When you install a sound card, you are installing both the hardware and software called a driver. The sound card driver is what allows your operating system and your sound card to communicate. This section is aimed at preventing problems when installing both your sound card and its driver.Follow your sound card’s documentation for installing the sound card in your computer. If you are installing a PCI card, or any hardware that requires you to open the cover of your computer, be careful to discharge any static electricity you are carrying by touching the metal casing of your computer before handling the sound card itself. Static electricity can damage a sound card’s circuitry.In most situations, the newer WDM (Windows Driver Model) sound card drivers that most sound card vendors are creating are a much better choice than the older MME (Multi-Media Extensions) drivers. If your sound card vendor has a WDM driver, it’s usually a good idea use it. The following table compares their characteristics.
Use Cakewalk’s Wave Profiler anytime your install a new sound card. Wave Profiler determines the correct settings for your sound card.
Read the documentation for your sound card. You can save yourself a lot of time by learning about your hardware before you try to use it. Many sound cards have their own control panels which allow you to customize the card’s settings.
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