How do I check the status of my sound card in Windows?:


For Windows 2000 and XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Click System.
  5. Select the Hardware tab.
  6. Click Device Manager.
  7. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the Sound, video, and game controllers entry.
  8. Right-click your sound card title (Audio Codec, etc. )
  9. Select Properties.
  10. In the Device Status box, check that the message is This device is working properly. If the Device Status message states that the device is not working properly, press the Troubleshooting button or contact your sound card or computer manufacturer for further assistance.

For Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  2. Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.
  3. Click Sound, video, and game controllers to expand.
  4. Under Sound, video, and game controllers, double-click the entry for your sound card, and then click the Driver tab.

    Note:
    If a Driver tab is not present, the entry that you clicked under Sound, video, and game controllers may not be the correct entry for your sound card. Try clicking any additional entries listed under Sound, video, and game controllers.
  5. Click Update Driver Software.
  6. Follow the Update Driver Software Wizard to update the sound card driver.

For Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
  2. Click the Hardware tab.
  3. Expand Sound, video, and game controllers.
  4. Double-click the sound card, and then click the Driver tab.
  5. Click Update Driver.
  6. Follow the Hardware Update Wizard to update the sound card driver.
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