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Q: external sound card advice for use with monitor speakers


Basically i've just got my new laptop this week, had desktop pc's for nearly 10 yrs with internal sound card to power a 5.1 surround system

now ive ordered some krk rokik rp5 g2 monitor speakers but i want to be able to play music from laptop with media player etc, through the monitor speakers at good sound quality.

i no your can get cheap converters, but i imagine a usb sound card with rca outputs would be a lot better yes?

budget around ?70 or so. heard creative aint that good for music, more gaming, films, and been told m-audio or tascam are good for audio.

any1 else recommend decent soundcards etc



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A: external sound card advice for use with monitor speakers

I have a recording studio. I use Focusrite (British Company) recording interface unit and also drives my Samson Resolv studio monitors and headphones.

Actually, I would try the built in sound module (card) first before buying any add on sound unit. You will be surprised at the improvement in internal sound modules are compared to what they used to be.

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After reading the threads below and figured you guys might provide me with some usefull advice.

I just had a new comp build via a combination of friend builder and New Egg.

Currently missing a new sound card and speakers. The motherboard is p4p800-vm.

Certain questions that come to mind

Is a new sound card neccessery or will the one on the board work?

What are the features that which are important in speakers? I am mostly interested in music and games. Do brands matter?

7.1 vrs 5.1- do games have now , or will they in the future use 7.1?

thanks in advance

A:Advice on new speakers and sound card

Zunachy2, welcome to TechSpot. I'm no expert on motherboards, by any means, but since nobody else has answered you I'll take a stab.

I think that the only motherboards that currently will get 5.1 from games are from nVidia, and you would have to use an AMD cpu. And the only game I know of right now, that has 5.1, is Ureal II, but more are sure to come, and there may be more now, I'm not sure. I would imagine the future for 5.1 in games is bright, but 7.1/6.1 is a ways off.

As far as playing music, your motherboard will probably do ok on this. But, a good soundcard would give you a lot more flexability in hooking up your speakers, and also would have a lot more features, and more than likely would have better quality sound, after all, that's why they sell audio cards.

All the above is for sure subject to debate, as I said I'm no expert, but maybe someone else will jump in if I'm wrong.

As far as speakers are concerned, you want to look for clarity in the highs and midrange and deep, solid, punchy bass. When I play games, I want to be able to turn the volume up, and here the explosions of MOHAA shake the room. When I listen to music, I want deep, solid bass, with no boom to it, and to here the finest details of the music.

What this all boils down to, is how much you want to spend on the speakers. If you look at the threads you were referring to, or do a search, you will see a lot of choices listed in many price ranges. The be... Read more

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My Dad just bought a new ACER flat panel monitor to replace an existing ACER flat panel monitor. The old model had built in speakers the new one does not. I can not get any noise out of the external speakers. Please Help I'm leaving for vacation and I'M desperate

A:New ACER monitor, no sound from external speakers

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on 2/17/16 [Personal information removed] and again on 2/26/16 had live chats with HP to correct the issue with no longer getting sound thru my HP 750-114 to my Dell Monitor S2415H.   Sound thru the monitor works perfectly until I use some of my programs or an upload appears.  Both times the HP tech had to uninstall sound driver and reinstall the driver.  Each time I spent at least 1.5 hours on live chat while they corrected the issue.  The last correction lasted less than 24 hours and the red X at the speaker on the task bar appeared which told me to connect external speakers.  The sound works with external speakers connected but I am not happy with that solution as originally it worked fine for at least two months using my monitor. The last technician even had my dell monitor set as the default sound monitor. Even with the external speakers plugged in if I insert a CD I do not get any sound!!!!!. I am extremely frustrated with HP and Windows 10 regarding this on going issue.  My last HP has less problems over the 6 years I had it compared to this new computer.  Unfortunately I know just enough to get myself in trouble with the computer so unless I get step by step instructions I am reluctant to uninstall the driver and re install the sound driver myself. FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF!! Regards, Bobby-left

A:Sound keeps switching to external speakers from monitor spea...

Hi @Bobby-left, I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post serial numbers and case details.If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, this post has instructions.

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I installed a internal sound card months ago when my original ports on my PC stopped working. Just recently sound started coming from my monitors built in speakers and not my sound card.
I purchased a new sound card to no avail. I still get static and no sound and control panel says device is working properly.
What is going on it has to be something simple I am looking over.
Help please.

