Upgrading to Windows 10 without a compatible driver for Beats Audio can cause one or more of the following symptoms: A red X displays on the IDT icon in the system tray. Stereo Mix does not work and you are unable to record audio played on the computer.
I thought that once Windows 10 would come about, the Realtek drivers would be updated to not only accomodate W10, but fix the problem that has been plauging HP's Beats Audio laptops for years: the sound leveling/fluctuation issue. I guess I was hoping for too much; the sound still fluctuates when trying to 'level out' the volume when internal speakers are plugged into the audio jack. This makes audio--music, videos, movies, ect.--impossible to listen to. The internal laptop speakers, however, still sound good with the two subwoofers. This is the exact same issue that I was having in W8.1. I've rolled back to Microsoft's HD audio driver like last time. Finally this driver was updated for W10 as well. Now the laptop speakers are horrible as expected.
These steps were done to remedy the problem for me in W8. Nvidia Gtx Drivers Windows 10. 1. I was also able to uninstall HP's audio driver, get rid of Beats Audio control panel, and replaced it with Realtek's own generic drivers in W8.1. This allowed me to be able to have an equalizer to control the sound. Ps3 Driver For Windows 10 on this page.
This driver also made the laptop speakers horrible, but I was able to take control of my external speaker sound, which is used 95% of the time. I can't do this, however, in W10; it won't allow me to get rid of Beats Audio control panel no matter what. This is and will continue to be an issue unless HP decides to supply an update to their Realtek drivers that will eliminate this sound fluctiation. But given HP's track record (this has been going on since 2012 with Beats Audio according to the forums), there will NEVER be a fix. I regret buying this laptop; this issue makes an excellent piece of machinery a very terrible buy, especially for a music listener and media consumer. Had I known this issue existed 5 months ago, I would have purchase a laptop from another manufacturer.