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Cannot get any sound from my Dimension 3100

Hi guys,
I'm probably being really silly, but are there "built-in" speakers with this computer? If there is, I'm not getting any sound apart from the generic beep when an error message comes up or similar. Or do I have to buy separate speakers? I don't think so as I looked up the make generally and it said under specification that there were two speakers.
I'm confused...:(
Can anyone help me?

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  • Juliet Davison
    Juliet Davison Mar 05, 2008

    Okay ...

    Firstly, thanks a lot mate for coming back to me so quickly.

    I probably seem like an idiot - but its not my machine you see, my other-halfs and he's away right now. I wanted to run some language software - a CD, and Im not getting sound.

    I see.

    Well we got it from Dell directly. At the back of the monitor it looks as if the speakers might be there - there's sort of open venting, and it sort of looks as if it could "house" speakers.

    How would I got about connecting the sound output from the box to the monitor as you suggest? Maybe I'll have a crack at doing that, if they are indeed there I guess I'll find out by doing that, one way or the other.

    What a great website, and thanks again for your help and support. ...

  • Juliet Davison
    Juliet Davison Mar 11, 2008

    Oh Okay, I see ... well I guess that would make sense, being that if the speakers were there at all they'd be blatantly obvious!

    I'll have to go and buy some speakers then ... cheers

    Thanks a lot to everyone

  • shaunte Apr 27, 2008

    I can any sound and the speark are intall

  • Anonymous Oct 06, 2008

    Cannot get any sound from my Dimension 3100 problem, and notify you when a new solution is offered.

  • Lauren Ramos Feb 03, 2009

    i have two diffrent cables coming from my dell speakers... one is green and the other is a yellow nine prong cable... i have the green one hooked up but i cant seem to find where to connect the yellow cable on the back iof the hard drive... help!!! you can reach me easier on myspce just search email--> or on AIM at iluvallieg18 thx so much i really need this help

  • sheryldiotte Feb 24, 2009

    I just got my dell computer about 5 days ago the package says the speakers are built in but I just can't get them to work can some one please help me and tell me how to get them to work Thanks alot



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You got a 3 holes on the back of your PC the Dell Dimension 3100.

The green is for speakers to plug in 2.1 speakers.
On the front above power button to the left is headphone socket.

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Techfobe 30, Sorry but your monitor did not come with speakers. If it did there would be speakers on either side of the monitor, not mounted in tha rear of the monitor.

Your sound card is intergrated into the 3100 mainborard. You'll need to buy a set of speakers & plug them into the sound jack in the back of the 3100.

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Speakers are not built into the box itself. They may be in the monitor, or completely separate.

Did you get this directly from Dell, or from a third party. Dell would have shipped you speakers with it, or a monitor with speakers built-in. Purchased from a third-party you might just get the box itself.

If you have a monitor with speakers, you still have to connect the sound output from the box to the monitor.

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  • Richard Hartman Mar 07, 2008

    If the monitor houses speakers, then it should have an "audio input" 3.5mm socket. (This should look a lot like the earbud socket you would see on an iPod or Walkman.) It is possible that there is instead a pair of RCA sockets (one red, one white), like you would see on the back of a stereo.

    On the back of the computer, there will be an "audio output" socket (the 3.5mm type again, not likely to be RCA here). In modern audio cards the 3.5mm sockets are color coded, the main "out" will be a light green.

    You will need either a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm stereo cable, or a 3.5mm to RCA pair cable depending upon the type of connection on the monitor. If you did not get such a cable, you can get one at Radio Shack.

    If your computer is connected to the monitor audio input and you still hear no sound, first check the volume setting on the monitor. If that doesn't work you may need a driver.

    Here is a link to "About Your Dell™ Dimension™ 3100/E310 Computer" which will show you where the audio output socket can be found:

    Here is a link to "What Sound Card Is In My Dell™ Dimension™ 3100/E310 Computer and How Do I Install the Driver Software?"

    You can also enter the "service tag" for your computer on the Dell site and have it tell you exactly what soundcard your box (originally) had.


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