What Are Some Free Audio Device Downloads?


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Audio device drivers can be downloaded for free from the manufacturer of a computer's sound card or, if the sound device is built into the computer's motherboard, the manufacturer of the motherboard. Audio device drivers can also be downloaded through Microsoft Windows Update.

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If the system is running Microsoft Windows XP or a newer operating system and automatic updates are enabled, audio device drivers recognized by Microsoft Windows are installed automatically during the system's boot sequence. Sometimes Microsoft Windows makes identification errors; thus computer hardware technicians recommend installing the audio device driver specified by the manufacturer. If the manufacturer or model of a PC's sound hardware or motherboard is unknown, it can be determined using an application called CPU-Z, developed by CPU-ID. This is safer than downloading an audio device driver from a website such as Softonic or Driverguide that may attempt to install advertising software as well.

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