How to Upgrade Drivers for a Sound Card

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Upgrade drivers for a sound card by visiting the sound card manufacturer's Web site, finding the model, and downloading updated drivers. Avoid upgrading sound card drivers unless there is a specific problem with the sound card, and consider advice from a network engineer and IT specialist in this free video on computer sound cards.

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Your sound card drivers are what really interfaces with Windows so if you want to upgrade your drivers I would recommend not to do that. Why is that you ask? Well basically it is kind of like fixing something that is not broken. Drivers really don't give added stability unless they state they do on the website. So in order to find out which drivers are right for you you have to go to the website of the manufacturer and find out. Generally Windows will come with a lot of drivers already particularly for the big names like Creative or even Real Tech which are built into the mother board generally so to find out which drivers you have or that you want to install or upgrade you would actually go into device manager and you do that by right clicking on your computer, my computer on Windows XP and then computer inside of the start menu in Vista. Then you go to properties and in XP you click on the tab that says devices and then click on the device manager button. In Vista you would go to advanced system settings or actually no, device manager, I'm sorry, it's right here on the left. Then from here there should be a sound video and game controller section you highlight or expand that tree out and then here I have two, I have the Phillips which is my external sound card and Sigma Tel which is the internal sound card that is built into all laptops. There is going to be one on every laptop. There is not going to be one that is not recognized. Most of the time out of the box all computers will have these sound drivers installed and there is really no need to update them unless you wanted some added features that maybe wasn't available at the time or connector isn't working appropriately. You would then go to whichever one of these websites that you would want to. Say for instance Sigma Tel, you go to Sigma Tel's website and then type in the model number of the sound cards that you have or go to the manufacturer of your computer's website which is generally a better case scenario than going to the actual sound card manufacturer's website because undoubtedly the sound card manufacturer will point you back to the original equipment manufacturer whether it be Dell, HP, Sony or whoever.

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