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I was thinking of trying one to see if the sound garbling problem I experience would be alleviated with an external sound card.

A:Does anyone have advice for using an external sound card?

Depends on what the "sound garbling" problem actually is.

Can you elaborate a little more on what "sound garbling" problem you have?

One comment, what sound driver are you using? As you have a Toshiba, the Toshiba provided sound driver should be used. Non vendor sound drivers, in many cases, can either not work or not work correctly.

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I have inspire p7800 7.1 speakers and I'm trying to hook it up to my startech.com external sound card. However I can only get the bass and front 2 speakers to work. How do I get the rest of the speakers to work?

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With Dell Support Assist microphone test -- earphone playback is good, on-board speaker is terribly scratchy. The sound card lists as "ATI high Definition Audio Device" and "IDT High Definition Audio CODEC."
The laptop is Dell Studio 15 (1555) running windows 7 Professional, 236GB used, 214GB free space, Intel P8700 2.53 GHz Processor, 64 bit OS, 4GB memoryThe built-in speakers used to sound good but now they are too scratchy to understand. However the headset and external speakers (both 3.5 mm jack interface) sound good and a HDMI connected projector sounds good.
I will appreciate advice.

A:On-board speakers are scratchy but external speakers & headphones sound good?

Hello. As a test, switch from the IDT audio driver to the Windows native audio driver.
1. Open the Device Manager (find it in the Control Panel, or type devmgmt.msc into the search box).2. Expand the "Sound, video & game controllers" and right click on "IDT High Definition Audio Device".3. Select to "Update Driver Software".4. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".5. Click "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer".6. Put a check in the box "Show compatible hardware" if not already checked.7. In the list of devices, click "High Definition Audio" (the native driver).8. Click "Next".9. On the Update Driver Warning box, click "Yes" (install the driver). 10. Restart the laptop if prompted. If not prompted, then no need to restart.[To get back to the IDT driver, do it again but reverse the names in steps 2 and 7.]
If you get the noise while using the native driver then it is not a driver issue, which would mean there is a strong chance of speaker failure, particularly since the noise is not in headphones. If you would like to replace the speakers I can point you to the service manual.

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This is what I heard. You can use matrix mode and when playing music, still get sound from all 5 speakers without a 5.1 card

A:Logitech Z5300 speakers: Doesnt require 5.1 sound card to run from all 5 speakers?

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I cant get these things to work together I think I just dunno what Im doing..

Installed my PCI card and setup my speakers and plugged em in etc.. Installed the drivers for 7.1 sound as the instructions suggested for me to do, even though my speakers are actually 5.1 (Logitech X-530) wonder if thats whats wrong...anyway

now my woofer works and so do my front two speakers but my other 3 are left out..what to do?

Thanks all!

A:Chaintech AV710 Sound Card and Logitech 5.1 Speakers: only 2 speakers work

I'd say install the 5.1 drivers and be sure the speakers are plugged into the correct ports

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I am getting a laptop. Right now I am deciding between regular "High Definition Audio 2.0" and a "ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi Laptop Sound Card with Wireless Receiver Bundle". The latter is 134 dollars more. Would the latter make the output of sound better on external speakers. Say if you're a DJ, and you use the laptop, would the sound coming out of the speakers at those high volumes be much better if you have the better soundcard? Or does it not have any effect on the output sounds? Thanks!

A:Do Sound Cards Effect The Output of Sound To External Speakers?

It affects the external output even more than the one from the integrated speakers.

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i  have no sound at allll coming from computer i have no external speakers but i still had some sound coming from the speaker on the compter the speaker icon has a red x in front of it,  i work on a desktop windows 7 professial system thanks

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i have a sound blaster audio pci 128. on the back i haf three little things to plug things into. i haf a green one which is used for my normal speakers, the red one for my microphone, and an empty black one. i set my sound thing to quadraphonic sound, and i plugged in speakers to the balck plug thing, but no sound came out. what can i do to make it so that i haf sound commin out of all four speakers

A:{Advice Offered} Speakers no sound

You only have 3? If so, one is mike, one is speaker, and one is line in.

If you have 4, then one of them is for rear speakers. You do need to go into the SB software and tell it you have 4 speakers though, or it will ignore the rears.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech:
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As soon as the qx9650 is out I'm building a totally new no budget pc just for FlightSim and video editing. Have never messed with pc audio. Gave my current machine to the wife, then bought FlightSimX, so I can't try it for some months. I will use a good sound card, and I have a very good amplified subwoofer, but nothing else. Does FSM immerse me in SurroundSound? Do I even need stereo to duplicate engine noise?

