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Connecting external speakers

by Java1 / February 27, 2015 7:17 AM PST

Hello, my old computer has gone to be with all of it's friends where ever old computers go.

I am trying to connect my external speakers to this new Dell Inspirion model 3646 have had no luck, there are three ports in the back of the tower and two in the front.

Internal speakers work ok. If one can help figure where the plugs from the outside speakers go would appreciate any help.

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What external speakers?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2015 7:22 AM PST
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External Speakers
by Java1 / February 27, 2015 8:35 PM PST

Thanks Bob. There are three ports at the top of the tower in the back, I believe one can be used for line in can you tell me what the others are used for. My eyes do not see so well any more so I cannot make out what the little icons are.

Also are you saying that an external speakers cannot be used on this model?

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(NT) green is for speakers
by James Denison / February 27, 2015 10:34 PM PST
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External speaker
by Java1 / February 28, 2015 12:42 AM PST
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My speaker plug is green, if I plug it to any one the slots on the back I get no sound, disappointing.

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What speakers?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2015 1:03 AM PST
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The output on the green connection is LINE LEVEL which won't drive "Speakers." It is mean for "Amplified Speakers."

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Enter the BIOS
by James Denison / February 28, 2015 6:58 AM PST
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make sure the sound chip isn't disabled in there. You can then check the sound icon in the systray in the bottom panel, make sure you don't have it muted.

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Have you looked in your user guide?
by wpgwpg / February 28, 2015 1:03 AM PST

My Dell desktops come with user guides on the hard drive. If you don't have one, you can download it from the Dell web site. Personally I bought a Bluetooth speaker with a built in amplifier, then got a $15 Bluetooth adapter for the computer so I could connect the speaker wirelessly. It works great. You can find Bluetooth speakers in a wide price range from around $25 to several hundred.

Good luck.

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External speakers
by Java1 / February 28, 2015 8:08 PM PST

Thanks to every one who has responded, I appreciate it!!

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