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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 Resolve Audio-related Errors in Windows

Have you ever experienced anticipating a movie, finally getting a chance to watch it online and then finding out that a single sound couldn’t even be heard from your headphones? Well, that is a major disappointment. But, you can do something about it! If the problem is caused by hardware malfunctions and errors, then you could do something. If it is software and application oriented then that may be really hard to solve.

What are the probable hardware errors and malfunctions? Malfunction can be caused by connection errors, drivers, settings and updates. Corrupt and incompatible drivers may also be the reason for the error. Moreover, missing updates and wrong sound settings may also be some of the related probable reasons.

What you should check out on are the sound card, cables and the volume and power. Checking if your sound card is working properly is easy. Open the Control Panel in your Start Button. Choose System and Security in the Control Panel. The next thing to do is click the Device Manager under System. Click Sound, video and game controllers to check out if a sound card is installed in your PC. You will be able to see an icon in the category of Sound, video and game controllers. If you did not see an icon, it means that you haven’t installed the sound card yet. Moreover, if a question mark is seen beside the name of sound card, it means that there is a problem with the sound card. Check the Device Status in the General tab of the Device Manager. These may be the causes of the problem.

Another possible cause of the problem is the cable connections. You should check the HDMI cables, Multiple Audio Devices, Speakers and Headphone and USB Audio Devices. The problem with HDMI cables will be possible if you are using HDMI-capable monitor. A HDMI video card is the one responsible for the audio of HDMI-capable monitors. You should check the audio settings and check out the HDMI video card if it supports the audio. The best thing to do is to set the setting on default. This is similar with the USB Audio Devices. Moreover, for Multiple Audio Devices, you should make sure that one of the devices is set on. Also check if the speakers and headphones are plugged and that the settings are properly deposited.

In the case of the power and volume, if you are using either headphones or speaker, you should make sure that it is properly plugged. And the minutest factor that may not be caught by your attention is the volume. Make sure that the volume is not too small to the point that you can’t hear a sound anymore. In case it happens, adjust it through the category Adjust Sound Volume from Sound in the Hardware and Sound.

Another effective process to know the real problem is to do troubleshooting. You could do 2 things in troubleshooting. The first is to diagnose and fix sound playback issues and be able to fix it. Moreover, you could also fix a problem related to hardware devices that are not detected.

The last thing to do to make sure that your audio device is functioning well would be to have updates. This will make your watching enjoyment be more worth it!

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.

How to Install and Remove Sound Card

Multimedia and audio is a great concern to many people around the world who use their computers for entertainment purposes as well. The latest motherboards used in building computers are having an inbuilt sound card for your entertainment as well. There are two cases where you need to install a sound card. Either your computer does not have a sound card with its motherboard or you need enhanced options using an advanced sound card. In both these cases, you need to install a sound card.

Hardware installation:

The hardware based installation can be done in a desktop computer as laptop computers do not allow easy installation of hardware enhancements. Locate the sound card that you wish to install, a Phillips screwdriver as well as an empty slot or a slot that can be freed.

Open the CPU:

The first process to install a sound card is to open the CPU to make the hardware installation. Follow the simple steps to open your CPU:

  • Switch off the power supply of your computer and remove the power plug in order to make sure that you leave no chance of an electric shock while dealing with the hardware.
  • The side covers of your computer can easily come off using clamps or screws that you can un do by using the Phillips screwdriver.
  • Trace the empty slot in case there exists any, else locate your previous sound card that needs to be removed before the new one is installed.

Remove the old sound card:

You need to remove any sound card that is damaged or no more works. Follow the following steps in order to remove the old sound card already installed on your system:

  • Locate the sound card already installed in your system.
  • Disconnect any cable that connects to it.
  • Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove any screw connecting your sound card with your computer casing.
  • Remove it vertically from the PCI slot in order to make sure that you make no further damage to any of the card or the PCI slot.

