Solved: No Sound For First Few Seconds of Video (Realtek Audio)

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I’ve finally solved the problem and it was easier than I imagined. I love my custom-built computer but I was running into this issue from the start. I have two audio outputs, one is a podcasting headphone and one is an HK Oynx 4 speaker.

The problem I consistently ran into was that the audio would not start until secpmds after the video starts. Additionally, audio would cut out of the video sometimes. The audio syncs with the video. It’s just that the audio doesn’t start until later. This affected videos I watched online and also affected videos I have on my hard drive too.

This was really annoying as I was editing videos for uploading on Youtube.

Initially, I thought it might have been problems with my speaker. But after doing some digging, I found out that it was actually a problem with Realtek. I have an MSI motherboard with Realtek audio codec. I installed Realtek Audio Console with Nahimic on it.

Below, I offer you two solutions.

Solution 1

It turns out, all I had to do was open up Realtek Audio Console and change a setting. Here is what I did.

Realtek Audio Console
  1. Opened up Realtek Audio Console
  2. Went to the gear icon
  3. Selected “Make front and rear output devices playback two different audio streams simultaneously”

And just like that, it fixed the problem of delayed audio in my videos.

If this still doesn’t work, make sure you have the right driver for your audio. Also, mess with the settings a bit and make sure that you are selecting the right output device in the Windows sound settings at the bottom right tray.

Alternative Fix

If this still doesn’t work, get a USB to 3.5mm jack audio adapter and plug your audio into the USB port. This also works and there is no delay in the sound. Here is what the one I got looks like.

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