Soundcard driver

Posted on 2006-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Hi, i have a spare soundcard on hand but i couldn't find the driver cd for it and windows xp couldn't identify it too.
The worst thing is i have no idea which company manufactured it or what the model is? Are there any ways that i can still install it?
Question by:jaxrpc
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    Accepted Solution

    yes there is ...use software can detect your driver
    one of that softwares is Driver Detective:
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    Expert Comment

    locate the FCC #, and post it here.
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    put the card in your PC, run Everest :      
    it will identify it.
    Other ways is looking for printing on the card (ANY) or on the chips.      

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    irwinpks : Mind explaining more about it? Like how to locate the FCC#? sorry i am a hardware noob
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    All approved electronic devices made for US consumption will have an FCC#

    either on a label or silkscreened to the board.  With that number we can determine the manufacturer.. at least narrow down our searching efforts.

    Here is an example what it would look like..

    and at can actually search for it yourself.

    If you can locate the company that makes it....WOOHOO!  we're there!
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    Simpler to just go to system information (Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Information). Click on "problem devices". Your soundcard should be there under "the drivers for this device are not installed..."
    Look for the Vendor Number (VEN) and the device number (DEV). Make a note, then look them up here:

    This will tell you who made the chip that needs the driver, and possibly where to find it as well.

    Driverguide is agood source after first consulting the manufacturers website

    Good luck!!!
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    Expert Comment

    If neither everest or any others of the above can determine what card it is, you can try booting your PC with a copy of knoppix. It is possible that in "System Tools", "Info Center" you might get some more info on the card.

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