Thursday, 23 October 2014

Identify Soundcards

Sound cards are devices installed in computers that handle translating data into audio that can be transmitted through speakers or headphones. Some cards allow for audio input as well, such as with an audio microphone. It can be useful to know what type of sound card is installed on a computer for planning hardware or software upgrades. A sound card can often be identified while using the computer, but they can also often be identified by opening up the computer case.


Using the Device Manager

1. Click "Start," and then click "Control Panel."

2. Double click on "Administrative Tools," and then on "Computer Management."

3. Click "Device Manager" on the menu on the left. A list of your computer's devices will come up.

4. Search down the list of devices and click the plus sign (+) next to "Sound, Video and Game Controllers." The installed sound card will be listed. Right click the card and select "Properties" to view more advanced information.

Use DXdiag

5. Click "Start" and then click "Run."

6. Type "dxdiag" in the run field and press "OK." If you have Windows Vista, you can type "dxdiag" right into the search field and press "Enter" rather than using the Run command.

7. Check the "Sound" tab or tabs in the diagnostic window that appears. There will be a tab for each sound card installed; each will list important information about your sound card such as card type and manufacturer as well as driver version and date.

Open the Computer

8. Turn off the PC and unplug the power cable.

9. Open the case using a screwdriver to remove several screws holding on the left side panel of the case.

10. Look for the device that your speakers are plugged into. This device will be the sound card. Inspect the card for identifying information. Many cards have labels identifying what type of card they are and the manufacterer. However, if you have an onboard sound card (i.e., one built into you main board), you may not find any identifying information on the board itself.

11. Close the case back up and replace the screws when finished.

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