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Topic # 20945 10-Apr-2008 20:13
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I have recently purchased some Logitech X-530 speakers and I am trying to connect them to my laptop. http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers_audio/home_pc_speakers/devices/211&cl=nz,en       I'm not that computer savvy but there are green, black, and red plugs (that obviously go into your computer) i only have one audio jack output (in which i placed the green plug) to get the front speakers working. Can someone please tell me if there's any adapter I need to get them all working? There was no Installation CD in the box, and i'm assuming all you have to do is plug it into the audio output jack. But still, no sound is coming out... just out of the inbuilt speakers. I'm running Windows Vista, and under the 'Sound' icon in the Control Panel, there is no new speaker that's been installed there or whatever.. But is there a USB or attachment that i can plug into my audio input jack that i can then plug my green, black, and red plugs into?

There was also a small adapter thingy with the holes for the green, black, and orange plugs on one side, and red and white holes for plugs on the other side... there might be a USB attachment that has those red and white cables? which can then be plugged into that attachment?

Just had a look on TradeMe.... would something like this be of any benefit? (plug into computer, plug red and white cables into red and white plugs into adapter, plug orange, black, and green plugs into other side of adapter.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables/Audio/auction-149690088.htm

  


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  Reply # 122657 10-Apr-2008 20:17
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Buy a 3.5mm Audio Jack to Audio L + R adapter from your local Hifi Shop.  L + R Audio is the red and white connectors, and the 3.5mm jack will plug into your laptop.

Thats how I work it

As in yess use that adapter off trademe



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  Reply # 122658 10-Apr-2008 20:19
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macuser: Buy a 3.5mm Audio Jack to Audio L + R adapter from your local Hifi Shop. L + R Audio is the red and white connectors, and the 3.5mm jack will plug into your laptop.

Thats how I work it



Is that the same thing as this? http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables/Audio/auction-149690088.htm

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 122659 10-Apr-2008 20:25
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Sure is



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  Reply # 122661 10-Apr-2008 20:28
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awesome, just another quick question.... when i go to the sound icon on control panel... it has 'Speakers' and 'Digital output device' when i get that adapter... would there be a new device thing there? because at the moment, none of them make any of the speakers go (that's with the green cable plugged in)

The only sound that comes out is from the internal speakers.

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  Reply # 122663 10-Apr-2008 20:31
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Your laptop is stereo, and the speakers are doing what is correct when fed with 2 channels of audio

If you want 5.1 out, there are some USB soundcards that have a 5.1 analog out which will drive all the speakers.

The speakers will not show on the computer because they are analog, only USB connected audio devices will show there.

Is there a picture of this adaptor that came with the speakers?




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  Reply # 122664 10-Apr-2008 20:36
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It's this thing (the black box)

http://computers.pricegrabber.com/cables-adapters/m/13939442/



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  Reply # 122666 10-Apr-2008 20:41
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richms: Your laptop is stereo, and the speakers are doing what is correct when fed with 2 channels of audio

If you want 5.1 out, there are some USB soundcards that have a 5.1 analog out which will drive all the speakers.

The speakers will not show on the computer because they are analog, only USB connected audio devices will show there.

Is there a picture of this adaptor that came with the speakers?


Is this a USB 5.1 soundcard u were talking about?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Sound-cards/auction-147777020.htm

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  Reply # 122674 10-Apr-2008 20:58
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The best that adaptor could do is do dolby prologic, but with the price and that it doesnt take power I would expect that it does a lot less then that. Hard to tell from that pic.

And no, that soundcard will not help, it only has a stereo out, with a driver making it look like a 5.1 card and doing fake surround carryon to try to make it sound surroundish out 2 speakers - the opposite of what you want.

What are you trying to do that needs the 5 speakers? If your just playing stereo music then any 5.1 output is just faked, movies will benifit from it tho.

http://www.3dvelocity.com/reviews/zalman_sc/zmrssc_2.htm - see theres 3 sockets, so 6 channels of audio, thats what you need to get. Creative made one a while back too, the extigy - had good reviews but strangly creative stuff allways does even when it sucks. Plenty more of these things around online but I havent seen any in shops.




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  Reply # 122678 10-Apr-2008 21:07
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Yeah i just wanna play music loud, games etc.... thought it was good deal for 100 dollars....

hrm.... i'll purchase a USB to Red and white cable, and if nothing comes out of the speakers after that... i'll take back the speakers and the cable... don't really want to muck around buying lots of different items to make it work....



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  Reply # 122682 10-Apr-2008 21:15
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One last question..... if i purchased

THIS:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Sound-cards/auction-146726106.htm

and THIS:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables/Audio/auction-149690088.htm

it would work?

hardest part would be finding the top link... had a look on the dick smith website now... can't find it...

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  Reply # 122684 10-Apr-2008 21:20
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You would need one or the other, not both since the 5.1 adaptor will have 3 outputs that go straight to the speaker.

The rca cable is overpriced, you can usually find them at $2 shops along with lots of other useful cheap cables.




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  Reply # 122685 10-Apr-2008 21:22
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But you said 'If you want 5.1 out, there are some USB soundcards that have a 5.1 analog out which will drive all the speakers.

The speakers will not show on the computer because they are analog, only USB connected audio devices will show there.'

OHHH wait i think i get you now..... so if they don't show, how will i make my computer transfer sound out of my new speakers and not the internal speakers?

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  Reply # 122690 10-Apr-2008 21:47
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If you plug them into the headphone socket on the computer it usually switches automatically, if its a hd audio codec it may not however, this is something that the software that comes with the laptop needs to be told to change its jack assignment.

If you put a usb soundcard on the computer then you just disable the internal one in device manager if you want the easy way, or set the external to the default device if you want the hard way. windows will sometimes change the default device if you unplug the external soundcard for no particular reason.




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  Reply # 122691 10-Apr-2008 21:48
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omfg..... LMFAO!!!
 I had it in the microphone output LMFAO SORRY FOR INCONVENIENCE... the rear speakers do not work though... (as the orange one is not plugged in) i'll buy that cable tomorrow.. Made my day :) THANK YOU SO MUCH

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