How to Upgrade a Laptop Sound Card

by Andrea Helaine

Laptops are highly integrated devices that do not rely on a motherboard and daughter boards like desktops. Laptops rely on one motherboard with all the components integrated. In order to upgrade the sound card on your laptop, you will have to use a USB sound card.


Turn on your computer.


Connect the USB sound card to a USB port on your laptop.


Follow the wizard that pops up after inserting the CD to install the drivers for the sound card. If no wizard appears, go to the "Start" menu and select "My computer." Double click on the USB sound card manufacturer logo to launch the installer.


Connect your headphones or speakers to the new sound card.


  • check Some advanced software such as Blue-Ray software player or advanced music player might require you to change the default sound card.
  • check Always plug the USB in the same USB port. If you change the USB port, you might have to reconfigure some software to use what the system considers new.
  • check Recent operating systems might detect the USB card automatically.


  • close Make sure you do not push or pull the USB card when your laptop is on your lap as the USB connector can break.

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About the Author

Andrea Helaine has a Bachelor of Philosophy in theology and is currently finishing her thesis course for a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Helaine has been writing professionally for over 10 years and has been published in several anthologies and is currently breaking into the screenwriting market.

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