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Chapter 1. Installing & Configuring Cuba... > Checking the Windows XP Sound Card

Checking the Windows XP Sound Card

After you have physically installed your sound card, but before you set it up for use in Cubase, you should check that it's installed properly so that Windows sees it. The easiest way to do this is through the Device Manager.

To confirm a working sound card in Windows XP

1.
From the Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel.

2.
Double-click System (Figure 1.7) to open the System Properties panel.

Figure 1.7. You open the Windows System control panel by double-clicking this icon.


3.
Click the Hardware tab to display it.

4.
In the Device Manager section of the Hardware tab, click the Device Manager button (Figure 1.8).

Figure 1.8. Opening the Device Manager from the Hardware tab.


5.
Click the small + symbol next to Sound, Video and Game Controllers to expand the list.

Your sound card should be listed here (Figure 1.9). If it is not, or if it is covered with a red X, then there is a problem with the installation, and you should check the documentation that came with your sound card or try reinstalling it.

Figure 1.9. The Device Manager has a list of all installed hardware, including audio and MIDI interfaces.



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