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Hi, I just got some logitech x530 5.1 speakers, and like them so far, but can't get surround sound to work, only stereo. I have integreated realtek 7.1 audio.

I have tested the speakers with the test utilty on my other pc, and they all work right.

For some reason I can't get to the sound utilty on my pc I'm trying to install this on. I used to have a "sound effect" icon near the clock, but then I removed it when I cleaned up my icons, and now I can't find a way to access the utility. I tried to install the sound drivers again, but it didn't seem to help.

I think my sound issue is also due to the fact my version of powerdvd 5 is limited, since it only lists stereo as a sound option, and 6 speaker is blanked out. So, do I have to shell out $40 for the full version of powerdvd6? Is powerdvd the one I should get, or is windvd better?

Another option I though of would be for me to just get a soundblaster live, or audigy 2 value, etc, since they probably come with a dvd playing software program that can handle surround sound(correct me if I'm wrong about that).

If I would get a sound card, should I get a creative brand? I've heard they're a pain, that you have to keep the original cd, just to install updates off the net, is that true? If so, which other brands are ok. I've seen a card based on via's envy 24, is that good?

So, I have several problems, if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
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A:Surround sound advice: Logitech x530 5.1 speakers + integrated 7.1

Is my question that hard?

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I have a Vista Home Premium 32 bit pc; sp1.

I have an audio problem. The audio usually works perfect. This is the second time in 6 monts that for some reason, it just doesn't get thru the speakers. (Although they sound like they are working perfect)

I have external speakers and the LED light is on to show the power is on (If I turn the speaker on/off, it appears the sound is excellent)

On the speaker icon in the taskbar, there is no red line through it. (All volumes appear fine)

When I right click speaker icon, left click playback devices there is one icon "speakers" Realtek High Definition Audio checkmarked "working". Everything on the bottom is greyed out (?)

There is no yellow warnings under device manager. When I click on sound, it says "Realtek High Definition Audio" Right clicking for properities bring up the device is working properly.

The light is lit on my networks card (is that what it's called?)

My sister used the headphones a few days ago and said there hasn't been sound since although when I plugged them in, there was no sound thru the headphones OR the speakers. (Speakers ARE working)

Attached is the DxDiag file. My sister thanks you a million in advance for any instructions we can follow!

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 350 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3893 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1722 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 231 GB (168 GB Free);
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

When I plug in my external speakers, the computer does not seem to recognize them; the test button shows that the speakers do in fact work, as I can get all the systems sounds. However, for streaming video, websites such as Youtube etc. I can only get sound from the laptop speakers.

Any suggestions gratefully received, and thanks in advance,


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Googling this subject reveals thousands upon thousands of similar problems, but I haven't been able to get my speaker sound back - they were fine 12 hours ago.

I use some simple external USB stereo speakers with my Asus laptop. It has Realtek sound, and I also bought a Xonar U7, through which I was channelling my sound quite happily until earlier today.

Headphones plugged into the laptop headphone socket work fine. They also work OK via the Xonar. The external speakers produce no sound at all however, whether plugged into the laptop speaker jack or into the Xonar U7: when I go into Control Panel/Sound and I can see the green sound indicator moving up and down as I play music however. Testing the speakers through 'configuration' produces no sound either. I tested the speakers themselves on a second laptop, and they work fine.

I have been through the various volume controls - nothing is set to mute. No problems show in Device Manager. I've rebooted and also used System Restore... Still got a silent laptop. All that works now, headphones apart, are the laptop internal speakers, which are pathetic..

Can anyone please help?

Many thanks,


PS. I have had this problem on and off for a while, though before I always managed to get the sound back, just by switching back and forward between the U7 and Realtek as the default, but that hasn't worked this time. I have posted before (I've just remembered - sorry for any duplication!!). Here is my previous post - but, it's not a... Read more

A:No sound from external speakers

The PC is your specs is a desktop but the problem relates to a laptop, If you can provide more details of the actual laptop this may help troubleshooting

Also you state that the speakers are USB - are they just USB or USB powered with a jack for connection to the headphone socket?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 210, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 356101 MB;
Motherboard: ACER, MCP73VE
Antivirus: ThreatTrack Security VIPRE, Updated and Enabled

I have no sound on my computer. I checked the control panel, under hardware and sound all the devices are said to be working. Tried to update the driver however stated I have the best driver for my computer and is in working order. The internal speakers do show that they are working via the analog monitors however I do not have any sound via the external speakers. I have tried rebooting the computer but still no sound.
All cords are connected. Please help!

