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How do I replace my motherboard's onboard audio with a new audio card?
If your computer came with onboard audio on the motherboard, you may eventually want to upgrade as your needs change.

The first step is to shut down your computer. Second, open the case and find an empty PCI slot. Next install your audio card and tighten the screw into the frame.

When you turn on the computer, you'll need to enter the bios (the key to hit varies based on your system). Once you're in there, disable the on-board audio. This will avoid a conflict between the two devices. Save the settings and reboot the system.

Once the computer boots into Windows, you may need to manually install the driver and any utilites that add functions to the card. Be sure to select the new card as your default audio device in the audio control panel.

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