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Hooking Up PC Sound Cables

Computers have really proved themselves as an all in one device. Now you seldom feel the need for some expensive music players because computers are very much capable of playing the highest quality of digital music. Computers can be attached with good sound systems to get the audio output which is crystal clear and very soothing to our mind. Audio on a computer is played by a dedicated device called as a sound card which is connected to the motherboard. Sound card works in reading the digitally stored songs on the hard drive and changing them into audible digital signals which can further be played by external or internal speakers. It also captures the analogue audio signals from a microphone attached and converts them into digital signals so that they can further be treated by the digitally operated sound editing software in the computer. Conventionally every sound card has three ports available to which we connect audio devices like speakers, and microphones, Now with innovations in the sound technology, even the sound cards have become advanced. On a computer you might find more than 1 set of audio connectors available and you might also find five connectors instead of three. In this post I will discuss these 5 connectors, there use and the ways to connect your audio devices to them.

Commonly the three connectors available in all the sound cards are as follows:

1.  LINE-IN: This connector is used for connecting the sound card to an external digital audio source like a CD player. This can be used for recording or listening to the audio from some eternal source. Connecting port is globally of light blue color and requires a 3 point stereo connector.

2. SPEAKER: This is the most widely used connecting port in any sound card, because this is the one which is used for connecting external speakers to the computer for playing audio. This is also called as LINE-OUT because this is the place from where the audio is sent out of the computer. This is the jack where one needs to connect the headphone and speakers. This jack is Lime Green in color and same should be the color of the connector of your speaker.

3. MICROPHONE: This jack is used for connecting a microphone to the sound card for recording analog sound signals produced by the microphone. The color of this jack is pink and so should be the color of your microphone’s connector if is manufactured keeping industry standards in mind.

The three connectors discussed above are the ones which will always be present in any sound card. Apart from these there could be more jacks and connectors available depending upon the sound card and features available in it. After the above three connectors there is no fixed set of other connectors but let us see few more connectors which might be present on any sound card.

4: SUB WOOFER-OUT: Orange in color.

5: REAR SURROUND SOUND: Black in color. Available in 5.1, and 7.1 systems.

6: MIDDLE SURROUND SOUND: Gray in color. Available only in 7.1 systems.

How to Troubleshoot Sound Issues in Windows

If you find that there is no sound coming from either your headphone or speakers, then you will learn to troubleshoot any sound problems after reading this article. Since there are many causes of sound problems, you should check that your cables are working and connected properly.

Step 1- Check your hardware first

In this part, I will provide a follow-through procedure for checking the state of your hardware. If either your sound card is not configured correctly, or your cables are incorrectly plugged in, you will experience sound problems. Of course, also make sure that your speakers are supplied with power, and your volume is set to the preferred value.

Things to Check initially

  • Power – Before continuing with this tutorial, check that your external speakers are plugged into an external power source or have the required batteries to power them.
  • Cables – Next, make sure that you have plugged in the headphone jack into the appropriate location in your computer. You will not hear any output in your headphones if you plugged it into the microphone or line-in jack.
  • Volume – Once you are certain that all your cables and wires are connected properly, check that your speakers are on (for external speakers) and that the volume is not too low or muted.

Your laptop may have an external volume control that you can check as well. Check you system volume with these steps:

  • Click through Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Soundo Click Adjust system volume under Soundo Choose your desired volume.If there are multiple sliders to control and your are not certain which one is for your application or hardware, make sure none of them are low. You can also test them individually.

Check your sound card

If you still experience problems after checking your cables and your volume settings, your sound card or sound processor may need to be checked.

  • Open Device Manager (you may need administrator privileges of credentials)o Windows 7 or Windows Vista – Click through Start > Control Panel > System and Security, then click Device Manager under Systemo Windows XP – Click through Start > Control Panel > System.  In the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
  • Open Sound, video and game controllers and check for your sound device. It may also be listen under Other devices if you do not find it in this category.
  • If no sound card is listed, you will have to install one.

If you see a yellow question mark beside your sound card, you can check the problem like this:o Go to Properties by right-clicking the device.o Under the General tab, check the Device status for your problem.o You may need to update your driver. Skip to Part 3 of this tutorial for instructions on how to do this.

Step 2 – Try using a troubleshooter

Using a troubleshooter is a quick way of finding a common problem. These tools automatically scan your hardware settings and fix any detected issues possible. Microsoft provides the following troubleshooters online to help you solve your problems.

  • If you are facing playback issues, diagnose and fix these problems from here.
  • If you are facing hardware issues, use this link to diagnose and fix them.

