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WINXP sound problem

By yippyiopc ·
I can hear sounds from my WINXP computer if I plug in hedphones in the front jack or a really cheap non-powered pair of speakers into the back jack.... but when I use my powered speakers... 2 different sets were tried.. NO sounds ! Yes, I've tested the speakers. I must have some setting wrong but can't figure out when I get unaplified sound but better speakers can't seem to produce anything!
Any clues - suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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by TheChas In reply to WINXP sound problem

First off, we need some hardware details.

Computer make and model

Motherboard make and model

sound card make and model.

Some sound cards have options to configure the jacks for different functions.
For powered speakers, make sure that your card is configured for line out on the speaker jack.

Compare the plugs on the powered speakers to your headphones and unpowered speakers.
Is there any noticeable difference in where the bands are between the silver or gold portions of the plug?
Is there anything on the back of the computer that prevents you from seating the powered speaker plug fully into the jack?


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