I've read the previous posts but haven't been able to find where my sound card setting is to open up all of teh speakers. Only the front 2 are working, or the back 2 are working, or just the middle one. It's really wierd, I've had these speakers for 2 years, never had a problem. Just moved my comp and unplugged everything, and now they dont work, please let me know what i can do to fix it.
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Check the sound settings first. If Mute is ON, there will be no sound from the speaker. Check speakers. If all of these are OK, check and replace damaged component/s at the audio output board, or replace this board as card basis. For more details
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Laptop's sound can fail to work for a couple of reasons:
(1) the sound drivers are not properly installed - as far as I know, every computer manufacturer's web site will allow you to download their hardware drivers for free. Hope you've already done that.
(2) the sound hardware in the laptop are either disconnected or failed - a small number of laptops actually use separate sound cards (instead of integrating the audio hardware on the main board). Hopefully you've already checked that, too.
(3) the audio output jack (headphone) is damaged - in which case the sound hardware is functioning 100%, but there's no sound produced due to a shorted jack.
That being said, if it's neither of the above, the cheapest means of getting some basic sound to a muted laptop would be a USB sound card and a set of external laptop speakers. If it sounds elaborate and expensive, I assure you it's not. Assuming you're running Windows (hopefully XP or newer), you can buy a USB sound card on eBay for around $2 and pay about the same price for a cheap set of cheesy laptop speakers - plug the USB sound card into a working USB port, plug the speakers into the USB sound card, it's plug and play, and ... viola - you'll get $4 worth of cheap sound. It's a bit cumbersome but it's a cheap workaround that I've done before when a laptop went mute and I had only a shoestring budget to work with...
I'm assuming that the previous audio drivers have been uninstalled. The card must be made aware that you have speakers and/or headphones plugged in. First open Control Panel > Sounds and make sure the volume is set at maximum and the correct setup is selected - stereo , desktop speakers. Then take out whatever you have plugged in it, reboot the pc, wait for everything to stop (antivirus update, the launching of all the programs) then open the C-Media Power Mixer and verify in there that all the volumes are at maximum. Then connect the plug in the green socket of the card - a popup should appear to ask you what you plugged in. If it doesn't then you will have to do it manually:
Do all of the speakers plug into the bass, then from the bass to the computer? Seems like the multimedia controller you have right now is either not working or was never meant for that many computer speakers. In this case, you might want to get a sound card. Sound cards will let you plug the sets of speakers (Front, Rear, Sides, etc.) into each of the inputs on the sound cards. The jacks and inputs will be colour coated so you know which one to plug into which one.
OH. I thought in the previous post you had indicated that headphones did work. I just re-read it and I mis-understood you. If it's doing the same thing no matter what you plug in then it's either the sound card or the jack on the card and the only thing you can do is to get a new sound card I'm afraid. Any computer store ought to be able to help you with that.
I assume the original poster is never going to read this but who cares:
first check the obvios:
1. are your speakers plugged in.. power.. computer??
2. is your volume all they way down?
3. check if your volume setting in the system tray is muted or all the way down.
notes.. from this point on it could be different things..
your speakers may not work.
your computer does not have a driver for the sound card, or simply does not have an updated driver... look for one online or post computer or audio card model and manufacturer and we will help getting an updated drvier.
your sound card is failing...
check the status of your network card by going into device manager and post your findings for further resolution..
I'm assuming that since you havfe not replied you have either solve it or have not checked your junk mail.. if you solve the problem please post back how you resolved it.
Hello Yellowbones.. First off.. are you sure your cable is plugged into the appropriate jack on the back of your computer? If it is.. then do you have a spare set of speakers that you can plug into that jack to determine if it is teh speakers or the sound card? If you have a set of other speakers, try that first so we can confirm that it is a problem from your ausio driver versus the speaker set itself.. On the assumption that the sound card is the blame.. You may want to verify that hardware is working properly. You shopuld be able to go into the control panel from the Start menu and find Sounds and Audio Device menu.. once you have that.. make sure you do not have your system set to Mute... and then you can select the hardware tab and find your sound card device in the listing.. once you highlight that, it should tell you if your device is working properly or not.. and give you a troubleshooting tab to walk you thru some diagnostics.. You may also select the driver tab and update the driver for your card to see if that resloves the problem too.
Without knowing what else you?ve tried besides checking the BIOS configuration I?ll just list everything including the basics:
-Check the hardware device manager and ensure your sound card shows up and is running without errors.
-Make really, really sure you plugged the speakers into the right socket.
-Try plugging a known working pair of headphones or other simple speaker system into your sound socket to verify your speakers work.
-Open the ?sounds and audio devices? in the control panel, in the volume tab make sure the volume is mid way and not muted.
-Click on the advanced button and make sure the wave, SW Synth CD Player volumes are mid way or better and not muted (the volume is the same as the previous volume slider).
-Make sure your driver came from the motherboard manufacturer and you have the right one for your operating system.
If you get here and it still doesn?t work then you?ll need to start considering the possibility that your motherboard may have a problem. As an alternative you can disable it in the BIOS and plug in a cheap PCI sound card.
Let us know how it goes and please don?t forget to rate this post.