Step 3 – Perform an update for your drivers

Drivers allow Windows to communicate with your sound devices properly. Upgrading your Windows version can mean that you have to find the latest drivers for your devices as well, since they may only be compatible with the old version of Windows. Updating your drivers regularly can also fix damaged drivers and ensure you have the latest improvements for your driver. Here are there ways to find your drivers:

  • Windows Update – If you have Windows Update set up to automatically download and install updates, it may be able to fix your sound problems by updating your softwares and drivers.
  • From the device’s manufacturer software – Use the disc or additional media that was provided with either your computer or your set of speakers.
  • Manually download and install drivers – Hopefully, you know the manufacturer of your set of speakers. You can go the the manufacturer’s website and search for an appropriate driver there.

How to configure Audio Input and Output Devices

Advanced operating systems and improved technology has proved its benefit in the world of computer manufacturing. The user is getting closer to the system with the help of technological achievements. Research in the field of computer hardware is making computers more useful and reliable. You can connect microphone for recording or online karaoke competitions to your desktop. You can connect your music player or iPod to computer to listen to your favorite songs. There are ports available on the front, back or side of your personal computer or laptops. These are known as jacks that connect inserted devices directly to the driver in the system.


When you insert microphone into the jack provided for the same, operating system establishes connection between microphone and sound card and thus produces required results. Many desktop computers have two common jacks. One is known as line-in jack. As the name suggests it is used to connect audio devices to the computer and other is known as line-out jack. It is used to connect speakers i.e. they give output of sound produced. One microphone jack may also be present in the front of the system. In case of laptops, they lack line-in or line-out jack. There are two jacks for microphone and headset which are located at the front side of it.

Audio Troubleshooting

Often when you connect an audio device in one of the jacks but cannot hear anything you must make sure that jacks are not muted. If you face any query while connecting the input devices, here are the solutions:

  • After plugging music player into link-in jack you have to go to control panel and search for sound button.
  • In recording tab, you have to go into the properties of Link-in tab.
  • Ensure that sound level is not set to mute and if it is so then change it to full or as per required.
  • In listen tab check ‘listen to this device’ and click OK.

As mentioned earlier, in laptop audio devices are connected to microphone jack. Perform similar steps as stated above. You have to perform changes in ‘microphone’ tab instead of ‘sound’. Check the sound coming out from speakers of laptop as microphone jack is designed to receive sound from microphone which is different from the sound of music player. You can attach microphone to the microphone jack to input sound. After setting up connection, you have to go into the microphone tab in control panel in order to ensure that the sound level is not zero. If so you have to increase it as per requirements.

Music player or many audio devices can be directly attached to the USB input port. When it is attached to USB, operating system tries to find out drivers for it and then you can access it or perform changes and actions you wish to. Connection like this does not connect the sound card with input device directly. It is more convenient to use as it doesn’t involve settings controlling the sound of the ports. Sound can be directly increased or decreased with the help of sound key.

Ultra slim Android based Laptop Released by Toshiba

Android OS has been a new entry in the world of OS and is expected to do great business around the world. An increasing number of manufacturers are taking up the OS for their smartphones or even laptops now. A recent news rose from the world of Toshiba. The laptop is an excellent development that is casting the Dual Core ARM processor as well as Android 2.1 to bring an excellent machine to you.

There was news in the beginning that the laptop model named AC-100 would be running on Linux and the processor would come from the U.K based manufacturer ARM. The laptop was said to use mobile technologies instead of the typical laptop based technology. It was termed as a smart book.

The reality

The reality of AC-100 is just amazing. You can easily get this machine running the perfect way with the design being contemporary and different from all other laptops that are in the range. The unique design would certainly get you enough experience to enjoy. The machine is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 250 combined with Android 2.1 as being the Operating system. The processor is from a line of cutting edge processors that is being used in the world of smartphones and is said to rise up to the speed of 1GHz. The processors that have been used up before this were all single core processors while the latest development that would be integrated with Toshiba is a Dual core version.

The use of Android is justified in the world today for its functionality for some of the very exotic and exhilarating smartphone experiences have been brought to you by Android. This includes Motorola’s Droid and Nexus One by HTC. The whole laptop is like a smartphone more than a laptop because of the integration of the use of the mobile broadband being used in the development. The machine is said to take less than 1 second waking up from the standby mode. This feature makes this machine “always on” like a mobile phone.

Technical Features

The laptop is uses a 1 GHz Dual core ARM processor with a memory of 512 MB DDR2. It has a built in storage space of around 32 GB that is being provided by the solid state drive. The battery life is also remarkable that gives you a power back up of around 8 years. The laptop is having a display of 10.1”. The device is also been integrated with Bluetooth 2.1 and WLAN (802.11 b/g/n) as well as mobile broadband that gives it an edge over many other machines of the same caliber. The device has one USB 2.0 port, one Mini USB and one SD, MMC port. You even have the HDMI connectivity port as well.

The laptop also has a 1.3 megapixel webcam that has an integrated microphone. The machine is expected to strike the Japanese market somewhere in the third quarter this year with a launching price of less than $500. The weight to this laptop is another factor to consider. The ultra slim laptop is ultra light as well with a weight of 870g.

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