Sound only coming from one speaker

September 12, 2011 at 18:16:29
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 2.26GHz 1.5GB ram
I plugged my speakers into my ipod, and both speakers work, so I don't think it's my speakers. I want to try fixing it, but I don't know where to start. Also, I hear random audio, kind of like a radio station, coming from my speakers, including the one that doesn't have any audio. What should I do?

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September 12, 2011 at 21:45:42
bojadada, I can think of a number of 'maybes'. Make sure you have the correct drivers and settings.
Speakers don't require too much to drive them. Possible it's picking up RF interference from a nearby source? Some TVs, computers, fax machines, etc. emit pretty strong RF signals. Access your computer control panel and temporarily mute the sound to see if that's the source. Try physically moving the speaker to another location. I've run into some speakers that just needed a little shielding like grounded foil between them and a source.
Ed in Texas

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September 13, 2011 at 09:50:34
You have provided NO info about your computer that could be relevant regarding this sound problem !

If your computer is a laptop or netbook...

The headphones jack on laptops has a tiny mechanical electrical switch inside of it that disables the built in speakers from producing sound when a plug is plugged into the headphones jack.
If you have used the headphones jack a lot, it's common for that mechanical switch to malfunction. If you insert the plug for the speakers into that jack and wiggle it, that may get both speakers to produce sound again, but the only lasting solution is to replace the headphones jack - laptop repair places do that frequently.

If your computer is a desktop computer, if you are plugging the jack for the speakers into a jack built into the computer case, not a jack built into the mboard on the back of the computer, you have a wiring problem between the case jack and the mboard.

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