A:No sound via external speakers.

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I have a HP 2159m monitor connected via HDMI to a KVM switch. I can get sound out of the monitor speakers. However, I cannot get sound out of the external powered speakers. When I plug them in, all I get is static through the external speakers and the sound still comes through the monitor speakers. How can I get external speakers to work with this monitor?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop with Vista Ultimate and I have a VGA cable that connects it to my Samsung LCD HDTV. I have been able to get the Samsung LCD HDTV to work as an external monitor but when it comes to playing streaming videos, like through YouTube, the playback is choppy and slow. I have tried making the TV as a clone of my desktop and as an extended display, as well as many variations in resolution and refresh rate. Can someone please help me in using the right settings to get the best performance out of my TV as an external monitor? Thanks.

The specifications of my TV are here: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/...btype=lcdtv&model_cd=LNT4061FX/XAA&fullspec=F

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Hi guys,
I have a new Zoostorm pc hooked up to my Philips LCD tv. I've followed the tv instructions to connect the pc and sound, but it's not working. I was told by the Zoostorm support person that they don't test their machines on tv's, so can't advise me. He did say that my graphics card doesn't support sound, so the HDMI cable isn't the problem.
I've been through DOZENS of sites & posts, following all the advice - enabeling the HD sound option, updating drivers, rebooting - I can't even remember most of it, there's been so much I bought a 3.5mm cable but this hasn't worked. I tried the red and white plugs aswell (sorry, can't remember what they're called) but they didn't work either. I even went so far as to buy a seperate sound card, but this is having the same problem - the external speakers work fine, so I know it's not the pc thats the problem, but I can't get sound from the tv.
One post (somewhere) suggested that the BIOS isn't configured correctly. I'm starting to think this is correct, as both onboard and seperate sound won't work. But the external speakers work, so is it the tv? I don't think it is though, because I had the same problem with my kids pc last year (another Zoostorm, different brand LCD).
I'm at my wits end here This pc is meant for watching movies etc. and is kind of useless atm. If I can't get this working, I'll have to replace t... Read more

A:No sound to TV, external speakers work

Sooooo, any ideas? Anyone?
I really need help with this. I've exhausted all my ideas, and I'm not finding any others online that I haven't already tried.

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Just set up new asus essentio series desktop with windows 8.1. After initial set up the monitor speakers are on but no the connected external speakers. I assume I need to make some change in the control panel. Is that true. I want sound to come through external speakers.

A:No sound coming from external speakers

Sounds like you may have a monitor with an HDMI connection. If this is the case, Windows automatically defaults the default audio playback device to the HDMI, if an HDMI cable is connected to the PC. If you want the PC sound you must manually change the default audio playback device to "Speakers" (PC sound). And you will likely have to do this each time you boot up. I was looking at a new monitor at either Sam's Club or Costco and decided against it as it was an HDMI connected monitor.

The Sound/Playback panel can be accessed from start/Control Panel/Hardware and Sound

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No sound is coming through my new Logitech Speaker Systems. 

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My Dell Inspiron 15 laptop will not play sound through the laptop. Sound works fine with external speakers or headphones. How can I check to see if I have a bad sound card or whatever else may be the problem? Have made no changes to system that I'm aware of.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU 2117U @ 1.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 6031 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476588 MB, Free - 309740 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0MND5Y
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

A:No sound except when using external speakers/headphones

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My Fujitsu Siemens LI1705 has been upgraded by my Son, first from Vista, then XL and finally to Windows 7. After accepting a recent upgrade, the external speakers have stopped working. The ones i have are made by Technica and worked fine until the upgrade. Since then i have purchased some new ones, made by H.P. that utilise the usb port. I inserted the c.d. provided and was informed that they were incompatible. Therefore i am still without sound [except for the laptop's own built in speaker.]
Any help would be appreciated.
Thank You.

A:Windows 7.no sound from external speakers.

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hello everyone i desperately need help i had windows xp and formatted my laptop then installed windows 7 home basic but while i had perfectly audio system in previous windows now i can't hear anything when i plug in my speakers or headphones(tested on my phone they work with it) however my internal laptop speakers work nicely though i guess i messed up with some drivers not sure how i can sort this out please any ideas to fix this ?

