Audio Drivers are the programs used to maintain the interaction between a computer’s operating system and audio devices. They are specifically designed for sound cards within a computer or other complex sound systems or audio input devices. It is important to install an audio driver on a user’s computer in order to allow sound devices to function well. Usually an audio driver may come with a piece of audio hardware or may be downloaded through Internet. More recently, there are a number of forms of audio devices provided by computer manufacturers. In order to make computer’s OS recognize various audio/sound devices and utilize all the options and features they can provide, corresponding drivers are created and used for computers. By default, an audio driver is required to be updated regularly so as to get its latest features and avoid unexpected conflicts.
The Common Causes of Audio Problems
Most audio problems on Windows operating system (OS) happen due to driver related issues. Most commonly, one common reason of audio problems is the outdated audio/sound driver. It has mentioned before, users are necessary to update their audio drivers termly in order to refrain from certain conflicts between PC and devices. Meanwhile, a missing or corrupt audio driver might lead to various sound errors or problems on the computer. In addition, audio problems may arise when the installed audio/sound driver is not compatible for computer.
Symptoms Related to Audio Drivers
Once audio drivers on computer have problems, they could carry out a variety of issues on sound, and directly prevent your compute from communicating with your sound card. For instance, you may not be able to hear any sound from your computer when you are watching movies or playing games. In some cases, the sounds are interrupted or play abnormally. You may also get some error message when you are trying to play a sound, some examples of which are “WAV sound playback error detected”, “The CD Audio device is in use by another application”, “Your audio hardware cannot play files like the current file”, “No wave device that can play files in the current format is installed” or “MIDI output error detected”, etc. Other serious problems related to audio drivers may even lead to abnormal systems in system, such as computer freeze, a blue screen of death or computer crash.
How to Fix Common Audio Drivers Problems
Before fixing the problems, you need to make sure that the issues are exactly related to your audio drivers. To have a check the problems, you can make use of the built-in utility named Device Manager, which allows you to view and control device drivers attached to computer. As long as the problems are confirmed, you can fix the errors by reinstalling the problematic audio drivers. Here is how:
1. Start up your problematic computer.
2. In the taskbar, click the Windows icon, and type device manager in the Start Search box.
3. Press Enter.
4. Navigate to Sound, video, and game controllers.
Now you can insert the driver disc onto computer, and follow the on-screen steps to install the driver properly. For more audio drivers problems, you may consult the tutorial here, written by David Erik, one Microsoft IT expert.