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Upgrading Sound Card

Your new Sound Card will fit into a spare PCI or PCIe x1 expansion port depending on its type.

If your computer case has front audio ports marked as 'Headphones' and 'Mic' then you will need to connect them to the Sound Card so that they work correctly.

Installing Sound Card:

Installing Sound Card into motherboard.

1. Back-up all of your important files.

2. Make sure the power is unplugged and press the power button to drain any power from the computer.

3. Follow anti-static procedures, and have your tools at hand. Open the computer case.

4. If you are replacing a Sound Card then remove the old card which is usually held in place with one screw although this depends on the computer case design. Gently pull the old card out of the motherboard.

5. Be careful when handling the new Sound card and don't touch any contacts. If this is a new computer case then you will need to remove the blanking plate that corresponds to the PCI or PCIe x1 slot.

6. Align the new Sound Card with the PCI or PCIe x1 slot so that the audio ports are towards the rear of the computer case and gently push it into the slot. Secure the card into position with a screw if your case supports this.

Connecting Front Panel Audio Ports to Sound Card:

Front Panel Audio Ports to Sound Card.

7. If your computer case has front panel audio ports (Headphones, and Mic) then locate the wires leading from the front panel. The connector will either be a 'AC'97' and/or 'HD Audio' which will most likely be marked. Your Sound Card manual should tell you which connector is required. The connector will fit into a header at the top of the Sound Card.

8. Close the computer case and connect mouse, keyboard, monitor, and power lead. Connect your Speakers to the lime-green 3.5mm port at the back of the Sound Card.

9. Boot the computer and the Sound Card should be detected automatically. Look in the Device Manager to make sure that your Sound Card has been detected properly.

10. Install the manufacturer's driver either from the included disk which came with your new card, or better still, from the manufacturer's website.

MENU (Sound Card):
1. Sound Card 2. Upgrade Graphics Card