Howdo I find what computer sound card I have?
Users running Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows users can determine the sound card currently installed in their computer by following the steps below.
- Click the Start Button and then click the "Programs" folder.
- Next, click the "Accessories" and then the "System Information" folder.
- Within the System Information window, click the + symbol next to Components.
- Click "Sound Device" (or "Multimedia" and then "Sound Device") and in the right-side of the window you should be able to locate complete information about the sound card.
Note: In some cases Microsoft Windows may install a compatible device to your sound card. Therefore, the sound card listed may not be the exact manufacturer or model installed in your computer.
Other methods of determining the sound card type
- Another method of determining the sound card manufacturer or model is by opening the computer and physically looking at the sound card. Commonly the sound card manufacturer and model will be listed on the card.
- If you are unable to locate a manufacturer or model number of the sound card, but are able to locate a FCC identification number, it is recommended that you perform a FCC search using that number. Additional information about FCC numbers and how to search for information about a FCC number can be found on our FCC dictionary definition page.
Product listing or specifications
If you are trying to list all the specific information about your computer sound card, specifying the manufacturer, type, and model of the sound card is sufficient. Below is an example of how this may look.
PCI Creative sound card
Drivers or installation
Replacement or repair
If you are trying to determine the sound card because it needs to be repaired, we recommend that you replace the sound card with a new sound card.