To do this, you can use Device Manager on Windows, System Profiler on a Mac or the /lspci or /lsusb commands on Linux.
Device Manager can also try and update the drivers for you itself, and Windows users are strongly recommended to try this update facility as a first step - see Extra help for Windows users below.
Drivers are the piece of software that tells your computer how to talk to the specific hardware you have installed or connected to your computer.
The drivers must be specific to the particular model of your computer or sound device, and are usually produced by the sound device or motherboard manufacturer.
In such a scenario, you will have to refer to the device manufacturers website to download and install the driver.
You can either go to the PC or audio device manufacturer’s website to obtain the latest driver for the device according to the Windows 10 specifications.
This is easiest, but may not necessarily find the latest or most appropriate drivers.
Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/Vista: Click then using the "Category" view, click "Hardware and Sound", find "Devices and Printers" near the top of the screen then click on "Device Manager" (the last item in the list underneath).
Any drivers they offer will usually be generic drivers not matched to your particular motherboard. Note that basic plug 'n' play USB sound devices without a choice of inputs (like a USB microphone or a USB turntable or cassette deck) generally use the operating system's USB Audio Class drivers.
If such a device is malfunctioning and the manufacturer does not offer special drivers, examine the USB cable and connections, or look in the device's or the operating system's control panels for issues with the device or with the Universal Serial Bus controllers. Windows users can try updating their drivers via Device Manager in the first instance, before looking for drivers on the internet.
Once you have the necessary information about your sound device, you can normally obtain appropriate updated drivers specific to your hardware from the internet.
Manufacturers of motherboard sound devices such as Realtek, Sigmatel and Soundmax do not usually provide any driver support to end users.
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