Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

10 posts

Wannabe Geek

# 215282 20-Jun-2017 13:39
Send private message

Hi folks




My Toshiba Satellite is currently having intermittent sound issues. This has become a serious pain in my ass as I am a heavy listener of music and watcher of tv series streaming.


Around a year ago the keyboard buttons for volume control stopped working, around the time of Windows 10 being downloaded. Didn't find that a major issue, so I ignored it and adjusted the volume control via the volume mixer. 


Then afterwards (Not sure how long after) the speakers stopped working too. Also didn't find that to be a major issue as I mostly use headphones.


Over the last 6 months or so, a static, screeching kinda sound starting coming from the main inbuilt speakers, even though they do not work with audio. Even if I disable the speakers. This can happen randomly throughout my usage but it mostly occurs on start-up. Then the static hissing sound goes away. Sometimes it interferes with headphone usage. I get the hissing in my headphones, and not long afterwards the sound stops completely, or it randomly switches back and forth from headphones to speakers. I have searched the internet, tried disabling Realtek, uninstaling Realtek, changing settings etc and the issue is seemingly fixed but after time Realtek takes over and the issues start again.


Also note, my battery life is not what it used to be so the charger is plugged in most of the time. Just thought I'd note that.


I'm not overly savvy with hardware or drivers but I can understand some of the lingo and can follow instructions reasonably well. Any feedback would be helpful and much appreciated. 







Create new topic
1019 posts

Uber Geek

  # 1804145 20-Jun-2017 16:19
Send private message

Sounds like a driver problem - I'm surprised you found no solution on the internet.


I'd first try a bunch of alternate sound card drivers (original/older/latest/generic etc).


If you have a spare 2.5" HDD laying around/available, you could temporarily fit that and see if fresh install of windows solves the issue. If you don't have anything important on C: you could do a fresh install without changing HDD -  if it is you only computer, be sure to download all the necessary drivers from the Toshiba site first (especially network card drivers).


A model number would be helpful.




Edit: Sorry, re-read what you said and my initial answer was not relevant.

10 posts

Wannabe Geek

  # 1804618 21-Jun-2017 13:32
Send private message

Thanks for your reply tripper.


I've tried other compatible drivers, it works only for a day or so then problem comes back. Could be because Realtek takes over? I've read how to disable it permanently but it doesn't seem to last. I've also tried a re-install, twice. Both times the issue came back almost instantly. The only break I get is when I have disabled and uninstalled Realtek. I guess Windows updates keep re-installing it undecided




Model number is C50D-A


Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Digital innovation drives new investment provider
Posted 23-Aug-2019 08:29

Catalyst Cloud becomes a Kubernetes Certified Service Provider (KCSP)
Posted 23-Aug-2019 08:21

New AI legaltech product launched in New Zealand
Posted 21-Aug-2019 17:01

Yubico launches first Lightning-compatible security key, the YubiKey 5Ci
Posted 21-Aug-2019 16:46

Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29

Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41

Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26

University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20

D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14

Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47

Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41

Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27

Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20

Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:57

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.