To fix a problem, you need to diagnose it first. You might encounter a screen flickering issue or a bios error or even a corrupt audio driver and for that, TheWindowsClub should be your first destination to find a quick fix for what you’re facing. If you’ve read the title of the article, then you’re here trying to understand what is wrong with your Realtek HD Audio Manager.

Realtek HD Audio Manager is a one-window panel from which you can control all your audio devices. If you’ve connected speakers or headphones, you can switch between the two using the audio manager. You can even switch to your system’s internal speakers and control the audio volume of the device as well. But without a Realtek HD Audio Manager, doing all of that becomes inconvenient. Let’s look at some of the major issues that users report while using Realtek HD Audio Manager.

Common Issues With Realtek HD Audio Manager

Common Issues with Realtek HD Audio Manager

The two main issues faced by this control panel are missing icons and driver incompatibilities.

Missing Icon

The point of having an audio control panel in the taskbar below is for convenience, if you want to lower volume or open the control panel, you simply click on the icon. But what if the icon is not there? This has been happening with many users after going through a Windows 10 update. If you’re not able to see the icon of Realtek HD Audio Manager, then it is a driver’s issue and you need to reinstall your audio driver.

Incompatible Driver

Incompatible Driver

Incompatibility can not only occur with the wrong software but also with the driver conflicting with the system’s basic audio driver. For that, you need to update your driver, follow the steps below to troubleshoot incompatible driver issues.

  1. Open the start menu or click on the Windows logo on the bottom left of the screen.
  2. You will see a search bar. Type in Device Manager. A “device manager” is a place where you will find and can manage all your device drivers.
  3. Once the manager is open, navigate to the sound, video, and game controller section.
  4. This section will have all the drivers that are currently installed in regard to sound, video, and game controllers. Simply expand the selection to see all the available installed drivers.
  5. The best way to fix a driver’s issue is by simply updating the driver. Find Realtek HD Audio Manager and right-click on it to open the relevant options.
  6. You will see an option “update driver”. Select that.
  7. Windows will ask you to do an automatic update or a manual. Let the windows select the right driver from their database by choosing the automatic update option.
  8. Once the update is carried out, you would need to restart the system for the settings to take place.

Once your system is restarted, you will see the Realtek HD Audio Manager option when you click on the speaker icon in the taskbar. If you still don’t see it, then the audio manager is conflicting with the Microsoft UAA bus driver and you would need to disable that.

Disabling Microsoft UAA Bus Driver

Disabling Microsoft UAA Bus Driver

To disable the Microsoft UAA bus driver, simply open the device manager again and navigate to system devices.

Once you’ve expanded the selection, find Microsoft UAA bus driver. Once found, simply right-click and click on “disable device”. After you have done that, restart the system to have the settings in place. This should work and you will now see Realtek HD Audio Manager when you click on the speaker icon.

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