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I have the ADA885 Altec Lansing speaker system. The system has four speakers and a sub. I want to use the great speakers for my tv and playstation. I originally thought that I could just buy a receiver and plug the cord that goes into the headphone jack of my comp into the front of the receiver. Unfortunately two problems exist with this solution. 1) I cannot get my rear speakers to even play because they require a separate "surround" cord that I guess once also went to the computer. It is black. 2) If I was able to get the rear speakers to work I need to somehow plug them both into the receiver to get true surround sound I think. Can this be accomplished? I also looked to see if there was just speaker wire under the casing. There was not. I'd appreciate any help!

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hi there are fast checkings for you: Quick Connect Card http://www.alteclansing.com/downloads/641QCC.pdf manual: http://www.alteclansing.com/downloads/641_MAN.pdf is the system working fine exept the sub? my guess: the headphone jack works fine then the speakears are too if soo then the sub amp is bad or some connection is torn try opening the sub and see if everything is hooked right and if soo then the amp is the problem every electronics shop can fix this good luck

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The 4.1 speakers you has, and output sound , depend on the sound card you has on your laptop. If you has inside the laptop a sound card 5.1 you whould not have problems get it sound, BUT you have to set on multimedia and sound for 4.1 according.
you only have one output sound on your laptop, so you have to use 2 speakers or buy a splitter and get 2 speakers sound.
you also, can buy a pcmcia sound card, 5.1 from creative labs, to solve this. but check if your speakers of course sound of.
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I did the same! Thanks for suggesting a call to Customer Support (800)258+3288. The guy didn't seem overly pleased to help, but he did promise to send me a new power supply. Also, he said that they don't make the iM7 anymore, but I had already found out that the iM9 uses the same power supply. I, too, will wait and see.

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Same issue showed up for me today very randomly...

HD comes on and off for no reason and sound cuts in and out. This fix worked for me:

1.Disconnect the left speaker from the sub woofer.
2.Take the 4 screws out on the bottom of the left speaker. (They are under the rubber matting you can just poke holes through it)
3. Remove the bottom plastic assembly from the speaker
4. Cut the 4 wires to the headset chip. Careful not to cut any others to the speakers themselves!
5. Unscrew and remove headset plug chip
6. Reassemble and plug left speaker back into sub woofer.

No more HD issues =)

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Same issue showed up for me today very randomly...

HD comes on and off for no reason and sound cuts in and out. This fix worked for me:

1.Disconnect the left speaker from the sub woofer.
2.Take the 4 screws out on the bottom of the left speaker. (They are under the rubber matting you can just poke holes through it)
3. Remove the bottom plastic assembly from the speaker
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No more HD issues =)

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