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Windows 7: incompatable driver for sound card

20 Feb 2012   #1

windows 7 home premium
incompatable driver for sound card

I am new to this.
I got a second hand computer with a mother board good enough to run windows 7. The sound card (do you still call it a sound card if it is on the motherboard?) gives out a very faint distorted sound. I thought this was a duff sound card so accepted it.
Recently I got a window telling me the sound card wasn't set up properly, did I want it set up ? I pressed FIx and after a short while got a box up saying there was no driver for this card on windows 7.
Is there any way I can get round this and perhaps use a driver for another version of windows?
I have tried various helps including Microsoft and been told to click on the driver I have put on the desktop and do various things with it (or something like that, I can't find the window again) I havn't got a driver ?
I can't afford another computer.
I don't know how to find out what the sound card is to even start to look for a driver.
Any help would be appreciated,

update ....

I managed to download a piece of software advised elsewhere on this site and got the info that the sound card is realtek ac'97 for via(r) is this a type of sound card?

update II

I managed to download and run a driver from an internet site (download cnet) for the realtek ac97 for windows 7 but it has made no difference. I have restarted the computer but the sound from the speakers is the same. Could it still be a software problem or do I have a hardware problem with the sound output?

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20 Feb 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

matelot, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Would help to know the make and model of the motherboard. Then we can help with pointing you in the right direction as to which driver you need.
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