For your sound card to work optimally and continue to work, you have to stay on top of your sound card driver updates. You may not realize it, but many sound card manufacturers update their drivers on a monthly basis. With Windows constantly updating, you need to keep on top of it or you can find yourself looking at sound driver issues.
What is a Sound Driver?
A sound driver is a little piece of programming that allows your sound card to talk to Windows. It acts as a translator. So when a program wants to play sound or music, it will. Without the driver, you would have silence, static, or a buzzing sound. Definitely not the sound effects you want when using your computer for Skype, iTunes, or playing games.
How to Manually Update Your Sound Card Driver
The first step in updating your sound card driver is knowing what sound card you have. To do that, you need to go into Device Manager and find your sound card. So follow these steps:
- Click on Start
- Go to the Search Bar
- Type in “Device Manager” and press Enter
- Go into the Device Manager
- Go to “Sound, video and game controllers.” You should see your sound card listed there.
- Write down the make and model of your sound card
Now the next step is to go to the manufacturer’s web page and find the latest drivers. Most manufacturers’ web pages are easy to navigate.
- First do a Google search for the manufacturer’s page.
- Then when you get to the page, look for “Support” or “Downloads.”
- There will either be a search feature or a feature where you enter your model information into drop down boxes to narrow the search for the drivers. Since you should have your model numbers written down, this will be easy.
- Then the website will want to know which version of Windows you have—again an easy question.
- Now you can download the file to a place you will remember. Try to make a mental note on if the file is an exe or not.
Now that you have the file, things can be easy—or they could be complicated. It all depends on if the file was an exe or not. If the file was an exe, all you have to do is double click it and it will self install. We’re going to assume that it was not an exe, for the benefit of our readers who are not so lucky. To update sound card drivers follow these steps:
- Go back into Device Manager
- Double click on the sound card
- Click on the “Driver” tab
- Click on the “Update Driver” button
- Browse to where you saved the driver from the manufacturer’s website
- Update Driver
- Your computer may want to restart at this time. Let it.
Install Your Drivers the Easy Way
What if we told you there was a way to stay on top of the updated drivers as they came out without having to go to the manufacturer’s web page every month, and hassle with the Device Manager and updating drivers? What if we told you it only took a couple clicks of the mouse to do it? Wouldn’t you want to do it this way instead?
That’s what driver update software is all about. Keeping up with the latest drivers, while saving you the time and effort of hunting down the latest sound card drivers and the hassle of updating them.