The Sound Driver:
How it Works
The sound hardware is the
device that processes audio signals and modifies that signal so that
it is produced properly by speaker systems. Typically, sound devices
primarily serve to convert digital audio signals into analog audio
signals, but they can also serve non-converted digital audio signals,
mono sound, or even full surround sound stereo. The sound device that
your computer is equipped will differ depending on the make and model
of the machine. Most retail computers are outfitted with a low to mid
range quality sound card that doesn't support more than 5.1 stereo
systems. Other high-end models support 7.1 surround sound stereo and
can be extremely powerful.
The demand for more
realistic and powerful sound has risen remarkably over the past
several years. Computers are now commonly hooked up to
state-of-the-art stereo systems that can deliver a wall shaking range
of decibels in crystal clear waves. As these demands for sound
quality and power increase, the hardware must evolve and so must the
drivers evolve with them.
The sound driver is a
small piece of software that contains the instructions for processing
the audio and sound signals. The sound device does not know how to
process these signals without the sound driver nor does it even know
how to communicate with other hardware devices or the operating
system. Drivers are just as important to the production of sound and
audio as the hardware device itself. Development of sound drivers for
existing devices, continues long after the initial release of the
hardware device so that improvements to the quality of it's results
can be made.
Developers face many
challenges when improving drivers. There are many rules and security
policies in Windows that the driver must comply with in order to
function. The biggest challenge is to make real and noticeable
improvements to the quality, speed and performance of the sound
device without sacrificing compatibility, compliance or stability.
Drivers are improved
consistently over time as bugs or general improvements to the
hardware are discovered. You don't have to replace your hardware to
get the update, you simply need to update the driver. The
manufacturer of the sound device distributes these updates freely in
small packages called driver updates. They can be obtained from the
manufacturers website but they must be manually extracted and
installed. This method requires above average knowledge of file
formats, file extraction, manual installation procedures and
Many users are
uncomfortable with performing tasks such as these and often do not
have anyone or any resource that can complete the job for them.
Therefore, the issue worsens as the old driver becomes more and more
out-of-date. The old driver effects the stability of the computer and
is not delivering the same amount of speed and performance that
updating to the most current driver would. Updating to the most
current driver for a sound device will improve the sound quality of
the device by making improvements to the clarity, volume handling and
Common Problems with
Sound hardware can be quite susceptible to damage as it
is not uncommon for a sound component to be run for hours at a time
and at extremely powerful ranges of volume. Like any other component
of a computer, they are not immune to the effects of hard disk errors
and processing errors. Drivers can be become non-functional in a
variety of different ways.
Common Causes of Failure...
The sound driver is out-of-date
The sound driver is missing or corrupt
An update to the driver failed or was not completed
The sound device is damaged
Although a sound device does take quite a beating, they
are pretty durable components. If you're having an issue producing
sound from your computer, it is likely a driver issue and a simple
uninstallation and reinstallation of the driver will solve the
problem. We have compiled a guide to manually fixing Sound Drivers, however, you must be certain that you are getting the
correct driver for the correct device.
Locating a driver means knowing all the required
information about the device and the operating system. Then, the user
must navigate through an entire website to find a single file,
download it and then manually install the new driver. Some drivers
come with installers that will walk the user through the process, yet
there are still a great deal of users who feel intimidated by these
driver software installers.
How to Easily Download the Correct Sound Driver
The easy way to download the correct sound drivers for your system is to use an automatic tool that installs the right ones for your specific hardware. Since finding the correct sound drivers manually can be time-consuming, and because installing an incorrect driver can potentially crash your PC, using software that does all the hard work for you is a safer, faster option. To be sure you install the right drivers for your sound device, we developed an automated tool that removes the guesswork and ensures that you find the right driver for your PC called DriverUpdate.
DriverUpdate automatically determines the correct, most up-to-date drivers your system needs and downloads them in the correct order. This guarantees your computer won't encounter errors from incorrect or out-of-date drivers and protects against hidden driver conflicts you may not know about.
DriverUpdate lets you avoid spending hours troubleshooting driver problems, and gives you peace of mind knowing that you have the right sound driver installed on your PC - a driver that won't crash your system.
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