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No sound from woofer

I have connected this system with creative 5.1 sound blaster card. All the other speakers are working properly but there is sound from center speaker and no sound from the sub woofer. Also the center speaker is not detected in the speaker test of the card.

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  • dudemankhali May 23, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem!

  • Rahultomar Sep 19, 2008

    Yes i also having the same problem, I think creative sound blaster card is not compatible with Altec Lansing VS3251 model,



  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    i didnt get you dude....

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    yes i have also sound blaster live 7.1 sound card but i have the same problem i think i can solve this with the cable connection changements.

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You have to set one of the audio ports as sound and not Mic

Posted on Jun 08, 2008

  • Tunddruff Jun 08, 2008

    I had the card for a while

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depending on your surround sound reciever depends on the solution.

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not knowing the method or connection your using makes it difficult to give you a single solution so i'll list a few.

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