Lenovo 3000 N100 Audio Driver Problem on Windows 7

After installing Windows 7, everything was fine except sound. It seems like sound drivers were installed correctly but it wasn’t.

You did try to download drivers from lenovo site and install them but shit(!), software installer says that “I have no idea about your operating system”.

Here are the instructions (applies Soundmax, no idea about Realtek (Xavi reported it works for Realtek too, thanks Xavi!)):

  1. Don’t worry. :p
  2. Download driver.
  3. Installer will extract the package the path you choose (default is C:\Drivers\WIN\Audio).
  4. Open Device Manager.
  5. Go to “Sound, video and game controllers” section.
  6. Select currently installed device and right click.
  7. Select “Update Driver Software”.
  8. Select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  9. Select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  10. Click “Have Disk” button.
  11. Select the location where you have extracted package (#3) and browse “<path>i386\Vista” folder (amd64 for 64bit).
  12. Select the inf file.
  13. Click “Next”

And you are done!


  • Ernas LTU

    Thank you. Now sound is working but speakers permanently cracking. how do I solve this problem? Thanks :)

  • Granit Qafleshi

    thanks this works 100 %

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  • marman garcia

    Tnx for this :)

  • Mahmoud Abd elhalim

    It worked with me
    thank you very much for this great solution

  • Badrudin Ngusep Tawewae

    thx u co much… it work,, muuuuuaaaah

  • Andy

    Hello Erhan,
    I hope you’re still monitoring this site. It’s now June 4, 2013, and the most recent post I see is 4 yrs old. I have recently upgraded an older laptop, a Lenovo 3000 N100 0768-DKU. I installed Windows from scratch and have lost the sound. I followed your instructions verbatim, to no avail. I still get the message “Failed to Play Test Tone”, when attempting to play a sound. I thought perhaps it could be a problem with the internal speakers and plugged in a set of speakers that are currently working on another laptop. Still no sound. I downloaded the Soundmax driver for AMD64. I hope you can help. Lenovo has no interest.
    Thanks. Andy

  • Biswas

    Thanks a ton , Erhan .. It realy works very fine . Hats off !!!

    Warm regards,

    IKU from Orissa , India.

  • http://twitter.com/chidbhaw chidbhawanand shukla

    sir pls help in installing sound driver for lenovo 3000n100 32bit win7.thanks

  • ram jasani


  • Frank Marfai

    You’re a genius !!!! finally.. sound ! Thanks. I can’t believe lenovo doesn’t have a solution for this problem. I wrote to them and all they answered was that I have an old laptop ! ..although they still have drivers on their page for XP. I bought my laptop in 2007 and win7 came out in 2009 .. two years are a “long time” for lenovo ..that’s the last time they see any of my money.

  • eleetk

    Unlike most people here, let me state my exact hardware and software. I have a Lenovo 3000 n100 0698-28u with Windows 7 SP1 32bit. My audio in AIDA64 is listed as an Analog Devices AD1986A @ Intel 82801GBM ICH7-M – High Definition Audio Controller [B-0] PCI (SoundMAX).

    1. All I did was download the driver from this address:
    Note: In the future if they remove this link, just search Google for “61ae03ww.exe”.

    2. Extract “61ae03ww.exe” using 7zip or Winrar or just run the executable and it will extract to the default directory of “C:DriversWINAudio”.

    3. Go to “C:DriversWINAudio” and right click on setup.exe and select properties.

    4. Now under the “Compatibility” tab look for the “Compatibility Mode” section and check “Run this program in compatibility mode for”. Select “Windows 200″ (yes, Windows 2000, I know right…).

    5. Apply the edited selections and now run “setup.exe” in the folder as normal. Hopefully this got you working.

    Now obviously this has been test solely for the specified hardware and software listed above, but this method may work on the 32bit version of Windows 8 also (select Windows XP SP3 under compatibility). Please try this method before you try some of the more absurd “fixes” like renaming hdaudio.sys files and stuff (if this fix fails for you, why not try). Please post if this works and let us all know the hardware and OS you are running.

