Tag Archives: Computers

PC Components Price Increases! Due to Coronavirus?

Just last week, I bought a new set of PC components, and I think I got a fairly reasonable price, but it’s now gone up by £15, and all the other components I bought are no longer available.

I wonder whether Coronavirus is having an impact on PC component availability and prices. Certainly I know my work place have had to purchase a load of new Laptops in order to support home working arrangements.

There’s an interesting Ebuyer Price tracker available here:

https://pricetro.com/ebuyer/874189

Which shows the recent price fluctuations – had I have bought in January, I could have got it £20 cheaper!

FIXED: Realtek Audio Front Panel Issue/ASRock B450M

I have just built a new PC with an ASRock B450M Steel Legends motherboard, which has Realtek ALC892 onboard audio. I’ve also installed a front panel audio input, and connected it to the header on the motherboard. I’ve then got Windows 10 installed, and faithfully installed the Realtek motherboard drivers from the ASRock Website (I knew I shouldn’t have done that!)

However, I have been having an issue that audio from Windows was only coming through from the device which was plugged in on power up – so if I plugged in the headphone, it wouldn’t detect them, or if I unplugged them once booted, it would not switch to speakers – I also didn’t get two outputs in the sound bar part of the task bar like so:

Expected display of audio output options

In order to fix this, I ended up rolling the drivers back to the Microsoft version, and this appears to have fixed it.

Rollback Realtek drivers to Windows 10 version