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sound card installation...

by austin6118 / February 13, 2006 6:07 AM PST

i was trying to install a sound card on my moms computer so i opened the case and didnt see any other previous sound card so i assumed it was just on the mother board, so i put the new card in one of the empty spots and when i ran the driver it wouldent fully go through saying something about not the right OS or something like that, the card is in the computer but the driver just wont install and still no sound....ideas?

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(NT) (NT) So, what sound card, what O/S, and all that?
by kschang / March 2, 2006 8:15 AM PST
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Don't assume...
by GeeBee / July 1, 2006 10:55 PM PDT

..., look at the back of the computer! See any miniature headphone sockets (three "line out/line in/mic", at the very least) amongst all the other motherboard plugs? If "yes" the motherboard has a sound chip built in, and adding a soundcard isn't needed. You should run the motherboard's installation software to enable the built in hardware. If "no" and there aren't any headphone jacks on the back plate...a seperate soundcard is needed.

As far as installing software on the wrong operating system...that's something that is easy and hard all in one go.

It's "hard" because if your soundcard software doesn't support the versions of Windows (not the right OS) you're using, there's nothing you can do to get around the problem. It's "easy" to find the website (google) for the soundcard you're trying to setup, and see if there is a version of the software for the Windows you are using.


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