FIXED: Conexant HD Audio Not Working in Windows 10

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by Ivan Jenic
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6 solutions to fix Conexant HD Audio Problems in Windows 10

  1. Update your drivers
  2. Disable Audio Enhancements
  3. Change Maximum memory
  4. Change the default sound format
  5. Reinstall your Conexant HD Driver
  6. Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Depending on your sound card or the current version of the sound driver, you can face some sound problems in Windows 10. This time, users of Conexant HD Audio noticed sound issues after the upgrade to Windows 10.

If you’re one of them, I compiled a few workarounds for this problem. Let us know which one worked for you.

How to fix Conexant HD audio driver issues

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Solution 1 – Update your drivers

I assume you already checked if your Conexant HD Audio drivers are up to date. However, I decided to still include this step as an actual solution just to make sure that your drivers are up-to-date.

If you didn’t update your drivers, I recommend you to head to the Device Manager and check for the updates of your drivers.

You can now choose to search automatically for an updated driver or browse the computer for if you have a driver file. Follow the on-screen instructions and don’t forget to restart your computer. In some cases, a restart is required in order for the new driver to work.

conexant hd update driver sectionThere are also some other solutions that are not strictly attached to the Conexant HD Audio. A lot of people reported that they solved the problem for them. So, check out the following solutions.

— RELATED: Fix: “Audio device is disabled” error in Windows 10

Solution 2 – Disable Audio Enhancements

The first thing you can try in order to make your Conexant HD Audio work again is to disable audio enhancements. This is very simple solution, and all you need to do is this:

  1. Right-click on the Speakers icon in the taskbar and open Playback devicesplayback-devices
  2. Open your default playback device, by double-clicking on it
  3. Go to Enhancements tab and check Disable all enhancements
  4. Click OK and restart your computer

Now try if your Conexant HD Audio works, if not, try some of the following solutions.

Solution 3 – Change Maximum memory

Another workaround that could help you get rid of the sound problem with Conexant HD Audio (and other audio drivers, as well) is changing the maximum memory on boot. Here’s exactly what you need to do, to change the maximum memory:

  1. Go to Search, type msconfig and open System Configuration
  2. Go to Boot tab
  3. Click Advanced optionsadvanced option boot windows 10
  4. Set Maximum memory to 3072 (this happens to be the best option)boot advanced options
  5. Restart your computer.

— RELATED: Full Fix: Skype audio won’t work on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Solution 4 – Change the default sound format

If none of the above solutions worked, you can try another one, as well. Maybe changing the default sound format will help you. Here’s what you need to do to change the default sound format of your system:

  1. Right-click on the Speakers icon in the taskbar and open Playback devices
  2. Open your default playback device, by double-clicking on it
  3. Go to Advanced tab
  4. Change the bitrate under Default sound format, until you find the one that’s workingdefault format speake
  5. Click OK.

That’s it, we already showed you how to solve Conexant HD microphone problems, and now, I hope this article will help you to solve sound problems, as well.

Solution 5 – Reinstall your Conexant HD Driver

Sometimes, just reinstalling your Conexant HD Driver can solve the problem. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Press the Windows Logo key and type in the search box “Device Manager” and open it.
  2. Expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” section
  3. Right-click on the “Conexant Smart Audio HD” and click on “Uninstall Driver“uninstall conexant audio driver
  4.  Now, go to View > Scan for hardware changes. Selecting this option allows you to automatically reinstall the latest audio drivers.

Solution 6 – Run the Audio Troubleshooter

Another quick solution is to simply run Windows 10’s built-in audio troubleshooter. To do this, go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

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If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2015 and was revamped and updated in June 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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