Most modern computers come with internal speakers already
installed, especially laptop computers.
These speakers may be sufficient if you are performing
typical computer tasks, but when you play computer games, listen to music or
watch movies on your computer, you may want louder and more vibrant sound.
You can achieve this by installing external speakers or
headphones. These can be connected to your computer through the speaker or USB
ports included on your computer.
Plug in the speakers or headphones.
If the speakers or headphones use a stereo plug, insert the
plug into the speaker/headphone port normally located on the side or front of
This port is often color-coded green. If the equipment is
connected using USB, locate a free USB port.
Some external speakers will also need to be plugged into a
power outlet in the wall or your surge protector.
This may be all you need to do to get the speakers or
headphones to work. If they do not, continue to the next step.
Open the audio settings on your computer.
From the Windows Start menu, open the Control Panel. Here
you will find audio and sound settings.
Click the heading to see your sound and audio options.
Choose "Manage audio devices" in Windows 7.
Find your Playback device.
In the Playback tab, you can select your speakers and set
them as the default for your system.
If you do not see your speakers or headphones, they have not
been installed properly. Disconnect and reconnect them to see if it corrects
Configure your settings.
Select your device from the list and click
"Configure" to test your settings.
You can adjust the volume by using the volume slider on your
computer's task bar or using external controls on the speakers or headphones.