What should I do about my sound card?

Question

I just reformatted my hard drive, and re-installed windows xp....

But I can't find any cds that came with my computer that installs audio drivers.

Right now I don't have any sound, and when I go to the volume control it tells me that there are no active mixer devices available.

What should I do?

Answer

This question was answered on October 12, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The best thing that you can do is find out the maker of your sound card Most of the times Windows recognizes sound card names and has default drivers for them so you can at least have some sort of audio but it chances are that it will not be the latest drivers available So step one would be to right click my computer then click on properties That would take you to the system properties Then click on the hardware tab then click on the device manager button A new window will show up Next click on the plus sign for Sound, video and game controllers to expand it Inside that would be a few things like Audio codecs, Legacy Audio drivers and such and one of them should be the name of your sound card Usually it’s the one with the weird name like Creative PCI or some sort Now that you identified the name of the card write it down and go to www.google.com and type in the name of the card followed by drivers and it should take you straight to the page were you can download your driver for your sound card Save it to a spot you know where it’s located and install it Your PC may need to be restarted when you install it so make sure u save your changes After that, you shouldn’t have any more problems with your sound card

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Posted by joseph of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 12, 2004