There are many reasons that you would want to get a little more out of your PC’s sound system. Music, videos and gaming are probably the three most popular uses of your computers sound card. This may not be an issue with newer machines, but throughout the history of home computers the only option was to use a quality sound card. Though not entirely necessary, using a sound card such as the newer versions of Creatives’ Sound Blaster cards will greatly improve your systems audio output.
It is important to remember that you will need to install the proper Sound Blaster drivers for your new hardware to work properly. Drivers act as a communication device between your PC and hardware that you add to the machine such as a Sound Blaster card. Certain operating systems require different drivers in order for the functionality of the hardware to work to its maximum ability. For instance, a different driver is needed to use a Sound Blaster card with Windows XP than one that would be used for Windows 7.
There have also been some user modified Sound Blaster drivers developed over the years. These were made due to the unresponsive driver that came with the card when Microsoft released Windows Vista. A Creative Forum poster by the name of Daniel K released his version of the driver that is said to restore the functionality to that of the older versions. However, due to patent restrictions he was forced to remove his updated driver and patch. Creative did eventually release their own version of the driver to correct the issues that were brought to their attention through the forum.
Creative is still manufacturing new versions of the Sound Blaster line mainly targeting the PC gaming community. These can be purchased from a wide variety of online locations and will greatly improve the sound of any PC or laptop computer. Detailed instructions on how to install the hardware and the device driver can be found at support.creative.com. Again, having the correct driver for your machines operating system cannot be stressed enough. The right driver will allow the new sound card to operate smoothly as it ensures proper communication between the processor and the hardware device.