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mtndawg

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I have a dell dimension desktop with the basic sound card. I am running altec lansing 4.1 surround speakers. A few days ago, my right speakers stopped working altogether. I checked the speakers on my roommates computer and they worked fine. Also, I plugged them in to the front headphone jack, and all of them worked, with some quality loss. I then plugged a pair of headphones into the rear jack and only got sound out of the left side. What can I do to try to fix this problem so that I can enjoy my music again? Thanks! :tazz:
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I still haven't heard anything...both from my speakers and on this posting. Just wondering if anyone had looked at it?


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do the speekers work if you wiggle the wire connection at the back?? if so you have a dry joint and it will need soldering if its not ya got me there!!
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Hi mtndawg-

sounds like the jack for the sound output is going bad. you mentioned your machine is a dell, do you know if you are using integrated audio or a separate audio card?
you can check by going to control panel, sound and audio devices, audio tab. tell me what is the selected playback device- if it says ac97, it is an integrated chip. please post whatever is listed, and we can try to track down if the jack is bad, or something else is going on.
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it is an integrated audio card...i know...they suck...even when i wiggle the connections it doesnt do anything...it says it is a SoundMAX digital audio card...thanks for whatever insight you have! :tazz:
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eek, I have seen many many failures of onboard sound, and had my share of them with soundmax as well....
you could try grabbing the latest drivers for it, un- and re-installing them. its worth a shot, but I wouldnt be suprised if that made no difference. the sad truth is onboard sound is usually pretty cheap stuff, and I avoid using it whenever possible.
since you have a dell, if the machine is not too old, it might be worth contacting them to see if they will do anything for you. it would mean replacing the motherboard though, so dont hold your breath...but you might be able to get them to help with a pci sound card.

otherwise, I would suggest getting a card on your own. I usually suggest the soundblaster stuff, its pretty solid. no need to go for an expensive card if you dont want to, even the cheap older soundblaster live! cards work quite well (I use two of those myself in my machines, for general computing and games).

post back with any questions, etc.
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thanks a ton...i'll look in to some pci audio cards! have a good one :tazz:
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