How to Install Speakers to a Computer

Level of difficulty: Easy

Most portable computers today like the laptops and notebooks already have their built-in speakers. However, most of these computers’ speakers cannot produce a quality sound like most of the external speakers do. For better entertainment, you may opt to install speakers to your computer. With external speakers, better sounds can be produced at a louder rate.

Materials Needed:
- