Ensure that you need a sound card. Nearly all modern computers have the sound card built-in to the motherboard. You can double-check that you have a sound card built-in by looking for speaker jacks on the back of the computer. Creative Sound Blaster Omni Surround 5.1 USB Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Integrated Microphone. External Box: Yes System Requirements: On PC platform Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent processor at 2.2 GHz Microsoft Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista 1GB RAM 600MB free hard disk space CDROM / DVDROM drive USB 2.0 port On Mac Platform Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Mac OS 10.6 & above.

There are many ways to determine which type of sound card is utilized by your computer. The following sections show several methods that should yield similar results with varying levels of information and detail.

Cards

Manufactured computers

For those of you who have an OEM machine, (e.g., Dell, HP, Sony, Apple, etc.) visit the manufacturer's site and search for your computer's model number. Specifications for your computer model are usually available and you can review them to determine which sound card is installed in your computer.

Using the Windows Key shortcut

  1. Press the Windows key+Pause key.
  2. In the window that appears, select Device Manager.
  3. Click the Arrow next to Sound, video and game controllers.
  4. Your sound card is in the list that appears.

Through the search box

Microsoft Windows users can determine their sound card by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start in the lower-left corner of your screen, or navigate to the Start Screen in Windows 8. Windows 10 users can skip to step 2.
  2. Locate the Search box in the lower-left corner of the window that appears. Windows 8 users can type on the Start Screen. Windows 10 users can use the Search box on the taskbar, next to Start.
  3. Type dxdiag and press Enter.
  4. Your sound card is listed under one (usually the last) of the sound tabs at the top of the window.
Microsoft sound cards & media devices drivers

Microsoft Sound Cards & Media Devices Driver

Microsoft Sound Cards & Media Devices Driver

Other methods for determining the sound card type

Looking at the sound card

Another method of determining the sound card manufacturer or model is by opening your computer case and physically examining the sound card. Commonly, the sound card manufacturer's name and model number is printed on the card itself. If the information you need is not printed on the card, you may use an FCC identification number to search its specifications.

Alternative search method

Microsoft Sound Cards & Media Devices Drivers

Microsoft Sound Cards & Media Devices driver

In the Windows Search Box, type System Information and press Enter. Click the + next to Components, then Sound Device.

Additional information

  • Computer sound drivers.
  • See our sound card definition for further information and related links.
  • Computer sound card buying tips.
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