Speakers not working, but cables all plugged in...
Well, I checked and double checked but I can't seem to find the problem. I made sure all the cables and wires were plugged in properly, including the power source and then connection to the computer. However, my Dell Dimension Desktop doesnt seem to have a jack for the speakers in the back of the tower, only in the front, next to the USB ports, which is where I plugged it in.
The problem is, when I go to Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices > Volume, it shows a message saying that there is "No Audio Device". What could possibly be wrong?
my speakers are plugged in correctly and the power is on but there is no volume! i have tried everything it just wont work. i have tried going to control panel - sound and audio devices but it says i have no audio device! How do i fix this??? URGENT HELP NEEDED!!
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Re: Speakers not working, but cables all plugged in...
You will pobably need to load the driver for your system.
Go to Dell Support and click on the Drivers & Downloads box.
Follow the prompts to select your specific system model. you will end up at a page that lists all the available drivers for your computer. Click the + sign next to "Audio" and you can select "Download Now".
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Ensure that you aren't muted. The Windows Sound icon is small, and it can be tough to see if you are muted or not. Click the Sound icon in the System Tray and then click the Speaker button in the pop-up that appears to toggle the mute
If you don't have a sound icon, then your sound drivers are likely not installed correctly.
Inspect the speaker or headphone connection to the computer. A bad connection is one of the most common causes of no sound, and is also one of the easiest to fix. Make sure that your speakers or headphones are plugged in completely, and that the cables and connectors aren't damaged.
Ensure that your speakers are connected to the right port. Make sure that your speakers are plugged into the correct port on the back of your computer. The green port is most commonly used for external speakers, while the orange and black ports are used for surround sound systems and subwoofers. The pink port is for microphones.
Make sure your speakers are powered and turned on. Many speakers require a power connection, and may need to be turned on in order to work. Check the volume controls on the speakers as well to make sure that they're turned up enough to hear.
Reconnect your HDMI cable. A common problem for HDMI users is that no sound comes out of the speakers that the HDMI cable is connected to. A simple fix for this is to unplug and then replug the HDMI cable, which should switch the default playback device to the HDMI device.
Double check the condition of the cables, make sure nothing is shorted or broken.
Is your music source 1 volt peak to peak (or line level)? If not add a preamplifier if input is lower than that or attenuate the input if higher than that. If you have line level input, make sure the input is turned up to an optimal level for output with headphones. See that you are getting correct response on the input LED level indicators. If all are lit up, you need to attenuate the signal before it plugs into the amp.
Check your system presets, check to make sure DSP is "OFF"" at least for now. And then check to see if you have "Briged" "Stereo" or "Mono" selected. If you plugged one speaker in and plugged it into the jacks for the bridged configuration, you are fine, if you plugged into one or the other, or used two speakers, You would want "Stereo" at least for testing. "X-over" would only be needed for Bi-amping a mono imput. And scroll through the other presets to see that limiters are off, and that system is not muted.
Then turn up the amplifier volume.
If you wired 3 speakers to it, that might be why.
Other possibilities are impedance mismatch between output and speakers,
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If the unit shows any signs of having been dropped, there may be broken solder tracks internally. such an event as being dropped could cause some of the issues you are encountering.
No all computers have built in speakers but here's how to find out:
1) Make sure you have it plugged in correctly 2) Make sure the volume control for your operating system is not on mute (Double click on the little icon of a speaker by your clock or go to Accessories/Entertainment folder in your start menu for volume control). 3) Make sure your computer has a sound card and it is working (Start Menu, My Computer, View System Info (top, left), Hardware tab, Device Manager, Sound/Video/Game controlers and click the + sign next to it to see the list of installed devices. Right click on the name and go to properties to see if it is working correctly.)
Are the speakers powered on? Make sure there is no power switch to turn them off or on. Then check to make sure the volume on the speakers is turned up if there is any. Next check to make sure the speakers are plugged into the green hole on your laptop, usually it will have a picture of headphones above it. Then make sure in the bottom right hand corner of your screen that the sound icon does not have a red X on it. If it does have a red X on it, simply click it and unmute it.
Assuming the system power comes up, does the monitor power come on? Most monitors have a status LED on the front bezel that should show green, orange, or blinking if the monitor is powered on. You can hear CRT monitors power on with a gentle sound, though I can't describe it beyond saying it's the sound of a CRT tube warming up. Make sure the monitor is plugged into a good outlet by testing the outlet with a lamp or any other device that will prove beyond a doubt that the outlet is good. Make sure that the power cord is either permanently attached at the monitor end or that it is seated fully in the socket, since partial cord insertion is the most common failure for monitors with detachable cords.
LCD displays don't make any sound when you turn them on, but they don't have a simple power cord, either. Older LCD monitors are usually powered by an external transformer, which in turn is powered from a regular AC outlet. If the LCD display doesn't show any signs of life, make sure that the cords into and out of the transformer are fully seated. Some transformers are equipped with a status LED to show when they are operating. The power connection to the LCD display is often awkward to inspect, recessed into the back of the display. The important thing is to make sure it is started correctly, then seated all the way.
No Sound From all speakers
Check that the speakers are powered on.
Check that the speakers are connected to the correct ports on the PC. This is particularly important If the customer has both integrated sound and a sound card.
If the speakers have a volume control button - ensure that this is turned up.
Check that the Windows Audio service is running. If this is not running then many of the subsequent troubleshooting steps will not work. Go to Start->Run and type services.msc. Double cliick on Windows Audio. Select Start if possible and check that the Startup Type is Automatic. Click OK.
If the speakers are digital speakers then try forcing the sound card to use digital. Go to Start->Control Panel->Sound and Audio Devices.. On the Volume tab, click the Advanced button in the Device Volume section. In the Volume Control window, below the Play Control Volume slider, click Advanced. If this does not show select Advanced Controls from the Options menu. Select Digital Output Only
If possible try an external audio source like a Walkman, CD, or MP3 player (connect the speakers to the headphone jack)
Check that the volume control in Windows isn't muted or turned too low. See the screen shots below. Go to Start->Control Panel and double click on Sounds and Audio Devices.
Check that your speakers are plugged into the right jack either in your sound card or the sound panel on the motherboard. If no sound then try plugging speakers into another computer and see if they are working and have power. Go to "control panel" and click on "Sound and Audio Devices" and under the volume tab under Device Volume make sure that the "Mute" box isn't checked. Also check the "place Volume icon in the taskbar" box if it isn't already checked. Go to the Volume control on the task bar and check out the audio volume levels and make sure they're not turned all the way off. Also under "Sound and Audio Devices" underl Volume tab click on "Advanced" and make sure that you have selected the proper kind of speakers in the speaker setup box.
YOu didn't say so, so I'm assuming that you're using Windows XP. If you're not the menus may be a little different but similar.
There are some basic thisngs you can do:
Go to Control panel
Double Click on Sounds and Audio Devices
Make sure there is no check mark in the mute section where there is a volume adjustment for your speakers.
Also ensure that your speaker volume is up to an appropriate level.
If you look for the speaker icon beside the clock and double click on the icon it should bring up a sound tool bar with many sliders. Maker sure they are all at a volume that you would be able to hear audio. Also check to ensure that there are no check marks in the mute section of each catagorie.
Having done these steps if the issue is not resolved it could be a driver or the hardware.