Product: HP Specre x360 Convertible 13-ae0xx / 2LU96UA#ABA
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
My laptop is notifying me that I am rapidly plugging and immediately unplugging an audio device into my 3.5 mm port. I am not. The volume on my laptop changes whether the phantom device is plugged in or not, so the issue is more than just a notification. The Realtek HD Audio Manager and its relevant drivers have been an absolute nightmare for me in the past, so please help me fix this problem.
A history on my laptop:
At some point around December 2019 the audio stopped working on my laptop speakers and microphone. Plugging in audio devices worked but not with the built-in equipment. This sucked, but I dealt with it. Then in May of 2020, my laptop started bluescreening (actually greenscreening because I was running Insider builds, but nevermind). I tracked the issue down to an audio driver that refused to be fixed. After performing factory resets, my laptop entered a state of total disfunction. It refused to even boot from a USB. It would crash in new Windows installations. I took it to a computer repair shop, and they confirmed my suspicions that my hard drive had somehow corrupted. They installed a new hard drive that was supposed to be identical to the one that came with the laptop, and my problems were fixed. Now, however, the Bang & Olufsen / Realtek Audio Manager is binging over and over in my notification center wrongly letting me know that I can't decide whether to unplug my phantom audio device or keep it plugged in.
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