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Buying & Using a Sound Card

The sound card of your computer is the device which renders bytes to acoustic signals. A sound card for instance makes it possible to listen to Musicmusic, have voice in movies and permits you to have phone conversations over the Internet using MSN, Skype or ICQ for example.

In contrast to on-board sound cards, high-end computers have their own device to render music, usually in higher quality than onboard devices which share the CPU with all other computer tasks such as the operating system and your running applications.

Here you find the latest sound card news and product reviews along with useful tips and tricks.

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Latest Articles on Sound Card
Get the Most Out of Windows Audio Features

Don't just stick with the default audio settings for your computer - Windows features plenty of tools and enhancements that can be used to configure your audio for high quality...

How to Choose a Stable Sound Card for a PC

Not all sound cards work well with Windows. Learn how to choose a sound card that is unlikely to conflict with Windows Vista and Windows 7....

Make Your HP Thin Client Rock the House!

So, you want a jukebox for your home or business. You have, or are thinking about getting, a HP Thin Client. Perfect! In this article, I will give you my product recommendations...

Three Questions to Ask Yourself before You Upgrade Your Computer’s Sound Card

Before you upgrade your desktop computer’s sound card, ask yourself these three questions to make sure you get the most out of your computer’s audio....

Most Popular Articles on Sound Card
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    How to Choose a Stable Sound Card for a PC

    Not all sound cards work well with Windows. Learn how to choose a sound card that is unlikely to conflict with Windows Vista and Windows 7....

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    How to Get Rid of Computer Speaker Static

    Some tips on why your speakers might be putting out static noise and how to fix the problem in either Windows XP or Vista....

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    Connecting Speakers to Your Computer

    Got a new PC or new speaker system and need to hook sound up to your PC? Confused about the color coding and lack of labeling? Fear not. We're here to help....

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    Using PC Audio Over HDMI

    Getting PC audio to work with a home theater has traditionally required numerous connections and a sound card, creating a messy solution. But now, HDMI promises the ability to bundle audio in with video...

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    A Visual Interpretation of How a CPU Works

    The CPU is absolutely critical to the function of your computer, and yet it manages to be one of the most difficult components to understand. This article attempts to help explain the parts of a CPU and...

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Help! No Sound on My PC

How can I fix my sound card? Don’t waste money ringing tech support to ask if they can help when the answer is right here....

Best External Sound Cards for Music PCs - Published April 2009

Often the sound cards that are installed on a standard PC produce inferior sound quality and have minimal connectivity options. Thus external sound cards provide a more worthwhile output...