How to Install a Sound Driver With Ubuntu

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The process of installing a sound driver in the Ubuntu operating system is a bit different than the process users are used to with Windows. Instead of going to a manufacturer's website and downloading a file which you will then install, you can install your sound driver in Ubuntu through a built-in utility called the Synaptic Package Manager. This utility allows you to add software to your Ubuntu computer, including drivers.

  • Click "System."

  • Click "Administration."

  • Click "Synaptic Package Manager." The Synaptic Package Manager window will now expand and open up over your Ubuntu desktop.

  • Type "Restricted Drivers" into the "Search" box in the Synaptic Package Manager. Don't worry--the only reason these are called "restricted" are because they do not ship pre-installed in Ubuntu. There is nothing illegal about them. Once the listing for the restricted drivers appears, click on the box next to its name to put a check in it.

  • Search for "Gstreamer" in the Synaptic Package Manager. This is the last piece of software you'll need to install in order to get sound in Ubuntu. Once the listing for the Gstreamer appears, click on the box next to its name to put a check in it.

  • Click "Apply." The two pieces of software you checked will now download and install to Ubuntu. Your sound drivers will be installed and all of your audio equipment will now work with Ubuntu.

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