Update Sound Drivers for XP
In today’s world of media on demand, one of the most annoying things that can possibly happen to you is to have your PC or laptop refusing to play any audio. Barring a hardware failure, the most common cause of audio problems, especially on a computer running an older operating system such as Windows XP, is problems with the audio device’s drivers.
Drivers are the software that allow your devices to be recognized and used by your computer and OS. Without the proper drivers installed on your computer, none of your devices or peripherals would ever work properly. For this reason, manufacturers bundle a CD or DVD containing the appropriate drivers, or at the very least, include instructions as to where you can download them.
These drivers are especially important to an old OS like Windows XP, which often requires that drivers be installed before most devices can be used with it. On newer versions of Windows such as Windows Vista and Windows 7, a lot of peripherals and devices are plug and play, requiring no driver installation process at all.
So what does this have to do with your audio problems? Well, if your trusty old sound card just stopped working, then your drivers may have been damaged or corrupted by a virus or an improperly executed program installation. If you just purchased a brand new sound card, then the drivers might not have installed properly or might be completely incompatible with either your OS or your hardware.
At this point, you might be bracing yourself for the excruciating task of figuring out exactly what went wrong with your drivers, trying to find the right version for your computer, and then looking for the right place to download them from. It’s a lot of hassle, especially if you’re not really that much of a PC enthusiast. Thankfully, there is a faster, easier, and more efficient solution to this and all your other device driver problems.
Driver Detective, one of the latest in today’s new generation of smart applications, is a program that can automatically identify the driver that will best suit the device you are trying to install, taking into account exactly what operating system you are running, along with other important data about your computer. It will then download and install the driver for you, freeing you from these tedious and time-consuming tasks. It will even help keep your drivers updated automatically. So the next time you’re having trouble getting a device to work with your PC, don’t waste time doing it manually. Just fire up Driver Detective and let it do all the hard work for you.