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

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

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

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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 bought the logitech 5.1 x-540 speakers recently and need a sound card for my laptop to fully use the surround sound. I don't want to spend a lot of my on one so I am thinking of buying one off ebay. Its some generic cheap chinese one and its 10 bucks.

Is it possible for the sound quality to get worse using a sound card? Like when i use my laptop and use the speakers i dont hear any hissing even at max volume so is it possible i would (hear hissing) if i use this cheap sound card from ebay?

Is there a very noticeable difference in low end sound cards and high end sound cards for someone who isn't an audiophile like me?


A:Cheap sound card for laptop to use 5.1 Logitech x-540 speakers question

A cheap generic sound card? Yes, the sound could be worse potentially. If there is a sound quality difference, you'll likely notice it more the louder you play it. I also would be concerned if adequate drivers and decent sound control software would be available for a cheap card.

BTW, is this a USB sound device?

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I'm not sure why I'm having this problem, but I would like some advice on hooking up a TV Output (or GameCube) to Logitech Z-680 Speakers. The 4-page manual says that you need to get an adapter for the Red/White RCA cables into the green speaker cable, but that it will only be front speakers. I've tried using a Y-adapter: inputs of 2 RCA cables, output 1, then using an RCA-to-Mini-Stereo Plug adapter into the front speaker direct port (the green one), however this gives me 2-speaker sound, even on games I know are Pro Logic II-enabled. The only adapter I was able to find in stores was a Radio Shack "Stereo-to-Mono Audio Adapter: Accepts mono phono plug, Fits 1/8" stereo phone jack". The store personnel said that there may be adapters which are stereo, but they didn't sell them.

Speakers are, well, not my area of expertise (more into computers). Needless to say, I'm not quite sure what the proper way to hook up analog RCA sound to these speakers is. Any help?

Also, is there any noticable sound difference between connecting to a sound card with the 6-Channel direct Analog option and digital optical ports? The manual suggests using the analog cables included for 6-Channel direct, and that's what I am doing, but I'm quite able to switch to digital optical sound if it's reasonably better.

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I have Logitech Z4 speakers that are configured using SoundMax software. The problem is my son pulled out the jack (which is green) and when I put it back in the green socket on the computer the SoundMAx software kicks in asking what i connected, but it doesnt have the option of what I have (2 speakers and a woofer) 2:1 I believe.

The only options it offers are: 5:1, 7:1, Quad Speakers, Stereo speakers or stereo headphones.

I plugged it into the green jack and selected 5:1 but get feedback through the woofer. If I put it in the orange socket, I get sound out of only one speaker.

I have tried various other configs but either get no sound out of the front speakers, the feedback or am back to square one.

If someone could help me with this problem, to get sound using the whole speaker set up it would be much appreciated.

As a note, the front speakers plug into the woofer using phono jacks and the woofer has the lead/jack plug for the computer.

Many thanks,


A:Sound Problem with Logitech Z4 Speakers

As far as I know windows doesn't offer 2:1 speaker set-up, even though it's a popular choice. I use normal stereo set-up.

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I have these logitech G51 speakers.
I have problems with the surround sound.
If I put a DVD movie qith 5.1 audio, I cannot hear the voices. I can hear all the background sounds.
If I play a race car game, I cannot hear my motor, but I can hear everything around the car.
The only way I can hear everything is by turning off the surround sound.
I have a m-audio Revolution 7.1 sound card.
There must be a way to fix this?
Help me guys!

A:Logitech G51 speakers surround sound problem

Try a different set of speakers, it sounds more like a sound card problem to me.

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I have no sound however whenever i open the playback device menu and Test the speakers the tone happens in both of my speakers. however if i just open my mixer then left click the volume bar will jump up and become green however no sound is made. I have a AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six core Processor with 8GB of RAM Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series. With Logitech s120 speakers... In my device manager under Sound, video and game controllers i see AMD High Definition Audio Device and High Definition Audio Device both are said to be working properly. Under Audio inputs and outputs there is Digital Audio (S/PDIF) (High Definition Audio Device) and Speakers (High Definition Audio Device) Please help me i love this computer and i just bought these speakers today and I know they work because i have played music with my ipod through them PLLLLZZZ HELP if possible.. i will try to keep in touch with whoever tries to help

A:Problem with Sound I am using Logitech s120 speakers.

