SmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working

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Suddenly the SmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working on my W520, I get the message pasted below (Failed to initialize SmartAudio). Is this any way to resolve this error? Any help would be really appreciated. 


Failed to initialize SmartAudio. The Application will now exit.


Failed to initialize SmartAudio. The Application will now exit.


Best Answer by Drake Vivian
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Answered By 30 points N/A #175237

SmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working

Hi there Megan H Madison,
This is a known problem with SmartAudio drivers that happens from time to time. There are several things you can do to make SmartAudio work again.
You can try to do the factory restore using the disk that came with your laptop.
Reinstalling the drivers may help too. To reinstall the Conexant Audio Software, please visit the link:
Download and run the latest suitable version available.
There is also a quick workaround – just disable the Conexant drivers. To do that, open your device manager and click on Sound, video and game controllers. You will see some items on the right side of the pane, so just disable all of those with the Conexant in the name. 
Best regards,
Drake Vivian


Answered By 0 points N/A #175239

SmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working



You have to get in Windows Control Panel and set your default audio device to Smart audio controller. In case you have wireless speakers remove Bluetooth device and set Conexant as default device. Alos download and update with new software to get best support. New software is found on this link new software download.

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Answered By 590495 points N/A #175241

SmartAudio Control Panel applet has stopped working


It seems your sound card driver is in error. Try downloading the latest driver from Lenovo W520 ThinkPad. Enter your laptop’s serial number and select your operating system to see the available downloads for your machine. See if there is an available update for your sound card. If it’s a known bug or the driver is known to throw different errors, just try reinstalling the driver.

Here’s how to uninstall the sound card driver from Windows 7. Click Start then in the search box type without quotes “device manager” then hit Enter. Expand “Sound, video, and game controllers”, right-click on your sound card then select Uninstall. Restart your computer then install the driver back when you are prompted. See if this fixes the problem.

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