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You’ve just installed a new audio card, but after starting Windows you don’t see any new hardware in Windows Device Manager. Which of these is the most likely issue?

A) The audio driver needs to be installed

B) The audio driver is outdated

C) The adapter is not supported in your version of Windows

D) The audio card is not properly installed in the adapter slot

E) It’s an audio card. You don’t have to SEE it.

The answer: D) The video card is not properly installed in the adapter slot

If you have installed new hardware and no new hardware is identified in Device Manger, then the operating system isn’t seeing the hardware. In most cases, the card needs to be properly seated in the motherboard slot. Even if the adapter card drivers weren’t installed or were incompatible with that version of Windows, the Device Manager would still display an unknown hardware device.

Want to know more? Watch “Installing and Configuring Adapter Cards.”

The modularity of adapter cards has provided us with an infinite number of expansion options for our PCs. In this video, you’ll learn the basics of adapter card installation and the fundamentals of device driver installation.