Electronic Learning

How do I connect computer speakers?

The right speaker (speaker with the volume knob) should have two or more wires coming from the back of it. One wire should be connected to the left speaker, and the other should have a mini plug that connects to the back of the computer. If you have powered speakers, there is also a power cord that needs to be connected to a wall outlet or surge protector.

When connecting speakers to the back of the computer, connect the speakers to the Line Out or Sound Out port, which is usually a light green port like the one shown in the picture.

Tip: To connect headphones to your computer, plug the headphone mini plug into the Line Out or Sound Out (usually the light green port).

Laptop users

To connect speakers to a laptop with no sound out port, plug the mini plug into the headphones port.

Speakers with a subwoofer

If your speakers have a subwoofer, the right speaker plugs into the subwoofer. Make sure that your subwoofer is also turned on if it has a power switch on the back.

Can I plug speakers into a running computer?

Yes. It is ok to plug in and disconnect speakers while the computer is on and running. Most operating systems today also show a pop-up notice when speakers are plugged into the computer and disconnected.

Test the speakers

After the speakers have been connected, adjust the volume to make sure it is not too loud or quiet by adjusting the volume knob. Open a sound or video file, put in an audio CD, or visit a site like YouTube to test the speakers and make sure they’re working.

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