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uninstalling realteck driver

By jridgeway3 ·

a couple of days ago i installed a driver for my onboard ac 97 soundcard (aopen motherboard), because when i installed windows xp on my system i was getting patchy sound.

now i'm getting no sound!

i've tried uninstalling the driver using add/remove programs on the control panel and also using a third party uninstaller, but my system crashes every time.

Any ideas/comments?

All help greatly appreciated.

Justin (a relative newbie).

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by TheChas In reply to uninstalling realteck dri ...

While some drivers install software along with the driver, generally speaking, add/remove programs and uninstallers only work with application software.

What you need to do, is open device manager and remove the realtec AC97 multi-media device.

Since you are running XP, you should have the option of rolling back the driver to the previous driver.

Just a side note on AC97 "codec" type sound systems:
I have seldom seen "acceptable" audio performance from these systems.
Since the AC97 systems use system resources in place of dedicated hardware, any system process that takes a higher priority than the sound will cause the sound to skip or pause.
If you are trying to listen to music, or watch movies on your PC, I recommend a dedicated sound card.


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by willcomp In reply to uninstalling realteck dri ...

Where did you get driver? Any drivers installed must exactly match hardware and operating system on PC.

If Chas's suggestions (and they are sound, pun intended) don't resolve the problem try this:

1. Download driver from A-Open for your specific mobo and OS. Link is:


2. Uninstall existing device in device manager.

3. Install downloaded driver.


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by RCOM In reply to uninstalling realteck dri ...

Chas is correct about the driver of the AC97. But the software components will be still there. Try removing the sound device and software in safe mode.

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