Enable Realtek Audio in Windows 7 RC
Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
After installing the Windows 7 x64 RC (and the Beta as well) on my computer, I immediately noticed that it did not automatically have audio enabled. In fact, the speaker icon in the notification area only showed that I had digital audio. That didn’t help me very much, since I’m using normal speakers (and of course want to use earphones also!). I quickly checked Windows Update, but it didn’t have anything to offer. So, I headed over to support.asus.com, and clicked on the download link. After entering the information for what I was looking for (motherboard, AM2, M2V), I was asked what operating system I was using. Windows 7 x64 wasn’t listed, so I chose Windows Vista x64. I was quickly able to locate the Audio driver (you can find it herefor the M2V motherboard), and as soon as it downloaded I went to install it. I unzipped the file, and ran the “AsusSetup.exe” file. I was quickly greeted with the not-so-friendly warning “Does not Support this Operating System.” Great. Well, there is a way to get programs to “think” they are running on a different operating system; right click on the file, click properties, then the compatibility tab, then check the box that says “Run this program in compatibility mode for:.” I selected “Windows Vista SP2,” then clicked Ok. Then I ran the program, and it … installed just fine! Upon reboot, I had full-featured audio! So that’s one problem solved … hope this helps someone else with the same problem. If it helps, let me know in the comments!
Edit: I had spelled Realtek as Realtec originally ... that's corrected now!