c-media ac97 audio device - driver

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Hi all,
c-media ac97 audio device - driver

Anyone know where I can download a driver for this device?

I've searched, even scanned with 'driver detective', but I'll not pay for a
driver scanner which may ultimatetly not even be able to provide the correct

It's gotta be out there somewhere.


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I should add I downloaded this driver which failed to update the driver:

This website http://www.howtodrivers.com/model3522.html just wants to give
me driver detective scanner.

This website:
just wants to scan my computer, presumably to sell me the driver. So I have
not scanned with this website.

I've been all round the houses to no avail .. also there is a risk that any
one of these scanners I keep finding will be malware.

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who? wrote:
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Thanks Ken, but see above, this driver failed to install correctly
("Encountered a problem" was the message when I tried the exe file
downloaded and 'Cannot Install this hardware' when trying to update through
device manager while directing the hardware wizard to the downloaded files)

I'm still searching.

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On Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:15:55 -0000, "who?"

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C-Media makes the chipset, AC97 is the audio standard it
follows, but these two alone are not enough detail to get a
driver that applies, except by random luck.

First, identify the device this audio chipset is on, is it a
sound card, USB dongle, motherboard, or???

Go to the respective maufacturer of that device, or get out
the spec sheet or a magnifying glass and write down the
c-Media chipset number, something like "CM-8738" for
example, and then you might find it on C-Media's website
or might be able to use their 'site Search feature to find
it, or might then input that chipset number into a web
search engine.

Alternatively, if it shows up at all in Device Manager for
windows you can go into it's properties and on one of the
tabs it lists a Dev & Subsys ID string, which you can use to
identify the audio chipset and proceed with a web search for

The easiest way is ususally to go to the product
manufacturer first, though the newest drivers tend to come
from the chipset manufacturer (C-Media).  If all else fails,
MS' website may have it, but C-Media is pretty popular and
using above advice you should find the appropriate driver
for whichever OS you need it for... pretty important detail
you failed to mention...

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Thanks Kony I will bare your good advice in mind next time I need to go
chasing drivers. I have solved the problem by installing Realtek drivers as
I just posted above in my last post.

Thanks to all who have considered my problem

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