For the past few months, I've been grinding my teeth at how frustrating it is to try and get my sound drives to work.
At times, my audio would suddenly go mute; no indication of it, even when I adjust the volume. Opening MP3 or MP4 files results in errors, and so does sound tests. VCL play, but no sound is ever used. And opening videos online (Youtube and such) results in the video not making any progress past the 0:00 point.
At times the audio would come back, but for short periods of time. I've attempted to reinstall my sound drives, and though it was a success it proved to be temporary and would fall back into it's old habits.
I know this is not a malware issue, because I cleared my laptop out with programs a previous forum post provided me. I've been getting advice from a friend who is an expert on PCs, and he was the one who suggested I reinstall my sound drives. Now he thinks I should just format my laptop and reinstall windows.
I'm still unsure if this is a software issue, of if this is actually a hardware issue. I'm pretty close to just screaming "bleep it" and storming off to a local PC shop to get it repaired. If there is any other advice you guys could give me that could fix this problem once and for all, I would be very grateful.
(I have a Realtek High Definition Audio drive, along with four NVIDIA High Definition Audio drives in my Device Manager. I have been reinstalling the Realtek one)