Is your Sound card not working? This is the final part of the sound card tutorial series. Here we look at some of the things you can do to fix sound card problems.
Part 1, Sound Card Definition, discusses what a sound card is. The article also discusses what today's audio cards can be used for.
Part 2, the How To Install A Sound Card
tutorial, walks you through the steps of installing a physical sound
card into your computer. The steps can also be used for re-installing an audio card.
Part 3 looks at how to install Creative Labs Sound Card Drivers. If you want your new sound card to work correctly, you need to install the drivers. The steps outlined are similar for all types of audio card.
by people, for people. Computers will always have hardware and/or
software issues from time to time. Sound cards are no exception.
The IT technicians secret approach to fixing such problems, is to start from the outside-in. What do I mean by that?
I have outlined five approaches for troubleshooting sound cards based on the outside-in principle. You start with your computers peripherals, then the software, then the internal components.
This approach is a proven method to get things working again on your machine.
All becomes clearer after you finish reading the article. Listed
below is a link to each part of the troubleshooting process.
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If you find your audio card has stopped working, there are a few quick checks you can make on your external speakers.
If you have a Laptop, or you don't have speakers connected to your computer, skip this section and move onto the Control Panel Test section below.
Check your speakers are plugged into the mains and switched on at the power socket, and on the speakers themselves if appropriate.
Check the audio cable for the speakers is plugged into the correct sound card port (Line In).
Remove the speakers audio cable from the sound card and plug it back in. It is surprising how often computer wires look like they are plugged in correctly only to 're-seat them' and find it fixes the problem.
If you suspect your speakers are the culprit, you can try plugging them into another known working computer, or even something like an MP3 player, to confirm whether your speakers are in working order.
If you confirm your speakers are working properly, the next step is to look at any potential issues with your computer software.