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Speakers, Speakers, Speakers.

I just finished gutting out my old computer and and added my hard drive and all the old with the new, my computer is faster and well my speakers don't work...The speakers were given to me and they are DELL. everything is plugged in correctly but when I try to listen to music or watch a movie an error appears having to do with my sound device. The speakers worked well with the old computer, but not the new. I don't even have a icon in the lower right hand corner of my screen..Please any help would be grateful..Thanxx

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  • Jesse Marquez Feb 14, 2008

    you know, Im guessing the old computer had a sound ard built in to the motherboard, as far as the new computer goes, I think it has one also, as I was putting the computer together and I thought of the soundcard, and well where you connect the speakers in, was almost identical so I wasn't worried about the difference...Should I take it to a computer tech. to see what is the matter. And if so can I get a price range on the cost? Thanxxx alot.



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Check in your control panel and open sound up and make sure you see a driver in under the audio tab, it should have a AC97 realtek or a sigmtel driver, If not find out what your old computers sound driver was and download it, You should be able to find the drivers you need at the computers manufactures web site, Now that should get your sound working after you install the proper sound driver, you stated you don't see the volume Icon in the lower right, My guess would be that is the problem. Thanks and take care

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Before you do anything else, make sure you've plugged in to the proper slot (not the microphone, rear surround, or digital jacks).

If that's not the problem, there are several other possibilities, but most of them have nothing to do with the speakers you're using. To verify that the speakers work properly, plug them into a portable CD or MP3 player, slowly turn up the volume, and make sure they produce the expected sound. If they do not, it is possible that there is a short or other electrical problem that is causing the error you see (many modern sound cards attempt to auto-detect the type of speaker that is attached, and might be thrown off by very low--or infinite--resistance on the output).

Next, plug a pair of known-good headphones into the sound card output. If you get proper sound, go get yourself a new set of speakers. If not, the problem is probably with your sound card drivers (but could also be a hardware problem, which we will address first).

Assuming you have no success with the headphones, it's important at this point to determine whether you're using sound that's built in to the motherboard, or an add-on card (an external card will occupy one of your PCI slots on the motherboard--don't just look to see if the connectors are in a slot on the outside, since they could be in a non-PCI faceplate). If it's built-in, it's possible that it's not enabled in the BIOS. To verify this, reboot your computer. When it first starts, you can press DEL (or one of the function keys, depending on your BIOS) to enter the BIOS settings. Move around the menus looking for built-in peripheral options and verify that the sound system is enabled. Do not change anything else unless you are very sure of what you are doing. If you found the proper setting, save your settings and reboot.

If your card is an add-on, you could try turning off the computer and re-seating it (pull it out of its slot, then plug it back in). Make sure the metallic contacts on the connector are clean.

If you're still not getting any sound, go to your device manager (in Windows XP, right-click on My Computer, select Properties, choose the Hardware tab, and click the Device Manager button). Make sure no devices appear with a small exclamation point next to them; if one or more does, try reinstalling your sound drivers.

As a matter of fact, it shouldn't hurt to reinstall the sound drivers anyway. If, after this, you're still having problems, update your post with specific hardware and driver version information.

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Silly question do you have an onboard soundcard built in to the motherboard if not you should get a new sound card, does the earphones work ?

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SOURCE: Speakers fade in and out when listening to music

ensure all connectors are properly inserted, then if you have a speaker mounted volume control, then run it back and forth rapidly about 100 times with power off. this will allow the tiny copper "wipers" contacts to brush off any accumulated dust.

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SOURCE: Front and rear speakers do not work


My connection dropped for a second and lost you on the live session. Thereafter I keep on getting errors.

In any case, have you tried:
1. disabling the built-in sound in your CMOS/BIOS?
2. Verify that your Creative drivers are all installed correctly with no red or yellow marks in your Device Manager under Sound, video and game controllers;
3. Are all the connectors/plugs wired to the right jacks. Iknow the sub operates wirelessly but all others are still wired.

Post back pls how things are so we can figure other things out.

Good luck and kind regards.

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