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Dell Speakers Do Not Work

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MicKallister, Oct 9, 2008.

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  1. MicKallister

    MicKallister Thread Starter

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    I got a whole Dell desktop set a few years back. about 3-5 years ago. and it came with the whole load.
    it came with a set of speakers:
    left+right+ subwoofer

    yesterday when i turned on my computer which runs xp, i did not here the start up tune. i checked the speakers if they were on, and they were plugged in and everything
    i do not know what is wrong.
    is it becuase i leave them on all the time?
    becuase when i shut off my computer i leave my speakers on and then turn off the surge protector which many of my computer peripherals are plugged in.
    would not turning them off and just cutting the power cuase them not to work anymore?

    they are DELL A425 speakers.
    http://www.fairfieldcountypcs.com/images/a425.jpg
     
  2. ChemicalMonkey

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    using a power switch shouldnt do any damage to the speakers, as they dont need to be powered down slowly like a PC does. I would suggest the obvious b4 u get all jumpy though. Check to see if the speakers volume is up, or muted, check it in the full view in sound control in control panel. if any of the sliders are all the way down or muted, then thats probably the problem.

    If thats not the case, open up device manage (Right click my computer, select properties, click the hardware tab, then the device manager button)

    Scroll down to ur sound control devices and check if your audio card is running fine, or even listed at all. If theres a problem with it, try to update the driver. If that fails, uninstall and reinstall the card.

    to check the speakers, just plug um into something else...if it doesnt work then its the speakers.
     
  3. muppy03

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    I personally would check speakers first, after 3-5 years they might have gone to a better place.:)
     
  4. ChemicalMonkey

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    Well...its easier to check the device manager. if its the video card, it will most likely display something wrong with it in there...if so, fix it, if not, check the speakers, if they work, try the driver stuff, its alot easier then trying to unplug it all and move it somewere else to test the speakers if its the video card thats the problem.

    Question is, which test is faster?
     
  5. Rich-M

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    Check Device Manager, that is more than likely the soundcard with either a driver issue or worse. Unless something happens to the worse, speakers almost never fail.
     
  6. MicKallister

    MicKallister Thread Starter

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    thanks for the feedback.
    but i think i agree with muppy.
    maybe they've gone to speaker heaven.

    becuase i looked at the drivers and they said they were working properly.

    the speakers just wont turn on.
    something wrong internally?

    just a question, are all Dell peripherals this bad?
    like 5 year life span?
    or is 5 year life already a good deal?
     
  7. muppy03

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    I only got about 1.5 yrs from my dell speakers so you have done well. Good news is I have no other complaints about any other dell products I own.
     
  8. MicKallister

    MicKallister Thread Starter

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    okay good to know.
    any suggestions for new speakers?
    my friend recommened logitech 2.1
    but it said i had to have a 4 channel something.
    which i dont know if i do have.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    I would try the speakers on another pc as it would be most unusual for speakers to go so quickly.
     
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