Detect a sound card

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Detect a sound card
Detect a sound card
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The sound card in your computer is responsible for controlling and processing the input and output of all audio on your device. If you are having problems with the sound on your computer, or if you recently installed a new sound card, you can check if the sound card is detected by Windows.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Windows 8

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Step 1. Point your mouse to the lower right corner of the Start screen on your Windows 8 computer

The search function is displayed on the screen.

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Step 2. Type 'Control Panel' in the search field, and select the program when it appears in the search results

The Control Panel window is displayed on the screen.

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Step 3. Type "Device Manager" in the search field at the top of the Control Panel and select the program when it appears in the search results

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Step 4. Click "Sound, video and game controllers" to expand the list

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Step 5. Double click on the name of your sound card

The properties of the sound card are displayed on the screen.

If no sound card is listed, your computer is not detecting the sound card and there may be other issues to resolve

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Step 6. Check if the sound card is listed as 'This device is working properly'

This indicates that your Windows 8 computer successfully detects the sound card.

Method 2 of 4: Windows 7 / Windows Vista

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Step 1. Click on 'Start' and select 'Control Panel'

The Control Panel window opens and appears on the screen.

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Step 2. Click on 'System and Security' and then click on 'Device Manager'

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Step 3. Click "Sound, video and game controllers" to expand the list

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Step 4. Verify that the audio card is listed as 'This device is working properly'

This indicates that your computer has successfully detected the sound card.

If no sound card is listed, your computer is not detecting the sound card and may require further troubleshooting

Method 3 of 4: Windows XP / Windows 2000

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Step 1. Click on 'Start' and go to 'Settings'

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Step 2. Click on 'Control Panel'

The Control Panel window opens.

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Step 3. Click on 'System' and select 'System Properties'

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Step 4. Click on the 'Hardware' tab and then click on 'Device Manager'

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Step 5. Click "Sound, video and game controllers" to expand the list

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Step 6. Check if the sound card says 'This device is working properly'

This indicates that your computer has successfully detected the sound card.

If no sound card is listed, your computer is not detecting the sound card and there may be other issues to resolve

Method 4 of 4: Troubleshooting

Step 1. If you recently installed a new sound card, move the sound card to a different slot on your computer's motherboard

You do this to make sure that the sound card is correctly installed in your computer, if you have installed the hardware incorrectly.

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Step 2. If no sound card is detected, try updating the sound card drivers and BIOS for your computer

In some cases, the software on your computer may be outdated.

Download updated drivers from the computer manufacturer's website or contact the manufacturer directly if you need further assistance updating the BIOS or sound card drivers

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Step 3. Use Windows Update to check if all software is up to date on your computer

In some cases, your sound card may not be detected if you are using older, outdated software.

  • Windows 8: Windows Update will run automatically.
  • Windows 7 / Windows Vista: Click 'Start', search for 'Windows Update', click 'Check for Updates' and select the option to install any available updates.
  • Windows XP / Windows 2000: Click 'Start', go to 'All Programs', select 'Windows Update', click 'Scan for Updates' and then select the option to install any available updates.

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