Question about Altec Lansing ATP 3W Computer Speakers
My 6 year old son pulled the right speaker (the one with the volume controls on it) and the wires pulled out. My husband tried to fix it but despite his efforts, not only does the right speaker not work, but neither the left speaker or subwoofer will work now. Any advice on hooking it up wothout the right speaker? Or maybe a diagram for rewiring the broken one? please help!
I just inherited a ATP3 subwoofer only!
Does anyone know if I can run a left and a right speaker from a different manufacturer with my Altec subwoofer???
Posted on Dec 03, 2012
The only way to fix,is to colour code them back together,or go spend some more $$$ on new ones....later
Posted on May 12, 2008
It is very difficult to rewire the right speaker( the one with the controls). The black cable contains an orange and black pair which drive the "big" speaker in the base. The white wire has the wires for the controls. That white wire is .090 in in dia. Peel back the white pvc insulation and you will find a layer of aluminum foil which is intended to shield the control wires.Then there is another layer of insulation. Peel that insulation back and you find SIX color coded lacquer insulated wires. Each wire is .010 in in dia. If you attempt to solder the severed wires together you will doubtlessly melt the lacquer and short the cable out. Twisting the wires together without removing the lacquer won't work. The satellite speakers were intended to be non-repairable, thats why the case is glued together.
The best bet is throw the right speaker in the trash and try to purchase a replacement from Altec or find a replacement in a flea market etc.
Posted on Jun 01, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Dismantling Altec Lansing VS 2221 speakers to clean the switch/volume control
Tools: a medium Phillips screwdriver, a craft knife & a can of CO contact cleaner & extension.
1. Remove switch/volume control knob by pulling it off
2. Pull out the base for the stand if attached
3. Unscrew the 2 screws beside the wires
4. Remove the front gauze by prising it out from one of the bottom corners. Keep the gauze straight as it will need to be put back from the bottom to the top.
5. Remove the 2 screws at the top and the 4 long screws holding the speaker. The back will come apart from the front and sides. If it has been glued then use the craft knife to carefully cut the back away from the sides and/or prise it away with a little pressure on the sides.
6. Attach the extension to the can of contact cleaner.
7. Lift the circuit board out and squirt only the switch/volume control. Ensure you squirt the shaft and the internal parts of the switch/volume control. Turn the shaft a few times.
8. Allow the contact cleaner at least 1 hour to dry.
9. Test the speakers. If the noise is still there then repeat steps 6-9.
10. To assemble the speaker do the steps 1-5 in the opposite order.
I hope this is helpful
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