I'm on my third Toshiba laptop - the most recent runs Vista Home Premium and was bought in June 2007 - and can confirm that the onboard audio with the last 2 models (both Realtek) is absolutely crappy. But that's why I use an external sound card
I have an ALC883 Realtek Codec based on-board card, and I must confess how it is CRAP!!! It made me regret buying this MoBo. On XP or Linux is crap. My solution will be getting a quality headphone or an amplifier.
@dd_wizard: I have installed the Realtek 1.85 latest pack driver. I did not find that option in either Sound Properties in Windows Control Panel or Realtek Contro Panel (which is very very ugly and borky) (THAT ON XP). It does use the HD Audio Driver, but it's crap. My previous board was an ASUS A7V266-MX with SoundMAX, it was OK but lemme tell ya much much better than this Realtek crap. It had Bassboost and the volume was loud and good. Please clear my mind if I am getting anything wrong in here? I have messed every single option in the Driver panel and could not get a better sound.I am getting a SoundBlaster 128 PCI card, I know it's not HD Audio, but hey it has a 6 Watt RMS amplifier, which I bet this Realtek crap hasn't got. Some dude is giving it to me but it will be hell useful and beat this RTK to death.
I'm sorry but could you make reference to what ASIO4ALL is? LOL I am lost in that one...
Obviously the default setting was intented to enhance the clarity of output when using laptop speakers(protect them from bass too).They should have added an option to turn it off in Realtek panel.
Hmm, this is one of the files contained in that 62 MB archive. So by installing this you don't have to install the Realtek driver at all?