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Specific Problems -
- No Power
- Check the connection to the wall outlet. Most speakers and subwoofers
have a light showing there is power when they are turned on.
- Check to see if your subwoofer has a fuse, and if it does check the
fuse to make sure it is ok.
- One or two of the speakers do not work
- Check to make sure they are getting power
- Check the connections from the back of the computer to the speakers.
The speakers should connect to the line-out jack on the back of the
- Crackling Sound
- Check the cables and make sure they are firmly connected between
line-out plug on the back of the computer and the speakers. If you have
powered speakers and connect them to the "speaker out"
connector you can get Crackling.
- Also, check the volume control in Windows and make sure that it is not
set more than half-way
- Radio Feedback
- Move the speakers in a different location or rotate them to see if it
- Buy cables that have better shielding.
- Static Noise
- Make sure you are using the Line-out plug on the back of the computer.
- Popping Sounds
- Check All speaker cables for proper connections.
- Move the speaker wires away from other cables.
- Plug the speaker AC adapter into a different outlet
- Buy a pack of ferrite beads that attach to your speaker wires which
filter out noise
- Popping with Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live and Windows 98.
This problem happens when you are using a VIA motherboard with either Apollo VP3(VT82C597) or Apollo MVP3(VT82C598) system controller chipset with a VIA IDE Bus master driver version 2.1.33 update. To remove the popping/cracking sound, follow these steps:
- Run SETUP.EXE of the VIA IDE Bus master driver version 2.1.33 again.
- Select the Enable/Disable (Ultra) DMA option instead, and then press the NEXT button.
- Unselect/uncheck the available devices, and then press the NEXT button.
- Reboot the system Please check http://www.viatech.com for updates on your motherboard.
- Short Bursts of sound while playing wave files with Sound Blaster Live
This problem happens when you are using a VIA motherboard with the Apollo VP3(VT82C597) or Apollo MVP3(VT82C598) system controller chipset, it causes repeated buffer during a wave playback on Windows 98(Version 4.10.1998). To resolve this problem: 1. Run the VIA PCI IRQ Miniport driver version 1.3a setup program. This program can be obtained from the VIA website technical support at http://www.via.com.tw 2. Reboot the system Please check http://www.viatech.com for updates on your motherboard.
- The SB16 Emulation is causing and Interrupt (IRQ) conflict on my PC. How can I disable this device?
1. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. 2. Double click the System icon, then click the Device Manager tab. 3. Click the plus sign (+) next to Creative Miscellaneous Devices, unless the device category is already expanded with a minus sign (-). 4. Click Creative SB Live! SB16 Emulation to highlight it, then click Properties. 5. Put a check-mark in box that says Disable This Device In This Hardware Profile. 6. Click OK, OK again, and then Close. Note that this will disable your sound device in MS-DOS mode.
Testing the Speakers -
- Test the speakers - Unplug the cable from the back of the computer,
and insert the stereo plug into the headphone jack of a Walkman, Discman or
FM radio and play music. If the speakers are ON and working and the cable is
good, you should hear the music from the walkman on the speakers.
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