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Connecting 4 speakers

My Acer computer came with 2 speakers and has a Realtek audio manager.

I have 2 Koss speakers with a sub-woofer.

I can get 2 of the 4 speakers working always (either the Koss or the Acer speakers) but not the 4.

I don't know how to connect everything properly to have all 4 speakers working.

Can you help me? I've tried on my own for 2 days now but I don't have enough knowledge about jacks and inputs/outputs and configuration, etc.

HELP!

Thank you.

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  • Kelly Bashtanyk Dec 13, 2007

    I have been told that my computer should accept 4 speakers - I just don't know the configuration, where to plug what and what to do, step-by-step.

    Thank you.

  • Kelly Bashtanyk Dec 14, 2007

    It appears that I have 2 jacks - and one splits. They all connect to coloured stuff - red, white and black. I also have an input for a jack and it's labelled "headphone".

    One jack (black) says "To 12 AC adaptor" and the other jack (which splits into 1 red jack and 1 white jack) is labelled "to L/R speaker". These are connected to the appropriate red and white connector jacks of my Koss speakers and they work just fine.

    My problem is that my Realtek speakers have a plug-in jack and a bus connection to connect to my computer.

    I need to know what extra input/output place on the back of my computer I can use for the 2 extra speakers (just 1 jack and 1 bus connector) - from what I've read - perhaps I can use the microphone or headset spots.

    I have place to connect my headphones and another bus connector on the front of my computer as well.

    I need instructions on configuring my device and where to plug what. I'm not knowledgeable enough to figure this out myself after days of trying on my own.

    I really do need help on this one and will probably get my $10 worth - have no idea what a "satellite" is, sorry.

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The microphone jack won't help you at all. It only accepts incoming sound, it doesn't play anything back.

The problem with using the headphone jack is that it puts out more current, since headphones aren't usually self powered. It's generally not good for the speakers to use the headphone jack for them.

And as your speakers did not all come as a single set, it's unlikely either set has output ports designed to plug additional speakers in.

So what you need is the stereo mini jack splitter, as electroguy mentioned. In case you don't know what we mean by that, here are a couple links to sites with two different versions:

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=149749

http://www.dv247.com/invt/13646/

However, you probably can save money by buying it locally. For small items like that, shipping kills any savings you have online. I know Radio Shack sells them, but it's likely you can get them at any store that sells stereo equipment.

Once you have the splitter, just plug it in to the back of your computer, where your speakers are currently plugged in, and plug each set of speakers into one of the two ports on the splitter.

Hope that explains everything clearly.

-Dyllan

Posted on Dec 17, 2007

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Well check if subwoofer has two jacks 1 input and 1 output.If it does then input jack goes to PC and other goes to satellites .If not then get you a stereo mini jack that splits into two mini jacks.Then simpliy connect the one end to PC and the other two to speaker and subs..

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

  • crispin melchor Dec 14, 2007

    if the 2 small speakers connect directly to subwoofer RED & WHITE ..Then you said the BLACK connector is going to 12volt adaptor ..Then you should have one connector left and this one should go to PC audio out ..If the subwoofer has all connections and you said the small speakers are working ..Then is it possible you have a bad subwoofer section in sub box..Or unless the subwoofer input is separate ..Then you would need a stereo mini jack spliter as I mentioned earlier..

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Well some computers dont support 4 speakers.

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