No Power or Sound Coming From Computer Speakers



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I was working for a computer multimedia company. My job for the day was to train the computer department of a national retail store. I was training them on my company’s speakers and a few other items. The store allowed me to take over a small room for half a day. I setup my equipment, booted up my computer and flicked the “On” switch of the speakers.


The computer logged into windows fine. I tested out the speakers by playing a song… no sound. This happened before, the sound was just muted in Windows I thought, so I just went to UNmute the speakers but that wasn’t the problem. I made sure all audio cables were connected properly to the computer sound card and the back of the speaker subwoofer / amp, they were all perfectly connected. Maybe the power supply was not connected properly to the speakers… that was also perfectly connected on both ends. I was stumped, freaking out. I didn’t know what to do. I was supposed to be showing these people how good my speakers sound when they don’t even turn on.

I turned the volume all the way up while I played song on the computer to make sure that was not the issue. I then proceeded to aggressively push in all wires and cables on the back of the subwoofer / amp. All of them were already pushed in as far as I they could go. The last one I tried was the wired volume control. As I forcefully pushed in the end to the subwoofer everything came on and the speakers blasted at the highest possible volume setting. They blasted so loud that it killed the subwoofer / amp.

The subwoofer popped… then died. This was great, one problem more horrible than the next. I brainstormed once more. The store does sell the exact set of speakers. Since I knew management well I asked if I could switch out a set of the speakers they had on the shelves for mine and the dead speakers could be sent back to my company for a replacement set. Luckily they agreed. The new speaker set hooked up fine and the training killed… in a good way.




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