How to Install the Realtek AC'97 Audio Driver

Written by michael butler
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For your computer to play sound, you need to have a sound card installed. To operate properly, the sound card requires that you also have the correct audio driver installed. The driver tells Windows how to use the sound card. Realtek produces audio drivers for many different sound cards. If you have a sound card that needs the Realtek AC'97 driver, you can install the driver manually.

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  1. 1

    Go to Realtek's AC'97 Audio Codec download Web page.

  2. 2

    Click the box next to "I Agree to the Above" to accept the terms and conditions.

  3. 3

    Click the "Next" button.

  4. 4

    Click the HD Audio Codec Driver link. Click the link for the driver for your operating system to start the download.

  5. 5

    Double-click the downloaded file to install the driver. Restart your computer to complete the installation.

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