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Posts: 466
Registered: ‎06-30-2011
Location: gibraltar
Message 11 of 14 (1,093 Views)

Re: W520 bad microphone??? Usable!

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How do you uninstall the drivers and get the (working) windows ones?  I tried this:


  1. Hit start button (bottom left of screen usually)
  2. Type "device" into the search box
  3. Select "device manager" from the list
  4. click on "Sound, video and game controllers"
  5. right click on "Conexant 20672 SmartAdio HD" and hit uninstall
  6. select "Delete the driver SW for this device" to stop it being installed again.



But when it comes up, it still has the rubbish conexant drivers - I cant see how to get it to pick up windows drivers.


Any ideas?

Serial Port
Posts: 47
Registered: ‎10-18-2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Message 12 of 14 (997 Views)

Re: W520 bad microphone??? Usable!

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Try installing the Realtek High Defintion Audio Driver for Windows 7 package on the ThinkPad W530 Drivers and Software page.

Btw, this should solve problems 5 and 6 on your signature.

ThinkPad W520 (4276-38U), i7-2720QM, 1600x900 HD+, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro 1000M, 256GB Samsung SSD 840 Pro
Token Ring
Posts: 21
Registered: ‎07-17-2012
Location: Australia
Message 13 of 14 (934 Views)

Re: W520 bad microphone??? Usable!

I have the Edge E430 model and the sound is alright and the microphone works out of the box. Do you know if the guides here are still relevant and can provide some audio improvements?


FYI, the new Edge models come with the Conexant HD Audio driver and Dolby Home Theater v2, which I suppose is not so different from v4:


What's DOS?
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎12-29-2011
Location: Orem, UT
Message 14 of 14 (627 Views)

Re: W520 bad microphone??? Usable!

thanks "Disable audio enhancements"  seems to have fixed it for me as well.

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