Updating sound card
To recognize your sound card or sound processor, Windows needs a compatible and properly working sound card driver.
An outdated, incompatible, or damaged sound card driver can ruin the communication between the computer and the sound card.
Updating your computer's drivers and other updates can resolve problems, improve the performance, and increase the stability of your computer.
Computer BIOS updates should only be run when you are having compatibility issues with your hardware or you feel that your computer hardware is not performing as it should.
This page contains steps on updating drivers and not how to download and install Microsoft Windows updates.
Below is a listing of our recommended hardware devices that you should make sure are updated.
Therefore, you need to download a best-matched driver for your sound card.
In most cases, Windows Update can't find a driver for the sound card, not to mention a "best-matched" driver or the latest one. Driver Talent (formerly called Drive The Life) is one of those tools that can intelligently check which driver is damaged or incompatible with your sound card, quickly find the most suitable driver and then help to automatically download and install the sound card driver.
Steam Support assumes no responsibility for the effects that changing the driver for your video or sound card may have on your system - it is your responsibility to follow the instructions provided by the video card manufacturer to ensure the proper removal of old drivers and installation of updated drivers.
If a driver is not available or is not compatible with your system (as with some Sony notebooks), you may be able to install a modified third party driver using
Some technical experience is necessary for installing the drivers found on this site.
Nvidia offers notebook drivers for most of their video hardware.
Please check their website for the latest driver for your system.