Gateway® Audio Drivers for Windows® XP

What is the need of drivers in a Gateway system?

Drivers are the interface between the Operating System and the hardware device in the system. The driver contains all the essential details of a device that let you communicate with the devices properly. The computer program sends messages from you to the device driver and the driver transfers that message to the appropriate device. Thus, it acts as the intermediary between you and the device. These drivers help you keep up the performance of the system. If you select or install improper devices, they might damage the system and result in system crash. Before installing drivers, you need to consider some important matters. Device drivers are computer programs that allow higher level languages to communicate with the hardware device. Drivers are necessary for each of the devices in the system. The Operating System comes with some of these drivers and the user needs to install the others onto the system. The communication bus is the interface which is used for communication. The drivers in a system are necessary to provide additional functions to the device. If the proper driver is not in the system, then the devices can only support the basic functions.

Here are some steps to find Windows XP compatible and the latest audio drivers for Gateway systems:

  • Automatic driver update

  • Use Windows Update Catalog

  • System manufacturer's website

Driver update

You can use certain automatic driver update software to get the latest drivers for Gateway systems that are also compatible with Windows XP. You can use software like Driver Detective for this purpose. This software is helpful in easily locating correct drivers for your system. You just need to install this software in the system. Then, turn on the software which would scan the whole system to compare your current audio drivers with a large database of the most up-to-date drivers available. You need to then do a single button click to get the correct audio driver.

Use Windows Update Catalog

You can use the Windows Update Catalog to get the latest drivers for Gateway systems that are also compatible with Windows XP. You can do this only if you know the specific name and version number of the driver you need. You first need to go to the 'Administrator' options in Microsoft Update home page. The next step is to select the 'Windows Update Catalog' under the 'Update multiple operating systems'. Select the 'Find driver updates for hardware devices' option. Then to search for compatible and the latest drivers, select the 'Pick a hardware' category.

System manufacturer’s website

You can use the system manufacturer’s website to get the latest drivers for Gateway systems that are compatible with Windows XP. You just need to enter the website, enter the details of the devices, and click the 'Search' button. You would then get the audio drivers for your system displayed on the website. You just need to click the 'Download' option in that page.

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