older external speakers, older computer


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Old 01-30-24, 09:21 AM
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Question older external speakers, older computer

I've been troubleshooting why I don't have sound on my Lenovo older computer. I've tried to update drivers etc. & I have older Creative external speakers. It's just a jack (light green) & an adapter that I plug into the electric. What I've noticed when I've been trying to trouble shoot is: if I slowly unplug the adapter or the electric plug, I will actually hear the sound for 2 secs. This is mindboggling! I used to have sound on this & just can't seem to fig. this 1 out. Anyone know? Thxs
 
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Old 01-30-24, 09:56 AM
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My first guess is a bad plug or socket. I'd first try a different set of speakers and see if they work.
 
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Old 01-30-24, 02:27 PM
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Are you troubleshooting the computer or the speakers ?
If you unplug the speakers.... the computer should have audio.
If you don't have audio directly at the computer... the ext speakers won't work either.
 
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Old 01-30-24, 02:27 PM
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Check the speakers to see if any of them have a volume knob. If so, turn the knob to see if that helps.
 
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Old 01-30-24, 06:02 PM
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volume is turned up, I get sound if I slowly unplug the adapter for about 2 secs. I am not getting sound on the computer either. I plugged in the speakers because I don't have sound. I had sound 2 mons. ago. I bought a new computer that is having issues & am having to use the old computer until things are worked out with my new computer. No sound anywhere. I just thought it was interesting when I slowly unplugged the adapter, I'd get about 2 secs of sound........whatever music I am playing.....2 secs. It's a conundrum.
 
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Old 01-31-24, 06:51 AM
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Have you checked your sound settings? There's probably something wrong in there if you're not getting sound from your computer either.
 
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Old 02-02-24, 11:03 AM
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Update! I moved my old computer back while the new 1 is in the repair shop. After I did this & plugged in the speakers to a dif. socket, they are working just like before. Go figure!
 
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Old 02-02-24, 01:35 PM
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If you were using front-panel audio, that should be connected to your motherboard via a cable. That cable connection can possibly come loose at the motherboard (I've accidentally and unknowingly disconnected mine with fat-fingers while doing some work inside the box).

But if you switched to rear panel audio that would be unaffected and should work. Maybe yours was hanging by a thread at the motherboard connection for some reason - and one day - one more little vibration and the connection is broken.

Can't hurt to open the box and look anyway. Just a thought.
 
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Old 02-03-24, 01:54 AM
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Problem could be combo jack compatibility. Take a look at a 3.5mm splitter jack and see if it sounds like a potential solution.
 
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Old 02-03-24, 10:09 AM
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That's right. My bad. The front panel audio is usually headphone, microphone or a combo. Not for speakers. When the OP said he used two different connectors to try the speakers, I jumped to the conclusion: front panel, rear panel. But that doesn't make sense.

Still, I would open the box and inspect -if that's possible. Might not be easy with the off-the-shelf Lenovo though. Would not want to create a problem.
 
 

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