A:No sound from external speakers or headphones

Hello and welcome to the forums georgehagi.

It will 100% be a driver issue.

My suggestion is to go to Dell support website, search for your laptop and install any drivers you can find for audio, hopefully there will be some for windows 7.


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I have been struggling with getting my external speakers to work on my laptop for a few months now. My laptop (Acer) runs on Vista and I plug my speaker into the SPDIF jack on the front of my computer. When I plug the speakers in a bubble pops up saying "A Jack has been plugged in." but there is no sounds. There are no little red x's on my little speaker icons and it seems that the computer thinks that the speakers are working just fine. If I hook my speakers up to my iPod they work just fine so I don?t understand why the won?t work on my laptop.
I have very little knowledge about computers and would love some help on how to fix this problem.

Please and Thank you!

A:No sound when external speakers are plugged in

What model Acer? What model speakers? How old is all this stuff?

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I have a problem with the quality of sound coming from my Logitech external speakers. When I record using INport LP Recorder the sound from my speakers is muffled and not very loud. The same applies to sounds from my Age of Empires Game. On top of that, I get no sound at all when I try and play music from iTunes. I have troubleshot (troubleshooted?) audio devices and had an error detected Hardware changes might have been detected. Another test told me that Low audio device volume had been detected. I have tried adjusting various settings without making any difference (including increasing the audio volume). Is there a not too complicated explanation/remedy?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3292 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1), 1422 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 97 GB (26 GB Free); D: 292 GB (180 GB Free); L: 292 GB (220 GB Free); Z: 75 GB (53 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., G41M-Combo
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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My HP pavillion dm 1 notebook has always been shoddy at sending sound out through the 1/4 inch jack. It will flip back and forth between my internal speakers and the external ones. This has been a problem since the computer was nearly new but has now gotten worse. It does not have to do with the cord as I have the same issue with various cords. Nor a bad physical connection as nothing changes when I wiggle the cord. Any suggestions? I have tried trouble shooting with no luck. 

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When a friend's laptop was connected to an external HDMI monitor with integrated speakers, the volume attainable through the laptop speakers was louder than that attainable through the external monitor.
Hardware differences could easily account for the volume differences.

But what was odd was the Windows 7 sound control panel. The image below is an example of that control panel (but on their system, Headphones would be replaced by the external monitor's speakers).

Even though all volumes were turned up to 100%, when the laptop's speakers were set as the default, the green level indicators would fill all the bars (during loud sounds), but when the external monitor's speakers were set as the default, the green level indicators would never fill more than half the bars.

Why is this, and can anything be done to improve the volume on the external monitor?

A:Why is Windows showing less volume for an external monitor's speakers?

When HDMI connection is used, the HDMI sound is generated separately from the regular PC audio. The HDMI audio, in almost all cases, is either generated internally in the video card or generated from an S/PDIF (digital) connection. Then you have the difference in the audio system in the external monitor. Thus comparing the regular PC audio to HDMI isn't a good comparison.

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Hi,I use exteral speakers via the headphone jack of my laptop [also sometimes headphones]  and I've noticed within the past few weeks or so that a lot of the time when I do things like load certain webpages or skim through videos on youtube, or when I'm on skype and hit backspace too many times causing that 'bing' sound, all of these kinds of actions cause this loud boom sound through the speakers.   The sound is just like what you would hear if you bumped the end of a needle hard on a record player.I've updated all my audio/sound drivers and can't figure out how to stop that annoying sound from happening.  It doesn't happen when I'm only using the laptop speakers, so it's a problem with the audio jack on the side that I use.I would greatly greatly appreciate any help someone could offer on this issue.Thank you in advance.

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I just bought a Dell Inspriron 15 7000 series laptop. I want to use a pair of Altec Lansing desktop speakers with it to listen to music. They are probably about 5 years old and work fine with my ipad and with my older HP laptop that I just replaced. However, when I plug them into the Dell, they make a popping sound and then continue to pop somewhat randomly while I'm playing music. The internal laptop audio works fine on the Dell itself, for videos, PC sounds, etc.
Any idea how to fix this so I can use the speakers? Maybe a different driver? I don't want to screw up the internal sound.

