Okay, I am currently using XP and I can't get my speakers to work. They are plugged in, have power, but the computer can't detect them. I don't have the install discs for the speakers. What can I do to get them to work?
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Re: My speakers wont work
If the speakers are simple 2 piece or 3 piece ones, Then there is no need for additional discs ( provided you have installed your basic sound drivers). If they are still not working, Then go to control panel and then to Sound options. Check if the speakers are enabled.
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Older passive computer speakers do not need a power supply.
Modern active speakers might use batteries but mostly need a power supply that plugs into the mains power outlet and provides the right voltage, current and polarity the speakers need.
Some low-powered active speakers simply plug into the computer usb.
Should it be a power supply that outputs AC and converts to DC inside the speaker case, or is it a wall adapter the outputs DC straight to the built in amplifier? Some speakers have the voltage and polarity for the plug on the back of the speaker where the power lead plugs in. As they are only small speakers of probably a couple of watts it may only need about 2 Amps or less. Higher current is fine as the amp will only use what it needs to work correctly but I would'nt go below 2 Amps.
What I want you to do is need a little work okay.. In your speaker set there are two satellite speaker which Right and Left. Also it has the sub woofer that contain the three terminals, the red,white and the power terminal. Connect the right speaker to the red terminal, left speaker to the white terminal and the power cord will be connect to the power terminal. In the back of your computer you can see the three sound terminals colors below. Insert the green speaker plug to the green terminal in the sound terminal on the back of your computer.
If the power light on the speakers isn't on, then the power supply going to the speakers is either in a bad outlet (test the outlet with a voltage meter) or the plug isn't firmly seated. Best of luck in your new home and hope this solves your problem. Greg
unplug your headphones, and plug the speaker cord into that jack. its possible that the speakers you are using require power either by a cord or batteries and without them, it wont play sound. also, possible, your speakers are bad.
I'm guessing that you just bought these, plugged them in to your computer, and no sound comes out. If that is the case, is very simple to fix. Your computer is currently set to use it's built-in speakers. You have to go to control panel, and change it to use the configuration you have purchased: 2 external speakers, USB connection, no woofer. I think you can find it in XP under "Sound". You test your new configuration, and your speakers should work--then save your configuration.
Well I am not sure where exactly you want them to work but there are a few options that you can concider. First off the sell power inverters that allow you to plug into the cigarette lighter in your car and you are able to plug things into your car that normally only work in the house.. The main point of my answer is that they are powerd speaker that have to be plugged into an outlet to work, my best suggestion to you would be to take them speakers back and buy a set that do not require to be plugged in. If your intention is to use them on a laptop the make speakers that plug in usb and use the small current that runs through the usb cable to power the speakers, but that will cut into your laptop battery life. If you go to a computer store and I am not talking about Best Buy I mean a real computer store they will have knodgeable staff that will be able to show you the best solution to your problem.
I hope this helps.
Based on the fact that you have put a headset in and another speaker system and it is working properly there is nothing wrong with your windows settings. I would leave them alone.
The issue appears to be with the hardware. Have you attempted to plug the speakers into another source (ie. cd player, ipod, etc)? If you plug them in there and they don't work, take the speakers back and have them exchanged. If they're not under warranty you're going to have to either get them fixed or replace them.
Good luck on this one!