Question about Altec Lansing ACS 54 Computer Speakers
I hooked up the two surround speakers, and thy pop when i plug them in. This usually lets me know they are working. However, when i plug in the cord from the woofer to the computer that is labeled "surround" nothing comes out of the two surround speakers. How can i get this to work? I also dont know if there is a special hole to plug this in to?
This worked for me on my M604: Try inserting/removing a headphone plug into the jack several times to see if that clears the problem.
The "popping" sound is very similar to the sound that the unit makes when inserting headphones into the 'headphone' jack on the back of the unit.
The jack has a contact switch that triggers a relay inside the unit. If that contact switch is 'on the verge' of making contact, slight temperature changes may cause deform closer to it's contact target. The subsequent capacitance build-up and discharge across the gap could explain the cycle of popping noises after the unit warms up.
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
yes, you can splice the cables and put on a new connector, goto radio shack with the old connector and im sure they will have one you can splice right onto it. ive done this many times with varios equipment "headphones speakers etc" it may take a couple of tries to get the wiring right but if its just one speaker there will most likely be just 2 wires, if you wire it up and it doesnt quite sound right, wire it the other way. speakers will work wired backwards but wont sound quit right so if it doesnt, rewire it and it should. good luck and i hope this helps!
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
First of all, make sure that the sound is not accidentally muted.
If the sounds seem to play, it means that your speaker cables are faulty or have some kind of break in them. Or, your speakers or the electronics inside them developed some kind of fault.
Unplug the speakers and the speaker cables and test them on another computer. If they work fine on another computer, the problem could be your sound drivers. You could also test the sounds, using a headphone in place of the speakers. If you can hear the sounds fine with the headphones, the problem is with the speakers or the cables.
This may be less likely since the sounds seem to play, but it's still possible that your sound driver is incorrect or not the one meant for your sound card.
Start the Device Manager (Right-click My Computer -> Properties -> Hardware -> Device Manager) and under the "Sound, video and game controllers", see that the sound driver is listed.
Double click the item in that list that contains the word "audio device" in its name. Does Device Manager say that the device is working properly? If Device Manager says that the audio device is not working properly, or if there is a yellow exclamation mark next to the device, or if it says that the drivers are not installed for this device, install the drivers from the CDs or from the laptop manufacturer's website. However, there's an easier way to do this, as given below.
Here's the easy way to get or update your sound drivers:
You could try to use this driver scanning tool, which scans the computer for needed drivers and has an option to automatically retrieve them for you.
You can download this free tool from here or directly from this link.
After you have downloaded the above file, double-click on it and follow the simple steps to install it. Then, when it asks if you want to run it, just answer yes. This is easier than manually searching, downloading and installing the drivers.
If, after trying with the above method, sound still can't be heard, you can try with the System Restore. To know more about System Restore, go to this link.
If none of the above methods worked, pull out your sound card and test it in another computer. You can also try re-installing Windows and lastly try another sound card, if it still fails to work.
Hope that helps,
Posted on Mar 24, 2010
The audio device that your system is referring to was the sound card that was installed to your computer. If this error occured after installing Windows Vista then, your sound card might need new drivers to be installed to make the audio work. You can try to download the drivers online for you audio and it will definitely fix this problem.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
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