How can I find out what type of motherboard I have? I need to buy a sound card that is compatible with my motherboard. I just got Windows 7 and there are no audio drivers for it on the manufactures websites. So I need to buy a sound card but I don't know where to start looking.
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Re: How can I find out what type of motherboard?
Don't worry about it, most motherboard supports expansion devices and most common device that can fit into slots are PCI devices. Buy a Windows 7 ready PCI sound card and place it in one of the slots of your motherboard.
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It is going to be hard to replace the exact graphics card due to its age. Your best bet is to replace it with another graphics card that is compatible with your motherboard. The good news is many cards should be compatible with your board since there are very few connection types available.
Post which motherboard you have or simply do a search for what type of graphics card type/connection it accepts. I believe it will be a PCI or PCI Express type card. To make it easiest on yourself make sure the new card you buy has the type of monitor cables you would like to use.
There are really only 3 types it could use and most likely it will use a VGA (blue smallish cable that only accepts pins) and/or DVI (White longer connection with a square and pins).
Find the information about your audio, is it on the motherboard or is it through a sound card. Is *********** board / sound card compatible with windows 7? Do you have the drivers installed if they exist? If none of this is compatible you need to buy a newer windows 7 compatible sound card and install it.
You need to buy a separate sound card it is because your onboard sound card was damage and to able to have sound on your computer. Just buy a PCI Sound Card and that is a compatible sound card for your motherboard. To install your sound card on your motherboard follow this steps:
1. Insert the PCI Sound Card in the PCI Slot (White Slot).
2. Turn On your computer and wait if the computer are recognize the device. Then if the dialogue box was appear "Found New Hardware".
3. Insert the CD Driver in your CD-ROM.
4. Click the selection box "Yes, this time only" then click the Next button and read the instruction to finished the installation process.
You can indeed install another video card, but this may not be your trouble. Are you absolutely sure your computer is running normally except for the video? That is, do you hear all the other sounds that usually go along with normal startup (hard drive activity, Windows startup sounds through the speakers, etc.)? It's very unusual for a motherboard to fail so that everything works except for video out to the monitor. You might be facing a computer with some other issues, like memory or a deeper motherboard problem, causing it not to start.
If you do decide to install a new video card, be sure you get one that's compatible with the motherboard (proper type connector) and power supply (not a super whiz-bang card that may need more power than your current supply can provide).
Search "Aida32" on Google and download it. What you can do with this program is you can check what type of sound card you have. Once you find out the sound card you have, go to the manufacturers website and download the drivers for your sound card. Im guessing that you would need sigmatel driver. Search sigmatel and download the one compatible with your motherboard.