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When installing a sound card, uninstall old drivers?

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This will be my first time owning a sound card so I don't know if this is necessary or not. I obviously know you need the drivers for the card, but I'm not aware if it's necessary to uninstall the old drivers or just leave them.

P8P67 Pro onboard uses Realtek, the X-Fi Titanium uses Creative. I'm assuming I'd go ahead and uninstall the "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver" in control panel, restart, install Creative drivers, restart, voila?
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Yeah, uninstall the old drivers. Sometimes installing over old drivers won't cause problems, sometimes it will. It just depends on your hardware. Better safe than sorry
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Alright, thanks
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Yeah, uninstall the old drivers. Sometimes installing over old drivers won't cause problems, sometimes it will. It just depends on your hardware. Better safe than sorry
That's a myth and as a programmer you should know why. When the audio module (driver) is loaded into the kernel it's written to interact specifically with the files that come with that version. If other files are present they shouldn't load, as the system calls/commands won't be implemented to even call them. Unless of course the company makes some REALLY bad drivers but then you'll get BSODs and all sorts of errors without the files. If the files that come with the driver have previous versions they get overwritten, no conflict.

[edit] I realized this and wanted to fix it before I get some blah blah stuff. Yeah, it could mess up lets say the Creative control panel (is there one? It's been a while). However, drivers are really just small snips of kernel code that get ran in kernel space. They really don't interact with outside files, so sound will work despite the control panel crap. If the sound works but the interface doesn't then you might want to remove all the files. Honestly though, driver cleaners and removers are pointless.
Edited by mushroomboy - 5/10/11 at 10:01pm
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I'll just uninstall the Realtek drivers to be safe, shouldn't hurt.
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Shouldn't you disable the onboard audio through the BIOS?? I would do that just in case the soundcard didn't work....then I could just enable the onboard soundcard until I figured out what was wrong with the video card....
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