Music coming through subwoofer not through Realtek speakers

January 22, 2013 at 01:15:08
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,I got my PC with Realtek HD apparently already in place (little orange speaker showing in the cluster of icons bottom right). I'm getting music only through the "sub-woofer" (?) I've spent hours googling for help but getting nowhere. At one point I did get sound via one of the two speakers but could not replicate the settings that made this happen. On anotheroccasion sound came out the woofer at a fairly listenable higher fequency, but I could not replicate that either.
I'm on Windows 7, my speaker system Labtech (quite elderly, about 1998, but they deliver excellent sound on a friend's PC).
Would downloading another driver help, or would that merely exacerbate my probs?
Thanks for any help!

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January 22, 2013 at 03:59:39
There's nothing wrong with the existing driver otherwise you would get no sound at all.
In any case, for any integrated drivers such as sound, you must only download them from your PC manufacturer's website.

I think the problem may be that you may not have connected the speakers to the correct output jacks on the computer. With surround-sound speaker sets you need a sound adapter that supports multiple speakers and if it does there will be separate jacks for front, middle (the sub-woofer) and rear.

Sound adapters which don't support surround-sound have only one sound output jack which supports a max of 3 speakers (also called 2.1). That's a sub-woofer and a pair of stereo speakers. They are inter-connected and have only one jack-plug to plug in.

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January 22, 2013 at 04:54:10
In addition to the above, you MUST select the jacks in Realtek HD audio manager. Just connecting them isn't enough. You also need to select the type of speaker configuration from the drop down list there.

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January 22, 2013 at 07:58:54
On mine you right click the Realtek icon in the taskbar, select sound manager, then Audio I/O tab. There is a drop down from which you select your speaker configuration.

You can also get there from Control Panel > Realtek icon.

Yours might be a bit different.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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