  • Trinad

    Install the windows vista sound max drivers from lenovo and follow the installation instructions mentioned in lenovo website like below it should work

    Installation instructions

    Start Windows Vista and logon with administrative privileges.

    Double-click the driver package to extract it to your hard drive.
    The default location is C:DRIVERSWINAUDIO.

    Click Start, select All Programs, select Accessories, then click Run…

    Specify SETUP.EXE with the full path name where you extracted the package in step 2, and click OK. The device driver will be installed automatically.

    If the message, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software” appears, click Install this driver software anyway to continue installing.

    Follow the instructions on the screen.

    Reboot the system to complete the installation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/agrawal.kishan Kishan Agrawal

    nice its work thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/priyanka.singhi.9 Priyanka Singhi

    u are awesome!!it really worked for me!!
    hats off!!!

  • Azim

    hi do u get 
    path>i386Vista” folder (amd64 for 64bit). cant install help

  • Bathindaonline

    Awesome……Thanks a Ton…it works for me on windows 7

  • Abdullahnu

    woww……..i cant stop to say you thanks…. gr8………… heheheh

  • ALi142857

    خیلی ممنون Thank you very MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH …

  • Sureandhraindia

    you are awesome its really working

  • ibrahim

    sound is ok brove but there is no microphone

  • Stripeproduction

    thank U 2 days spent U helped  I’ve solved this problem for 2 minutes 

  • Anand Malwatkar

    i have issues with the web cam in win 7 ultimate…. the image is reverse… please help

  • Mayoosanfous

    the sound device is recognized , but its not working , how can i solve this problem

  • musab

    Man you are the best thanksssssssssssssssss it works

  • Winn-s

    you are genius.. thanks to you.. Winn-s from Czech rep..

  • Duy Nguyen

     This solution is great. My sound is finally working. Thank you so much for the post


    oooh now my lenovo 3000 n 100 is talking, i can hear u !!!!!!!
    thanks it worked…………:)

  • Nitish

    thanks man you are godsent

  • Sankac_sri

    It’s really works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thank you very much!

    from sri lanka

  • hamza

    thnx 1000000000000000000000000000 time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1107470710 Robson Richers

    Thank you. it is now working for me.

    • Rrinsindika

      Thanks man…thanks much,…

  • Pperry

    Lenovo N100 (0689-6DU)
    Operating System:Windows 7 64bitno sound….
    I going to your “link” that you posted trying to find this driver for the sound max. and it goes to the completly usless lenovo site. i can’t find this driver to save my life!

     Please help me.. pperry “at” pmbx.net

    Paul Perry

  • Eranda

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Pperry

      Lenovo N100 (0689-6DU)
      Operating System:Windows 7 64bitwere? how? did you find the soundmax driver on the lenovo site. i can find NO usful drivers no matter what i do or were i go!


  • Jmike0324

    Have used your guidelines to get my 3000 N100 0768 AFU Soundmas to produce sound with W7 Ultimate.  Am trying to use it with Stage Research SFX V.6 for theater sound effects.  Requires ASIO compatibility.  Cannot find a driver anywhere to work.  If I use ASIO4ALL_2_10_English, i get no sound at all again.  Not only for the SFX software but no sound for anything else. 


    Mike S.

  • kamil

    eyvallah işe yarıyor

  • Olusanya Reis

    You are a natural teacher, Erhan, thanks,  just downloaded and installed the driver and it’s working fine.

  • Ahmed hajjar

    worked perfectly for me, thanks

  • Vipinvenugopalnair

    erhan thanks for your excellent help

  • Krys

    Wielkie dzięki. Thank you worked super fine

  • Kartano

    Funciona!!! Gracias XD

  • Gomitchopra

    Thank you so much man , you are great .awsome . awsome
    thanks alot.others ites are bad , they lead me wrong.your great :D :D

  • Navamal

    Thank you so very much Erhan Abay…. sounds work great on Realtek Audio on my Lenovo 3000 N100 thanks to you. U are def. a genius. Thanks again.

