Download: Realtek HD audio driver 1.98
With version 1.97 Realtek offers a full driver array for Windows XP and Vista again. The HDMI drivers are not included in the updated, yet.
The HD audio driver version 1.98 is available at our website or directly at Realtek (caution: often slow FTP servers). The update is for Windows XP and Vista. All HD audio chips of Realtek, which are placed on many different motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Here you can see an excerpt from the Change Log - performance improvements are rarely delivered by the new driver:
Driver Package R1.98
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec in Vista/WinXP/Win2000/Win2003 .
1. Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
• Fix the potential risk that audio driver can't be installed completely under Vista.