Realtek Driver Issues

Installed Windows 7 64-bit on an old Novatech / Clevo laptop, made when Vista was out.
Windows automatically installed a driver, but the integrated microphone did not work.

Installed the latest Realtek audio codec driver, which made the microphone work, but now
the sound was distorted, like speaking into a fan. Reducing the quality from DVD 24-bit to
CD 16-bit changed the distortion into lots of crackles, pops, and other static noises.

Tried an old official W7 driver from the Clevo site, but still the same problem. Dug out the original
driver CD with R1.91 drivers, but the setup.exe was designed for Vista and refused to install.

Went into Device Manager, chose Update Driver on the 'High Definition Audio Device' and pointed
it to the Vista64 folder within the Realtek drivers, it installed, and everything worked perfectly.

Stuck Samsung Bios Update

Ran the Samsung Software Update, it said a new bios update was available, chose install.
After 30 minutes, the progress bar was still scrolling away doing nothing, stuck, hung, frozen?

I went into Task Manager, and used 'End Process' on sManager.exe which revealed a popup
box that was hidden behind, telling me that AC power is required during the bios update.

Clicked OK, turned on mains power, and ran the updater again, same thing, 30 minutes, nothing.
Updater window was not movable, Alt+Tab revealed nothing, so once again killed the sManager.exe

There was the popup again, but with information on the update, and giving me a final option to say
Yes or No, chose Yes, it updated the bios in less than a minute and rebooted, all working fine.

How annoying is that, all because the bios updater gets launched behind the SW Update window.