The sound card is very useful, because it is the conduit through which information relating to sound is processed for use within the computer system. The devices that are linked to this set up may include a microphone, headphones and even speakers. When you get a new sound card, it will be necessary to reinstall the sound driver, so that you have the right upgrades during the current regime. The materials that you will need for the installation include the sound card itself; a computer motherboard, the device driver and a mouse.

You will begin by identifying the category and brand of the sound card that you currently installed on the computer. This is found by using the “My Computer”. Right click on it when you find it. You should then go to the properties tab and click on the option to check the hardware. Select the device manager and then locate the option which controls the sound, videos and games. This is where you will have the branding information as well as any serial numbers that will give you the identity of the sound card.

Next Steps

Download the latest and most up to date driver for your operating system and one that is compatible with the sound card that you are using. On other occasions, you may be lucky enough to have a sound card that comes with an installation CD, which makes life considerably easier for you, because all you have to do is insert the CD before everything else will be prompted and executed with minimal effort from you. In cases, where you do not have a CD or a Disk; you should visit the manufacturer’s website.

They will have the latest drivers for download and in all probability most of them will be offered free of charge for genuine purchasers. You will inevitably have to do some searching and that means that you have to possess the exact details of the driver or soundcard software that you are looking for.

In some situations, the sound card is actually built within the motherboard. Here you are not likely to get detailed descriptions of the device manager. Therefore, you might be best advised to look at the manual, which will more likely than not, have the relevant details. The manual may also include details on where and how you can download an appropriate driver. Once the download is finished, you should have an executable file within your specified folder. Run it if it is in the open. However, if it is zipped then you first have to unzip it. Always look for the files that have an .exe extension because they are the ones that will run. All you have to do is to follow the straightforward prompts and the driver will be installed.

Restart your computer

As if often the case in these downloads, you will get a message to confirm the successful installation. If the computer does not reboot automatically, you should do it manually in order to confirm the changes.