When using windows 8 you should make sure you have the proper drivers installed.
I'll have to redirect you to this topic:
Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

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I have an HP Pavillion DV2-1209AV Windows 7. I just purchased speakers for my laptop. Logitechspeakers, but they are buzzing but not producing sound from my computer. What do I do to make them function properly?

A:I just connected Logitech speakers to my laptop but no sound...

Hi, Please try this first: Right click the speaker icon,Select Playback devicesRight click then Enable the external devices      Hope this helps:

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Hi, i just bought some new logitech x-240 speakers and The trouble is, the sound pitch is too high. we've just connected to the Internet and even live radio sounds as though it's being spoken by Pinky and Perky (famous in the UK as two talking puppet pigs who delighted generations of children by speaking in speeded-up voices)if i go on youtube and put on a song, the sound of the musik is fine but then when the singer/artist starts singing, ther voice is squeky and if they have a high pitched voice already then i cant hear them at all Does anyone know what the problem is, and whether it can be fixed? Many thanks. I'm an IT Trainer and know how to teach people MS Office etc., but I know nothing about the elves and goblins who live in that box . some one please help meee!!

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Hi,I can't work out why my 5.1 system no longer works.
I was running Win 8.1 and my surround sound worked fine, but since I have started studying for the Windows 7 Microsoft exam I thought I should go back to Win 7.
So installed Win 7 Ultimate x64, everything is up to date and everything is working fine except now the surround sound does not work.
When i go into Control Panel and then Sound, select 5.1 and test each speaker, the center, sub, left and right rear speaker sound just comes out of either the front left or right speaker. Nothing I do seems to fix it.

I have removed all sound drivers and let them re-install one by one but the result is always the same.
On Win 8.1 the system had the Realtek High Definition Driver, so installed that and still does not work.

The laptop is a HP Elitebook 8540w and have tried the driver from HP download site which is an IDT High Def driver but the result is still the same.

My speakers 3 outputs connect to a little external sound card, which in turn connects to the laptop via USB. I know this system works as it had been working fine for many months on Win 8.1.

You can see the external sound card/box here...

USB External 6 Channel 5.1 S/PDIF Optical Sound Card Audio For PC Laptop Netbook | eBay

I am at the end of my patience as to why this does not work as it should when it did without any problems on Win 8/8.1. Does anyone have any idea???????

Really need your help.

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A:Lost 5.1 Sound. Laptop. Win 7 Ult x64. Logitech Z506 Speakers.

If you are using the external sound "box" that has to be set as the Default playback device. The PC sound, whether its Realtek, IDT or whatever is not used.

First step, set the USB sound "box" as the default Audio Playback Device.

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Hello all.
I bought the Z506 today for ?55 for my PC but for some reason 2 of the speakers and the surround sound system with the 2 speakers buillt in do not work.
I have them all connected up correctly on my Gaming PC.

Is the black and orange socket thing on the end of the black wire for surround system is this why it isn't working? Maybe my motherboard does not support surround system?

But if I take out the orange and black socket/wire from the back of the bass the speakers work fine but very fuzzy except from the main speaker with the volume control on.

Now correct me if I am wrong should music be played in all speakers or do 1 or 2 speakers just do a fuzzy noise?

A:Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506 problems

I haven't looked at the Z506's but most have Three connections to the PC for surround sound.
You haven't listed the PC model or motherboard model so I can't check to see what you have.

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Hi everyone,

I have the sound card and speakers listed in my computer specs part of profile -

The sound card I'm using is a VERY nice one, has full support for 5.1 speakers and a myriad of other things.

I've been using these speakers for a while now and they worked perfectly, few days ago they stopped functioning properly - now only the front left/right speakers play, the center, back left, and back right do not play.

Everything is plugged in, I've triple checked or more.

Any ideas? All drivers are sufficiently installed.

Oh two more things... the bass is feeling a bit pathetic too...

AND I have an application (sound card driver really) that can test each speaker, and when I use it and click the back left/right/front center speaks they work fine.

I have set my winamp, all my games, media player, even under sound in control panel to 5.1 sound and its just not using it.

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Yesterday, my system had some update and the day after my speakers topped working.
The device is plugged with plugs and not a usb and there is no driver.
I tried to search for the drivers. But their site says:

Software is not needed for this product.

