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Realtek HD Audio Conflicts with NVIDIA HD Audio Drivers

The Problem
For the past few weeks, I’ve been having issues with my audio driver for my Lenovo Y510P mysteriously closing one application using the audio device and opening another, the newly opened program wouldn’t even return an error! It would simply stall. Opening the Audio Devices window, trying to disable then re-enable the device, the response would be This audio device is currently being used by another application. For some time, the only solution I could find was simply to restart the computer.

Needless to say, this was absolutely unacceptable (as a long-time Unix-type systems user, the whole concept of having to restart a computer due to a driver issue is, has been, and always will be absolutely absurd. Although this is a Windows system, restarting services can and will work in many cases to free those odd “hung-up” states). As a developer, this can be a very frustrating thing, since many coders rely on audio for various reasons, one of which is listening to music or ambie…