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XPS 8930, Realtek audio driver 2021, slow boot

Greetings,

Just wanting to share a funny experience which increased my windows boot time by 400% ( yes 4 times slower).

Thanks to the use of Bootracer I am able to keep an eye on my PC boot times in quite detail like Bios, Windows , User logon and startup programs.

The Windows boot time used to be around 20 s , but increased suddenly to 85 and sometimes 90 s.

Looking at what happened just before the boot time increase I found the installation suggested by Dell Support Assist, of a new Realtec High Definition Audio driver (Realtek-High-Definition-Audio-Driver_PP3Y7_WIN_6.0.9205.1_A21.EXE)

Rolling back to the 2020 Microsoft version solved the boot increase time issue. So newer is not always better and when it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Unbelievable ! 

Francis

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@RoHe wrote:

@AnarethoS  -There's no direct link to Realtek 9107.1 right now. 


 

I have the direct links to both 9107 A19 & A20 Realtek audio driver packs.

here they are:

6.0.9107.1 A19
6.0.9107.1 A20

forgot which one used to be listed for the xps 8930

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I have been on the v8248 driver linked above for a couple of days now. It works fine and solved the slow boot problem. 


@dave423 wrote:

I have been on the v8248 driver linked above for a couple of days now. It works fine and solved the slow boot problem. 


I used the Realtek driver v8248 on the XPS 8930 without any issues before they updated it to v9107.1. Si it seems only this last update is causing problems.

FWIW, there are some threads about other PC models having issues with their latest specific Realtek driver update too. Hopefully, that means Realtek will fix the oopsy sooner than later, since it affects multiple PC models...

Ron

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Ok, I fixed the problem by rolling back to 8248 and then upgrading to 9107.

 

I don't have the installer package for 9107 but my father who has the same computer as me had a backup of the files in c:\windows\system32\driverstore\ folder so I copied that folder and used the device manager to update.

 

Seems to work for now.

 

Waiting for a fix to 9205 now ...


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@erpster05  - Neither of the two Realtek driver links you posted is listed as being compatible with the XPS 8930, even though they may have the same version number as the driver that's compatible with the XPS 8930.

Those two are compatible with various Dell laptop PCs. And they may -or not- include Waves MaxxAudio Pro which is included as part of the Realtek audio driver for the XPS 8930. Anyone who installs either of them does so at their own risk.

The compatible Realtek driver for the XPS 8930 with that version number is:
Realtek-Audio-Driver_F15XW_WIN_6.0.9107.1_A08.EXE and includes Waves.

The compatible version for the XPS 8930 prior to 9107.1 was:
Realtek-Audio-Driver_T55WP_WIN_6.0.1.8248_A07 and includes Waves.

Ron

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Although it is true, I was still able to install the A20 package.

I extracted it.

Waves Maxx Audio Pro installer is part of the package.

I was able to install it without anyproblem on the XPS 8930.

 

Still, I would prefer the real one.

 

@Dell : Please, give us a official link!


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Greetings, 

If you don't care about Waves bloatware like me, the generic microsoft hd audio driver is fine for two speaker audio. You may have to clean-up windows driverstore from realtek audio driver(s) with a tool like windows driverstore explorer to avoid it to be re-installed.

Francis 

That's what I've been doing so far, staying on the MS HD audio driver.  Still hoping Dell will eventually address this issue though or at least post an official link to the last driver set

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@GaryK30  - You could have just stayed with the previous Realtek driver after the roll-back...

Ron

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   I'm not a Dell employee

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@Brocktoon623  The MS HD audio driver isn't the previous Dell audio for the XPS 8930.  The previous one was Realtek 6.0.9107.1 and the one before that was 6.0.1.8248.

Ron

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   I'm not a Dell employee

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