The two eMachine speakers in my old eMachine (circa 2001) plugged into a jack, with no separate power source and worked fine. My new Dell refurbished with Vista came without speakers or a sound card. When I plug the old speakers into the jack on the Dell, I can barely hear the sound (there's no volume control on the speakers and the Windows volume is all the way up.) I've looked at new speakers and they all seem to have a separate power connection with them, but with lots of peripherals and other office stuff I'm out of outlets on my two power strips. Will USB speakers work with the Dell motherboard sound (Realtek HD Audio Manager) and will the quality be as good as separately powered speakers? I could move the eMachine sound card to the Dell, but since it's 2001 vintage and eMachine is a low end product to begin with, I'm not sure that's the best solution. Any advice will be welcome. BTW, I'm not a gamer but use the PC a lot for music.Thanks.
What really matters is the quality of the usb speakers. check specifications such as wattage first and find reviews if possible. however usb speakers will probably not come close to separate speakers. i'd recommend buying a cheap sound card ($20 or so). these work great overall. $20 spent on a sound card will be a better trade off than $20 spent on speakers. just use your old speakers with the new sound card and you'll have plenty of power. after this i'd recommend headphones as they work great in this case. finally moving the sound card would probably work fine, but i have doubts.
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You don't mention the sound card(s) in the PC nor the method of connecting to the monitor. Some video cards have HDMI connections for audio and video out to a monitor and will not allow any other audio outputs to work. Regardless of sound source interface, check to be sure that the audio source is the one that is NOT part of your video card and is NOT set to output DIGITAL audio signals. Once this is done, select the the "add-on" or "expansion slot" sound card (if it is the type that plus into a slot on your motherboard) or the "built-in to the motherboard" type (if the jacks are soldered directly to the motherboard) as the DEFAULT or ENABLED. Set to ANALOG output - NOT digital if a choice is offered. Connect the speakers. This should be via cable terminated with a stereo mini jack - NOT a special digital optical or coaxial cable / connector. Most modern PCs will have several mini-stereo jacks from which to choose - nearly all use the GREEN ringed jack for the FRONT (or main) left & right stereo speakers. Regardless, if yours has GREEN jack, you should use it - if none have a color code, look for markings that indicate either "speakers" ,"output", "front" or "L & R". If there are no indications, check your manual. Set your volume level on the lower side, play an audio source and adjust speaker volume and / or audio mixer settings in the system tray as needed. Only one sound card will work in a PC. Make sure that all connections are made to the ENABLED card, otherwise no sounds will be heard. Digital output is primarily targeted to facilitate connections to external amplifier and speaker system - most often like those found in a Home Theater PC setting - or a monitor / TV connected by an HDMI cable. I hope this helps & good luck!
Two audio input cables are supplied with the speakers. If your
computer has a stereo mini jack, use the cable with a stereo mini
plug. Otherwise, use the cable with RCA plugs on both ends.
Match the colors on the connectors to the colors on the jacks, red
to red and white to white.
The speaker cable is already attached at one end to the accessory
speaker. Plug the other end into the TO ACCESSORY SPEAKER
jack on the powered speaker.
1. Connect one end of the audio input cable to AUDIO INPUTS A.
2. Connect the other end to your computer's AUDIO OUTPUT jack.
We recommend using LINE OUT if your computer sound card
offers more than one option.
3. To connect a separate CD-ROM, or another source, repeat
steps 1 and 2 using AUDIO INPUTS B.
You must connect the AC power pack to operate the speakers.
1. Plug its cable end into the power jack on the powered speaker.
2. Plug the power pack blades into the wall outlet.
3. Turn on your computer sound source or external sound source.
Please check the below mentioned things :
Verify the AC power cord is plugged into the wall outlet.
Turn the VOLUME knob on the right speaker until you hear a click sound.
An LED will light next to the knob when the power is ON.
Turn the VOLUME knob clockwise to raise the volume.
Check volume level on the computer sound card or alternate audio source
device, and set at mid-level.
Check plug connections on the audio source. Make sure the signal cables are
inserted firmly into the correct jacks.
Make sure the 3.5mm stereo cable is connected and fully inserted into the
"line-out," "audio-out," or the headphone jack of the audio source.
Test the speakers on another audio device. Remove the 3.5mm stereo cable
from the audio source device and connect it to "line-out," "audio-out," or the
headphone jack of another audio source.
And if in in case u r unable to get it working ..
Replace the speakers ..
Fristly you check sound drivers are available on your system or not,go to the control pannel and open the sound option,if it is disable thats means sound drivers are not available on your system,in that condition you need to install sound drivers accourding to your system motherboard,if it is showing enable in that condition you plaug the speaker jack propely as per colour codding in back side of CPU.
When you plug the jack properly one sound pop ups are coming o=in your screen plaese press ok and ok,
If you are using 5.1 or 4.1 speaker please check proper supply to speaker adapter.
I'm assuming you have the little jacks for the speakers to plug into.... As crazy as this sounds, make sure you have the speakers plugged into the right jack. The icons by the jacks are not all that clear. You might have the speakers plugged into the "Line In" jack? I've done it myself and I'm a Computer Engineer!
Hi, Usually the power on button only has two wires. Then you have HDD led leads, reset leads, power led leads etc. These are all separate wires that fit onto separate pins in the Jpanel1 (front panel header).
Could be that the really old emachines grouped all these wires and made them into a plug to fit their own style motherboards.
If this is the case then that connector would not be on your newer motherboard, and it would have that Jpanel1 instead.
Hope this helps as I'm not very familiar with the old emachines.
Open Device Manager by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Device Manager. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Expand the Sound, video and game controllers category. If a sound card is listed, you have one installed. If no sound card is listed, You will need to install one.
Right-click the name of the sound card, and
then click Properties.
Click the General tab, and then look in the Device status box to identify problems with the sound card.
Make sure your speakers are plugged into a working power source and turned on.
Make sure your speakers are correctly connected to the computer. On
your speakers, find the cable that plugs into your computer. Make sure
that the speaker cable is plugged into the speakers and the correct
jack on the computer.
Make sure that the speaker volume is not muted or turned down too low.
Open Volume Control by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then, under Audio Devices and Sound, clicking Adjust system volume.
Under Main Volume, move the slider up or down to raise or lower the volume. NoteSome
mobile PCs have an external volume control on the outside of the case.
If you're using a mobile PC, check the external volume control.
sure your headphones are not plugged into the line out (headphone) jack
of your sound card or computer (unless you want to be listening with
headphones rather than speakers). When you plug in headphones, most
computers automatically cut the sound to the speakers.