Windows® XP Audio Drivers
What are the consequences of not having Windows® XP audio driver in your system?
Audio is an important element in completing a computer’s functionality. Audio is essential for enjoying movies, music or even some applications. Audio driver are the software that makes the hardware understand what kind of sound needs to be made. Audio drivers are essential for getting full performance from your Windows® XP system. Usually audio drivers come with the installation CD of the OS; otherwise, they have to be externally installed. It is equally important that whatever sound drivers being installed on system running on Windows® XP is checked for compatibility. Some drivers may be partially compatible but they should not be used. Manufacturer should be contacted to get the correct drivers and get the system working in proper condition. Incompatible audio drivers can cause many problems for the system.
Following details give users with more information regarding consequences of not having audio drivers on system running on Windows® XP:
- Hardware malfunction
- System errors
- Lack of warning sounds
- Limited Functionality of applications
Not having audio drivers installed on your Windows® XP system will result in hardware not functioning including speakers or headphones that are connected to the system. Installation of wrong/incompatible/different audio drivers may result in partial malfunction that may have problems like low audio output, bad quality audio etc.
Sometimes not having audio drivers installed on Windows® XP system can cause system errors. This is more likely to happen if certain program that requires sound to function is invoked. This might be because the program is not able to locate the driver and it crashes causing system freeze or blue screen error.
Windows® XP provides warning sounds for various reasons. Audio drivers are essential and decode these warning sounds without drivers would sound similar (beeps) from the system. These warning sounds could be indicative of some serious issues like just before system freeze or system is about to crash, system running on low battery( in case of laptops) etc.
Lack of audio drivers can seriously affect the functionality of some applications. Applications such as, games or multimedia applications require audio drivers. Some large applications may even crash without warning if executed without audio drivers.