How To Install a New Sound Card in Your Sony Laptop PC

About a decade or so ago, Sony was purely into consumer electronics such as TVs, CD and DVD players, and other portable electronic devices. As they saw the high demand projections of computers, particularly laptops and notebooks, they made the jump. Today, the laptops they produce, particularly the VAIO series, is considered to be one of the best. It figures since they have always excelled in electronics.

However, like most laptops in the market, Sony VAIO laptops have specific design flaw. This flaw pertains to the audio quality. Most laptops are noted for this design flaw. To keep costs down, the manufacturers often neglect the importance of quality sound.

Fortunately, there is a way to sidestep this flaw should you feel it important enough. By installing a new sound card, you can add a high level of quality audio to your portable device converting it into a powerful entertainment center. That said if you have a Sony VAIO laptop in hand and want quality audio from it, then here are some steps on how to install your new specialized sound card.

  • Purchase the new sound card. Sound card for desktop computers fit through the PCI slot of the motherboard. These are normally bigger cards than those of the laptop version. A laptop sound card is quite small and will fit through a PCMCIA slot normally located at the side or underneath the laptop. Before purchasing the new laptop sound card, check your laptop if it has a PCMCIA slot. Most laptops do however, some do not. If your particular laptop has the slot, then visit your local computer store and purchase a new sound card. A good brand to invest in is Creative, particularly the SoundBlaster series.
  • Disable the on-board soundcard. Since your Sony laptop has this integrated, you will need to deactivate it. To do this, simply read the user manual and boot up your laptop. Navigate to the BIOS interface and follow the instructions on how to deactivate the existing sound card. Once the new settings have been saved, power down your laptop.
  • Find the PCMCIA slot. Once you have purchase the sound card of your choice, inspect your laptop and find the PCMCIA slot. Again, this is normally located at the side of the laptop. To open the slot, simply press on it and it should eject straightaway. At that point, you will find that there is a blank card inserted, this is a dummy which you can discard. Make sure to power down your laptop before doing all this.
  • Insert the sound card. Take the sound card from the box and unwrap it from its packaging. Gently align it into the PCMCIA slot and slide it in. You will feel or hear a click as you push it in. When you do, it will indicate that the card is locked in place.
  • Install the driver. Once the new sound card is in place, the next step will be to boot up your laptop. Once your operating system loads up, it will detect the new hardware. At this point, insert the installation CD that came with the card into the CDROM and proceed with installing the drivers needed to make the new card work. Normally, the sound card driver will include an easy to use interface and audio player software.

Once the driver and software installation completes, test the sound of your laptop by playing some music. Notice that the audio has improved immensely. That is what you will get with this upgrade.


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