Updating my sound driver
The manufacturer of the hardware distributes these updates freely in small packages called driver updates.
You just need to make sure you're getting the right Realtek driver for the associated Realtek audio device.
To help with this, we have put together a guide on how to update your Realtek Drivers.
If you want to avoid the hasstle and risk of looking for the correct driver yourself, we recommend using the automatic method described below.
The driver does this for everything from music to Vo IP.
The Realtek driver can see that you are you trying to play music or make a phone call when your computer starts sending audio signals through the Realtek audio device.
Note: You can automatically download the correct Realtek Audio Drivers by downloading the Driver Update™ Utility below. (Realtek) has been manufacturing audio hardware for a long time and their audio hardware is extremely common in today's desktop and laptop computers as their products are successfully tried and true components for delivering quality sound from your computer.
Even if your speakers aren't Realtek made, the audio device that is powering them, however is likely to be so.
It doesn't matter where your computer came from or under what brand it was manufactured, there is a good chance you have a Realtek audio device powering your speakers and microphone.
About Realtek Audio Drivers: This page discusses Realtek Audio Drivers and how to properly identify and download them.
It also explains the importance of keeping your drivers up-to-date and some of the challenges with updating Realtek Audio Drivers.
Realtek audio hardware is not excluded from the errors and common file corruptions that any other hardware device or Windows component is susceptible to from day-to-day.
As driver updates are developed, yours soon becomes out-of-date, and as errors occur and files are lost, your audio driver may become missing or corrupted.
Sometimes an installation process simply goes wrong or an update is applied incorrectly.