I tried to search for a solution on the internet, such as uninstalling and updating my driver. Windows 10 did recognize my device in the playback devices category. 
I reset all my windows 10, and now it doesnt recognize that I have an audio input. It does however recognize my steelengine headphones that have a driver for them.
Where is the fault? There isnt much I can do! I unplugged and plugged the speakers.. and there was no result. If windows drivers and manufacturers drivers dont help me.. how can I recognize the device and make it work? or is it a hardware problem and I should
buy new speakers?

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Hi there.

A couple of days ago my old motherboard finally quit on me so I picked up a new one. Installed all drivers and the audio works fine on my PC and PS3.. but not my 360.

I'm using Logitech X-140's and a HDMI connection (the same connection) from PS3 and 360 to my monitor, I've tried pretty much everything I can think of so any suggestions would be appreciated.


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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 just bought a new Logitech Z-560 set, which comes with 4 satellite speakers and a subwoofer. After connecting everything, the two rear speakers are only making a kind of hissing noise, while playing NO sounds at all. The front two speakers are playing music, which sounds bit distorted, but the subwoofer is giving off this loud annoying sound. It sounds like this deep bass sound that just won't go away, it's a constant deep bass sound. I connected the speakers to my sound card, which I believe is only 2-channel. Does 2-channel mean that I can only get 2 speakers to work, not 4? Any ideas why the woofer is making this annoying sound? I turned down the bass but it doesn't help. The front 2 speakers don't even play sounds clearly either.

A:Need help with new Logitech Z-560 Speakers -- only 2 of 4 speakers working at all

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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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HI guys need some help .............

I've Toshiba Satellite A215-4747 laptop that came pre-installed with Vista. The sound card is Realtek. I installed Xp on it and the sound stopped working. I had to download a lota audio drivers b4 i found one that gave me sound. Im trying to make the driver work with my Logitech microphone headset.
The prob is other ppl in chatrooms can barely hear me, they say my voice is v. v. faint. I opened the sound recorder and spoke a little and then listened to it. The part i whistled at I hear that ok, but the part where i spoke i can barely hear. I went into every kind of setting i could think of. Now a friend says look at what is selected as ur sound recording device and that i should make that logitech. I checked that and its says 'Realtek HD audio input' and there is no other option in the drop down menu so how can i select Logitech. ???

A:Mic (Logitech) doesnt work with sound card (Realtek)?

You can get either the AC'97 or the High Definition codec software for your Realtek sound device here:



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Hi guys, just reinstalled windows 7. everything works great, then I went to paly a file and to my surprise, no sound. Tested speakers on another device, they work. Sound card drivers are working and up to date.

When I play a media file, I can see the sound gage go. So I went in sounds, playback device, and all I see in there is my sound card, no speakers or headphones icon. Thus no sounds from speakers. Tried other headphones/speakers they also dont work on the PC.

First two screenshots are my Device Manager, third one shows my playback devices.. My wife needs this for her business and I am losing sleep over this for days now I tried everything. Any ideas?



A:Windows 7 SOUND, No Speakers in Playback device, thus no sound from speakers

Hi -

What sound card do you have?

Double-click on the HD audio device in Device Manager - what is driver and date?

Usually there is an audio codec/ drivers, e.g., IDT, Realtek, etc... that must be installed.

What are system specs - exact model number from label on back of PC, please.

Regards. . .



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Anyone ever tried to replace the woofer from a z5300? Is it possible?

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hi do i need a sound card to have speakers? (please don't email me as it is down) thank you

A:speakers & sound card?

You don't need a sound card to have speakers.

You don't need a sound card to listen to speakers if those speakers are not connected to your PC.

If the speakers are connected to your PC and you want to listen to them, yes, you need a working sound card or integrated sound chip.

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Recently I opened up my computer for the first time since I've bought it (I bought it in like August '08 or so) and I took all the casing off just to put in another hard drive for my friend because he wanted to save everything from his hard drive and put it on my hard drive.. Anyways, at once we let it run without the casing and the sound was working perfect, then when we unplugged everything, took out the hard drive, and put the casing back on, then turned it on, the sound stopped working.. I only noticed this the following day. I have a subwoofer and two speakers.. Now the cable in the back of the main part of the entire set of speakers (aka the subwoofer and where I can turn up the volume up and down and even scan for the radio) is very sensitive (the cable which has a weird ending and you have to put it in a certain way and then you have to press on two things to make the cord go in properly), and I have a hard time getting both speakers two work, so usually my left speaker always works.. Well when I plug in the entire set (which is just the one cord from the speaker into the computer), there is no sound. BUT when I plug in my iPod headphones into the computer, there is sound. BUT when I plug in my iPod shuffle into the speakers, the speakers work! I'm highly confused, as this just happened to happen AFTER we were moving around the computer a lot and what not, which makes me wonder.

