Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

Bought a new Dell computer at a great price but it doesn't come with speakers. I actually already have two good sets from other brands, but they won't work with this. Is there something that I don't have that I need to purchase to use these or are we not doing something right in attempting to hook them up? Who says SILENCE IS GOLDEN? I want SOUND!

Sharon, Ky


Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

I hate to restate the obvious, but do you have a sound card? (Do you have the hookups in the back?) Are you sure they're plugged in right? Is the sound in your computer settings enabled? Without seeing the computer, this sounds like a hardware issue (not plugged in, no card, etc.), but for something like this you really need to have someone look at it for real. (04/08/2005)

By Kathleen K.

Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

Have you tried using powered speakers - battery or otherwise? Had the same problem with a Compaq using unpowered speakers, but when I hooked up the powered speakers I got sound. (10/31/2006)


Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

i have the same problem as the person who posted. "Mine were working until all of a sudden and for no reason they just stopped. Now I know that the speakers themselves are working but the system just wont see them. So annoying as there is nowhere to go! Is it a software problem?" and well i just cant figure this out i have these brand new philips speackers and the sub woorfer kinda works went i plug it in and out but when it is all the way in I cant heard anything help me please because life is so boring without music (06/24/2007)


By quizno

Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

I lady came into my place of business the other day complaining about all the problems she was having with her Dell computer. She said she had logged on to several chat rooms & forums to ask about it, & it seems there are several Dell Computers that are known as "Lemons" these Dell's have all kinds of problems. (She told me the exact Dell brand numbers, but, sad to say I can't remember them right now) But, if anyone out there is thinking of buying a Dell computer, I would Google: "Dell computer problems" & find out for myself exactly which ones have the problems. Her Dell with "so many bugs" is a laptop... & If I'm not mistaken, the REALLY BAD Dell's are Laptops. (notebooks)


Here's more:

---> After Googeling "Dell computer problems" I couldn't believe my eyes! Read the URL's below for more info:



* The truth is, I was seriously thinking about buying a Dell for my mother-in-law this year... BUT, after reading the above URLs, I think I've changed my mind. There's so many people complaining about the Dell company! There's everything from "horrible customer service" problems to "cooling problems", to downright "BAD hardware" to "bad software", PLUS, many other problems. But, don't listen to me, Read for yourself:

---> Here's an article about Dell's "Exploding Computer" from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/10/technology/10dell.html?ex=1184212800&en=4bf52005e2819e19&ei=5070 (07/10/2007)

By Cyinda

Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

I have the same problem. I just tried hooking up an older set of speakers and subwoofer to my new computer and there is no sound. I tried the stock speakers and they work. I tried hooking the older speakers up to another computer of mine and again they didn't work. The old set works because they work on my older computer. I took a closer look at the connectors and I noticed that the rings on the older model are blue and the newer model speaker's were black. I'm thinking there must be some kind of compatibility problem here. I've check the connections several times and that every unit is working. The only explanation I can come up with is that they are not compatible. If anyone else could check to see if their speaker plugs have the different colors on them maybe we can shed some light on this issue. (08/04/2007)

By Mike P.

Speakers Don't Work On My Dell

I am having the same problem. I was on tech support for over an hour. The speakers I am using are BOSTON ACCUSTIC (2 speakers hooked to a Sub). They are ***DIGITAL***. To work in XP, required a box to be filled in on the sound mixer screen in XP for DIGITAL.

It appears to be a problem with VISTA! Not only that, Dell has a digital output, but it's an OPTICAL only! They don't appear to have a digital out for the headphone type jack!

Perhaps if the headphone type jack from the speakers plugged into some sort of converter to OPTICAL, they may work. I have one that converts to coax.

The output from the subwoofer is an rca jack, and it converts to a headphone like skinny jack. Perhaps my optical to coax converter would do the trick? Brad (02/22/2008)

By Brad


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