How to fix the “Failed to initialize smartaudio” error in Windows 10

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Failed to initialize smartaudio

The “Failed to initialize smartaudio” error message is one that pops up during Windows startup that pertains to the Conexant High Definition Audio software. Conexant High Definition Audio is a program that comes preinstalled with some Lenovo laptops and desktops. Some users lose sound when that error message pops up. This is how you can fix the “failed to initialize smartaudio” error in Windows 10.

Failed to initialize SmartAudio [FIX]

  1. Open the Playing Audio Troubleshooter
  2. Disable all Other Audio Device Drivers
  3. Remove Conexant SmartAudio HD From the Windows Startup
  4. Disable Audio Enhancements for the Conexant Audio Device
  5. Update the Conexant Driver
  6. Reinstalling Conexant Audio Software

1. Open the Playing Audio Troubleshooter

Windows 10 includes a Playing Audio troubleshooter that can fix numerous audio issues. As such, that might provide a fix for “failed to initialize smartaudio” error message. This is how you can utilize the Playing Audio troubleshooter.

  • Press the Cortana taskbar button to open that app.
  • Enter ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box and select Troubleshoot to open the window shown directly below.

  • Click Playing Audio and press its Run the troubleshooter button to open the troubleshooter in the snapshot directly below.

  • Then go through the troubleshooter’s suggested fixes.

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2. Disable all Other Audio Device Drivers

  • Some users have confirmed that disabling drivers for other audio devices fixes the issue. To do that, press the Windows key + X hotkey.

device manager windows 10

  • Click Device Manager to open the Device Manager window.

device manager

  • Double-click Sound, video and game controllers to expand the list of audio devices.
  • Then right-click all the audio devices listed there, except Conexant SmartAudio HD, and select their Disable device options.

  • Restart the Windows platform.

3. Remove Conexant SmartAudio HD From the Windows Startup

  • If Conexant SmartAudio HD is not your default audio driver and manager, remove it from the Windows startup. You can do that by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

  • Select the Start-up tab shown in the shot directly below.

  • Now select Conexant SmartAudio HD listed on the Startup tab, and press its Disable button.
  • Thereafter, restart Windows.

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4. Disable Audio Enhancements for the Conexant Audio Device

  • Deselecting Conexant audio device enhancement settings is another potential resolution. To do that, right-click the speaker system tray icon and select Playback devices.

  • Then right-click the Conexant audio device listed on the Playback tab and select Properties.
  • Select the Enhancements tab shown in the shot directly below.

  • Select the Disable all enhancements (or Disable all sound effects) option.
  • Press the Apply button.

5. Update the Conexant Driver

Some users have stated on forums that updating the Conexant SmartAudio HD driver has fixed the “failed to initialize smartaudio” error for them. As Conexant does not provide drivers on its website, it’s probably better to update the drivers with driver update software. You can add the freeware Driver Booster to Windows platforms from XP up by clicking Free Download on this website page.

Driver Booster will automatically scan for and list outdated drivers when you launch it. Then you can press the Update All button to update the drivers. Alternatively, press the Update button for the Conexant audio driver.

6. Reinstalling Conexant Audio Software

  • Finally, reinstalling the Conexant SmartAudio HD software with a fresh copy might also fix the issue. To do that, press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  • Enter ‘appwiz.cpl’ in Run and click OK to open the window shown directly below.

  • Select the Conexant SmartAudio HD software, and press the Uninstall button.
  • Click the Yes button to confirm.
  • Restart Windows after removing the software.
  • You can download the latest Conexant Audio Software for Windows 10 from this page. Alternatively, open this webpage to download the software for earlier Windows platforms.
  • Then open the Conexant Audio Software installer to reinstall the software.

Those resolutions will probably resolve the “failed to initialize smartaudio” error message. Aside from those resolutions, rolling Windows back to a restore point with System Restore or restarting the audio service might also fix the issue.

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