So in general, my speakers are working and are turned on, my sound card se... Read more

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Hey, I'm having some issues getting my 5.1 speaker system to produce sound in all 5 speakers simultaneously. There are 3 plugins that go from my speakers to my sound card: orange, black, and green. There are 6 slots on my sound card excluding firewire, 3 of which are probably input jacks.

So here's the problem: no matter what combination of plugging in the 3 plugins to any of the 6 jacks, I can't get sound to be produced in more than 2 speakers at a time. Some combinations cause only the middle speaker to produce sound, while others cause sound to be produced only in one left and one right speaker.

I've found that plugging any of the plugins to the 3rd jack causes sound to be produced in 2 speakers, which is the best I am able to do with any combination, so the other 2 plugins are effectively useless.

So does anyone have a solution to this? I should also note my sound card is NOT color coded in any way, but it doesn't really matter cause I've tried every possible combination of plugging in the 3 cords.

By the way, my speakers are LOGITECH X-530 5.1 70-WATT SPEAKERS and my sound card is CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER AUDIGY 2 ZS 7.1.

A:Need help with speakers and/or sound card

You will ALWAYS plug the front left and right speakers into the GREEN. usually orange is subwoofer and black is back l/r. Make sure you have configured it correctly with the software that came with your card.
Oh, and it might help if you usually 5.1 surround is only used in 3d games and movies.
(to make it work in games visit the sound settings and select 3d audio.)

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Hello Harry Hood. I recently posted a problem I was having with my Harmon Kardon HK695-01 speaker system. Is a sound card or any other piece of hardware necessary for the speakers to work on my HP desktop pc?

Harry Hood

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this has to be the dumbest question ever posted --

we have a new kitten. it's wreaking havoc with my computer cords, i think.

i use a headset with a built-in microphone. i never use my speakers. the cords to the speakers just hung down in lieu of the headset. i'm physically disabled with very little movement. now, my headset-microphone is screwed up. .

yesterday, the unused speakers and cords were removed off of my computer table. now, my headset has no sound whatsoever. the person who was straightening up the table doesn't remember unplugging anything.

i have a dell dimension 2300 pc that included the speakers when i bought it from dell.

do i need those speakers plugged in somewhere in order to use the headset-mic? if so, how?

thank u,

A:does a headset require my speakers?

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this has to be the dumbest question ever posted --

we have a new kitten. it's wreaking havoc with my computer cords, i think.

i use a headset with a built-in microphone. i never use my speakers. the cords to the speakers just hung down in lieu of the headset. i'm physically disabled with very little movement. now, my headset-microphone is screwed up. .

yesterday, the unused speakers and cords were removed off of my computer table. now, my headset has no sound whatsoever. the person who was straightening up the table doesn't remember unplugging anything.

i have a dell dimension 2300 pc that included the speakers when i bought it from dell.

do i need those speakers plugged in somewhere in order to use the headset-mic? if so, how?

thank u,

A:does a headset require my speakers?

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Hi all,

I am planning in upgrading a PC I bought in February '05 (my home PC) The current Specs are:

Mobo: ????
CPU: Pentium 4 3.2GHz HT
MEM: 1024Mb PC2700 RAM
HDD: 500GB (200GB, 300GB)
Optical drives: HP DVD+/-RW DL Lightscribe Drive and Sony DVD ROM Drive
Soundcard: EXT (USB) TRUST 5.1 Sound card
Speakers: Trust 1600p 2.1 Soundforce
550W PSU Brand Colours IT
15" Neoview monitor

In the past I have added the Sound card (and speakers), PSU, HP Lightscribe dvd RW

but I now would like to upgrade my pc again to make it better for Vista and gaming etc.

I feel that I need to upgrade my CPU (?) and definetaly the memory and graphics which is a AGP Card (only AGP is supported by my motherboard) so therefore also the motherboard - Am I right.

