XP cannot detect my sound card

Mark Shore January 29, 2009 at 08:53:54
Specs: Windows XP
Hi
I used to have a Vista PC but i downgraded it to XP professional, now it wont detect my sound card, im not sure how to check the name of it as it does not appear in the device manager. I have also installed Windows 7 on another partition and the sound works fine for that without the need for updated drivers.

So im not sure why XP wont find my sound card


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#1
January 29, 2009 at 10:56:08
hi
when you do a fresh install of xp you lose your sound driver graphics driver and ethernet driver you can try doing a driver scan
as far as i know vista has more drivers for different hardware (sound drivers etc.)
try an update driver app.
good luck
tcummo

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#2
January 29, 2009 at 11:50:21
Sound & ethernet drivers can be hard to find when downgrading from Vista to XP...in some cases, the drivers are non existent. I'm not familiar with Win7 but since the sound works, you *should* be able to determine what the sound chip is by looking in device manager. Once you have that info, you'll have to do a search for XP compatible drivers.

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#3
April 16, 2009 at 18:32:36
These are all inaccurate explanations. Simply open up your case and look at your sound card, there is usually enough information provided on in most computers 10- years old. and your video card. Video is usually in the AGP slot or PCI express slot. Sound is either in the pci slot and if it is onboard, it will usually say in your bios. Which is at the beginning of a boot, f12, f9 Del, etc. If it does not show there, you may need a bios update but be careful with bios stuff.

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#4
April 16, 2009 at 18:37:27
Or if you have a branded computer, you can simply google the model # of it and you should find all the hardware specs of it. Then search the drivers pertaining to your soundcard brand, video, etc.

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