How to Plug in Speakers on a Computer

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How to Plug in Speakers on a Computer
Plugging in speakers on a computer. (speakers image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com)

Computer speakers rely on basic 3mm cables plugged directly into either the on-board sound or a sound card for desktops, and the 3mm headphone jack on laptops. Standard computer speakers only have one 3mm cable, which is dedicated to basic stereo sound. Speakers with 5.1 or 7.1 setups require three separate cables dedicated to the front speakers, rear speakers and subwoofer. Laptops use the standard headphone jack for use with computer speakers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sound card (optional)

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Instructions

    Desktop PCs

  1. 1

    Unplug the speakers from the electrical socket. This will eliminate the risk of electric shock.

  2. 2

    Plug the green, black and orange cables (or just green) into the back of the speakers, in their appropriate jacks.

  3. 3

    Locate the 3mm cable jacks at the back of the PC. The 3mm cable jacks look similar to your standard headphone jack, and are coloured in three distinct black, green and orange colours.

  4. 4

    Plug each speaker cable into the appropriate 3mm cable jack.

  5. 5

    Plug the computer speakers' power cable back into the electrical socket.

    Laptops

  1. 1

    Unplug the speakers from the electrical socket. This will eliminate the risk of electric shock.

  2. 2

    Plug the green, black and orange cables (or just green) into the back of the speakers, in their appropriate jacks.

  3. 3

    Locate the 3mm jack, usually on the right side of the laptop. There is a headphone symbol on the bottom of the 3mm jack.

  4. 4

    Plug the green speaker cable into the 3mm headphone jack.

  5. 5

    Plug the computer speakers' power cable back into the electrical socket.

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