Oh and I would like to upgrade my sound card and buy new speakers - does anyone know a sound card and speakers that would be a massive leap in quality compared to my current set up?

So what upgrades would be adviseable and could anyone advise on what I should buy, I am in UK.


Or in another way I wonder if I would be better off waiting a while and just buying a whole new PC from PC World or something? any thoughts ?

A:Upgrading PC (in particular Sound card + speakers)

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I was recently given some Cambridge SoundWorks "PCWorks FourPointSurround" speakers - a subwoofer and 4 satellites.

After a lot of fiddling, turning them on and off at the rear of the sub, they suddenly came to life with a bit of a pop (like when you startup a PC with the speakers on and connected normally - nothing to worry about). The sound was *amazing*, and they worked brilliantly all day long. Then I turned them off, the next morning, I had the same problem. After 5 minutes or so they came to life. Not so the next day!

I've tried adjusting the volume and bass knobs, leaving it on... or off to no avail.

My old speakers still work fine (just not very good speakers).

The next stage would be to take the sub apart, but I don't have a screwdriver long enough to reach the recessed screws!

Has anyone had anything like this? Will taking the sub apart do any good, or is it probably dead?

Thanks guys

A:Speakers (definitely not the sound card) have died?

If you other old speakers are working of the same set up then probably the speakers gone.Talking it apart won't find anything to fix except at the very outside a broken wire but more likely a blown speaker.The only thing to check is the outside wiring and make sure that they are hoop-up correctly.

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I recently purchased an inexpensive sound card. However, it's a 5.1 card, and I only have stereo desktop speakers. I really don't want to splurge, and the El-Cheapo card didn't come with anything but drivers. Anyone know how I can make the sound card output in stereo as opposed to 5.1.

Note. This is WIndows 2000. I may or may not have posted in the wrong forum (may be a windows issue)

A:Using stereo speakers with a 5.1 sound card

I have windows xp but the way to do this should be the same. Go to control panel, then go to sounds and device. There should be an option for speaker settings there. click on advanced and then change your speaker set up. hopefully this will solve your problem. :wave:

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hi guys.

anyone care to recommend a great sound card and set of speakers for my new setup?

i want to put together a sound system for pc, with speakers like professional studio monitor speakers.

i want something really high end without getting too crazy about changing my system.

is there any such thing as using an amplifier to power computer speakers?



A:Recommend Sound Card / Speakers

I don't know if this is high end enough for you but check out the Sound Blaster Audigy2 series.

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hey i was wondering what speakers are best for heavy metal and gameing **also shold i need a sound card for best quality too? plz help me i want a good bass sound and a speaker set that i can turn up high yet have low and powerful for gaming i appreciate any help you can bring me
sincerly the swat 4 gaming leader and technical supervisor
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A:speakers and sound card suggestions

i have

oh and my pc is a - sony vaio vgc-rb43 with integrated audio

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My sound card has apparently died. Maybe a dumb question, but do I need to match new speakers to a new sound card? Also, how do I know what kind of sound card to buy? Thanks for any input here.

A:Match sound card & speakers?

Hi Merrymarry,
no, you don't need to match your sound card with your speaker if your speaker have a normal 3.5mm connector, like your ipod earphone's connector .

to know what kind of sound card you would need;
1. open your computer case and see if you have a pci slot available. most sound cards goes in your motherboard's PCI slot. if there are no PCI slots (very rare chance), you might need to buy a new mobo.
this is how your PCI slots would look like --> http://www.hothardware.com/reviews/images/tualatin/pci_slot.jpg

2. if your mobo has the slots, i would recommand you buy any Creative Soundblaster card.

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hi i just recently install vista on my system. i installed all the right drivers and apps. but i just get a funny crackling noise coming from my speakers non stop. any way to fix this? ive tried uninstalling the drivers and reinstalling them. still didn't help me out. thanks...

A:Sound Card/Crackling Speakers

has anyone figured this out? I recently had to reinstall my Vista and i hear a crackling sound. In no way is my speakers blown.....any luck anyone?????

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I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a good sound card/speakers. Right now I'm using the built-in audio from my motherboard and the built-in speakers on my monitor (audio wasn't my biggest concern when building my desktop).

I'd like to upgrade to a 2.1 speaker setup, but I don't know too much about sound cards or speakers. Any suggestions would be great.

