Well after reading quite lots of threads related to "no audio output device is installed" and trying different things and suggestions I am stuck with this problem. The above message is shown under Vista and Win7. So I get this message in Vista and Win7. I have an acer aspire 9420 and the sound only works for a couple of minutes (no matter what the operating system is - I tried Win7, Vista, XPSP2 and XPSP3 and always installed the latest driver from the manufacturer site. I also downloaded and installed the latest bios version for this laptop.) And still no sound. I dismatled the laptop 4 times to look at the motherboard and see if anything is OK. There are no bad caps, or burnt or anything. I realized that after hardware reset the sound comes but only for 2-3 minutes at most. Then the sound is cut out and after reboot the Realtek High definition audio disapeears from device manager. My question is: if the hardware is faulty is it possible to work after harware reset for a few minutes? I also tried installing Backtrack5 and still the same. So it's obviously not an operating sistem issue, nor a bios one and not a driver either. I tried different versions of driver. Anyone could help me out?