How do I know what my sound card is

May 26, 2006 at 11:41:19
Specs: XP, 256 MB

I put in a sound card yesterday, but I'm not sure if it is the one that came with my computer, or a different one. It does not show up when I look in the device manager. I'm looking for what it is, so that I can find out the correct drivers for it.

Help is appreciated. Thanks :)

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May 26, 2006 at 11:49:24

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May 26, 2006 at 11:57:14

Nothing came up under the Sound Audio And Game devices that might tell me what my sound card is. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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May 26, 2006 at 12:13:35

if the sound card is working, and you don´t have the drivers for it, you should see a "unknown device" or somthing similar on the device manager.

if you whant to figure out what drivers you need, you have to look in the sound card board, for: manufacture, model, FCC..ect.
type it on google and search

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May 26, 2006 at 12:21:20

go to this link and enter the FCC #

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May 26, 2006 at 12:22:01

One of them says Compaq on it, but the otherone does not say anything about the manufacturer.

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May 26, 2006 at 13:14:18

Computer Components

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May 26, 2006 at 15:45:32

I have a Dell Desktop 2400, and the sound stopped working the other day. I have an integrated SoundMax sound deal, and I uninstalled the driver from the device manager, and installed it through the Drivers & Utilities Disc that came with my computer when I got it two years ago. It installed the driver fine, but still no sound came out. I went to Dell's website and downloaded the driver for it off of their after uninstalling the one from the disc, and it still did not produce any sound. Nothing is muted.

What could be the problem? Thanks.

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May 26, 2006 at 15:55:41

Double posting will not solve the problem.

If you installed a PCI Sound Card XP should recognise a card is present, if not recognise either faulty card or pci controller chip or mobo.

If it is on-board sound chip then Sound Chip has to be enabled in the BIOS.

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May 26, 2006 at 16:04:09

It's integrated into the motherboard. This is the first time that I've had these sorts of troubles with the sound on this computer. Shouldn't the sound chip already be enabled in the BIOS?

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May 26, 2006 at 16:30:25

I checked the BIOS and the sound was indeed turned on, but still no sound. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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May 26, 2006 at 17:20:11

When you have onboard sound you enable it in the BIOS. When you put in an add-on card you have to disable the onboard sound in BIOS.

From your first post it seems like your onboard sound that isn't working for some reason or another and you are still using it.

I'm confused, because your post #9 seems to conflict with your original post. You say you've added a sound card yet your sound card is integrated into the motherboard. Not sure which one you are trying to use.


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May 26, 2006 at 17:35:41

I have onboard sound. I'm considering buying a sound card because I'm pretty sure that this onboard one is totally fried.

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May 26, 2006 at 18:02:47

Sounds like the onboard might be fried, as you say.

When you try an add-on card disable the onboard sound in BIOS or the new card won't be recognised.


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