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I had to move my desk/computer setup today and now I have no sound.  My laptop is connected to a Targus docking station ACP71USZ.  I tried to go into my control panel and check which device was set as the default and these were my options: SpeakersAnvSoft Virtual Sound deviceReady Speakers / HPIDT High Definition Audio CODECDefault Device Communication HeadphonesIDT High Definition Audio CODECReady SpeakersTargus USB AudioReady  When I try to play downloaded mp3s on the default HP Speakers, it plays through the speakers of the laptop, but when I changed to the Targus Speakers, the sound seems to also be coming from my laptop speakers instead of the external speakers. My Targus device has two ports to plug in audio - Audio In and Audio Out.  Have tried both but I can't remember which one was plugged in and worked properly prior to the move today. Any help to get my sound back is appreciated!          

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Looks like I am not alone.  
Updated to Windows 10 and now have no sound to my external speakers. The only way I can get sound to the speakers is to connect to the front port for headphones.  Seems to me that these brain surgeons should go back to brain ***.   Anyone have any solutions?  Tried updating drivers and everything is up to date?!?!

A:No sound to external speakers after Windows 10 update

I would ask you to provide some more information.
*Check in the device manager if any driver is listed with any errors.
*Confirm as to which is the system model.
*Also which was the previous version of windows installed and how was the upgrade performed.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Have a good day ahead!

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Hi Everyone,

Hopefully someone can assist with this annoying problem. My mother's computer, for some unknown reason, plays all sounds and music through the actual PC tower AND the external speakers.

We want to disable the sound coming from the PC, as when she has music on or is playing World of Warcraft etc, its really annoying to hear the tinny sounds through the PC tower. We just want to hear it through the external speakers.

She's running a HP Compaq dc5700 PC with Windows XP. The default sound is via RealTek HD Audio.

It hasn't always done this - its a recent issue.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys!


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I hope someone here can solve this problem because I'm at my wits end.

I installed a Microsoft headset called "LifeChat LX-3000" with a built in microphone. I only want to use it to make online videos for my business. Everything worked fine until I unplugged the headset. I can't get any sound at all from my computer. The internal speakers and external speakers give me no sound. The only way I can hear anything is by wearing the headset. I finally gave up and uninstalled the headset, but I still can't get any sound.

Any suggestions?? Why in the world can't I get my sound back??

A:[SOLVED] No Sound Through Internal or External Speakers

First, I am assuming that you still have your speakers hooked up the female mini pin that is green.

Second, go to
Start > Control Panel > Sound and Audio Device properties

3. Click on audio tab. Default device listed should be your onboard audio or sound card. If is not selected, select it and hit apply. If nothing is in the selection box, you may have to reinstall or re-enable your audio device.

4. Click on volume tab. Make sure mute is not selected.

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When i connected by head phones , i am hearing sound from laptop speakers as well as from head phones. So please help me to overcome this issues with your guidence. Thanks for thr help.

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I have sound from a "plugged in" earpiece but nothing from the speakers on the monitor.
My PC is a Packard Bell BL IMED 1519 Media C with O/S XP SP3. I've checked all cable connections
Any help please?

A:No sound from monitor speakers

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I have a hp pavilion mx70 monitor with side speakers and usually they work perfectly fine with my usual harddrive but I have swapped it over to an NEC Powermate VT harddrive (hp harddrive had the motherboard die on me and i haven't gotten a new one yet)

Anyway, the sound coming through the hp monitor is really soft even though all volumes are turned to max. Is this a problem with the driver for the monitor or is it something to do with the harddrive? I'm really not sure where to even look to find how to fix this problem.


A:sound through monitor speakers

when you say all volumes do you mean the ones in the volume controls in your computer or on the speakers themselves? what jack do have the speakers connected to on your sound card? in volume controls, if you checked there, did you turn up all the levers, including wave, line in , etc?

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Would it be possible to set up my laptop so that I can get kind of surround sound using the built-in speakers along side my 2.1 speakers? I only have 2 jacks, 1 mic/line in and 1 speaker jack.

I did try poking around in a few places but could not find anything.

I'm not necessarily looking for perfect 3D sound, stereo would be great to. I just think doing this may maximize the sound range.

Thanks in advance

A:Laptop Surround Sound with only built-in speakers and 2.1 external

Anyone? D=

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I have a very strange problem: When I play sound files that reside on my laptop, they play through the external speakers that are connected to my docking station. But when I play a Youtube video or there is a web page that plays sound, it will only come through the tiny onboard speakers on the laptop. I've gone through every setting I can find on the computer, without finding anything amiss.

What gives??