Budget: $80-90 max for sound card, $150 max for speakers
**Canadian dollars, not U.S.
**will be purchasing from Tiger Direct, Canada Computers and Newegg... although the first two are preferred

A:Recommendations for sound card/speakers

Have a look at the Logitech LS 11 speakers. They are just stereo, plug into your audio out socket, they have a mains transformer you will need to plug in, but will be a big improvement on what you have.
If you want a lot more bass sound, then 2.1 is far more effective, and I bought the Logitech X230 for my PC, but now use them on my TV !
In my opinion, the bass can be too much, but if you roll up some paper and push it into the bass port, it reduces the bass output quite a bit, and with that mod I am happy with the sound I get. These still plug into the audio 'out' socket, and no mods needed to your pc.
If you want better sound than that, then you will need a 5.1 sound card, there are many, Trust, Genius, Soundblaster, prices vary greatly and could depend on where you live as to what choice you have.

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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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basically I have an audigy 2 creative soundcard, and whilst I like my 5.1 speakers I wanted to play my music over something a little more beefy!

these speakers come in the form of two huge ones which connect to an amp, this amp has red white input (and possibly another one plug input looks similar size to headphones) and I was wondering if you could direct me to the type of cable which I need to slap the sound across!

thanks in advance louie

A:5.1 sound card to red white speakers

I've had success using the lineout from the sound card and running it into the linein in an amp.
Very easy, I assume the red/white connector on the amp is a pair of RCA connectors.
Just visit your local Tandy/whatever but make sure your familiar with what plugs you have on your computer.
Take a digital photo if you really have no idea.

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will 5.1 speakers work in a 7.1 channel sound card?

A:Solved: new sound card and speakers

any one know?

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I was wondering if I should get a better sound card and/or speakers. My current sound card is a Sound Blaster Audigy SE. I was thinking about getting an x-fi xtreme gamer sound card, but my brother doesn't think the sound will be any different and doesn't think it's worth going for. My current speaker set is Boston Acoustics BA735. They're digital speakers. Are there other speaker sets that are better than the BA735?

A:sound card and (possibly) speakers

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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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Yesterday, I bought a new sound card, it is High Definition Audio (8-channel) and I have 5.1 Logitech speakers. The problem is that the sould card has only 3 audio sockets, green (for the front speakers), pink (for micro.) and blue. However, my speakers, which are 5.1., have 3 cables to connect to PC, green, black and orange.
Is there any way to connect all the three cables of the speakers to my new sound card?

A:Problem with 8-channel sound card and speakers

That does not sound like a 7.1 (8 channel) sound card. It sounds like a 2.1 sound card with only the Green speaker jack.

What is the make and model of the sound card? We can only guess without that.

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Hello everyone. I bought a refurb computer for my girlfriend (See here) and set everything up but can't seem to get the audio to work. I tried plugging in a pair of speakers I had (Durabrand UC-280 2 Channel USB Computer Speakers) but no detection at all. The audio driver is AMD High Definition Audio Device and is up to date, working properly, but says it's an HDMI Device, I have no HDMI cables running from this computer at all, so I'm wondering if there's any way I can install a sound driver that will actually utilize the audio jack ports on this PC?

I'm not sure what brand of motherboard I have on it but it has:

Intel Core 2 Quad CPU
Onboard Audio
XFX One Radeon HD 5450 (bought separately and installed)
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit

Sound doesn't work with my headphones either (I have tried all audio jack ports).

So any suggestions might help.

EDIT: The motherboard is not AMD and there are no default HDMI Ports, so I'm presuming that the Graphics Card Driver overwrote the default sound driver since it's the only device with any HDMI Output at all... how do I find out which driver I need to get for my sound card and then uninstall the one the graphics card added?

A:New Computer: Sound card not detecting speakers.

Here is the drivers, from the HP site. http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/sit...hetoken#Driver - Audio

The Audio is ADI High Definition. Reinstall that and see if it helps. The "Speakers" must be set as the default audio playback device for the headphones to work. Not sure about USB speakers, I don't use USB speakers, I use "standard" analog speakers.

