Realtek Digital Output: Many PC’s come with Realtek sound cards, and you can use a digital output to create audio. Digital output means that the audio devices connected to your PC don’t use analog cables.
While using digital output, your audio devices need the correct feature to be allowed on your PC. So, if your PC doesn’t have audio, don’t begin with the assumption that there’s something wrong with your hardware. Although that might be the case sometimes, most of these issues disappear in just a few clicks.
This guide will help you understand and use these features so that you can address audio issues when using Realtek digital output.
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR FIXING YOUR AUDIO PROBLEMS
CHANGING THE DEFAULT AUDIO DEVICE
In some cases, allowing the Realtek Digital Output feature isn’t necessary at all. If you have regular speakers connected to your computer, you can just switch to the speakers to fix your audio problems.
To do solve this, change your default audio device in just a couple of steps. Here’s what you need to do:
Tap on Start – located in the bottom left corner of your PC screen.
Choose the Control Panel.
Tap on the Hardware and Sound option. The option might be difficult to find in the default Control Panel menu. If your menu is set to Small icons, just click on the choice next to View By in the upper right corner and choose Category. This will make your search much easier.
Tap on Sound.
Once you clicked on the Sound option, a small sound configuration popup window will appear. Now, navigate to the Playback tab in this window.
From there, you will see all of the devices that are connected to your PC and that you can configure for yourself. Just right-click on Speakers and then choose Set as Default Option. If you can’t see this option, it means that your Speakers are already set as the default. In that case, just choose Enable from the same menu.
When you want to change back to high definition digital audio, just enable the Realtek Digital Output option in the same way.
If you want to avoid going into Control Panel and looking for the correct features and choices, there is a shortcut that can help you.
Just right-click on the speaker icon, which is found on your taskbar and then choose the Playback Devices feature. The same sound configuration popup window open as before. From there, everything is the same.
UPDATING YOUR COMPUTER’S AUDIO DRIVERS
If something as necessary as audio doesn’t work on your PC, there’s a chance that something is wrong with your drivers.
Drivers are programs that are made specifically for your operating system and computer hardware components. Each computer or laptop model has its type of drivers installed.
What usually happens is that people remove some of their drivers by mistake, or their drivers need updating. When that occurs, your PC most definitely won’t work the way it should.
So, if you are still having issues with your computer’s audio, then you should install or update the correct sound drivers. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Here is how you can do that:
Hit Windows + R simultaneously to open the Run program. Also, you can open Run by tapping on Start, typing Run in the search bar and hit Enter.
Type “devmgmt.msc” in the displayed dialogue box and then press Enter.
Every device that is attached to your computer will be shown on your screen. Now, you need to select the correct category. So select Audio Inputs and Outputs or Sound, Video and Game Controllers (based on your operating system’s version).
The further steps depend on whether or not you have audio drivers at all.
You can update your drivers manually by right-clicking on them one by one and choosing Update. If you want to solve your Realtek digital output issues, start by updating the Realtek driver.
UNINSTALLING AND REINSTALLING DRIVERS
You can also remove all your drivers by right-clicking on every item below. The Audio Inputs and Outputs or Sound, Video and Game Controllers and selecting Uninstall.
Once you’ve uninstalled everything under this choice, right-click on the parent tab and choose Scan for Hardware Changes. Your PC will then search for Windows updates and install the correct drivers, including the Realtek driver. This might take time, so be patient.
In case you don’t have any drivers just right-click on Audio Inputs and Outputs / Sound, Video and Game Controllers, and tab on Scan for Hardware Changes.
Once your device has end installing your new drivers, then restart your PC. Everything should be ready to go when your system has rebooted.
KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND
We can’t overstate how important it is for everyone that uses a PC to know their way around it. Solving audio issues can be a breeze, you just require to know where to begin.
Did the above guide help to solve your Realtek audio issues? Let us know in the comment section below!