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Windows 7 Sound Drivers for Asus A8V-VM SE motherboard

Having gone to the trouble of using the Windows 7 compatibility wizard to check for potential issues, I did a fresh install of Windows 7 on my pc which is based around the A8V-VM SE motherboard. It was only afterwards that I found the motherboard is not supported by ASUS for Windows 7 and I discover that the onboard sound is not working. Windows 7 loads up the drivers with a generic "High-Definition Audio Device". It should be a Realtek device

I have tried the Vista drivers to no avail.

Is there any way that I can get this working or do I need to either rollback to XP or get a new mobo?
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zaheer_nCommented:
http://blitware.com/adpages/driverfetch/manufacturer/?manufacturer=Asus&gclid=CLOLycim5aACFcVR6wodOSCOHA

download the asus drivers download and check the perfect driver for windows 7
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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
Thanks, I spotted that but there is a $30 charge for the software and no guarantee that they have the driver I need.
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Click on the link below. It will allow you to download the drivers for the Realtek ALC660 for Windows 7 x86/x64 Release Date: 2010-1-26:
http://www.esoft.web.id/go/WDM_R224_esoftwebid.exe
You can also download directly from the Realtek website (it's the same driver):
http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=14&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
These are the installation instructions from the first link:

       Realtek Semiconductor Corp. High Definition Audio System Software Ver: R2.24
                        Installation and Setup

Driver Installation/Removal Procedure For Realtek High Definition Audio Codec:
=================================================================================
<<< For Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows7 x86/x64 Driver >>> 
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Setup Driver at first time:
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Windows 2000 , XP :
Step 1. Before installing the Realtek HD Audio Drivers, Press the
        [Cancel] button if Windows detect the Multimedia Audio device.
         
Step 2. Run the setup.exe program to start the installation.
 
Step 3. Click on [Next/OK/Go] to continue the procedure. If the Windows popup
        "Digital Signature Not Found" message, press [Yes] to continue the
        installation.
       
Step 4. Finally, select to restart the system and press [Finish] to complete
        the installation.  
Windows Vista, Windows7 :
Step 1. Run the setup.exe program to start the installation.
 
Step 2. Click on [Next/OK/Go] to continue the procedure. If the Windows popup
        "Windows can't verify the publisher of this driver software" message,
        press "Install this driver software anyway" to continue the installation.
       
Step 3. Finally, select to restart the system and press [Finish] to complete
        the installation.  
 I hope this helps...
Bits ...
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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
Thanks for the help but I have tried them both and they give the error "Install Realtek HD Audio Driver Failure !! [Error Code :0x00000103]"

Also tried installing manually by 'Updating Driver' and browsing to the .inf file but it states that the driver is already up to date.

Any other ideas?

Cheers
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I've had problems in the past with Windows 7 and Sound drivers.... The way I've solved them is by "tinkering" with the sound settings in the Control Panel ... most of the problems were because of "disabled" settings or just selecting another setting and the sound works.
The best way to test... Go to msnbc.msn.com and select any video.... let it run while you tinker with the settings... If you select the right one you will "Hear" it immediately.
Bits ...
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Unfortunately there is not much more I can advise you to do since Asus does not have the Windows 7 drivers on their website for your model.
Do you have any yellow exclamation marks in the device manager?
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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
Cheers - but because I have "No audio output device installed" there is nothing to tinker with.
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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
There is an exclamation mark over an unknown device but that is under Universal Serial Bus Controllers.............
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Ok .... you need to download the chipset drivers for Windows 7. Unfortunately they are not available at the Asus support website.
http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
Your motherboard is socket 939.
As you can see from the screenshot below and the attached manual on page 82, this motherboard does not support Vista or Windows 7.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of the bad news but other than this, you would require a hack (finding a driver for something else that may work) and expect all sorts of other problems.

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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
I suspected as much (and had already discovered that the mobo was not supported) but thought I'd see if anyone else had come across this issue and overcome it - that's why I posted this question.....

Thanks for your help and all the best
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
Yes... it's not what we both wanted to hear but it is the only answer. It's not supported.... but we did give it a fight .... lol.
Bits ...
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EMBARKS365Author Commented:
Update - I downloaded a free trial of a program called DriverMax and through that, downloaded and installed Realtek 6.0.1.6043 drivers and unbelievably the sound is now working.

Very pleased.
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