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sound driver for Windows 95?

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I have several old computers for my kids. I can't get sound on Windows 95. Do I need to install some kind of sound driver?
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Yes you do.

There are a number of sound chipsets for Win 95, Realtek, Via, Cirrus Logic, and others. If you have a Packard -bell computer, they have their own special sound/modem combo drivers. No other drivers will work on the P-B's. Go download a hardware ID program like Everest free home edition, Aida32, or HWinfo32 to see if they can identify your sound chipset. Looking on the motherboard, at the chipsets, you may find who made the chipset. The only other choice here is to find a used good sound card and install it.


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Back in the days of Windows 95 (when it were all fields 'round here...) the vast majority of people had Soundblaster cards or SoundBlaster compatible cards because you needed a driver for Windows and a different one for DOS. But having said that, back then computers didn't always have sound cards - they were optional extras. In those days just having a graphics card that was capable of working in 16-bit colour was luxury!

Of course if you bought the computer with Windows 95 originally on it, its most certainly going to have a sound card, as one of the launch angles for Windows 95 was increased emphasis on the Multimedia side of things, even sticking music videos on the CD-ROM. If the computer was upgraded to Win95 from Windows 3.1, it may not have a sound card in it. So before you go hunting for a sound card driver, verify that you do actually have a sound card, strange as it may seem these days to have a computer with no sound as standard.
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