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Speakers not working

I got new speakers yesterday, when i first plugged them into my computer (i have a windows XP SP1) they didn't work. There was no Installation CD with the speakers. I went through everything (made sure t hat it was plugged in correctly, power on, that it wasn't on mute etc.) And they still didn't work. So then i tested the speakers somewhere else and they worked just fine. I also tested other speakers on my computer and they didn't work either - so the problem must lay within my computer! I've had speakers before and they work just fine on my computer, but this time they just dont!

What should i do? I've already installed the AC 97 drivers - but are there other drivers i should install for sound? How do i know what drivers to install? Also, if there is something wrong with the soundcard (which in my case is built into the motherboard, do i replace the whole mother board?)

Thank you.

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  • Mahawii Jun 09, 2008


    Upping? Do you mean turning up the volume of the speakers right? If so, yes i have! I plugged them into my iPod and they work just fine. I also went through my BIOS setting and made sure that the Audio was enabled - yet no sound works :(

  • Mahawii Jun 09, 2008


    Oh, i'm sorry for misunderstanding! Ok, i will update to SP3. How do i update my sound driver? I know that i use AC 97 (realtek) driver - do i go their website and update to the latest version of that driver? + i'm not that much into computer lingo - so what do you mean by 5.1 and 7.1? =)

    (but im guessing you mean the version of sound driver?)

  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    Hi! I went to my motherboard's website and i checked the Audio drivers - there were so many of 'em! How am i meant to know which ones to install?! And I did download Windows xp SP3! I'm going to download SRS Audio Sanbox (not that i think it would help - but i can't live my life soundless!) If you have anymore suggestions - keep 'em rollin'!


  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    And this is my motherboards audio website! :

    Which ones should/shouldn't i install?

  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    Thank you for the crack! I'm not sure how to find out the name of my soundcard really but according to this program which gives you a full profile of your computer and etc - it's VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller (WDM) (or is that even the name of it?)


  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    Thank you so much for giving me CORRECT driver! I've now installed it and to my devestation, it doesn't work. Is there something i should do after the installtion? Besides restarting my computer? I've uninstalled the old Realtek drivers since VIA drivers are the correct ones. Perhaps one of the audio services are on disabled? Anyway - maybe it's hopeless and i should just get a new soundcard! :(

    Thanks for your help though!! Very much appriciated!!

  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    PS: Everytime i click on the Vinyl icon (the newly installed sound driver on my computer) it comes up for a few secs. and then goes away. It won't let me open it!


  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    No, Thank you!! I think i'm going to get a cheap soundcard for the moment - to end my soundless life! I'm thinking about this one

    Cus i don't really have the worlds most advanced and great speakers - so i think that would do me just right. But can i buy ANY soundcard to go with my speakers? My speakers are quite average.

    And try to RMA the board? ....How would i do that? :)

    Thank you!

  • Mahawii Jun 11, 2008

    Oh! RAM stands for something and means to return your product! Hahaha! :) English is not my native lingo ;)

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    it wont make any sound



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Have you tried upping the volume of your speakers?

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  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 09, 2008

    sorry for my BAD english :D... try updating to the latest windows XP
    service pack 3 and update the sound driver. is your speakers a 5.1 or

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 09, 2008

    got to your motherboard's website and download the sound driver update.
    5.1 means your speaker configuration: 2 front speakers, 2 rear surround
    speakers , one center and one subwoofer. 5 means 5 speakers and .1
    means your subwoofer. same as the 7.1 with +2 side surround.

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 09, 2008

    1 thing try using SRS audio sandbox

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 11, 2008

    what is the name of your soundcard? here is the keygen for srs audio sandbox :)

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 11, 2008

    could you give me the name of your soundcard I'll try to find the updated drivers for you

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 11, 2008

    no prob mate. here's the driver

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 11, 2008

    try to RMA the board if there is still warranty or get yourself some X-FI or soundblaster soundcard. I'm currently using Asus Commando's soundcard which is SupremeFX soundmax HD audio and a Creative Inspire 5.1 speakers and the software I gave to you SRS audio sandbox and it works perfectly. tnx for the time reading my answers and feel free to ask questions :)

  • Kenyo Shimodo
    Kenyo Shimodo Jun 12, 2008

    that seems to be a good soundcard. wish you luck on your new soundcard.



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