|"RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager|
Click on Sound, Video and Game Controllers to open it up - you should see a listing for the sound on the mboard"
What do you see listed there?
Are there any red X's or yellow ?'s there, or anywhere in Device Manager?
Start - Run - type msinfo32 (enter or OK)
click on Hardware Resources at the left to open it up
click on Conflicts/Sharing
do you say anything listed there that begins with red lettering?
If so tell me what it says.
click on Components to open it up
click on Sound Device - there should be a listing there.
If there is, tell me what it says.
click on Problem Devices
does it tell you that you have a problem there?
if so, tell me what it says.
Have you tried these speakers with anything else?
These must be amplified in order to work with most computer sound these days - you won't hear anything if they're not because the power output from the onboard sound (or sound card) is just too tiny.
If you have anything else you can try the speakers with that you can plug into that will accept the plug size, try that - a walkman, CD player, whatever. An earphone jack will do, but it may have reduced output.
"But you know the cords for POWERLED and CDIN etc.? well if theres one for sound/audio for on board I didnt hook that up."
Power led is just cosmetic - you don't have to hook it up, as are Sleep (or Hibernate or Standby) led, and HDD led, but I would always hook up the latter to monitor the HDD activity.
A cable often doesn't have to be hooked up to CDIN these days if you have a fairly recent CD drive (unless your want to use a specific mixer in the onboard sound chipset, or on a sound card) - it was only used for standard audio CD's - most recent CD drives now route that into the data cable like all other sound from a CD drive. If there is no 1/8" jack on the front of the CD drive, you probably don't need to use the CDIN.
Go to Control Panel - Sounds and Audio Devices Properties
The label for your sound chipset should be there on the first screen -
e.g. Creative 5880, or AC97, or Realek xxx, or whatever.
If something is listed there, there should also be something listed when your click on the Audio and Voice tabs - and they should not be greyed out - listed but you can't highlight them, or you can't select something else in those boxes.
Tell me what you see there.
You're not providing much information.
What motherboard brand and model do you have?
If you set up this mboard yourself, or you re-installed Windows yourself, did you load all the drivers for the mboard from the mboard CD?
If you have 6 jacks for sound, all they all on the back of the computer in one place, or are some of them on the front of the case?
If you are plugging into jacks on the front of the case, there must be a case cable connected from those jacks to a connector somewhere on the mboard, and often you must also move a jumper on the mboard (or less often, set a bios setting) in order for the front jacks to work - you can use jacks for those purposes at the back, or the front, but not both.
Or - the cables from those jacks has plugs on the cords that you route out the back of the case and plug into the jacks in the back.
Your onboard sound can be turned on or off in the bios if you have onboard sound, and often you can turn certain features on that on or off there as well. Usually all those things are turned on by default on a new mboard.
(If you install a sound card the onboard sound and all it's features, and it's gameport if the sound card has a gameport, must be turned off.)