Windows® XP Sound Device Driver
Upgrading sound card driver in a PC working on Windows® XP operating system
Entertainment is one of the prime reasons for people to use computers. Entertainment may come in different forms – songs, videos, games. No matter what the form is, sound is an essential part of this entertainment. Without sound any form of entertainment activity is dull. Moreover, it is not only entertainment, any business presentation or professional documentaries also have sounds. However, this important part may not be available for a number of reasons. Many times, the problem lies in the sound card.
The following points will provide better understanding of problems with sound card and how to upgrade it:
- How to detect the problem with sound card?
- How to upgrade sound card driver in Windows® XP?
- Common issues that may come in upgrading process
How to detect the problem with sound card?
Before attempting the upgrade on sound drive, you may have to try different tricks to identify the problem. First make sure that the volume of your PC is not muted. Also try different peripheral devices like speakers or microphones to see whether those may be source of the problem. You can also try other software to run the sound files to check whether the application software is the issue. If none of it works, the problem may lie with the sound card driver and you need to resolve it.
How to upgrade sound card driver in Windows® XP?
Windows® XP has a built in troubleshooting for sound card driver update. You double click the “System” icon in “Control Panel”. Then click the “Device Manager” from the “Hardware” tab. Expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” option. You should see the sound card in the expanded list. Double click that and check the “Driver” tab. Here you will find “Update driver software”. Click the button and follow the procedure for updating the sound card driver in Windows® XP.
One of the common problems is that the default troubleshooting process does not work. In that case, you may have to uninstall the driver and collect the correct driver from the manufacturer of the sound card. Make sure that you download the Windows® XP compatible driver from the manufacturer. Another issue that may come up during the upgrading process is the resource conflict. The sound card may use IRQ, DMA and I/O ranges that may be shared by some other applications. In that case, you have to customize the resource setting to get rid of the conflict. However, customizing the resource allocation is tricky and you may need to consult experienced technicians.