My audio has recently stopped working. I have tried everything I could find about it for other various posts already (troubleshooting, disabling-reenabling driver, reinstalling drivers, restoring older audio driver, hard re-start, windows updates, HP updates) to no avail. When I open the sound icon in the lower left hand corner it shows audio playing (the green&gray bars going up and down) however nothing is audible. All of the speakers are turned on (not muted) and none of the troubleshooters detect any problems with the audio system.
When I tried plugging in external speakers they worked fine HOWEVER, when I plugged them IN, a Beats audio notification popped up that I had "UNPLUGGED a device from the audio jack". Then when I REMOVED it, it said I had "plugged a device INTO the audio jack". For some reason the Beats audio is recognizing this backwards. Perhaps this has something to do with the internal speakers not working.
I'm wondering if it is due to a recent windows update, although I have tried uninstaling the three security updates from this afternoon and that didn't fix it.
I've tried uninstalling and reinstaling audio drivers(No 8.1 support from Hewlett Crapard but I was using windows 7 audio driver without issue before)...I've tried system restore to and earlier time las nights....that didn't work.
Nothing works....headphones don't work, laptops speakers don't work...volume level icon is there, control panel ->sound->playback tab shows the IDT high definition audio codec playing when music is on(tgreen&gray bars going up and down)...but no green and gray bar moevement in windows volume control icon, and no sound
Thanks for the quick reply...I had tried the windows 8 driver first but it had the issue of "fluctuating audio". The Windows 7 driver seemed to fix it...
So I went ahead and uninstalled the IDT driver, and did the hard reset(pull battery and power, hold button, start with power cord only and reset BIOS to defaults) and it rebooted with High definition audio device "default device" and it does work....
The default device supportst studio quality 24bit 192000hz format...I don't care too much about the beats software equalizer that much, and the volume adjuster knob thingy works, so I may just use the "default device" if it will be more reliable