  • Mr_haithem

    Thank you
    worked fine with me

  • Vcsekhar007

    Steps 4 till 13 didn’t work for my 3000 N 100 model after loading Win 7 on it.
    I just double-clicked the setup.exe at C:DRIVERSWINAudio and it did everything for me in place of everything after Step-4.

    My credit goes to Erhan. Thanks much


  • PSiKoMaNYaH

    Keşke bide Türkçe olarak anlatsaydınız pek birşey anlamadım malum İngilizce zayıf :D

  • Ted Mednblik

    After step 12 Windows always tells me that the proper driver is already loaded and will not let me choose this vista drive – device is happy, but I am not as there is no sound. any other ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508864888 Simon Van Lieshout

    In step 12 (Select the inf file.) which inf file do you use. i tried all of them with no joy. In the vista folder I have HDA, HDACPC, HDAHP880, HDALC, HDARt, HDAsony (all .inf files). Plus, whichever one I select, it gives me a list of 6 or so drivers which are all called Realtek High Definition Audio, which I presume is the same as the above list.
    Cheers for your help.

  • Adams229

    Thanks man, you saved my life ;DD

  • Nirmalraaju

    Wow…this really helped to get sound….OOOOOOOOOO…thanks a lot…100% best resolution…

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  • Nateshreddym

    excellent …. perfectly worked …

  • michael holzer

    works like a charm :)
    thanks a lot!

  • SaidOthman

    thanks a lot!

  • Stefanos

    thx!!!!!!be well

  • Averno21

    Well, this did not work for me. I have win7 spanish.

  • Koray

    it works; and I’m about to cry right now… teşekkürler

  • Dhiraj Kumar Ojha



  • Piotr


  • varas

    any solution for the sound drivers of my lenovo 3000 n100 0689_a31 i can’t find the drivers and the ones you post don’t work.

  • Jim J


    You saved my audio – thanks a million! Audio works great now; your instructions were perfect. One update & one clarification:
    2. Download driver: the site is now at http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&lndocid=MIGR-67400
    4. Open Device Manager = Start > Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Device Manager (under “Devices and Printers”)

  • Alaa Adel

    i have lenovo N100 0768-BNG with realtek audio didn’t work on windows 7.
    i tried the driver on that page and it gave me a blue screen and i had to reboot in safe mode and remove it again.

    any ideas that help on installing the audio driver.

    Thanks :)

    • eng_yahia

      see the above explained instructions its the solution

  • Ludovic

    Thanks that fixed the problem for me with realtek

  • Özgür

    Merhaba Erhan,

    Sana çok teşekkür ederim. Yukarıda yazılanlar kadar varsın. Lenovo’nun destek vermediği bir konuyu çözmüşsün. Windows 7 yi bugün kurdum ve senin çözümüne kadar resmen başımdan aşağı kaynar sular döküldü. Sanırım 2 bilinmeyen driver daha var ama onları da keşfetmeye çalışıyorum.

    (Lenovo 3000 N100 0768-6VG / Windows7 Ultimate)

  • http://www.yahoo.com dopamine

    hye erhan..sound nice when everyone here told that they were succeed.i once tried before..my sound work properly..but unfortunately,the mic still having problems.did ur microphone work properly??

  • nebula

    thanks soooooooooooo much…i was frustrated and frustrated..no voice in the lappy seems no life in it…thanks alot..got d voice bak :D


    Erhan – thanks so much….you don’t know how frustrating not having sound was. Now, do you know how to get the VOLUME BUTTONS to make the VOLUME graphic appear? I mean when I press the buttons the volume is going up and down. I just can’t see the graphic unless i click on the sound button.

    Many thanks! :)

  • Mosh Sharon

    Hi Erhan Abay (&xavi)

    I’m using n100 0768 with realtek.
    which driver should i d/l (line 2 in your post)



  • Deepak soni

    Thanx A lot i got it.

  • http://www.tsintegrator.com John Jones

    Good Job What bout us that have the realtek Sound Card and help their.