In case your purpose was just to remove the card from the slot and you intend not to add a new one, you can use a cover to put on the empty slot.

Installing a new sound card:

To install a new card, you need to follow these steps:

  • Find an empty slot in your computer. If there is no slot empty, you can remove any card that you don’t use any more in order to add the new addition.
  • Insert the card into the PCI slot gently making sure that you do not damage the card.
  • Connect any cable that needs a direct connection to any other hardware.
  • Screw the card with the case in order to make sure that everything is at the right place.
  • Close the computer case and put the chord back into the electric supply.

Software installation:

The hardware usually is accompanied by software driver. The manufacturer of the sound card would have developed its drivers so that you device runs normally. Most of the time, your hardware changes are detected and automatically dealt with, in case it doesn’t, you can use the disk to install drivers to run your soundcard and enjoy the sound.

How to Install a Sound Card

A soundcard is a device attached to the mother board inside computers and is responsible for issuing sound. Back in time, a computer was exclusive on its speakers, you must have suffered from those beeps that might have disturbed you when you first had a PC, but marvelous enhancements were applied to soundcards of nowadays. They are now able to play music, recognize speech and issue sound effects. When it comes to failure rates, sound cards don’t show a significant high rate of lousy performance or non-functioning, they get altered more than any other device. The reason behind this is older PCI soundcards produce artificial and annoying sound compared to the needed quality of a game or a sound track

Does it always have to be a hardware problem?

It’s not always a hardware problem; sometimes it’s just a missing .info file, which in another colloquial term called the device driver. The driver is a file contains information about certain peripherals attached to computers like the Manufacturer, Model, Type, Capabilities etc. when this file is missing or corrupted, the computer organization operates without it, so it seems like its not a working adapter meanwhile its pretty good functioning one.

Into action

If you diagnosing the problem and making sure that it’s not a software one neither a malfunctioning speakers, you can declare it now as a hardware one. Then start with getting a new soundcard that matches the specification of your mother board. How to replace it? Follow us now.

  • the First step is familiarizing your self with much information about both the new and old soundcard adapters , the easiest way and by the way the most  effective is to read the user guides or user manuals
  • Make sure that you have the required drivers for the soundcard, they are found mostly on CDs that come with the adapter. If not you can download the required driver from the manufacturer’s official website, download drivers section.
  • Make your precautions by wearing the antistatic wrist strap, as an alternative way you can touch the computer case to get rid of static electricity right before you resume working.
  • Turn off your PC and take off the AC power cord.
  • If you have a tower computer case lean it on its side, start removing screws and to open it safely.
  • Unplug the external speakers attached to the soundcard.
  • Find the old soundcard and unplug , and make sure that its not attached to anything else but its socket in the motherboard
  • Some computers have CD-ROM sound cables; if so disconnect it from the jack posed on the damaged soundcard. If your computer doesn’t have this kind of cables, just release any holding clips, don’t rush and just take it off, this might ruin your mother board.
  • Now, its time to remove the old soundcard from the holding slot; just pull it straightly and smoothly out of the case. If you faced any troubles doing so , you can smoothly move the adapter back and forth but with caution in order not to affect the mother board negatively
  • Put the new soundcard into the same card slot. Make sure its inserted right side up
  • If you are not removing an old card, then pick a slot you can use for the new
  • Plug the cable coming with the soundcard to the CD-ROM drive.
  • If you found no cables included , contact your supplier for one
  • If it’s a screwed soundcard, do it but not in an over tighten manner.
  • Close your computer case, and attach all peripherals again at the back of the computer case the way they were before removing the old one.
  • Power up your computer , it should tell you that a new hardware was installed and needs to be configured , insert the drivers CD into your CD-ROM and start installing the required driver.

Diagnosis is pretty much important in such cases; you should skill your self with problem solving techniques before rushing into actions and buying un-necessary peripherals you don’t need. Start with software troubleshooting first, if not you can then move to the hardware portion of problem solving.

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