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How do you find the right multimedia audio controller driver for XP?

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Pinpointing the model of the installed sound card is the first step to finding which multimedia audio controller drivers are needed for Windows XP. Navigating through the control panel and accessing the Device Manager is one way to attempt to find the model of the sound card that is installed.

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Audio devices are usually listed under the Sound, Video and Game controller submenu. If the device is unrecognized by the computer, it features a small caution triangle next to its name. Once the model of the sound card has been determined, its drivers can be downloaded by going to the manufacturer's website. If the sound card is built into the motherboard, the necessary drivers may be downloaded from the motherboard manufacturer's website. Downloading drivers from third-party sources is often unsafe and should be avoided.

Drivers usually come in the form of an executable file. Sometimes, this executable file may be compressed in a zip folder warranting its extraction using applications such as WinZip or WinRar. Closing all running applications before installing drivers is generally advised to avoid system instability. Once the drivers have been installed, a message comes up, indicating the success or failure of the operation. A system restart may be needed before the installed driver takes effect.

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