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hi well i im planing to buy a logitech x540 sound system but it needs a sound card 5.1 or somthing i use vista and i have a emachines e625 laptop can please tell me how to find out or what it is im a noob i only know the basics but this is the first time i have really wonderd about my sound card thanks for your help and support

Darren Reid

p.s i posted on the rang forum can admin or mod delete it please thanks again and sorry

A:Notebook sound card for 5.1 channel speakers?

on your laptop you got only one output and one input

the output is for headset and may be used with stereo speakers, or 2.1 system, means there are 2 speakers for left and right and a sub.

but now comes your problem.

what you are plannig to buy is a 5.1 speaker system and means it got 5 speakers and a sub.
that means it have more than one connector. it haves tree connectors:

one for sub and the center speaker,
one for the front speakers left and right,
and the last one for the rear speakers left and right.
you will need a 5.1 usb sound card if you still want to have the logitech x540 speaker system and use it on you're laptop.

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So I had vista installed on my new PC but it was so buggy that I decided to put XP back on instead. However, now I can't seem to get the speakers working. I can get headphones to work when playing certain games, but I get no sounds from anything else and the speakers won't play any sound at all. When I try to play a song in Windows media player, I get the following error message:

Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There may not be a sound device installed on your computer, it may be in use by another program, or it may not be functioning properly.

I figure that I must need sound drivers or something. I'm running an Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard. I've tried downloading sound drivers from various places including Asus' site, but every time I try to install new sound drivers I get the following error message:

Error Code: -5009 : 0x8002802b
Error Information:
>Ctor\ObjectWrapper.cpp (163)
>Ctor\ObjectWrapper.cpp (402)
>Kernel\Component.cpp (1163)
>Kernel\CABFile.cpp (389)
>SetupDLL\SetupDLL.cpp (1541)
pAPP:Realtek High Definition Audio Driver
PVENDOR:Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
@Windows XP Service Pack 2 (2600) IE 7.0.6000.16512

I'm sorry for the long read. I'm at my wits end and have no idea how to get my speakers and sound up and running like it should be. Any help to solve this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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I have a sound card problem after I installed Windows 7. Previously I had Windows XP and after I replaced OS some days after I noticed something weird - I can control headphones ONLY (volume, balance etc.) but my built in speakers are living completely independent life. If I`m playing music (no matter if it is Winamp or Media Player) I can control speakers only with player`s volume control but not with laptop`s volume button. And if I`m turning mute on, there is no sound from headphones but speakers continue playing. I already reinstalled driver - nothing happened. Tried to install HP driver which is meant for Vista - says failure. So, I`m out of ideas. Maybe you can help me? If nothing`s gonna help, I will be forced to go back to XP, but that is not a thing I would like to do that easy.
My PC is HP dv2000, the little one. There is written on the laptop that Windows Vista capable so I thought that there shouldn`t be any problem with Windows 7 but now I see that there is.
OS is Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit.

A:Sound card controls only headphones, not speakers!

Hi hindo, welcome to the forums

Firstly if you click the 'User CP' option at the top of the forum you can input your 'System Specs' (left hand column). This will help us asses your issue in more depth.

Additional: Have you tried to download & install the latest drivers for your sound card (not necessarily from HP)?


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I have recently built a desktop computer, that had minor issues that I had eventually worked around or found a solution to. This issue is an exception. When I first used my computer, everything was fine with sound, until I found that my graphics card was not inserted correctly, and I was running with terrible resolution. After fixing this issue, I had no sound. This was about 10 months ago. On and off throughout this period I began to try and fix this issue, by disconnected and uninstalling my GPU. I launched skype and trying calling someone, but it alerted me that my sound card was missing. I know this is not true, so I have 3 main theories: 1. The sound card was fried (not likely). 2. My graphics card audio overrode the onboard audio, 3. The two (GPU and sound card) were operating on the same frequency. As I have said before, I had sound before I re-installed my graphics card, so I would either appreciate a solution to switch back to onboard audio, or a way to use both somehow.
Specs: Motherboard: ASUS P8z77
Graphics Card: Nvida Ge Force 670
Processor: Intel i7 core.

A:Cannot use speakers/headphones: Sound card is missing?

Please respond, this issue has been pressing me for almost a year, and I would really like it to be resolved.

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i have edifier M3500 5.1 channel speakers and i want to connect them without a sound card on my HP XW8600 workstation. i wasnt successful in doing that. secondly i have also tried to connect a sound card(zoltrix nightingale pro 6) but my pc wont start after attaching it in PCI express slot. please help on this matter and also assist me in what sound card will suit my machine better. thanks & regards,Dinesh Kumar Bhatia

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