Ever since I did an upgrade to windows 8.1 I have a problem with my onboard soundcard. The problem persists on Windows 10. When I play music the volume fluctuates, something I find quite anoying.
Initially I fixed the sound annoyance by listening to music on headphones. My headphones do no have this problem because they are USB connected with an integrated audio processor.
I am mostly writing this article for myself, so that I remember when I reinstall my windows machine.
Initially I thought spotify caused the problem, but when I listened to music on youtube the same problem occured.
I’ve tried every single trick available on the Internet that I could find. Things that didn’t work:
- Right click on the audio icon and select ‘playback devices’. On the communications tab of the audio device set the radio button to ‘Do Nothing’.
- In the same ‘playback devices’ screen, go to ‘Playback’. Select the speakers and click properties. On the ‘Enhancements’ tab disable all enhancements.
- Disable all microphones.
- Reinstall sound card with official Realteck drivers.
- Reinstall sound card with default windows drivers ‘High Definition Audio Device’.
- Disable all other sound cards, such as the sound device embedded in my video card for sounds over HDMI.
None of these options seemed to work. Then I tried the ‘Loudness Equalization’ option. I set the release time to ‘long’. It didn’t solve the problem, but it seems to happen less often.
I am quite sure, the drivers or hardware of my embedded sound processor is the cause of the problem. I should either buy a new motherboard or buy a real soundcard.