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Left side don't play/ right side is perfect

I was on the computer, enjoying the music, when the left side speaker went down. I did everything to get it back, restoring the computer, but nothing worked. Then "pow", it worked!!! I called Dell and told them, write it down I told them so we'll remember this. Then "pow" it went out. The same side, right in the middle of the song. After restoring the computer, no luck! Its broke... Hearing the right side can make me sick, if only the left side would come back. Gifford

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Re: left side don't play/ right side is perfect

You sound like you have a wire connection problem but to find out try using a spare pair of speakers or try headphones. Try to rule out any wierd system problem, but I don't think that is your problem. Since this problem went away and then came back reduces the likely hood that it is a power issue so I would go with wiring issues or connection problems. While you are playing music. Move the cable, bend it, and reinsert it a few times. Give the cable a work out. If it comes back while this is happening, you have an open connection. You will need to replace the speaker wiring.

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