Speakers came with Dell several years ago. Grandson just upgraded my computer, but speakers have no sound. The light is on so they are getting power. I found the Driver Detective site, but don't really want to pay for driver support. Any free sites available to download a driver for 206 speakers? I only have dial up (rural location) and don't need lots of extras.
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I just purchased a Dell XPS 8500 with Windows 8 and decided to keep using my old Harmon Kardon HK 206 speakers because I'm quite satisfied with these speakers. When I hooked them to my new PC, Windows 8 recognized them right away. The speakers work great on my new PC. Try going to the Control Panel and see if your speakers were recognized. (On my PC they're referred to as "Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio). That's due to the default drivers in Windows 8. As long as you see speakers in the control panel, you should be OK. In that case you should check your connections. If you don't see speakers in the control panel, go back one screen and select add a device and let Windows 8 scan for any device that it hadn't recognized before.
If you are unable to get sound from speakers, chances are it's your computer and not the speakers. Speakers do not require a driver to work, the computer has to have the audio driver to make speakers work. To test this theory, simply turn speakers on and plug them into an mp3 player or cell phone (anything with 3.5 mm jack) and turn volume up - should have sound. What you will need to do is find model computer and look for audio driver for that computer.
Could you specify if it's a computer you're plugging into or a device like an ipod or stereo? If the computer isn't giving you any sound, try the speakers with an ipod or something and then you can narrow down the problem to your sound settings / sound card...
have you plugged anything else in to make sure the usb port is working? does the computer recognize the usb speakers when you plug the usb plug into the computer? do the speakers work on another computer? if you wiggle the usb wires around does it make a sound through the speakers? eliminate these questions so that we can move on to isolating the issue.