Sound Card

How to Replace the Sound Card in Toshiba Laptops

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Toshiba, like other laptop brands, has an integrated, on-board sound card. The only way to change an integrated sound card is to replace the entire motherboard. However, there are other sound card options for laptops, such as installing an express, PCMCIA or a USB sound card.

How to Reinstall Sound Card Software

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A sound card is a hardware device that is responsible for the computer’s audio output. It can be integrated, or built onto the motherboard, or may come as an expansion card. Regardless, this device needs a driver that will communicate with the computer’s operating system in order for it to function. If you happen to have installed the wrong sound card software or the existing driver is already corrupted, you can easily uninstall it and reinstall the driver.

How to Use a Default Sound Card

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Changing between different audio sources on your computer may be necessary when working with multiple audio device, such as computer audio output and external audio interface devices. It is relatively simple to switch between different audio output devices and revert to your computer's default sound card by changing audio settings in your operating system.

How to Choose a Sound Card for Your Computer

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While integrated sound has come a long way since the early days, nothing beats a sound card to increase not only sound quality, but PC performance as well. Learn what you need to know to choose a sound card.

How to Install Audio Hardware Sound Cards

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Add upgraded sound to your computer by installing a sound card. A sound card is the hardware that processes sound, receives sound from inputs, and outputs audio to speakers from your computer. A new sound card can help if you have no sound card or if your current sound card is broken or out-of-date. If your computer's sound is not working, installing a sound card and driver can address hardware sound problems and improve the sound on your computer.

How to Troubleshoot a USB Sound Card

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A USB sound card connects to a computer via a USB port. These devices usually provide additional line-in/line-out cable connections or a direct audio control feature so users don't have to adjust the sound settings through the computer's desktop. Regardless of the USB sound card's function, if the hardware is not working correctly you need to troubleshoot the connection problem.

How to Hook Up a Sound Blaster Sound Card

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Sound Blaster is a standard audio card used on many desktop computer systems. Typically, a computer comes with a built-in sound card. If you need a new device or want to upgrade, it is possible to hook up and install a new Sound Blaster sound card on your computer in only a few minutes, regardless of your past experience with computers.

How to Capture a Sound Card

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Capturing, as in recording all the sounds going through computer's sound card, is a relatively simple procedure that only requires free hard-drive space, a suitable software program and a TRS small profile audio-patch cable. Windows computers usually come equipped with a sound recorder program, which is part of the entertainment accessory programs found in the "Start" menu.

How to Use 2 Sound Cards

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Home theater PCs now appear in 1.5 to 2 million U.S. households, according to a 2008 MSNBC News poll. They provide show-quality video and audio playback in the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, not every computer is initially capable of this high-quality entertainment; it is often necessary to upgrade. Most computers come with a stock sound card for basic audio use; however, running an advanced theater setup can overload the card. A second sound card can alleviate some of the playback burden. Installing another sound card is a relatively simple procedure that with the right know-how, will provide an ideal home theater experience as well as crisper, clearer recording quality and MP3 playback.

How to Turn on Onboard Sound Cards

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Onboard sound and video cards are devices built into the motherboard that allow you to use these features without installing peripheral devices on a computer. Sometimes peripheral devices are installed that override the built-in devices on a motherboard. Should an installed sound card malfunction, you can revert to the onboard sound by disabling (turning off) the corrupt device.

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