How to Detect & Install Sound Drivers

By Lita McLeary

Record any sound that can be played over the speakers using the Windows sound recorder utility.
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If your computer emits no sound, the sound card driver may not be installed. The sound card driver enables the sound card to communicate with the computer. You need to detect and install the sound card driver to start enjoying music and video on your computer.

Step 1

Turn on the computer and check if the sound driver is installed in the computer. Click “Start”, “Control Panel”, “System”, “Hardware” and “Device Manager”, and then check under “Sound, Video and Game Controllers”. If there is a yellow question mark beside the name of your sound device, you need to install the driver.

Step 2

Insert the sound device installation CD in your optical drive. The installer should automatically launch a few seconds after the optical drive detects the installer. Read and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process. Reboot the computer.

Step 3

Navigate back to the "Device Manager" window (See Step 1) and see if the yellow question mark has disappeared. If it has, the sound card driver was successfully installed. If not, then try reinstalling the driver, and if this is unsuccessful, seek the assistance of a computer professional.

Step 4

Plug a headset or speakers into the audio port, and then play an audio or video file. If you hear sounds, the sound card driver was properly installed. If you do not hear sounds, the driver may be corrupted, or the output device you are using is not functioning. In this case, troubleshoot the output device, and check again for a driver as in Step 1. If this doesn't solve the issue, then see a computer professional.