08-05-2012 07:00 PM
Suddenly the AmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working on my W520, I get the message pasted below (Failed to initialize SmartAudio).
I uninstalled the originalaudio driver the installed the new one found at the link below but I get the same error message.
I started using Smart Audio only a couple of weeks ago when I got a Bose Bluetooth speaker and wanted to adjust the default audio settings to play my classic rock music collection.
Would appreciate any suggestions to get it going again.
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08-05-2012 08:32 PM - edited 08-06-2012 09:12 AM
I assume that the Bose speaker connects via USB. If so, then you need to go into the Windows Control Panel and set the default audio device to the SmartAudio Controller. Then go into Smart Audio and set it for Muti-Stream instead of classic. You can then control which devices are running concurrently. The Windows Media Player can be set to use either the Default Audio Device or a specific one depending on your choice.I orginally had a similar issue with the Lenovo USB Audio device in the USB 3.0 dock, but I was able to configure the proper system behavior through the interaction of the Sound section of the control panel and then through the Smart Audio control panel. Works really nicely now, but the setup was non-intuitive.
Here are some screenshots of a sample config:
08-06-2012 09:28 AM
Well, it's actually a wireless bluetooth speaker but it does have USB capability which I have not tried yet.
However, I was able to adapt your suggestion and get smart audio to get working again. As I had mentioned the only reason I wanted SA is to use its equalization feature.
Here is what I did. I removed the BT device and made the conexant the default playback device in the sound applet. Then I disabled any other devices in it. At this point SA started working again. I repaired the Bose speaker as a BT device. Then in the sound applet re-enabled the disabled devices (which included another BT headset, a Sony which I use mainly for Skype).
FYI it's the Bose Soundlink speaker. Highly recommend it, sound it far superior to the built in speakers, plus you can pair with your other BT audio devices (upto 6) such as ipod, smartphones, etc. I have four already paired to it.
08-06-2012 10:51 AM - edited 08-06-2012 10:52 AM
Glad it worked out. I'm using a BOSE audio system from the late 1990's that has a wired AUX input (hence the appearance of the headphone connector in SA which is really the speaker system). I have cubes mounted on the wall and the sub-woofer next to the desk. Really nice sound and wonderful bass.
02-27-2013 02:10 PM
I tried this fix, but it didn't work for me.
The steps I followed: I removed my Creative Bluetooth Speakers from devices, restarted to make sure they did not appear in the windows sound window. At this point, I was able to open Conexant Smart Audio. I set Smartaudio to multistream instead of classic. Then I reinstalled the Bluetooth speakers. At this point, I was unable to open Conexant Smartaudio -- even though the Conexant speakers are still listed as the default playback device.
Not sure what to try next.
W520, Win 7 64 pro, i7 2760QM, Intel 160GB SSD, 16 GB ram, Nvidia Quadro 1000M, Conexant 20762 Smartaudio HD.
03-01-2013 11:04 PM
03-02-2013 09:34 AM
I am still on older bios. Could you try re-installing audio drivers and Smartaudio?
Any help from tech support?
03-04-2013 02:29 PM
I am running with bios 1.40 . I uninstalled and reinstalled SmartAudio and installed the latest drivers a couple of months ago when I was troubleshooting my speaker problem. It made no difference with the "failed to initialize" error message and the fact that SmartAudio won't load.
When I send the W520 in for the speaker wire repair, I mentioned the failure of SmartAudio to open in my repair info sheet. When the laptop came back with the speakers repaired, SmartAudio opened once, and once only. Then it went back to being gone -- until I completely uninstalled my Bluetooth speakers.
I can get the program to open if the Bluetooth speakers are not installed and the on board speakers are checked as the defalt device. Like I said earlier, I attempted the procedure indicated earlier in this thread. With the bluetooth speakers absent from the system, I was able to open SmartAudio and set it to multi stream as suggested. However, as soon as I reinstalled the bluetooth speakers and connected them, SmartAudio failed to load or initialize. This is true even if the on board speakers are set as the defalt device.