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Is there any way to NOT use Asus' Sonic Studio?

Level 7

I have tested each version of Sonic Studio available - they're all not suitable in the sense they cause endless issues. If I exit or disable then my system is fine. If it's left open, I find random crashes and other issues - and the only pattern revolves around Sonic Studio.

I have removed the drivers and installed the ones from the Realtek website - this has made a large improvement. However, I'm now left without an equalizer.

Is there a way to use default Realtek drivers and have an equalizer? If not, I'd rather have mediocre sound than install Sonic Studio again.

ps: I have spent around a three weeks testing this, with one clean install with nothing else installed. As soon as Sonic Studio was installed, the same issues starting appearing.


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