Originally Posted by dpawn
I installed the latest version from Clevo's website but that is about a couple of versions below A3.65. No problems with that.
The problem I had installing 3.65 was that the adapter could not find the drivers in the setup folders. It seemed like they were missing or the adapter was looking for files by another name. By the way, I did unistall the drivers as well as the program before the failed install.
As you said, come and "rape-and-pillage the old drivers out of my system manually"
U run setup.exe and it has problems finding the driver?? thats just wierd. Lets do a basic rapenpillage
first step, uninstall the driver.
2: disable system restore
3: boot into safe mode
4: in safe mode open regedit
5: in regedit go to 'hkey_local_machine/software and go down to the 'R' section. Here u will probably see realtek, realtek semiconductor corp., and realtek semiconductor corporation IF the unistall didn't work properly. Don't ask why they cant just standardize under one key, I dunno they is strange and confused over there
Of the 3 realtek keys only 2 are for the audio driver, the 'realtek semiconductor corporation' should only have reference to the gigabit nic driver so leave it be.
6: right click the 'realtek' key and export it (so that its backed up just in case something really strange happens and we need to put it back). Do the same with 'realtek semiconductor corp.'
7: Check under the 'realtek semiconductor corp.' key if it exists and you will probably notice 'realtek ac97 audio' which will probably have multiple subkeys of its own. Delete realtek semiconductor corp once u have confirmed no mention of the nic. Then open the 'realtek' key and after looking blankly at the ac97 audio and other seemingly useless keys, delete it. We are now done killing the main registry keys.
8: Go to c:\windows\ and delete soundman.exe, then go to system32 and delete alsnd*.* and rtlcp*.* , and also in system32/drivers alcxwdm.sys.
9: now to clean the saved driver cats and inf's that are created when u install a driver. These are probably why u are having trouble updating your driver. First go to c:\windows\ , display hiden and system files/folders, then open a search on \inf and search for 'realtek ac97' inside. You'll get some oemxx.inf files. Double check that they are correct by opening them in notepad. U should see something that looks like
; INF file for installing Realtek AC97 WDM Driver
;;LayoutFile=layout.inf, layout1.inf, layout2.inf
You'll notice the DriverVer in each will be for the driver version u installed. Delete all these files
10: do a search under c:\windows for files called alcxwdm.cat and delete them.
11: Reboot into regular mode and install the latest realtek ac97 driver again. It should work properly now without a fight since we hacked it up like the black night in quest for the holy grail.
.... Or u can install the latest driver cleaner 3.3 and use its realtek ac97 removal feature which should do all this for u. Arent I mean for leaving this till the end??
Do note that it will most likely delete all your realtek ac97 driver downloads themselves so u'll either have to download again or back them up somewhere.