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The cable will run from the PC to the first speaker, then from the first speak to the second speaker. If the second/furthest speaker is the one that doesn't work, it is possible that the connection between the two speakers is bad. Check the cable for damage.
If the first speaker/closest speak to the PC or the one connected directly to the PC is the one not working, the problem is like your jack. Check to make sure the cable is fully seated and that the speaker jack is not loose. Run Windows Update and check for audio hardware driver updates as well.
I just want to confirm that the solution on another page from francis 8 works perfectly ( http://www.fixya.com/support/t3709832-speakers_stopped_working_cannot ). We have two sets of Creatures in our offices, one had been shelved (by someone less persevering than me) due to this problem years ago and my set started this trouble a few days ago. Troubleshot everything, every cable, setting, combination, spare speakers etc - nothing worked. Opening the offending speaker and pulling back the metal weight behind the speaker cone was the solution for BOTH of our units.
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Note - When you've opened the plastic shell and loosened the speaker from its mounting, the the big round metal piece/magnet sits within the actual speaker 'cage', slightly behind the speaker cone. It's tight but movable and can be pulled all the way back as far as it can go inside it's housing, away from the speaker cone.
Not sure why it gets pulled forward, but it isn't fixed in position and so could clearly get bumped by dropping the speaker or a reasonable impact of some sort. Once bumped forward it would severely limit cone movement and therefore volume.
download quusoft driver smart from here and run it to make sure you have the right drivers installed (it's only a 15 day trial but you only need to run it once). If that doesn't sort it your sound card may be dead and need replacing.
Speaker is bad or the cable may have come loose. Has it been knocked around? If so it may have pulled the cable loose inside the speaker, try playing a song and wiggle the wire and push the wire in gently to see if it starts to play if it does you have found your problem. If not then the speaker is bad and I don't remember if you can pull it apart and buy a new speaker to install in it. Thanks for using Fix-ya and if this helps please rate this free question. Avid101
If your TV has audio output jacks, then yes, you can connect your speaker system to the TV. Run a stereo RCA cable from those output jacks to the audio input jack on the Altec system, using whatever adapter required. You will probably need to convert from RCA jacks to a 1/8-inch stereo plug for the speaker input. Or you can pick up a cable from Radio Shack that has the RCA plugs on one end and the stereo plug on the other, and omit the adapter.
If the TV doesn't have audio output jacks, there isn't any easy way to hook up the Altec.
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Might be a loose connection problem. A contact cleaner is handy in cleaning the terminals. Try to swap the speaker connections if you don't have a multi-tester to check the resistance of the speakers. If the right front speaker will sound after connecting it to the left front speaker output, then it is a speaker coil problem. If not, might be an amplifier channel problem.
A good place to start would be the jack of the malfunctioning speaker, the cable that connects it to the speaker or the jack it plugs into. You?ll need a multi-meter to test and isolate the fault and a soldering iron and associated tools once you find the fault. Less likely but still possible is the chance that the system amplifier could be at fault.
Before you start tearing into your speaker remember that doing anything will void your warranty. I strongly suggest that you simply return the unit to the reseller you got this from noting that it was defective upon receipt.
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