Speaker issues with Windows 7 (boot camp)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FutureBlake, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. FutureBlake macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    New York, NY
    I was wondering if anyone else has seen this issue while running Windows 7 from boot camp: My internal speakers don't work - but all sounds work perfectly if I plug in a pair of headphones. I've read about a lot of cases where Windows 7 still assumes a pair of headphones have been plugged in with other Macs and that 'jiggling' the headphones resolves the issue, but that's not my problem. Windows 7 reports - correctly - that headphones are NOT plugged in, yet still no sound through my speakers.

    To make it even more frustrating, my speakers were working for the first few boots into Windows 7, but now I can't get a single sound. I've tried reloading all the latest bootcamp drivers, installing other sound drivers (Realtek and Cirrus) with no results. I don't boot into Win 7 often, but it would be nice to have sound. It's these kind of issues that do NOT make me miss the Win experience. :)

    Anyone else with this experience? I can't find anything that reports this problem with other MBAs. I'm running a 13" ultimate, but was curious to see if any other Late 2010 MBA owners were running into the same issue.

    Thanks for sharing any similar experiences!
  2. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    Just fyi- never had this problem with any of my Windows based desktops/laptops and my Macs with W7 installed. It isn't a common problem with Windows.

    That said- make sure you've updated to the latest version of Boot Camp, updated all the software updates available, and enabled the speakers as an output device (Control Panel\Hardware and Sound, then click Sound, then right click Speakers and click enable if it's disabled). Try the Configure option to test sound output in that menu too.
  3. FutureBlake thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    New York, NY
    Thanks for the response! I know it's a rare issue that virtually all others aren't having. I really wasn't trying to bust on the Win experience - I'm just getting spoiled to the advantages of the hardware and software coming from the same vendor.

    It looks like everything is set up correctly on the device side. Boot Camp is all up to date (3.2) and I've been trolling the web for days looking for updated audio drivers. It's driving me crazy!

    Are there lots of MBA Late 2010'ers with Win 7 boot camp installs working without any audio issues? Everything else is perfect, but I never realized how much of a pain it is to grab a pair of headphones every time I need audio.

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  4. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
    That screenie looks the same as my 11" Air with W7 Ultimate SP1, and audio is working fine on here.

    Can you go into the Start menu, right click Computer, click Manage, then click Device Manager on the left hand bar. Check whether or not if there's any errors under the Sound menu.

    I'll see if I can dig up the driver set I have and upload it somewhere. (assuming the 11" model uses the same audio chip as the 13"...?)

    I had a display error on my previous installation (res would not go over 800x600 even after installing the Boot Camp drivers) and removing/reinstalling the drivers did nothing to solve the issue. I had to reinstall Windows- I would suggest not installing anything just yet because you might have to go through the pains of reinstalling ;)
  5. FutureBlake thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2011
    New York, NY
    That's what I was afraid of... :( Everything's good as far as Win reports. Device Manager is clearn. I'm sure the 11 and the 13 have same audio drivers - just can't figure out why it worked for the first few reboots, but discovered the problem after all updates and service packs were installed.

    For the reinstall process, should I kill the current Win partition and really start from scratch? Or just reinstall from the 'advanced recovery method' menu?

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  6. MicahAvant macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    Speaker issues with Windows 7 (Boot Camp)

    Searching the forum I found this thread and also having the same issue but with iMac. Obviously not a hardware issue. Device Manager recognizes audio devices with correct drivers as yours. Any help from those who are having a problem (and found a resolution) would be grateful.

    Best regards
  7. karlth macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
  8. caff macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2011
    I'm having the EXACT same problem. Late 2010 MBP, no audio at all in Win 7 under Boot Camp. It has the driver installed properly, and have also tried/failed with the alternative driver set (Realtek). When playing sample songs, it shows the volume meter going up and down with the music, but no sounds are output through the speakers.

    Just wanted to throw my experience out there to let you know this is definitely an issue others are experiencing as well.
  9. Deepak koirala macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2012
    bull ****

    I have tried all the measures available...It do not work for me
    If external headphones do work then why internal speakers only have the problem. If this is due to apple support, then there will be decrease in apple users in future...

    Any way, if some one have sound solution please notify....
    It is quite burdensome to carry extra speakers.

    It will be help full if some one can suggest how can i use mic. (external or internal)

    Please help me!!!
  10. Watzmynizurz macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2012
    Win 7 no sound

    Yeah I've had the same problem with my imac. At first I thought the onboard speakers were just busted. But then I booted OS X and they worked fine, If anyone finds a solution please please post it.:confused: I also noticed the headphone jack lights up red?
  11. awadeee macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2011
    I installed Windows 7 on my 2010 MBP yesterday and while sound plays fine through the internal speakers, when I plug in my computer speakers, sound keeps playing through the internal like I'd never plugged anything in.

    Any ideas? :(
  12. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Try installing the latest Realtek HD Audio Codec drivers.


    There's a quick link on their front page.

    I recommend using the "Have Disk" method if you can; the .exe installer method requires you to reboot twice to update the drivers.
  13. dashr macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2012
    MP 4,1
    Windows 7 64 bit

    No sound at all until I installed:


    As an aside, my whole Boot Camp install experience was, shall we say, less than intuitive. To install on separate internal drive you have to remove other drives and put Windows drive in 2nd bay?! And then I don't know crap about Windows so that was a learning experience! lol
  14. Onkell macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2012
    I have the same error, on device manager all looks fine, but there is no sound on the internal speakers. My iPhone headset works.

    I installed the latest Realtek HD Audio Codec drivers but the same result.

    could you please tell me which file your mean ok Realtek site?

    Any other ideas?
  15. dashr macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2012
    The link I gave should open to a page titled "High Definition Audio Codecs"

    I used the " HD Audio Codec Driver" under "Quick Links" in bottom right. You get a 64 bit / 32 bit choice..

    "64bits Vista, Windows7, Windows8 Driver only (Executable file)"

    Note: Have to click "I accept..." box.

    Good Luck!`

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