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Conexant SmartAudio 221 Driver v. 4.92.2.0/3.64.2.50 (4/13/09)

Discussion in 'Gateway and eMachines' started by dhc014, May 12, 2009.

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  1. dhc014

    dhc014 Notebook Enthusiast

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    There seem to be newer drivers from Lenovo which can be used for the Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221 in the P-7805u (and others perhaps). Do not install them unless you're having problems, or are missing drivers since these are not actually intended for the 7805u. Lenovo is providing updates fairly regularly

    Windows 7
    Windows Vista/XP

    You can also find these files by looking up the audio drivers for the Lenovo Thinkpad R400 /R500

    The driver must be installed manually and the Smart Audio II program can be installed manually also.

    Allowing Windows to update the driver automatically will overwrite the driver with the generic High Definition Audio driver from Microsoft, so try to avoid doing this.

    When using Microsoft drivers, the headset and mic jacks show up separately from the built-in headset and mic and you have to restart programs to get them to switch between audio devices. When using Conexant SmartAudio 221 drivers, plugging in headphones mutes the built-in speakers and sends sound through the jack on-the-fly. I could never get the microphone jack working when using the generic Microsoft drivers.

    Force the driver to install:
    1. Download and run the Conexant Audio Software .exe for your operating system to extract the drivers and application.
    2. Open Device manager and expand the Sound, video and game controllers section.
    3. Right click on Either the High Definition Audio Device if you have the generic Microsoft drivers, or the Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221 if you have older Conexant drivers and choose "Update Driver Software..."
    4. Click Browse my computer for driver software, then click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
    5. Click "Have Disk..." then Browse to the folder where the drivers were extracted, by default this is C:\DRIVERS\WIN\AUDIO\V64 for 64-bit Vista, C:\DRIVERS\WIN\AUDIO\V32 for 32-bit Vista and C:\DRIVERS\WIN\AUDIO\XP32 for 32-bit XP. Click OK.
    6. If there are multiple different Conexant Audio Devices available, you might have to do some trial and error to find out which one is best. The goal is to end up with a working microphone and SPDIF output in your playback devices as well as working speakers and headphones.
    7. Click Next, and you're done.

    Install the SmartAudio II Application:
    1. Run C:\DRIVERS\WIN\AUDIO\SAII\Setup.exe
    2. Wait for installation to complate, there are no prompts and the installation just disappears.
    3. Access the SmartAudio II Application through Control Panel, or at C:\Program Files\CONEXANT\SAII
     

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  2. iaTa

    iaTa Do Not Feed

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    Great find. Will test them later.

    Cheers, +rep.

    By the way it does usually matter which one you choose when installing manually. If I remember rightly you had to choose the second item when manually installing the official drivers from Gateway.
     
  3. newdeepdan

    newdeepdan Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just installed these drivers, but I'm having an issue with what seems like 'crackling sounds' when I'm not playing any sounds.
     
  4. Jakamo5

    Jakamo5 Tetra Vaal

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    no problems here, try uninstalling the drivers completely, then rebooting, then reinstalling them
     
  5. wootage

    wootage Notebook Consultant

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    woot XP sound drivers for the 78xx series! Ima download and save them for when I move back up to a real gaming laptop. Thanks!
     
  6. Kazeari

    Kazeari Notebook Consultant

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    Any idea if there is stereo mix?
     
  7. dhc014

    dhc014 Notebook Enthusiast

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    There is not.
    I think that Virtual Audio Cable has been used by others for this purpose.
     
  8. Syngensmyth

    Syngensmyth In All Seriousness

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    When I point to the driver folder, Winblows says no better driver found. Any suggestions? I would think the date would be the trigger. I suppose if I uninstalled the current.
    [​IMG]
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    So I tried to run the installer
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  9. dhc014

    dhc014 Notebook Enthusiast

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    You have to follow the directions in the first post, specifically steps 4 and up. You're not Clicking "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" then "Have Disk"
     
  10. Syngensmyth

    Syngensmyth In All Seriousness

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    Edit: You are correct and this is wrong.->see next comment.
    Sure I am. How else would I arrive at the graphic in your post. That graphic comes directly from the "Have Disk" option. Although on Vista it is not "Have Disk"
    [​IMG]
     
  11. iaTa

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    No you're doing it wrong.

    1) Click 'Browse my computer for driver software'

    2) Click 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'

    3) Click 'Have Disk'

    4) Click 'Browse'

    5) Browse to the extracted driver directory​
     
  12. Syngensmyth

    Syngensmyth In All Seriousness

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    Hot dog, that did it. Thanks. Now to see if the driver actually works.

    Vista still tricks me up. (driver install is virtually the same in both)

    [​IMG]

    Hey, cool ... I can plug in my earphones while something is playing and it switches automatically.
    I was blaming Vista.

    +rep to DHC014 for great find.
    can't rep iaTa
     
  13. cadbob

    cadbob Newbie

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    Does this work with XP 64? The Sound Drivers are the only thing holding me up from running XP64 :(

    I have the 7805U and want to run XP64
     
  14. Syngensmyth

    Syngensmyth In All Seriousness

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    I won't argue but I have not (ever - never) run into anyone wanting XP64 over Vista64. I'm sure you have your reasons.

    How's that for not answering :) Would if I could. (answer that is)
     
  15. cadbob

    cadbob Newbie

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    Cant stand the driver signing in Vista64. But XP64 is pretty solid running cad also.
     
  16. iaTa

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    You do know you can turn driver signing off right?

    Type 'cmd' into the start menu, right click cmd.exe and select 'run as administrator', type the following into the command prompt that appears and press enter:

    bcdedit /set testsigning on
     
  17. Kamin_Majere

    Kamin_Majere =][= Ordo Hereticus =][=

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    iaTa, you are indeed a god of drivers :D
     
  18. cadbob

    cadbob Newbie

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    I thought they took bcedit out of x64 SP1 as it comes up command not recognized.
     
  19. iaTa

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    Ha, maybe I have driver OCD :)

    Should be there cadbob as I used it on multiple occasions. Another use is if you are going to image your HD for backup purposes you need to apply the following commands before making the image:

    bcdedit /set {current} osdevice boot
    bcdedit /set {current} device boot
    bcdedit /set {bootmgr} device boot
    bcdedit /set {memdiag} device boot

    Otherwise once you've restored your image to a new HD Vista will not boot on a drive with a different serial number.
     
  20. cadbob

    cadbob Newbie

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    Ahha, My mistake! I was typing bcedit. LOL

    Anyways does it not put pc into test mode? with test mode displayed in all four corners?

    Or can I lod the unsigned driver in test mode then run it in normal mode?

    By the way thanks for your help IATA
     
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