be avoided for these specific machines:

    v6.0.1.8569 A19 (contains IntelHDASST driver, Waves Maxxaudio application software, also has HDAADC.inf, HDAADCMAX8.inf, HDXADC.inf, HDXADCMAX8.inf & HDXADCMAX8S.inf files - all of which these specific INF files are not included in any FFxx HDA driver) [driver details]

    v6.0.1.6127 A12 (contains USBAud driver, Maxxaudio application software, also has HDAADC.inf, HDAADCMA.inf, HDAADCMAX6.inf, HDAADCMAX7.inf, HDXADC.inf, HDXADCMA.inf, HDXADCMAX6.inf & HDXADCMAX7.inf files - all of which these specific INF files are not included in any FFxx HDA driver) [driver details]


    note: this is the exception, not the rule
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    Thanks for all these details @erpster4.
    No wonder our fellow member, although a Windows expert, said for all that Realtek audio stuff "this is Greek to me"
    ... and just a reminder: I'm Greek!
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