Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. September 21, 2005
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Manually Updating your Sound Drivers
Now that you have your new drivers, installing them may be an interesting activity. If the downloaded drivers have an install or setup program, run it to install the drivers to your PC. If they don't, follow these steps.
Assuming you downloaded a zip file, unzip the files to a folder on your PC. Then bring up Device Manager clicking Start, and then right clicking on My Computer and choosing Properties from the context menu. In the resulting dialog box, click the Hardware tab and then click the Device Manager button. Scroll down the list until you find Sound, video and games controllers, and then click the plus sign next to it. Find the entry in the list that relates to your sound card and right click on it. Choose Properties from the context menu.
On the resulting dialog, click the Driver tab. Click the Update Driver button on the Driver tab. The Hardware Update Wizard dialog will appear. Choose the No, not this time, radio button in answer to the Wizard's request to connect to Windows Update, and then click Next. Click the Install from a list or specific location radio button and then click Next. Select the Search for the best driver in these locations radio button, and check the Include this location in the search check box. Click the browse button to browse to the folder where you unzipped the sound drivers. Once you find the folder, click OK to close the Browse dialog.
Click Next to have Windows verify that the dirver is better than the one you already have, and then OK once you're done. Restart your PC and you're in business.