make realtek speakers default


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realtek is the speaker we use
we have epson projector which keeps knocking out realtek and using epson speakers for projector
how do we make realtek default speaker that epson can't sideline
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum. You can set your default speakers by going to settings>system>sound>under 'choose where to play sound' select speakers realtek audio. You can then click the little arrow over to the right(>)to further tweak your speaker settings.
 

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You can go into the Sound control panel, and disable the sound device for the Epson projector. Presumably it's getting audio via HDMI.
 

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☝️That. And to get there right click start menu, select run. Type in mmsys.cpl and click OK.

Under Playback, right-click Epson and select Disable.

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Actually, this is no need to "disable" anything, simply set the speaker you want to "Default"...

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The green arrow will move to the default speaker and state, "Default Device"

The reason you don't want to "Disable" is so the system can "automatically" use as device is you chose to. Example my Teac DAC ASIO driver is the default playback device; however, I often switch between it and the Realtek Digital Output driver depending on what I'm playing. "Disabling" the driver will cause an error when I switch to it on the fly, and I will then have to "solve" the problem.

Point is the OP may want to use the Epson playback when needed. Disabling just creates more steps when needing to use it ;-)

Hope this helps.
 

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You can go into the Sound control panel, and disable the sound device for the Epson projector. Presumably it's getting audio via HDMI.
I'm wondering something. Won't he have to do this each time he plugs in the projector? It won't remain a permanent setting once the hdmi is unplugged because Windows will no longer see the device.
 

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I'm wondering something. Won't he have to do this each time he plugs in the projector? It won't remain a permanent setting once the hdmi is unplugged because Windows will no longer see the device.
Sorry, I have no idea. I have never used a PC (or laptop) that way.
 

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@glasskuter,

I'm wondering something. Won't he have to do this each time he plugs in the projector? It won't remain a permanent setting once the hdmi is unplugged because Windows will no longer see the device.
Edited to clarify, simplify, and clear some mistakes...

Once the OP enables the projector, being it has its own playback device (driver) it will (should) automatically be chosen for use by the projector. Once the projector is turned off, the driver will disappear, and playback will resume using the default driver (just tested it). If both devices are enabled at the same time, and the projector is not playing, the default driver will take precedence.

Hope that makes sense.
 
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and the projector is not playing, the default driver will take precedence.
Thanks @Dru2 for verifying that. That's the way I thought it worked. Since the projector has its own playback, Windows recognizes that so every time he plugs it in, the system will automatically use the projector speaker unless the poster goes into settings and tells it to use the Realtek speakers. He wants it to use the Realtek automatically but since its plug and play I think he's going to have to manually do it.
 

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He wants it to use the Realtek automatically but since its plug and play I think he's going to have to manually do it.

To be honest it's kind of convoluted and depends on the connected devices and how they also operate, so plenty of "what ifs" :unsure:

EX: since my Teac DAC accepts multiple inputs, I have it connected to my PC via USB and optical cable to the soundcard (short story, the DAC sounds better musically through USB, but some media won't play through the USB, thus the optical connection).

Because the DAC allows multiple inputs, simply using the input selector allows me to choose the playback device on the fly without needing to go into the PC's sound settings and changing it there (other than initially setting the default driver).

Here on the left you see both Teac USB and Realtek with Teac as default. When the DAC is off, or I switch to optical (simulates USB driver off), the Teac driver disappears (right image) and the Realtek driver becomes the default. If both drivers are there (left image - DAC/USB on), the Teac becomes the default driver as that's what I've set.

Screenshot 2022-05-09 013340.jpg

Now if I want the DAC to use the Realtek driver as default, yes, I have to do it manually in the sound settings. So yeah, convoluted, dependent, and lots of what ifs :oops:

At any rate, my initial post was to point out there's no need to disable a device when you can simply select a default device. Disabling is unnecessary and just requires more steps to setup again when you need that driver. This post was about answering glasskuter's question ;-)
 

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Hello!

I have my laptop connected to my TV to watch Netflix and other video sites. The default is to play sound via my TV speakers due to the HDMI connection. However, I also have a bluetooth speaker that we use at night when the kid is sleeping, so we can have the volume down and the speaker next to us, rather than increase the volume of the TV to hear the dialogs. I have set the default sound device to the Bluetooth speaker. So when the speaker is activated, the sound is always played on the speaker. When the speaker is switched off, it plays on the TV speakers. I have also confirmed that if I set the default output to laptop speakers (Realtek), it will play there instead of TV when the bluetooth speaker is off. So just set the Realtek speaker default, you don't need to do anything else. Sound will always play from the Realtek speaker no matter is the projector is connected or not. Setting a device default overrides Windows automatic speaker changes.

