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Yesterday I was enjoying music from my laptop's 3.5mm jack, but after I returned home from picking my daughter up, I found my laptop would not recognize audio devices. I managed to get it to recognize the speakers built into my external monitor, but it refuses to detect its own built-in speakers or anything I plug into the 3.5mm headphone jack. I downloaded the latest Realtek driver from Acer's website (after entering my laptop's serial number), but after installing the driver and restarting the laptop, Device Manager doesn't even recognize the new driver; the only thing it recognizes under the "Sound, video and game controllers" selection is my monitor's speakers (plugged in by the HDMI port, of course). I also downloaded the Realtek Audio Console from Acer's website, but I have no idea what it is or how to install it, as it doesn't include an executable file. I've never had this happen on any desktop or laptop I've owned over the years, and this laptop is only about two months old, so I'm fairly frustrated with it at the moment. Any help is appreciated.
[Edited the thread to add model name to the title]