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How do I configure my computer for 5.1 speakers?A:
Typically, 5.1 speakers have a green, a black, and an orange cable that plug into the rear of the subwoofer and the computer. If your computer is color coded for 2.0 or 2.1 speakers and only has a pink, a green, and a blue connection on the rear, but the integrated audio solution supports 6-channel (5.1) audio, then you can still connect your 5.1 speakers. This is because the computer's audio driver is configurable.
|Example of 5.1 speaker connections (on subwoofer)
||Example of computer rear ports (audio connections at bottom)
The following table provides information for connecting 5.1 speaker cables to a computer with only three rear audio connections.
||Computer Rear Connection
|Front left/right speakers (Green)
||Line out/speaker jack (Green)
|Rear left/right speakers (Black)
||Line in jack (Blue)
|Center/sub speakers (Orange)
||Microphone jack (Pink)
If you use a microphone or headphones, use the following connections for these devices:
||Computer front microphone jack (Pink)
||Headphone jack on the speaker control unit (color varies)
After the 5.1 speakers are physically connected the audio driver needs to be configured for 5.1 speakers. The following is an example of configuring 5.1 speakers for a Realtek audio solution:
- Open the Realtek HD Audio Manager by clicking the orange speaker icon in the system tray.
- In the Realtek HD Audio Manager window from the Speaker Configuration drop-down list, select 5.1 Speaker, and then click OK.
Note: This screen is an example and may vary depending on the audio solution and driver version.
The 5.1 speakers may also be configured within Windows®. The following is an example of configuring the 5.1 speakers in Windows Vista®:
- From the Windows Vista default Start menu, click Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound.
- In the Hardware and Sound window, click Sound.
- In the Sound dialog box, click the Playback tab, click Speakers, and then click Configure.
- In the Speaker Setup window, select 5.1 Surround. You can also test the speakers from this window. When finished, click Next, and then follow the on screen prompts.