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#1 Mar 27 2013 at 7:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I snagged what I thought was a great deal off NewEgg and got a beginner's 5.1 speaker set finally, the Creative Inspire T6160. I followed what sparse instructions there were, carefully labeled all the speakers, arranged them around my desk, and plugged in the subwoofer. I turned them on with the remote control volume and..... nothing.

Windows 8 thinks it's making noise. I know for a fact my onboard sound supports 5.1 (or else I wouldn't have bought these speakers...)

I'm going to root around in my BIOS and see if there's something I need to jiggle in there. If that doesn't fix it, I'm stumped.

HALP!

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#2 Mar 27 2013 at 7:39 PM Rating: Good
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Did you try restarting it? :P

In all seriousness, did you have old 2.1 speakers or a USB headset plugged in? If so windows may be trying to put out to those sources. Do the speakers you bought have an independent volume control? Do you have HDMI hooked up trying to put out sound?

Right click the Speaker in the taskbar, choose Playback devices. Make sure your Sound drivers are set as the default. It should show you all your speaker outs like mine shows:

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Configure = speaker setup (Like actual placement)
Set Default = Default speakers to choose If multiple are hooked up
Properties = Main Page has Jack info (Which colors are which channels), Has what your sound chipset supports, Tab 3 should be maxed, tab 4, Is built in EQ stuff

Otherwise check to make sure the speakers themselves are working, Plug the main Front speakers into your phone and play a song or something, Ipods/MP3 player, CD player anything small.

Last but not least see if there is a driver update?

Idk just taking shots in the dark.

If your hooking up through optical, make sure your speaker system has the right decoders.


Edited, Mar 27th 2013 8:40pm by BeanX
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#3 Mar 27 2013 at 7:42 PM Rating: Good
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And I know this sounds stupid but make sure the power on the 5.1 speakers is on, sometimes Its a turn to on or a button on the back of the bass speaker. I've done that before when I first had 5.1 didnt realize you needed to turn them ON.
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#4 Mar 27 2013 at 8:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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Checked BIOS - HD audio was already on there.

Trying a driver update. My motherboard has a VIA chipset and they have a driver available. We'll see if it's the right thing...

And yes, I rebooted :P And yes, the speakers are all on.

The speakers themselves put out a faint whiff of static when I yank the volume up to max on the remote control, so they're getting power... they're just not getting a signal.
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I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#5 Mar 27 2013 at 8:26 PM Rating: Good
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Well I could be windows Defaulting to different speakers/USB/HDMI or a Bad cord. Thats why I suggested hooking up to a phone or MP3 player and seeing if they put anything out.
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#6 Mar 27 2013 at 8:30 PM Rating: Excellent
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The default was set to S/PDIF or whatever that is. But the stuff on the back panel is pretty clearly 5.1. No other options show as plugged in.
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Thayos wrote:
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

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#7 Mar 27 2013 at 8:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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Aha! SOLVED!

Two things:
1. Needed the codec
2. The "lime green" one is actually above the orange one, not next to it. The one next to the orange one is white. Having the lime green connector plugged into the white jack means that sound no workey.

Once I got the codec installed, I could hear the faintest sounds coming from the speakers, whereas I heard nothing before. That inspired me to grab a flashlight and poke around the back panel some more. (Thankfully, the way my desk is set up, getting to the **** end of the PC is easy.) Apparently, the blue LED light from my power supply was making the white jack look as green as the actual green jack, hence my confusion,

Now I'm going to enjoy some sexytimes with my paid subscription to di.fm Smiley: nod

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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Thayos wrote:
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and leader of Grammarian Tea House chat LS
#8 Mar 30 2013 at 2:19 PM Rating: Good
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Aha! SOLVED!

I got some crossover cables!

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#9 Mar 30 2013 at 11:01 PM Rating: Good
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Friar Bijou wrote:
catwho wrote:
Aha! SOLVED!

I got some crossover cables!

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Don't talk to me about crossover cables.

**** bare metal restores! The manual said it would work! and there's something wrong with the NIC on the source BDR server and it keeps giving me "connection timed out" even though they're connected with a crossover cable![/sm] Smiley: motz
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Thayos wrote:
I can't understand anyone who skips the cutscenes of a Final Fantasy game. That's like going to Texas and not getting barbecue.

FFXIV: Katarh Mest on Lamia - Member of The Swarm and leader of Grammarian Tea House chat LS
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