Generic Sound Drivers

By Pheny ยท 11 replies
Nov 20, 2006
  1. I have a non name brand pci sound card, what sound drivers should I install? Windows detects that it is installed, but it doesn't work because I don't have any drivers.
  2. Pheny

    Pheny TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Looking at the chipset on the soundcard I see
    "Audio Excel"
    "CMI 8338A/PCI"
    "HRTF 3DX AUDIO" "AV510"

    I found drivers for the "8338A/PCI" however they are for Win 98, and I am using XP Pro.

    Any suggestions?
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Take a look HERE.

    You will have to register to download the file, but registration is free as are the downloads.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I'd maybe see this site; they have stuff for HT8338a, but you have to register; perhaps that's a bad deal, even though it's "free." btw: if you're new to the web, be careful about registering w/any place if you have to give your name, or address or phone or anything.
    anyway, that might be the driver you need, or if you visit, that might find you something.
    hope it works for you
    EDIT: whoops, I posted after Howard gave a link. I came to this post too early to see that.
  5. Pheny

    Pheny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Howard and Kitty, that is the website I found the '98 drivers on, wonder why they didn't show me the XP ones. I'll update as soon as I get those installed.
  6. Pheny

    Pheny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright, after wasting a bunch of time registering with their site, I got the driver downloaded. The .zip file contained 3 files.


    How the heck do I work these?
  7. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    Have you tried getting the XP drivers directly from the C-media website?
    Should be under PCI Audio -> CMI8338 -> Windows XP
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Go to your device manager and locate your sound card. Right click it and select update driver. Click install from list or specific location and click don`t search I will choose the driver to install and click next. Click the have disk button, followed by the browse button. Browse to where you saved the files and click on the .inf file, click open and follow the onsceen instructions.

    Regards Howard :)
  9. Pheny

    Pheny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright, so the drivers are installed. The correct ones from the company's website. I set the default sound device to the "C-Media PCI" instead of "Logitech USB" yet still there is NO sound at all. I've switched out 2 different headsets, both of which I know work on different machines. What is wrong??
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Did you try to install the drivers as my instructions above?

    If you did and it`s still a no go, maybe the sound card is dead?

    Regards Howard :)
  11. Pheny

    Pheny TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yea, I installed them like you said. That would just be my luck though, dead analog ports on the mobo and then a dead sound card? Lets say that I went out and got a brand new $40 soundblaster or something, installed it, and installed the drivers, and it still didn't work, what would be up with that?
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If you were to get a new sound card and it didn`t work, then it`d have to be something wrong with your mobo etc. However, I don`t think that`d happen. Once you have a new sound card, you should be ok.

    Regards Howard :)
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