04-30-2016 06:14 AM
I knew that this laptop had one tiny speaker but I didn't really mind because I use extra speakers. To my surprise, even if you connect a stereo pair of speakers the sound that you get is mono. I tried different kinds, of jacks, headphones and what so, but no stereo sound. It seems that the combo jack provides mono sound. The sound card is a realteck HD audio ALC233. Have all updates and laptop had windows 10 Home preinstalled
You can check for your self doing the "left an right test" through control panel. I also went back to the store and checked for my self on other demo laptops. Same issues there too. Went to other stores same issues on all ideapads 100 seiries.
I contacted Lenovo in Greece. They advised that the sound out the combo jack must be stereo in all occasions and to send them the laptop to check it.
But what are they going to check? All ideapads 100 series laptops in the market, at least the ones I tested provide mono sound out of the combo jack.
Laptop specifications mention availability of a mono speaker and nothing about the combo jack.
i will apreciate an official answer on this matter which will be beneficial to lenovo customers.
08-03-2016 06:28 PM
I agree, My new ideapad only puts out in mono when headphones plugged into jack.
Also, why has it taking so long to reply to users who own the 100 series? one user questioned these audio problems back in April, it is now August.
People buy these products in good faith that they work fully as advertised.
Come on Lenovo, you're one of the biggest Laptop manufacturers in the world, you need to have better customer service than this.
08-03-2016 07:04 PM
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08-04-2016 12:54 AM
I have to mention that I had contacted lenovo support on this matter on March asking for a replacement laptop. Stereo sound is important for me at least when I plug in extra speakers.
The answer was "No" because I had purchased the item more than 30 days before the issue was reported. (Warranty policy) and that I had to send the laptop to their service center.
But what were they going to repair? This a manufacturing defect. It seems that this concerns all ideapad series. I checked for my self.
I insisted calling for a week and saying that I will only accept a replacement, a model which provides stereo sound, or a full refund and that I want a written answer about this audio problem.
The ticket was closed and had no answer since then.
Last week (last month of July) I received a phone call from lenovo (thats what they claimed) asking me why am I disappointed with their support. I had filled a online survey they sent me via e-mail were I expressed my disappointment..
After I expressed my opinions and explained to the representative the problem the answer was that the issue is under investigation....and that I will receive an answer shortly.
I am not happy with lenovo support.
09-01-2016 02:32 AM
09-01-2016 03:31 AM - edited 09-01-2016 05:12 AM
So if it is a windows problem why does the laptop function in stereo after connecting a usb sound card? I think it is the cheap combo jack it comes with. It is mono by default which means it is a hardware issue. It's for sure a lenovo problem that they do not want to accept and there is no official answer about it.
12-22-2016 12:57 AM
In my opinion return it and ask for a full refund or at least a new replacement laptop equiped with two speakers and check if it outputs stereo. All idepad 100 series laptops which I have tested have this issue.
The usb sound car will give you stereo sound but this laptop is equiped with only two usb ports.
Definitely you will need them for something else.
This a hardware issue and Lenovo suport has not replied on this matter.
Sorry but I am not happy with this purchace.
12-26-2016 08:52 AM
Hi! I figured out the solution to get a stereo audio from Lenovo IdeaPad 100 Win10!
Uninstall the Realtek HD Audio driver! It works fine with my laptop. But if you want to have a HD sound quality, you can download VIA audio driver. But before downloading it, try first the quality of the audio of your laptop without any audio driver (Realtek, VIA, etc.)
12-27-2016 05:40 AM - edited 12-27-2016 05:43 AM
Thanks for your advice. I am using Windows 10 home.
I deactivated Realtek sound card via device manager. Then restarted the PC.
The combo jack still puts out mono sound.
Opened device manager again. Checked for soundcard Updates. An update was available so I updated to:
Same issue. Went back to my usb sound card.
I am really sad.