Problem connecting computer speakers to laptop

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chris_in_la

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I recently got a used computer speaker system from a family member. It's made by Altec Lansing and has two desktop speakers and a subwoofer. All the cables are there except the cable to connect the system to my computer. I went to radio shack and bought a 1/8" stereo cable and connected the laptop to the speaker system, but was unable to get any sound to come out. Power was on (with light), volume was turned up on both the speakers and the laptop. The laptop also works fine when I plug a pair of regular desktop speakers into it.

I eventually gave up and returned the cord, but just the other day was poking around the control panel and noticed that, under "sounds and devices", there are a number of different options for speaker configurations. Would changing the speaker configuration have made the speaker system work? Or do you think that the speaker system is just broken? Maybe the cable I got was the wrong kind? I could use some help here.
 

DaveBurnett

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Those options only effect the quality of the sound. Have you tried connecting the speakers to a normal HiFi as there is nothing particularly special about computer speakers.
 
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