Microsoft® Windows® XP install sound driver
Installing the sound driver in Microsoft® Windows® XP
Once you have moved to Windows® XP, you might face an issue like your hardware is not working properly or it might be because your computer is not recognizing it correctly. To make things simpler it would be better to make sure that you have the right driver for sound. The best thing to start with would be the Microsoft® updates. For this you need to have Internet Explorer® 5 or later versions. To turn on the automatic updates you need to take some steps. You need to click on ‘Start’ button and then on Control Panel. There you have an option to turn on the Automatic Updates under 'System' option. After this you need to click on 'Custom install' to click on ‘Select optional hardware updates’ towards the left column. Microsoft® Windows® XP has a feature called Plug and Play. Plug and Play detects almost all hardware on your computer and installs the suitable drivers automatically.
Guidelines to install sound drivers in Windows® XP and tips to avoid common problems are as follows:
- Identify hardware
- User privilege
- Installation of sound driver
- Hardware detection
Windows® XP has a feature called Plug and Play which identifies all the hardware on your computer and automatically installs the suitable drivers. But sometimes Windows® XP fails to identify the hardware and install the drivers. In such cases to resolve the issues related to your sound drive you need to first identify the sound chipset on your motherboard before downloading from the website because if you install the wrong driver it might affect your computer performance. In order to identify the sound chipset you could either see the motherboard or refer the Windows® XP manual.
Sometimes when you try to install the sound driver you might get an error message saying that you have no have no user privilege and you are required to log in as administrator. So always make sure that you have logged in as an administrator. It is important because you need to get the administrator rights for installing the sound driver.
Once you have identified the hardware and logged in as administrator the next step is to install the hardware. You can install it from the sound driver CD which you could receive at the time of purchase or you could download it from the trusted website. Make sure that you are downloading the correct sound driver.
You need to go to ‘My computer’ and then click on ‘Properties’ and then hardware. During XP installation it automatically detects the hardware and installs the sound driver. But sometimes it fails to do it. In such cases the device might be displayed under unknown devices. So you need to go to ‘device manager’ and uninstall the sound driver or you need to update or remove the device from the list. Only after doing this you could install the sound driver.