How to replace a laptop soundcard

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How to replace a laptop soundcard
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A sound card is a PC expansion card that assists in the input and output of audio signals. There are two types of interface slots on a laptop: PCMCIA and Express card. PCMCIA or "PC card," is a peripheral interface that was designed for laptop PCs. The Express card is the successor to the PCMCIA card. Whether your laptop uses a PCMCIA slot or a express slot, you can install a new sound card on your laptop in just a few minutes.

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Things you need

  • PC sound card
  • Express sound card

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    Locate the "PCMCIA" card slot on your laptop. Newer laptops have express card slots instead of a "PCMCIA" slot. Refer to your laptop's manual to see which type of slot is available on your laptop. On many laptops, you'll find the expansion slot or "PCMCIA" slot on the left-side of the computer.

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    Remove the PCMCIA or express card cover and remove the old sound card.

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    Insert the new sound card into the PCMCIA or express slot. Push the sound card firmly into place. Do not force the card into the PCMCIA or expansion slot.

  4. 4

    Wait for the drivers to be detected by your laptop. Once the drivers have been detected, insert the installation CD that came with the sound card into the CD-ROM to install the drives for your sound card.

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