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My left side speaker is not working. I plugged in another speaker to the sub output (the plug not working) and got nothing, which proved to me that the speaker wire and speaker itself is not faulty. could my sound card have one channel bad...also it doesn't seem like my center speaker (under the monitor) is working either....help!!!!

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Could be the sound card or its driver. Check your sound properties and make sure the correct set up is selected like 2.1, 5.1 adn 7.1. Verify that the volume levels are balanced, and if nothing helps, reinstall the video driver first. If this does not resolve it, might be a good idea to test the speakers on another system just to confirm they are all ok. If that works, you may need to get a new sound card, or test the card on another computer if possible to confirm if it is at fault. Hope this would be helpful to you.

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