Windows XP Audio Drivers
If you’re having problems with the sound quality of your computer, before you buy a new set of speakers, first try to download the latest drivers for your sound card. The problem might be on the drivers and not on the speakers. (Why not try this first…drivers are a lot easier and less expensive to replace than the hardware.)
To enjoy a great sound coming out of your speakers, you need to have the latest audio drivers for your computer. Some drivers are built-in into your computer system, especially in the case of notebooks. The first step is to check what type of sound card you have. You can find the driver information for most devices through the Control Panel. Click the Start button, Settings, and Control Panel. Locate the type of device you want to check. Click to select the desired device from the Devices list and click the Properties button. In the resulting dialog box, click the Driver tab and look for the Driver Date and Driver Version. You can download updated drivers from the manufacturer’s site. Or, look for the drivers CD that came with your system. Run the CD and look for the audio drivers. You can use the files there to reinstall the drivers in your computer. While that won’t update your driver, it usually solves most of the problems that users encounter with their sound system.