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Fix Conexant HD Audio Drivers Issues in Windows 10

The Conexant HD audio driver may fail to install correctly when upgrading to Windows 10. Support can be limited since the company went bankrupt in 2014, so it’s important to know how to take care of the problem yourself.

First, you’ll want to reinstall your audio drivers, check your hardware, and then check your system settings for any issues that may be interfering with the Conexant audio drivers.

Why Conexant Audio Drivers

The Conexant audio driver is part of a software program that gives instructions to the operating system. The instructions allow the operating system to process sound outputs and inputs from your sound card to your speakers and microphone. A corrupt or incompatible driver will stop sound from working, so it’s important to make sure your Conexant driver is updated and current.

Disable Windows Automatic Driver Updates

Before updating your Conexant audio drivers you’ll need to disable Windows 10 automatic driver updates. Conexant chipsets are older and are not compatible with the Windows 10 default drivers. Quite frankly, there are better driver update solutions available. The last thing we want is Windows forcing an installation of the wrong driver. Here’s how to prevent that:

  1. From the Start menu, search for Control Panel
  2. Click System and Security
  3. Click System
  4. From the right pane menu, select Advanced System Settings
  5. Select Device Installation Settings
  6. Select No and Save Changes

Uninstall the Windows Audio Driver

You’ll now want to uninstall your current driver especially if you just recently updated to Windows 10. If your system is running a noncompatible Windows 10 driver, uninstalling the driver will help prevent hardware conflicts. Uninstalling is a straightforward process:

  1. From Start, search for Device Manager
  2. Go to Sound, video and game controllers
  3. Right-Click the Conexant audio device driver and Uninstall device

Install the Conexant Audio Driver

Now we will want to install the Conexant audio driver. Conexant is out of business, so you’ll need to check your computer manufacturer for the correct driver, or a third-party source. Once you’ve downloaded the driver, here’s how you’ll install it:

  1. From Start, search for Device Manager
  2. Select Sound, video game and game controllers
  3. Right-click the Conexant Audio Driver and select Properties
  4. From the Driver tab select Update Driver
  5. Browse my computer for driver software and install your downloaded Conexant driver

What if the Audio Driver Still Doesn’t Work?

If the driver update fails to resolve the audio issues you might want to check your hardware and Windows sound settings. As a last resort, you’ll need to revert to an earlier version of Windows.

First Check the Hardware

You’ll want to make sure that your speakers are still working correctly:

  • Check Your Connections: Make sure your speaker is plugged in, your audio input cables are hooked in, and your hardware is mapped correctly. Keep in mind, your computer may have different audio connectors. Make sure your speakers are going to an input and not an output.
  • Unmute the speakers: The logic is simple; you won’t hear sound when the volume is turned down.
  • Try a different device: If at all possible, try connecting your speakers to a different computer or audio device. No working sound card will be able to play audio through a broken sound system.

Check Your Windows Sound Settings

Your sound settings might have been muted by an external application or by yourself accidentally. Unmuting your OS is easy:

  1. From the Start menu, search for Adjust system volume
  2. From the Volume Mixer, raise your volume levels all the way up

Make Sure Your Hardware is Mapped Correctly

Most operating systems can handle multiple audio inputs and outputs. Windows might be trying to detect the wrong audio device, so we must make sure your operating is mapped correctly. Here’s how:

  1. From Start, search for Settings
  2. Select System
  3. From the left menu pane, select Sound
  4. From the dropdown, select your Output device

Revert Windows

If nothing fails to resolve your Conexant driver issues, you might need to revert back to a previous version of Windows or upgrade your hardware. Keep in mind, older operating systems may have less support and security risks, depending on the version. Upgrade your hardware if possible, or revert Windows this way:

  1. From Start, search for Settings
  2. Select Update & Security
  3. Select Recovery and then revert to your previous Windows version

Let’s Keep Your Audio Devices Running

It can be a pain updating audio devices when there is little support, or when the audio company is no longer in business. Fortunately, with some driver updating, hardware troubleshooting, and a system adjustment – you may be able to get your Conexant audio device back up and running.

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