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Altec Lansing 745 ( 4 speakes 1 subwoofer)

I bought these speakes with my Dell 4500 back in 2003.....They slowly started fading in and out and now at maximum level, they are barely heard. What happened? What can I do? How do I do it other than paying somebody a ton of money?

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  • leut647 Dec 01, 2008

    Great sound but slowly faded out, still sound quality is good but barely audible very low volume, all controls to max

  • slandis1 Dec 08, 2008

    I have the same problem. Low volume with all controls at max.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    Same problem. System worked great from 2004 to about 1 month ago (11/25/2008). Now speakers work at low volume... occasionally they play at full volume, then revert for 95% of the time.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    Same problem. Controls at max, barely audible output. Used to be a lot louder.

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    Same, problem, low volume tried on other computers. Great speakers when they were working - just incredible.

  • ant_2069 Apr 17, 2009

    I have same problem as well

    doesnt look like there is any solution

    after 5 years throw them in the garbage?

    5 years I know is not 5 months but still!!!!!


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I had the same problem w ith mine

Before giving up on them I decided i had nothing to lose by pulling them apart

Remove the base and screw hidden behind, reove the mesh cover and 4 screws hidden behind

Prise off the volume knob then unscrew the circuit board the vol control is fixed to

Now try the speaker whilst in bits

Mine miraculously worked at full volume straight away

I reasembled them and now they are fine

Just lucky maybe, who knows...but definately worth atry before you bin them


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I had the same problem, low volume with the control knob turn all the way up. I found the plug coming from the speaker with the volume control was bad. In the center of the plug there is a small rectangle shape piece of metal that plugs in. It was lose and when I touch it it broke off. There for I could not find a plug at Radio Shack, So I bought a speaker off of ebay, it has work great for a year now. Also you could wire this speaker direct to the sub woofer if you didn't want to but another speaker. Doug

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