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Originally posted by Biigs
thin cable that goes from the front ports of the case (if you are using front ports of course) to the motherboard has come loose.
blown/damaged/etc sound chip on the mobo
problem with the jacks either headphone/speaker end or on the mobo
wont be drivers since you lost the sound before you reformated -> although that could be a new issue now.
If you dont really care about the quality of the sound, ie, casual user, you could just order a USB sound card for a few £/$ and be done with it
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Next question... On the back of your desktop ...You have a green covered plug from your speakers into a green colored female plug on the computer right? Here is the question....
On the back, you should have a tight cluster of plugs, holes and other things in the top area. That's where your Motherboard (built-in) stuff is located. Lower down, you have a series of horizontal openings or panels that run to the bottom of the rear of the case. Anywhere from a few to over a half dozen...sound right?
Is your green speaker plug plugged into a green plug in that top cluster....or down lower in a line of plugs along one of those horizontal openings? (Expansion slots, is what those are)
What we're confirming is whether you have internal AND external sound or just one..and which the speakers are plugged into.
Most sound cards, or built-in motherboard sound chips, have color coded jack plug sockets. Here is a general list of what each one is for:
Pink = Microphone In (mono)
Blue = Line-In (stereo)
Green = Line-Out / Front Speakers / Headphones
Orange = Center Speaker and Subwoofer
Black = Rear Surround Speakers (5.1, 7.1 systems)
Grey = Mid Surround Speakers (7.1 systems)
Not all sound cards have all of the jacks shown above. Additional jacks are provided to connect surround sound speakers. Also note that colors may vary between different sound card manufacturers. For example, M-Audio sometimes use Black for Microphone connection and Pink for 7.1 Rear Surround. If in doubt you should refer to your sound card user manual or manufacturers web site.