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Desktop speakers don't work on Compaq 6000

Ear buds work but can't get speakers that came with computer to work

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  • Kgnewberry Aug 13, 2008

    Spearkers are powered separately

  • Kgnewberry Aug 13, 2008

    The spearker has a green plug on end - do I need to download a driver?

  • Kgnewberry Aug 13, 2008

    have checked all sound controls - all are workint on. ear buds work but speakers don't.

  • Kgnewberry Aug 13, 2008

    will recheck everything again....thanks

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If the sound is not coming connect the connect the audio jack of the speaker to the computer where the head phones are connected ...
and see if the sound comes on the speaker ,if does not come then the problem is with audio jack....


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Check volume settings on computer, might as well check the drivers
try the speakers with another source (iPod)

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Are the speakers powered?

Posted on Aug 13, 2008

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    Matt Jurach Aug 13, 2008

    If they are powered, make sure they are plugged in and receiving power. (Duh, I know...)

    If they are not powered (that is, the don't plug into wall power), then make sure they are connected to the "Line Out" audio jack, not the "Headphone" audio jack.

    Usually the Line Out is Blue, Headphone is Green, and Mic Input is Red (though Compaq may have done some custom coloring like HP did way back when...)

  • Matt Jurach
    Matt Jurach Aug 13, 2008

    Speakers do not need a driver. They are just electromagnetic devices, not computing devices.

    I'd hazard the guess that the problem still lies in the audio settings--maybe the headphone-out setting differs from the speakers-out setting.

    Do you have some additional "volume sliders" in your Audio Control Panel that differentiate between speakers and headphones?


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