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Right Speaker Hit the Floor

I dropped my right speaker on the floor, and it stopped working. The left one works fine, and the cables leading to that one all go through the right one. The right one still controls the volume and everything, it just doesn't emit any sound itself anymore, except for the barely-audible buzz of electricity. I switched the sound balance on my computer to use only the left speaker, but I was hoping I could still fix the right one myself by opening it up and realigning whatever must have been jostled out of place. Any suggestions?

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Re: Right Speaker Hit the Floor

Im sorry to say so, but the fact that speaker can still monitor volume has nothing to do with its disability to produce sound. Im not a speaker wiz, but I can think of two possible reasons for what happened: 1. something has broken inside the speaker. in this case you will have to get it fixed\replaced. 2. some disconnection accured from the hit, a wire got teared or loosed. in this case, you might get lucky. open the speaker, and search for any torn wires. if you are handy you may be able to weld, replace, etc.

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