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by palaband2000 / January 30, 2007 11:48 PM PST

I just set up a new Gateway Media Center system. I plugged in my speakers to the line out port. It is one mini stereo plug that goes to two desktop and one powered subwoofer speakers. The audio is resident on the motherboard. The speakers play the system sounds but when I open the Media Center, it does not see the speakersand will not let me set up the TV viewing. Help??? Also, is the OS set up to watch TV on the system VGA monitor or only on a separate TV?

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1. Windows can't detect speakers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2007 11:53 PM PST

Analog speakers like yours are never detected. One just "tell" the system that we use 2.1 speakers.

2. Not all media center PCs include a TV tuner.

Without details I can only write "so far, so good."

Bob

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by palaband2000 / January 31, 2007 1:15 AM PST

The system has a card with two coax and one s-video connections which I assume is a TV tuner. AS to the speakers, when I go to the control panel/sounds panel, it is all faded showing no speakers. My previous system always allowed me to adjust this same speaker system from this area but this new one doesn't seem to see them.

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Remember that Windows can't detect speakers of this
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 1:18 AM PST
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type. As to the TV card, that sounds proper. Did you connect it as they noted in the setup instructions? I had one owner that thought it was optional.

Bob

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Quote.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 1:25 AM PST

"Doesn't it get TV from the internet?"

Sorry, no.

Bob

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by palaband2000 / January 31, 2007 2:33 AM PST

did connect catv to coax connector and WMCE detected it but I still can't get TV to work - no sound because the thing doesn't think there are speakers.

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Or a missing cable.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 2:44 AM PST
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Some TV cards connect their audio out to the aux in of the sound card. In ready to use machines we usually don't have to check the connections but in your case the Windows sounds appear to work (if not, tell us). So I'd be checking how sound gets from the TV card to the machine.

Bob

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(NT) Tried Checking/Installing An Updated Sound Driver?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 1:18 AM PST
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Did You Check?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 31, 2007 1:04 AM PST

Open the Control Panel-Sounds and Audio Devices-Audio tab. In the "Sound Playback" section, make sure the appropriate device is selected. In that same section, click on the "Volume" button and make sure no boxes are "Muted". Close the "Volume Control" window. Now click on the "Advanced" button/Speakers tab in the same "Sound Playback" section, then Select for the proper speaker setup you have enabled. If you made any changes, click on "Apply", then OK..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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