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Sound Card Installation On XP

How do I install a new sound on my Gateway 500XL running XP. And how can I tell which one I need, Thnx Herman

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All you should really have to do is to of course turn your computer off, remove the cover from the case and unplug all your speaker cables etc. that is plugged into your current soundcard. I do believe that you have a pci card. Just undo the screw that holds it to the case and pull it out. Next you get the new card, for your computer the standard card is a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live Value and plug it in and assemble in reverse order. You should also have a driver disk with your sound card. Start your computer up after you reinstalled the new card and XP will most likely see it as new hardware and proceed by following the instructions as directed by your software. Always make sure that after you installed it and windows is up and running that your card show up in Device manager as working properly. Also make sure that you update the driver for your soundcard since sometimes the drivers that come with it are already out-of-date.That is all I can think off right now, let me know how it went and if there is anything that we can do for you , good luck.

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Just a thought here... I prefer internal PCI/PCI-express sound cards but if you're at all apprehensive about performing this installation then you may want to consider a USB-attached (also known as external) sound card.

Perhaps something like this is more appealing than ripping the computer apart?

http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-Blast...

I'm not saying that you need a Creative Sound Blaster XFi but you'll get the idea.

Good luck! :-)

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Thanks a lot... I will take it apart and try to install an internal card.

The original card was: Soundblaster Audigy 2 Audio With IEEE 1394.

I think it's gone out of style. I can't find that same one no place. I need to find out what other card is workable.

Thanks for the info.

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Herman Baker I believe that your card is a PCI card and I would think that any PCI sound card will work for your PC as long as it is for a Windows system....

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Here is a link to an updated version of your card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...

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> I can't find that same one no place

Soundbaster changes their model-names constantly to push "NEW!" products to market.

Desktop PCs are semi-standardized and the GW 500XL is nothing special.

The only odd thing about that specific soundcard is "With IEEE 1394". That means "FireWire". Nothing much to do with sound. Often used on older video cameras. Many newer popular-price video-cams use USB.

I'd say, get a USB sound-thing and plug it in. While I have worked inside PCs for decades, and have been very fussy about soundcards, I have also used USB sound and been very happy. With the sound, and with the no-fuss no-risk installation.

Mostly, you plug it in, Windows ding-dongs (well, maybe not if your sound is dead), find the new hardware, and if you don't show it a driver CD/file, installs the basic USB-sound driver which is usually quite fine.

The last problem: if you have a sick but not DEAD sound card inside, Windows may default to using it instead of the new USB sound. Start, Settings, Control Panel, Sound and Audio Devices, Audio tab. "Sound playback Default device", use the drop-list to select the new device. There's a setting for Record too. "OK!" your way out. There may also be card-selections in your fancy audio programs.

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