What sound card do I have?

The sound card enables the transfer of audio information from the computer or laptop to an audio device like headphones or speakers.

How to determine the sound card

If you want to find out what sound card does your computer have, there are many ways through which you can easily identify it.

Physical identification of sound cards

One simple way to determine the sound card model number is by physical identification of the sound card. Simply open your computer case and look at the sound card inside.

If your laptop or PC has an integrated sound card, the speakers will be plugged into the motherboard. However, if you have a dedicated sound card, the speakers will be plugged into a card in a PCI slot.

A PCI sound card has detailed information about the manufacturer and model number information printed. However, an integrated sound card does not have any information available.

Using Windows key shortcut

Press the Windows key and pause key. Now select device manager in the window that pops us. Click on the Arrow against sound, video and game controllers. A list will appear displaying the sound card on your device.

Find sound card through device manager

Open the start menu and go to the control panel. Click on the sound and audio icon and click the sound and audio device.

Right-click on the audio device listed and select Properties from the drop-down list. The various property tabs will display the sound card and sound card driver information. You can also check if the sound card is working properly.

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Find sound card through Dxdiag command

Click on the start menu and click Run to open the Run box. Type Dxdiag and click on OK. The diagnostic pop-up window will appear. Click on the Sound tab to find out the information about the sound devices.

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