A soundcard is a device attached to the mother board inside computers and is responsible for issuing sound. Back in time, a computer was exclusive on its speakers, you must have suffered from those beeps that might have disturbed you when you first had a PC, but marvelous enhancements were applied to soundcards of nowadays. They are now able to play music, recognize speech and issue sound effects. When it comes to failure rates, sound cards don’t show a significant high rate of lousy performance or non-functioning, they get altered more than any other device. The reason behind this is older PCI soundcards produce artificial and annoying sound compared to the needed quality of a game or a sound track

Does it always have to be a hardware problem?

It’s not always a hardware problem; sometimes it’s just a missing .info file, which in another colloquial term called the device driver. The driver is a file contains information about certain peripherals attached to computers like the Manufacturer, Model, Type, Capabilities etc. when this file is missing or corrupted, the computer organization operates without it, so it seems like its not a working adapter meanwhile its pretty good functioning one.

Into action

If you diagnosing the problem and making sure that it’s not a software one neither a malfunctioning speakers, you can declare it now as a hardware one. Then start with getting a new soundcard that matches the specification of your mother board. How to replace it? Follow us now.

  • the First step is familiarizing your self with much information about both the new and old soundcard adapters , the easiest way and by the way the most  effective is to read the user guides or user manuals
  • Make sure that you have the required drivers for the soundcard, they are found mostly on CDs that come with the adapter. If not you can download the required driver from the manufacturer’s official website, download drivers section.
  • Make your precautions by wearing the antistatic wrist strap, as an alternative way you can touch the computer case to get rid of static electricity right before you resume working.
  • Turn off your PC and take off the AC power cord.
  • If you have a tower computer case lean it on its side, start removing screws and to open it safely.
  • Unplug the external speakers attached to the soundcard.
  • Find the old soundcard and unplug , and make sure that its not attached to anything else but its socket in the motherboard
  • Some computers have CD-ROM sound cables; if so disconnect it from the jack posed on the damaged soundcard. If your computer doesn’t have this kind of cables, just release any holding clips, don’t rush and just take it off, this might ruin your mother board.
  • Now, its time to remove the old soundcard from the holding slot; just pull it straightly and smoothly out of the case. If you faced any troubles doing so , you can smoothly move the adapter back and forth but with caution in order not to affect the mother board negatively
  • Put the new soundcard into the same card slot. Make sure its inserted right side up
  • If you are not removing an old card, then pick a slot you can use for the new
  • Plug the cable coming with the soundcard to the CD-ROM drive.
  • If you found no cables included , contact your supplier for one
  • If it’s a screwed soundcard, do it but not in an over tighten manner.
  • Close your computer case, and attach all peripherals again at the back of the computer case the way they were before removing the old one.
  • Power up your computer , it should tell you that a new hardware was installed and needs to be configured , insert the drivers CD into your CD-ROM and start installing the required driver.

Diagnosis is pretty much important in such cases; you should skill your self with problem solving techniques before rushing into actions and buying un-necessary peripherals you don’t need. Start with software troubleshooting first, if not you can then move to the hardware portion of problem solving.