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No sounds in bootcamp windows 8

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TommyDrama Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 3, 2012 8:34 PM

ok I just got windows 8 consumer preview edition and I have no sound, curious if it's because I am running it through bootcamp. My roommate also has windows 8 on his pc and the sound works fine. my speakers and headphones work fine on lion, nothing on windows 8,  it has located the speakers and says they work though...any thoughts?




Mac Pro Mid2010

Processor: 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Memory: 16 GB

Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 6870 2048M MB

Software : Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3

Windows Software: Consumer Preview Windows 8

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Jaygyver Level 3 Level 3 (725 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 12:32 AM (in response to TommyDrama)

    Apple just supply's drivers for THEIR hardware for  compatibility. W7 at this point only.


    Apple won't supply any W8 Boot Camp drivers until after W8 final comes out.

    Microsoft has to put generic minimum drivers in for hundreds of different machines to start up in so that is why you can boot from the Windows disk but when you try to USE the OS for everyday use you get the problems.


    Apples hardware is made for the Macintosh operating system and Apple writes Windows drivers so Windows can use the Apple hardware.


    Windows Pre-release's aren't really made for the Mac general public. If you know your hardware and know which manufacturers make the drivers you can always download them directly and do it that way.

  • bbfc Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
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    Mar 4, 2012 12:54 PM (in response to TommyDrama)

    It's probably a driver issue. Have you ran Windows Update to see if there is a driver available? If not then you are pretty stuck until Windows 8 RTM, when Apple will probably release updated drivers.

  • pritchet1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 30, 2012 10:27 AM (in response to TommyDrama)

    This fixed it! Whoopeee!


    Thanks to Jarel Antoine who wrote over at ew/ ;



    "I have found a fix for it guys. All you have to do is download the Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs at and install it! It worked for me! Hope it works for you too. Good luck guys!"


    Message was edited by: pritchet1

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,595 points)
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    Jun 30, 2012 10:50 AM (in response to pritchet1)

    But that has always been true! really and seriously, for years we have been telling people "you still have to manually download and install (RealTek, Cirrus ) audio drivers to get sound to work. "


    Interestingly, it ahem, falls on deaf ears - so to speak...

  • JesterXR Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to TommyDrama)

    I have determined a solution to this problem (in the event the above solution doesn't work for you, as it didn't for me), here is a link to the thread I started (and finished):

  • Legendary Sillo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 4, 2014 10:02 AM (in response to TommyDrama)



    Download the and install the latest Bootcamp driver from here: (check compatibility) in Windows 8.


    //by now your sound, trackpad/magic mouse and keyboard shortcut functions should work.


    i ran into one problem. when i pluged in a headset or speakers, the sound disappeared completely.

    this can be solved in most cases, simply by re-open the setup.exe that you used to install bootcamp with, and when asked, click: Repair.


    Hopefully, this has solved the speaker/headset sound problem in Windows 8.


    If you think Windows 8 screen is too dark, you can disable "Automatically brightness adjustment" from "Power and battery settings" in Windows 8.


    Im not sure if Automatically brightness adjustment, and Power and battery settings are their correct name, because i am using the Danish version of Windows 8.


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