Win10 No Recording, No Microphone, Conexant SmartAudio HD drivers issue

Recent Windows 10 updates disabled my PC's ability to record sound.

It turns out that after some automatic updates, the microphone device was replaced by a "Stereo Mix" device, which was disabled.

Updating the Conexant SmartAudio HD driver did nothing.

Deleting the Audio input and output devices (Speakers, and Stereo Mix) and rebooting did nothing.

However, when looking down the list in the Device Manager, I found a "Sound, video and game controllers" section with a device called: "Conexant SmartAudio HD".

By deleting this device, all the Audio input and output devices were deleted.

Then, after a reboot, the Audio input and output devices showed:
  • Microphone Array (Conexant SmartAudio HD)
  • Speakers (Conexant SmartAudio HD)
and Recording Now Works!


as Towel Day 2017 Approaches

I quote Ken Kesey and think of his son Zane:
"The sixties aren't over until the fat lady gets high."


Sony Proprietary Camera Firmware Workaround

Well, I was searching for a new point and shoot camera. I use it mainly for skiing so I wanted a camera with a viewfinder so that it would be possible to actually see what I was shooting despite the strong sun in the mountains.

After some search, it seemed that the Sony DSC HX80 was the best compromise.

Not only that, but its viewfinder had a diopter adjustment so that I don't have to wear glasses to be able to see the image!

Furthermore, I was so happy to see among the many features of the camera, WIFI photo transfer to computer!

This was so exciting, at first, but sadly Sony only allows that feature to work with their proprietary photo software on closed Windows and OSX systems.

I proudly use GNU-Linux.

And the beauty of Linux is that it is supported by a community of nice people trying to fix all the broken proprietary solutions provided by rotten companies like Sony.

So, I found Airnef and good-bye to proprietary Sony software! I can now transfer my photos over Wifi, on GNU-Liunx with no problem!

Once again the world of open source has saved the day!

Thank you Airnef!!!