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Using Surround Speakers on a Laptop (please help!)

I've had this set of Creative 560 5.1 speakers for a few years now, and I want to use them on my laptop now. To my understanding people often have issues with this because their laptops don't have 3 1/8" ports (or in the case of better surround sound systems, their laptops don't have the digital optical input). My laptop doesn't. BUT WAIT! For the purposes of recording music, I own a pretty sweet external audio interface (the Edirol UAFX), which has many input and output ports on it. Optical output for instance, but I don't want to both trying to find something to convert an optical signal into analog for the speakers (sounds messy and/or expensive). How I've been doing it so far is plugging a 1/4" to 1/8" converter into the Edirol's headphone jack, then plugging a headphone splitter into that converter, which accepts me get two of the three cables from my creative speakers. Sadly, even though the adapters are stereo, this configuration results in sound coming from only TWO of the Creative's FIVE satellite speakers (the subwoofer does work as well). Which sux. Any ideas on how I can get all five satellite speakers working? I would be forever endebted to you.

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These are steps to setup the Audio. Theses are steps to restore the drivers for the Audio: Part (1) Click on 'Start' button. Go to, and click in the (right, pane) Control Panel. Scroll to find, "Ease of Access (or) Speech Recognition Options. "Click, on" Replace sound with visual cues." In the See also (Category), click, on Audio Devices and Sound Themes. Click, on the Active "Speakers". Click 'Configure' to "Audio channels" The (Speaker Setup) "wizard", appear! Select (Test) click, Next! Follow the instructions. Part (2) Click 'Properties' change the "sound"(Level). Click on Enhancements, "Apply" changes. The (Advanced), not recommended! In, the Controller Information (block), click on, Properties to "update" Drivers. Check to see if Device usage: (enable) if not? "Change it." *Note: Click OK to all changes, 'Save' and Apply!, before exiting. Restart Computer!

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