You can easily find out if your volume drivers and devices are functioning properly. If the hardware you use is working, you might have to test your sound card and update your computer.
How to Use Device Manager to Check your Equipment
Using the device manager helps you check the condition of your speakers, microphone, mouse and other devices. It also tells you if your volume drivers are properly installed and whether or not your sound card works. If you need updates, follow the steps for that as well.
For Windows 7 Users — Use this troubleshooting guide to make sure your sound card and hardware work right, and obtain necessary updates:
- Search for “Device Manager” from your Start Menu search bar. Search results will appear — one of which says “Device Manager.”
- Click on “Device Manger” when you see this option appear. After you do, a dialogue box opens that shows all the hardware you have installed on your computer.
- Double-Click on sound, video, and game controllers. You will see listed one or more volume drivers. For instance, it might say “Conexant High Definition Audio” on the list.
- View the “General” tab. It will say “this device is working properly” if it’s functioning right. You can also view other tabs to learn more about the particular volume drive you have installed on your PC.
- Go to the “Driver” tab and click on “Update Driver.” Options will appear to help you find the right volume drivers. If you see none, you might need to take an alternative updating action.
For Windows 8 Users — Use these steps to verify if your sound card and equipment works, then update them:
Once you enter your Windows 8 Device Manager, checking your volume driver requires similar steps. Just follow below.
- Perform an app search for “Control Panel,” and click or tap on it. Use your charms menu search tool to access it and then open up “Control Panel” when it appears.
- Tap or click on “Hardware or Sound” with your finger or mouse. You will see it on the left side of your Control Panel screen, usually right above “Programs.”
- Tap or click on “Device Manager” on the next screen. Usually, you will see it on the right hand side of the page toward the top under “Devices and Printers.”
- Touch “Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.” A list of your sound cards will appear. Usually most computers have one installed.
- Tap or click on your installed volume driver. If you don’t see one, you don’t have one installed yet. If you do, tap or click it with your finger or mouse. If you don’t know what to look for, here’s some examples: Conexant High Definition Audio, Realtek High Definition Audio or Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro.
- Look at the “general” tab. Does it say “this device is working” properly in the “device status” box? If so, your audio drive works just fine.
- Tap or click on “Update Driver” from the “Driver” tab. If available, you can download them from the Internet and install them, or you can browse for them on your computer and confirm you want them installed.
If You Can’t Find Volume Drivers Using the Device Manager
You may have the chance to find them using another method. Of course, Windows Updates could help. Always keep these turned on and allow any upgrades you can.
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