Why do I have so many audio drivers - confusing.  

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  1. Posts : 41
    windows 10
       #1

    Why do I have so many audio drivers - confusing.


    Since I upgraded to windows 10, Pro, version 1909, I have been having audio issues. I tried several things and nothing helps. I took a look at my Device Manager and expanded my Sound, video, and game controller menu and I have the following drivers listed.

    Realtek High Definition Audio
    NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Intel(R) Display Audio

    I have NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB video card and every time I do an update, I do a clean install (erases all drivers) and does a fresh install. Since I'm not sure what I should or should not install I allow NVIDIA to install what it needs. Maybe that's the issue, I don't know. I'm not sure I understand why NVIDIA installs audio drivers but it does.

    Never had this problem with Windows 7.

    Anyways, can anyone explain why I have so many audio drivers. Is this normal. Does it cause issues.

    Thanks

    Move INFO using speccy in case it helps

    Audio
    Sound Cards
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)
    Intel Display Audio
    USB Audio Device
    Playback Device
    Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
    Recording Devices
    Stereo Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio)

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 1,155
    Windows 10
       #2

    HDMI cable carries both video and audio signals.
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  3. Posts : 1,656
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #3

    steveeyes said:
    Since I upgraded to windows 10, Pro, version 1909, I have been having audio issues.
    It might help if you can describe the issues you are experiencing, more descriptively. That way someone can help diagnose a bit better.
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  4. Posts : 41
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    The audio problem I'm having is cracking noise. . From everything I read this seems to be a common windows 10 problem. I tried all solutions recommended but nothing works.

    So my quest is two fold:

    1. Fixing the windows 10 issue for cracking.

    2. For learning purposes I'm trying to understand why I have so many audio drivers (see my first post above). Maybe I'm suppose to have that many drivers....but it doesn't make sense to me why I do. Seem like one audio driver would be all I need.
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  5. rqt
    Posts : 130
    Windows 10 mainly 64 bit
       #5

    Most graphics cards or onboard graphics will have audio drivers because they are capable of outputting audio - either from a Display Port or HDMI. You appear to have both a NVIDIA card & onboard Intel graphics active. Realtek will almost certainly be the main onboard sound. The info from Speccy would suggest that you also have a USB audio device present - maybe a headset or USB speakers.

    It is entirely normal to have several audio devices listed in Device Manager (including the webcam with microphone on mine) & each will generally have it's own drivers - this does not generally cause problems.
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  6. Posts : 177
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bits 2004 Latest Version
       #6

    Can you please show us your Device Manager for 'Audio inputs and outputs' and 'Sound, video and game controllers?

    Audio =You mean Audio Sound Card?
    Sound Cards

    Realtek High Definition Audio =You have onboard Sound card the suppose Realtek Driver you need to keep this!

    NVIDIA High Definition Audio = This is for output by HDMI with Audio output if you are use DisplayPort the you need uninstall this driver and let back default Windows High Definition Audio!

    NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM) =Are you using Ge force Experience? If so leave this!

    Intel Display Audio = this can run share with your GeForce GTX 1060

    USB Audio Device = Are you using other hardware?

    Playback Device = What is this?

    Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio) = Leave this for onboard sound card if you have not External Sound card?

    Recording Devices = What is this?

    Stereo Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio) = There other onboard sound?

    Can we have your full PC spec and What devices did you have to plug into your PC!
    What sound card?
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  7. Posts : 41
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks everyone for their input.

    Per coolmistry request "Can you please show us your Device Manager for 'Audio inputs and outputs' and 'Sound, video and game controllers?"

    In The device manager I expanded the Audio inputs and outputs and the following was listed:

    Speakers (Realtek-High Definition Audio)
    Stero Mix (Realtek High Definition Audio

    I also expanded in the Device Manager Sound, video, and game controller menu and I have the following drivers listed.

    Realtek High Definition Audio
    NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM)
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Intel(R) Display Audio
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  8. Posts : 264
    Windows 10
       #8

    Totally normal regarding the drivers. Several people have explained to you the reasons. As for the cracking sound, more info is needed. When does it happen? Games, players, websites, speakers, headphones????
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  9. Posts : 2,603
    Windows 10
       #9

    There is nothing wrong with all those drivers. That has been explained to you.
    I have more on a standard mid range Laptop.

    I don't get any crackling, at least not due to drivers.
    The problem has been with the actual Headsets/Headphones and cables. Intermittent connections developed in multiple Brands over the years often one of the channels would go crackly and eventually fail completely.
    This was down to bad connections inside the Headsets, poor soldering, thin cheap connecting wires, cheap creaky plastic disintegrating, bad electrical design, and so forth.

    I first encountered these problems over 40 years ago with Headphones and cables.
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  10. Posts : 1,155
    Windows 10
       #10

    Did you change the sample rate to something like 192000 Hz?
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