Updating your sound card

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This is a scenario in which you’ll want to update these drivers: When you’re having problems with a device, it can be very helpful to know what version of the driver you’re using, especially if you’re posting on a forum, or reading a thread somewhere about a problem that was fixed in a particular driver update.To check the driver version, just open up Device Manager using the Start Menu search box, find the driver in the list, right-click and choose Properties.For the most part, when you download drivers from somewhere like NVidia or AMD/ATI, they will have an entire driver installation wizard included in the download, so you’ll just run that to upgrade the drivers to the latest version.If you happen to find a driver (perhaps for a device that is giving you an error) that is in a zip file, you can use the wizard screen above and choose the Browse option.Just like computer programs have updates and service packs to fix bugs and add features, drivers do as well.If you’ve got a problem with a device, you should think about upgrading the drivers. We suggest always keeping your graphics drivers up-to-date.Updating drivers can often correct odd visual behaviors such as freezing, artifacts, model slicing, and slow performance.

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It’s not so much that you’ll need to keep the drivers updated to the very latest version all the time, it’s that you don’t want to be using some generic driver when you could be using the real driver.If you’re trying to eke out every tiny bit of performance out of your system, you should make sure that your video card drivers are updated using the manufacturer’s drivers, and you probably want to upgrade your chipset, networking, and sound card drivers as well.Switching from the built-in Windows drivers for your video card to the official NVidia or ATI/AMD drivers will make a world of difference, and keeping them updated can yield huge speed gains.Off the Shelf PC If you’re running an off-the-shelf PC or laptop and haven’t reloaded Windows manually, chances are good that most of your drivers are already using the manufacturer’s approved drivers.This includes things like chipset, motherboard, sound card, and the like.Here are links for downloading drivers from the most common graphics card manufacturers: If you upgraded your driver to resolve a display issue, and it didn't resolve the issue, you may consider installing an older driver for your graphics card instead.

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