  • moreno

    perfect man! and on my 3000 N100 with win7 ultimate i can’t find the wireless drivers :(

    can you help me?

  • khan

    you are a legend!!!! great work…

  • http://erhanabay.com/2009/11/10/lenovo-3000-n100-audio-driver-problem-on-windows-7/ Afzaal Khokhar

    Thanks buddy it worked perfectly with me see how much blessing you are getting with one gud job carry on ma brother…………..thanks a lot…………

  • Pankaj

    Thank you very much for solution.. i also had this problem and searched google much, finally found solution on your blog

  • Chris from NY

    WoW.. U the Man, Erhan…. After a few hours of searching for a solution, I found yours. It worked like a charm instantly. Did not even have to reboot.

    My system is: Lenovo 3000 N100 0768 EFU originally with XP upgraded to Win 7 32bit Ultimate.
    THANKS for posting Erhan…

  • Bonjo

    Thank you for your tip ! Regards -B-

  • TT

    Ok, I used this blog and this:

    post to cure my problem with my 3000 N100 0768.

    Basically, delete all of the Windows 7 HdAudio.sys drivers as described in the blog, go into Device Manager and remove the sound device (uninstall), then use Erhan’s blog to finish up the install, and all should be good.

  • TT

    Nope, didn’t work for my 3000 N100 0768-35U. I had actually already tried this, but stumbled upon you site while doing a Google search for the problem. Tried it again, per your directions, and still no sound. May have to go back to Vista, unfortunately.

  • Flake

    thanks, working perfectly

  • Raymond FOUCHARD

    Merci d’avoir publié cette solution que les techniciens de Microsoft n’ont pas su me proposer.
    Vraiement merci! et bonne année.

    • http://erhanabay.com Erhan Abay

      il n’y a pas de quoi!

      I hope Google Translate works because I don’t speak French. :)

  • http://www.google.com.tr Alp Yavuz

    Do you have any solution for NVIDIA GEFORCE GO 7300 graphic card, because its not working with nvidia official website drivers

    • http://erhanabay.com Erhan Abay

      Actually I don’t remember how I solved it but it should work with the drivers either nvidia or lenovo released.

      There was no officially released driver for Windows 7 and I used Vista drivers instead.

      If it didn’t work with nvidia official drivers try this link: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-67339

      • Shammi

        Dear Erhan, You are really a genius, i don’t know why these giants make it so complicated, i tried your way and i got sound in no time on my Lenovo 3000 N100 0768, which i was trying since last two days in various ways.Thanks a lot.

  • http://www.google.com.tr Alp Yavuz

    Teşekküerler Kardeş,
    Thanks brother…

  • http://google.com Moafaq Jamal

    WoOoW, thanks sooo much it worked w/ me :)

    but I don’t know why Lenovo didn’t give to their customers the simple way to do it!!

    Now, everything is OK but the fingerprint, camera and other devices are not working! hope to find a solution

    • Moafaq Jamal

      Hi again,
      Please can anyone tell me how to install the mic to work? “the sound has already worked”


  • Xavi

    I did the same for my Lenovo, this one uses Realtek and the same worked for it.

    Thanks for posting this, good job!

    • Mosh Sharon

      can you specify which driver you used for the realtek?


  • Robin

    Thanks! Worked great.

  • Hemant

    can u please let me know how to get the bluettoth working on Windows 7 on Lenovo 3000 N100 0768-A39?
    If possible can u post me a step by step guide? I have installed a driver but i think its not uninstalling nor connecting?
    i will be obliged.

  • Hemant

    U are a techinical genius

  • Anthony

    Hi Erhan Abay,

    Thank you so much for your post detailing the solution to the Lenovo 3000 N100 Audio Driver Problem on Windows 7.
    I have tried every option available, even LENOVO help desk was’nt able to provide a solution to this problem.
    I now have a N100 running windows 7 with full audio and I am a very happy man.
    Again, thank you very much.


    • http://erhanabay.com Erhan Abay

      It’s your welcome

      • Hollowman_204

        man , i have windows 7 and realyi cant use my mic , so can you please tell me how ???