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Is sound card drivers essential to install?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Go To Sleep, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Go To Sleep

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    Um, you might be thinking it's a stupid question :laugh:
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    If the sound is working without them, I suppose they aren't essential, but they certainly would help if you want any control whatsoever, and guaranteed stability.
    Go To Sleep says thanks.
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    And if you've gone as far as to install a sound card one assumes sound quality might be an issue for you so always update it as well.
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    I always stuck with windows default until i damaged the headphones socket and needed to re route my inputs so +1
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    From my experience it depends. The onboard sound on my laptop is completely useless without the drivers- no exaggeration there. I have X Fi Go Pro USB soundcard - that works without drivers out of the box, but I loose almost all benefits if I don't install them. Same thing with my X-fi music on the desktop PC. I'd say if you have sound that's an excellent start, but if you can find sound drivers go for it.
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    Thanks lads. While I'm here, I'm wondering if motherboard drivers are essential? All I've ever installed are GPU drivers. :/
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    sound card driver may offer you better handling than stock from os. but if you use onboard soundcard i guess its same, except you use better or dedicated soundcard

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