A:Sound from websites won't go to external speakers, files on 'puter do

Are you using the Dell supplied IDT driver for the sound? If not, that is the first step. I do a lot of support on the Dell user forum and we have found that non-Dell drivers either do not work or do not work correctly.

I see two listings in the E6400 IDT drivers. What looks like a driver and the other looks like a driver update. If you are using the Dell sound driver, install the update and see if that helps. Drivers and Downloads | Dell [United States]

If you want to get support from one of the Laptop user experts on the Dell forum, you can register and then post on the Laptop Audio Hardware section. "Jim" is our Laptop audio expert. http://en.community.dell.com/

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I just reloaded a laptop with XP SP2. After reload, my laptop internal and external speakers don't produce any sound. I loaded the driver from the laptop manufacturers website. And everything appears to be set correctly and working from a systems view. However - no sound from PC on boot, application, or cd or dvd play.

In Control Panel/Sound and Audio
Hardware tab - Windows says the hardware is working OK
Volume tab - All mute buttons are off/unchecked. Volume is high on all componets - PC Speaker etc.

I've also removed the driver and reloaded it. still nothing.

Is there anything else I should try? I doubt it is the motherboard.....

A:No sound from internal or external speakers after XP reload on laptop

It may not be the correct driver. There are some cases that the OS wopuld not report any abnormalities but the driver may not be the exact driver you need. Identify the sound device you need ( you can use unknown device identifier for that ) and download the apropriate driver.

Also check the microphone socket incase something got stuck in there.

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 Hi there The sound of my external speakers stops every time after 2 hrs, and then have to be manually re-activated to get sound again. I have from my laptop an hp usb-c dock with hdmi to the hp 27ea screen, and external speakers plugged in the back of the screen. When speakers stop for example in my browser the "active-sound-sign" keeps on.In my volumemixers i see music signals going up and down.When i double-click on the browser-volume the external speaker turns back on. Also, when i un-plug the external speakers the screenspeakers start to sound, and when i re-plug the external speakers they work as well again.  This is very very annoying to do this a few times a day when listing to music or while working with video and sounds.  I turned of all energy-saving switches i could find, and as far as i know my drivers and updates are up to date. The unplug/re-plug thing makes me question where to look next now. Who knows which hidden switch on what device or setting makes this happen and how that can be turned off ?????  Tnx in advance ceesf

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I have an HP ProBook 4440s. I've been disappointed in the speaker volume since I bought it. Even after adjusting all the settings I could find it's like a whisper during movies, music, Internet Videos.  Everywhere I checked for the info. it said the device was working, and the drivers all said they were current and didn't need updating, Speccy only gave me this for the Audio Info.:
SoundcardAnvSoft Virtual Sound Device, High Definition Audio Device, and another,High Definition Audio Device
I can get more from a manual or HP site if needed.
So, I went to the greatest computer store on the planet,  Walmart, (a little humor folks..) and bought a iHome iHM60 Rechargeable speaker, an Apple Product, which said would work on anything..
I plugged it in, watched some drivers being installed and a few minutes later was listening to it. An improvement, but I won't recommend it. Surely there is something better in the $20 to $50 price range. Later, I turned it off,  unplugged the USB power cord and the 3.5  mm jack ( I needed the USB port ) did my thing, and then replugged in the iHM60.
Nothing, no sound anywhere. Skype doesn't work, none of my Players work (WMP, Wondershare Media Player, VLC, or Free All in One. No system sounds, nada.  Everything I could think of to check (above) still said everything was okay. The speaker website has no help and only an email support thing to London and they haven't responded. When it was plu... Read more

A:No Sound from Laptop or External Speakers, Headsets, NADA

Lets clear the old usb drivers out of the way.
Download this tool to the machine in question unzip it to the desktop.

Move the 32 or 64 bit version of DriveCleanup.exe to C:\Windows\System32 Folder.
To do this hit the windows key and r at the same time and type the File Location C:\Windows\System32 in the run box.
Drag the 32 or 64 bit version of DriveCleanup.exe from the desktop into the C:\Windows\System32 Folder

Then Close all applications power your machine down and remove all usb devices except keyboard and mouse.
Then turn the machine back on and see below.

Open a command prompt by hitting the windows key and r at the same time and type cmd into the run box and hit enter.
Once the CMD window opens Type  or copy and paste drivecleanup.exe Hit enter.
This will clear all old usb drivers on your machine and hopefully help your issue.
Reboot and test. 

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