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Finding the Right Audio Drivers for Windows XP

Clear and crisp audio is something that we have come to expect and take for granted from all of our devices, be they cellphones, music players, and most especially, our desktop and laptop computers. The loss of any audio fidelity or function on your PC is something you’d probably consider unacceptable, as it completely disables your computer as a tool for entertainment or voice communication.

Sound cards and devices are some of the most reliable components on any PC. they rarely break down due to hardware failure because of two key facts: they have no moving parts that break, and they don’t generate enough heat to potentially damage itself. This means that whenever a sound card does fail, software is most likely to blame.

This problem could be exacerbated by your choice of operating system. If you’re still running Windows XP on your PC or laptop, then its age might be contributing to your audio device’s failure. All hardware devices need the corresponding software to function properly with computers. This software, called drivers are usually prepackaged by the manufacturer with the device. If a device comes without a driver, then it is probably because they are already presumed to be preloaded into the operating system. With Windows XP being so old, it simply can’t keep up with the march of progress, and as a result, might not be able to support all devices. However, this doesn’t mean that you should swap your device for something else or even change operating systems.

First of all, you need to check if your device is supported by Windows XP in the first place. Microsoft keeps a very lengthy catalog of compatible devices here. Keep in mind that if your device has just been released, it might not yet be on the list. Also, if the manufacturer of your device is fairly unknown, it might never appear on this list at all, even if it is supported by Windows XP.

Once you’ve established that your device is compatible, you can  try updating Windows XP. Microsoft still releases periodic updates for it, and while these usually address security and functionality concerns, they also update the devices that the OS can support. You can download all the updates for your OS at Microsoft’s official support site. These updates can vary in size from a few megabytes to over a gigabyte in size. They will be installed when you next restart your PC.

If this fails, the next step is to go and get the driver yourself. This will involve you knowing your audio device’s manufacturer and model number, and then going to their website, finding their Windows XP drivers, downloading it, and then installing the software. You will most likely need to restart your machine before the driver and your device can work properly. If you don’t have the time or inclination for such a process, then you can simply download our Driver Scan Tool, which checks your system and makes sure that all your device drivers are compatible and up to date.

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