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I have properly connected the speaker wires to main
unit , in correct polarity. I started plugging cables by clicking on
blue,green,pink indicators on realtek on board sound card software. I am
able to set all speakers in correct manner and there is no such distortion
in sound as such.To update my details , i have two operation system on my
pc, i.e XP ULTIMATE, & VISTA on seperate drive partitions. I have reloaded
my audio drivers as well as have clean formatted my machine twice to
establish a fresh install. Even though ,after going through this turnmoil ,
my speaker settings change every time i restart my PC in any operating
system . I am using Intel G31 motherboard, 2.2 ghz processor,NVIDIA 8300
graphic card. Is there any correlation whether on board sound card drivers
are not compatible with this set of speakers or do they need a lates update
to match the speakers ???? God knows or You know ?? help! help! help

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2008

    yeah i got 2 operating system too..xp and vista onb different partitions..before when i was still using xp only,my altec lansing speakers do good..i mean hav no problem with the surround but now i cant use it as 5.1..i mean only the front and the bass works in vista.however in xp the sound switches i mean the rear speakers sounds when its time for the front speakers..ive try reinstalling everything..thank's..



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Having multiple os's should not effect the settings it sounds like something directly related to the software you all are running for the surround. what is this sofware and is it updated, does it belong to the sound card or the speaker setup ?

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An F61 error occurs on a Panasonic home theater system when the speaker cable wire connections are wrong. This situation is likely to happen if you just purchased your unit or moved the system and try to reconnect the speakers again. Polarity is key in a successful setup. The positive and negative ends of the cable wires must match the input of the main unit. Retrace your speaker wire connections to clear error F61.
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Step 7 Connect the remaining end of the "Center" speaker wire to the green terminal/connector on the main unit.
Step 8 Connect the remaining end of the "Subwoofer" wire to the purple terminal/connector on the main unit.
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Sound system speakers have standard polarity which is indicated either with a "+" or a "-", or with Red and Black colors near the speaker terminals. This same polarity marking is also found on the sound system amplifier section. Most speaker cable has a polarity indication; either color coded, or a physical difference in the wires. Reversed polarity results an obvious decrease in bass, and a hollow sound in the mid range frequencies. If your speaker cable has no obvious polarity indication, you can check the polarity as follows; connect a 9V battery to each speaker cable for no more than about a second; long enough to see the woofer cone move. When the + battery terminal is connected to the + speaker lead, the woofer cone will move out. When you have this situation, label the positive speaker lead, either with tape, or by tying that wire in a simple knot. Make sure both cables are checked.

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Connection faults

Check the speaker cables for shorts or damage. Crossing speaker wires can destroy receivers.

Some units are sensitive to speaker polarity problems. Make sure both sets of speaker cables have the correct polarity.

Very thick, or otherwise incorrect speaker cables can also cause faults like this. Try thinner wire if you are using very thick wires.

You may have the wrong speakers. Check the resistance the unit expects (usually 4 or 8 ohms), and make sure it matches. Try different speakers.

Could be other speaker faults. Some active speakers can develop faults, or there may be an internal fault in the speakers. Try different speakers.

Thermal overload:

As a general rule, don't run the second set of speakers if you don't need them - usually runningthem will degrade audio quality, increase power consumption, and increase the liklihood of thermal overload.

Try listening on a lower volume, see if it still does it. I have a unit that behaves this way mostly in summer when it is warm. If it does not do it when the volume is low, that's an indicator it may be thermal overload.

Check clearances. Don't block vents or place the unit in an enclosed space. Check the manual for a guide.

Check for dust, you might need to open it, (This will void the warranty if any, and can be dangerous even if the power is disconnected). You may use an air blower (like in a can) to clear the dust - or carefully use a vacuum cleaner).

If you suspect thermal overload, try pointing a domestic fan at the unit and see if it still does it.

Internal fault
Sometimes faults in the unit can cause these sort of symptoms. I've seem problems with volume knobs, and other parts. You'll need a proper service agent to investigate if this is suspected.

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This happens when the speaker wires are not connected properly. Remove all speaker wires from the back of the unit, and re - install them, in the correct order and with the correct polarity (white stripe on wire to red terminal, no stripe to black terminal)
Hope this helps.

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The illustration in the manual I found at isn't detailed enough to show the axial connection option, which would normally accept a banana plug inserted straight in if the opening is conductive and about 4mm wide. I suspect it is as they mention a "variety of wire connectors".

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IMPORTANT: Make sure all equipment is turned off before making any connections.
For speaker connections, use a minimum #16-gauge speaker wire with polarity coding.The side of the wire with a ridge or other coding is usually considered positive polarity (i.e., +).
NOTE: If desired, consult your local Infinity dealer about speaker wire and connection options.
The speakers have coded terminals that accept a variety of wire connectors. The most common connection is shown in Figure 5.
To ensure proper polarity, connect each + terminal on the back of the amplifier or receiver to the respective + (red) terminal on each speaker, as shown in Figure 6. Connect the – (black) terminals in a similar way.
See the owner’s guides that were included with your amplifier, receiver and television to confirm connection procedures.
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• Correct any wiring problems before you plug in your receiver and turn it on.

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