Okay so my left speaker doesnt work

April 26, 2011 at 13:22:12
Specs: Windows Vista
Okay so my left speaker doesnt work and when i plug my headphones in through my speakers, only the right one works. Now this started happening after i used my computer speakers for something else, they worked fine till i plugged em back in. the cords are all plugged in fine. the weird thing is though. when i switch the wires for the left and right speaker in my subwoofer the right one will work no matter what. so theres something wrong with my sub??

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#1
April 26, 2011 at 13:54:49
"when i switch the wires for the left and right speaker in my subwoofer the right one will work no matter what. "

If you mean the same speaker works in both cases.....

It's quite common to break wires inside the speaker cords - the smaller the cord, the more likely that is.
(Pull on the plug, NOT the cord, when you unplug connections.)
If the insulation for a broken wire is intact, the connection MIGHT work when the cable is in certain positions, NOT work when it's in other positions.
That will apply no matter what you connect the speakers to.

"so theres something wrong with my sub??"

You normally have only one sub woofer, and one plug for it, and it's a mono - single channel - connection.

It must be plugged into the proper port of the ones for the sound adapter for the subwoofer.

The software for the sound adapter must be installed properly.
If you plug in a subwoofer while Windows is running, a window should pop up and ask which purpose do you want to use that port for.

Windows only enables the sound to one pair of speakers by default, even when you have more than one pair and everything plugged into the proper ports.
When you unplug the more than one pair of speakers and use them with something else, Windows probably sets that setting back to one pair.
The setting to change that is in your specific sound adapter's settings in Control Panel - E.g. Realtek, Soundmax, etc.


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#2
April 27, 2011 at 14:47:28
no my subwoofer has an audio jack for left and right speakers, but the left audio jack does not work. and when i plug headphones in the left headphone doesnt work. you think i just have everything unbalanced?

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#3
April 28, 2011 at 08:05:38
What you are referring to as your "subwoofer" is probably an enclosure that has amplifier circuits inside of it, not just the probably single large subwoofer speaker.

The probably single large subwoofer speaker itself is only for the bass (lowest frequency) sound.

You get at least one additional pair of speakers, if not 2 or 3 pairs, along with the an enclosure that has amplifier circuits inside of it, not just the probably single large subwoofer speaker.

What is the make and model of the enclosure that has amplifier circuits inside of it ?
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"you think i just have everything unbalanced?"

You probably have at least one additional pair of speakers (3.1 sound) , if not 2 (5.1 sound) or 3 pairs (7.1 sound), along with the an enclosure that has amplifier circuits inside of it, not just the probably single large subwoofer speaker.

Are you getting sound from both right and left speakers of that / those pairs?

"when i plug headphones in the left headphone doesnt work"

Have you tried the headphones with something else ?

Where is the headphones jack ?

Is it a jack on back of the computer where the rest of the jacks for the sound adapter are ?
- or - is it a jack on the front of the case ?
- or - is it a jack on the enclosure that has amplifier circuits inside of it, not just the probably single large subwoofer speaker ?

If the jack is one of the first two, and if the headphones do work fine with other things, then you may have settings in Windows not set right...

See Response 6 in this
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

starting at

" Make sure you don't have volumes set too low or muted, for things you want to hear or use.... "

Note that the sound is Muted if the blue speaker icon has a red circle icon with a diagonal bar.

In Sound, Playback devices, Properties for your default device (the one with the green checkmark) - Levels - Balance , make sure the values for R and L are the same.

If the headphones jack is on the front of the case, it may not be wired up to a header on the mboard properly, or you may not have a jumper installed or removed on the mboard that you need to install or remove.



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