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If your speaker set has a built-in amplifier (it does if it has to plugged into power), and it has the mini headphone plug (it probably does), then they will work with anything that uses headphones. Including iPad.
here is the sound card for the DELL
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio up to Creative SoundBlaster® X-Fi Xtreme Audio (D)†
that means you have a sound card and the port should be in the back and should be green.
Audio front panel - one headphone and one microphone connector
This is for a headset .
Here is what i would try make sure the speakers are powering by turning on the right speaker the LED should light up if it is then it has power, Next i would try the back of the PC speaker port , if you have everything connected correctly we move onto the next step.
Ok go to Control panel Hardware and sound then click on the green sound link that should pop up a window to configure the speakers, you should see the devices in the list and be able to configure them if you do not let me know and i can help you with the next step.
if the sound is very faint. you can check the volume properties if it is set to maximize and also check the physical volume control on the actual speaker - also Disconnect Any Headphones That May Be Connected
to the Computer - Check for and remove any headphones connected to the computer or speakers to
prevent them from muting the external speakers.Click Start, and then click Control
Panel.Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices. Click the Sounds tab. You can also try head phone if it is Crystal Clear on headphone then the problem is with the Speaker as Dell might need to replace it. :)
Use the ones for Windows Vista. Vista Drivers work for 7.
Now considering these speakers plug in via headphone jack you dont need drivers for your speakers. You should be looking for sound drivers for your laptop. Plug in headphones see if they work if they do then there is no reason why your speakers should not.
Check your system if you are able to hear sound using any headphone..if you are able to hear sound from headphone then the problem is with your dell speakers,else you need to update sound drivers for your system...Thanks..
Did you ever have sound. If you did, depending on the version of windows use the system restore feature. Windows XP can go back months, while Vista can only about a month when you show restore points older than 5 days. Just search for the system restore feature for your operating system. Use the help menu to locate the program (In vista it will be named differently but the help menu will show you where it is).
You can try to install the sound card--Vista should pick it up, but you'll still probably have to have a driver disk for it.
Make sure that you not only power it down, but you unplug the power cord and press the on button to discharge any stored charge.
When you insert the card, be sure that you'v touched off on either the powersupply or the frame to the hand that has the card in it. Then insert the card. (A static electricity spark can be 20k volts, low amps, but it can destroy both the card and the motherboard if you aren't careful.)
The XP driver might be a problem, but check for the numbers on the card before putting it in and do a search. You may find some additional Vista drivers.
There are a couple of after-market cards that use a digital out, you just have to look for the right connector.
it sounds like the headphones shorted out the usb on your system, you might try some speakers that are not usb and see what you come up with,,,also check and make sur your sound isnt muted on the master control for the volume
There is a known issue with Vista , when you install and upgrade to Vista , the sound drivers have to be reinstalled. Download the same from the manufactures website.
In case of dell its www.support.dell.com
Click search for drivers and put in your service tag.