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Therru

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Just wondering that is it really recommended to install Via HD Audio driver if you want to listen music? Does that driver have any benefits to music quality? I'm thinking of .flac quality and Winamp, so maybe that's not actually needed driver, or is it.

Thanks for your help guys.

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If your system/motherboard uses that to make sound, then yes you need it.

even if you use , for example VLC player, (which has it own internal CODECS to play videos without having to install SYSTEM CODECS)

you still need video drivers so your video card will deliver video to the monitor

you still need sound drivers at the system level, so your sound card can function properly, and deliver sound to your speakers :)

I always update my sound drivers when new versions are released.

at this point, I feel like looking up the definitons of "codec" and "driver" - I will leave that up to you, I know what these things are.

it gets confusing sometimes, because companies use the names "codec" and "driver" interchangeably sometimes.

example Realtek AC97 "Codec" is really your sound "drivers" ( I dont know why they do that)

edit: ...and of course, I am ahead of myself, because you did not mention what motherboard you have,

so my answer is a general response.

like - is it a laptop? or desktop machine? Dell, Compaq, HP etc? or one you built, such as Asus, Abit, etc?

open your device manager and see what brand your sound is and go from there.

you can go to the manufacturers website of your pc / or motherboard ( if you built it yourself) and also get drivers there -

as well, as the maker of your sound card, they have their own website and driver downloads be it Via, Realtek etc...

hope this helps :)

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It's a laptop, Asus G75VW. I think no, I just noticed that there was this audio driver when I searched BIOS updates.

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sometimes they offer different setups for the same line of laptops...like for mine some have HDMI socket, but mine doesnt,

when you go to Asus and lookup drivers for your model you might see 2 different drivers for sound, just get the one for YOUR model.

thats why I mentioned looking in the device manager to see which specific brand your sound drivers are.

If its Via, get those- If its Realtek get those-

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To be honest, you don't need any audio driver from those chip vendors anymore (because all newer Windows versions will install your hardware via Plug&Play using own drivers) and no, VIA HD / Realtek all crap (regarding audio quality).

There are some third party programs like DFX, Digital Power Station, Breakaway Audio Enhancer, SRS Audio Essentials/HD Audio Lab Gold/Audio SandBox, LetaSoft SoundBooster, Stereo Tool (good for radio processing) and even more.

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To be honest, you don't need any audio driver from those chip vendors anymore (because all newer Windows versions will install your hardware via Plug&Play using own drivers) and no, VIA HD / Realtek all crap (regarding audio quality).

There are some third party programs like DFX, Digital Power Station, Breakaway Audio Enhancer, SRS Audio Essentials/HD Audio Lab Gold/Audio SandBox, LetaSoft SoundBooster, Stereo Tool (good for radio processing) and even more.

Drivers from manufactures are better then Windows build in drivers, most of the time more features and more perfomance.

You can download the driver from Asus (older verson) or the newest version from Via website.

Via sound chip is more crap dan most of the Realtek, 2 friends of mine have Via soudnchip on Asus P7P55D motherboard and problem in games and VLC.

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The VIA HD VDeck does deliver independent left/right (balance) speaker output control where I cannot see the same feature in the standard Windows 7 mixer.

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