In all other cases where you use the motherboard's integrated sound device, it's almost always best to visit the website of the motherboard manufacturer for assistance. If you don't have details to hand, try the following free utilities to gather relevant information: Always look for a driver update which is specific to your computer model and version of Windows (for example, Windows 10).This is especially critical if you are on Windows 10 , Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, as the way the drivers communicate with the hardware and the operating system is quite different than with earlier versions of Windows.These must be replaced with drivers made by the manufacturer of your hardware, so they are correctly matched to that hardware.
Once you have the necessary information about your sound device, you can normally obtain appropriate updated drivers specific to your hardware from the internet.
Manufacturers of motherboard sound devices such as Realtek, Sigmatel and Soundmax do not usually provide any driver support to end users.
To do this, you can use Device Manager on Windows, System Profiler on a Mac or the /lspci or /lsusb commands on Linux.
Device Manager can also try and update the drivers for you itself, and Windows users are strongly recommended to try this update facility as a first step - see Extra help for Windows users below.
"Icons" views have a direct link to Device Manager, as does "Classic View" on Windows Vista only.