Realtek‘s HD 2.16 audio driver with Windows 7 support ready for download
The Realtek HD audio driver version 2.16 is now available for Windows 7, XP and Vista. The Linux drivers have also been updated and are now available in version 5.10. The separate HDMI audio driver is available in version 2.13.
Realtek ALC 888: A eight channel sound chip common on many motherboards. [Source: view picture gallery]
As a logged in member of the PCGH community you can use the One-Click-Download below to download the new driver. Alternatively you can visit the official Realtek website and download the HD 2.16 audio driver there. The update is available for Windows 7, XP and Vista - the files contain the 32 and 64 bit version of the driver. All Realtek audio chips, like they are common on motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
The sound specialist still offers the Beta version 0.1 of the 3D Sound Back Utility which preserves or reactivates 3D sound effects such as Surround, reverb and stereoscopic effects of older games under Windows Vista. Since it is a beta version, the use is used at one's own risk only. You should backup your important files before using the software.
Below you can see an excerpt of the Change Log which by now needs a password to be viewed. Access can also be gained via the Realtek website.
Driver Package R2.16 Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 . 1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887 2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887 3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices 4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista, Windows7 x86/x64 5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013) 6. Add/Fix 1.) Driver : 1. Customizations. 2. Update directsound acceleration engine for XP driver.