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How to Install a System Speaker Driver

by David Lipscomb

Installing system speaker drivers for Windows operating systems is no different than locating other drivers and installing them. Many brand-new sound cards do not have immediate Widows support, so in many cases, those drivers must be downloaded directly from the manufacturer's website. After these drivers are installed, normal sound card operation can resume. Following some simple steps in Windows can alleviate computer sound woes.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" key at the lower right of the screen. Click on "Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices."

Step 2

Click on "Sounds and Audio Devices." Click on the "Hardware" tab.

Step 3

Click on the name of the sound card. Click on "Properties," then "Driver." Click on "Update Driver" to start the Windows search for driver updates.

Step 4

Click "Start," then "Run" in the Start menu. Enter "dxdiag" in the Run menu field, and click "OK." This begins the process of searching for the name of the sound card and speaker drivers, if they are not known, and Windows cannot automatically update internally.

Step 5

Click the "Sound" tab in the small window that opens. Examine the "Device" header. Underneath that, look at the "Name" entry. Beneath "Driver," look for Provider.

Visit the sound card manufacturer's website, and download the appropriate drivers (and/or driver updates) for the sound card.

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