Updating once

18 Jan

To do this, you can use Device Manager on Windows, System Profiler on a Mac or the /lspci or /lsusb commands on Linux.

Device Manager can also try and update the drivers for you itself, and Windows users are strongly recommended to try this update facility as a first step - see Extra help for Windows users below.

Expand "Sound, video and game controllers" by clicking on the arrow, then right-click over your sound device and choose Properties.

Click on the "Driver" tab to check the driver provider, date and version.

Drivers are the piece of software that tells your computer how to talk to the specific hardware you have installed or connected to your computer.

The drivers must be specific to the particular model of your computer or sound device, and are usually produced by the sound device or motherboard manufacturer.

Then visit the website of the computer manufacturer or motherboard manufacturer.

You can search Google or Yahoo to find the correct internet address of the manufacturer.

If this occurs it is important that the drivers are updated.Be sure to uninstall the old drivers of the device (right-click over the device in Device Manager If you cannot locate suitable drivers at the computer or motherboard manufacturer's site you could also try the website of the stated "Driver Provider" or "Manufacturer" of the sound device, but any drivers you find may only be generic drivers not properly matched to your motherboard.If you are reading this because recordings have always worked fine in the past but are now recording incorrectly, or because an input is missing or Audacity is no longer launching properly, an automatic update via Windows Update may just possibly have caused the problem.If the recording problem persists, note the name of the Driver Provider in Device Manager.If the driver provider is Microsoft, note the name of the sound device you right-clicked over.