Re: Where does IDT Audio Navigator come from ??
- From: VanguardLH <V@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:26:35 -0600
VanguardLH wrote ...
I recently re-installed XP Home edition, and found that I had no
audio. Opening the Sounds and Audio Devices panel, I found that my
SB card had been high-jacked by a program called IDT Audio
Navigator, V 1.0. I have no idea where it came from, I certainly
don't remember installing it and there is no "help" file that would
explain its origin.
I'm not using its sound controls, but it still clutters up the
control panel and the system tray. There is no icon in the "Add or
Remove Software" panel for the program ... How do I get rid of it
Oh, we're supposed to guess what motherboard you have and likewise guess
as to what audio support it has. No thanks.
Maybe you have their audio controllers on your mobo so Windows found
them and installed drivers for them. You also never mentioned if you
installed the mobo's chipset drivers but you also never mentioned
installing Creative's Soundblaster drivers, either.
Did you check if there were multiple sound devices listed by checking if
there was a drop-down listbox from which you could select which device
Sorry about that, I didn't realize this was turning into a major
operation. The Motherboard is an Intel DP965LT. I just ran the disk
that came with it and the on-board audio device is NOT installed.
This is no big deal ... I was merely wondering who sneaked that IDT
onto my HD without me knowing it, and since there are no obvious
removal methods, I thought it was some kind of "sneak-ware" and I
wanted to get rid of it, if possible. Since it occupies my system
tray, but is turned off in the "Audio Devices" panel and since no one
seems to really know its origin, let's just forget I ever posted the
Windows found the hardware and used its embedded list of drivers to add
support for the newly found device. Or you installed the chipset driver
package which included support for this audio device (you won't see
drivers listed in Add/Remove Programs, just any ancilliary software that
may or may not permit inclusion of the driver). Or you did install some
software that you don't remember or didn't understand, especially if you
just clicked through the installs without selecting to perform custom
installs (and knew what all the components were about that were listed
in the custom install since many vendors don't give any explanation of
what components are needed and which are ancilliary or not even related
to their product). That the IDT device is shown pretty much means you
did install its support. That is "snuck" in is usually because the user
doesn't understand what all is included in an installation, doesn't do a
customized install, doesn't understand the components listed in a custom
install, or the vendor doesn't provide enough info for the user to make
an educated guess.
From that description, it is about a codec. Codecs can be software- orhardware-based (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codec). Mobo spec is at:
Page 30 says this mobo uses the Intel 82801HB ICH8 (an I/O controller;
see http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27684) along with a Sigmatel
STAC9227 audio codec (hardware chip). Sigma Tel was acquired by
Freescale Semiconductor in 2008, and Freescale had been earlier acquired
by IDT hence the "IDT" you are seeing.
So I suspect you installed some software that included IDT features.
Was this a truly clean install of just Windows XP? Or did you follow
with an install of a chipset or mobo driver package? Or have you since
been installing lots of applications, utilities, or other software?
Despite your denial, something you installed also installed the IDT
stuff. I don't know if IDT drivers are included in Windows XP. They
may be included in Windows Vista/7 either as an embedded driver included
in Windows or bundled by the OEM'er to provide support for the hardware
You installed an audio daughtercard (SB) into a host where already
exists an audio controller on the motherboard. You probably have
connections on the backpanel for audio hookup besides the jacks in your
SB card. You'll have to decide which audio controller you want to us.
Not all BIOS'es are automatic to disable onboard devices when there is
matching alternate hardware, so you need to disable the onboard audio in
the BIOS settings.
In the Sound applet in Control Panel, under the Audio tab, see if more
than one audio device is listed. If so, pick which one you want to use
for which function. The reason you get no audio with the IDT device
selected is that you don't have your speakers connected to the backpanel
jacks for audio. You have your speakers connected to the SB card but
that is not the device selected for output.
Of course, but not mentioned, if you want to use the output from the SB
card then you need to install its drivers (which means installing its
ancilliary software, too).
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