PS: Even with a Bluetooth speaker, if you change the default to something else, such as Realtek Speakers, Windows will ignore the Bluetooth speaker and play from Realtek. This is until you make the Bluetooth speaker default again. Checked.
 

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PS: Even with a Bluetooth speaker, if you change the default to something else, such as Realtek Speakers, Windows will ignore the Bluetooth speaker and play from Realtek. This is until you make the Bluetooth speaker default again. Checked.

Considering the item is a Bluetooth device (which gets connected/reconnected at boot) that's not really surprising is it ;-)
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 (Build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

spapakons

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It doesn't matter it is a Bluetooth speaker. If I set Realtek default (while the Bluetooth speaker is also connected), then the sound always play from Realtek speakers ignoring the Bluetooth speaker or the HDMI connection. If I want the sound to automatically play from TV when I connect the HDMI cable, I must explicitly set HDMI to default again. If I want to play from the Bluetooth speaker once connected, I have to explicitly make the Bluetooth speaker default again. I mean that once you make Realtek default, sound will always play from the Realtek speaker no matter what, exactly what the OP wants.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 64-bit (build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v22H2 (build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4

Dru2

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It doesn't matter it is a Bluetooth speaker. If I set Realtek default (while the Bluetooth speaker is also connected), then the sound always play from Realtek speakers ignoring the Bluetooth speaker or the HDMI connection.
Actually, if you connect a Bluetooth sound device it IS going to set itself as the default playback device because the system automatically assumes that's the device you want to use.... why else connect a BT device if you're not going to use it???

When I connect my BT headphones, the sound settings automatically defaults to them, and away from my DAC, because BT sound devices get priority. If I change (force) the default back to the DAC, it plays and the BT get disconnected ;-)

Screenshot 2022-05-09 121443.jpg

Left BT headphones auto set to default and plays. Right, forced default to DAC, it plays, BT phones don't. Nothing new here ;-)
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 (Build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, audiophile media center, work.
  • Operating System
    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga X1
    CPU
    Intel i7-7600U
    Motherboard
    Intel
    Memory
    16igg
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 620
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14.0 WQHD OLED Touch
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB NVMe Drive (OEM)
    PSU
    laptop
    Case
    laptop
    Cooling
    Laptop cooling
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Anywhere 2S
    Keyboard
    Laptop
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

spapakons

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Bluetooth speaker is ignored when switched on if you change the default to Realtek speakers. I can hear my JBL making the characteristic "connected" sound, but the sound keeps coming from Realtek.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 64-bit (build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Extensa 5630EZ
    CPU
    Mobile DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo T7250, 2000 MHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Extensa 5630
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) GMA 4500M (Mobile 4 series)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC268 @ Intel 82801IB ICH9 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB SATA Device (250 GB, SATA-III)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50 Mbps
    Browser
    MICROSOFT EDGE
    Antivirus
    WINDOWS DEFENDER
    Other Info
    Legacy MBR installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, no WDDM 2.0 graphics drivers, cannot get more unsupported ;) This is only my test laptop. I had installed Windows 11 here before upgrading my main PC. For my main PC I use everyday see my 2nd system specs.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro v22H2 (build 22621.900)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-built PC
    CPU
    Intel Core-i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155 (3rd generation)
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 s1155 ATX
    Memory
    2x Kingston Hyper-X Blu 8GB DDR3-1600
    Graphics card(s)
    Gainward NE5105T018G1-1070F (nVidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5)
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio (ALC887)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia KDL-19L4000 19" LCD TV via VGA
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 32-bit 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Patriot Burst Elite 480GB SSD as system disk, Western Digital Caviar Purple 4TB SATA III (WD40PURZ) as second
    PSU
    Thermaltake Litepower RGB 550W Full Wired
    Case
    SUPERCASE MIDI-TOWER
    Cooling
    Stock Intel CPU Fan, 1x 8cm fan at the back
    Mouse
    Sunnyline OptiEye PS/2
    Keyboard
    Mitsumi 101-key PS/2
    Internet Speed
    100Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Legacy BIOS (MBR) installation, no TPM, no Secure Boot, WDDM 3.0 graphics drivers, WEI score 7.4
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