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Chapter 10. Pet Sounds: Upgrading Sound ... > Upgrade #2: Replacing Your Sound Car...

Upgrade #2: Replacing Your Sound Card

After you've decided on what type of new sound card to buy, it's time to install it. You install a sound card the same way you install any other expansion board—open up your system's case and slide the card into an open slot. The only thing to watch out for is any internal cables attached to your card, typically connected to your CD/DVD drive. You'll need to disconnect the cables from your old card and reconnect them to your new one.

You also need to determine whether your PC currently uses a removable sound card or whether it incorporates its audio functions on the motherboard. This is easy enough to see after you get the case off the system unit; a separate sound card will be installed in a normal expansion slot. Look for the audio connections on the back of your PC, and if they don't lead to a removable card—if they're hardwired to some spot on the motherboard—you don't have an existing sound card to remove. If this describes your system, skip ahead to the “Upgrading from Motherboard Audio” section before you attempt to install your new card.


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