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Why can I only get 2 or 3 speakers and the sub to work?

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  • paulca Oct 18, 2008

    I'm running a Creative 5300 5.1 computer speaker system. I wasn't sure why only 2 spkr worked as well as the sub, that worked also.....maybe audio wire, probably not, is it because all the songs other than dvd's are not recorded in 5.1.....maybe ....so I played a dvd recorded in 5.1 and the other spkrs still didn't work. Any sugg... TY

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It depends on your sound card.
What is in the computer?
And what are you trying to hook up (5.1, 7.1 ?)

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

  • Coss Oct 19, 2008

    That's why I asked about the sound card in the computer.

    You can have a 5.1 speaker system, but if you don't have a 5.1 sound card, with the correct drivers loaded, it won't work.

    The card is what does the balance to the speakers.



    So, I ask again, what sound card are you running in the computer?

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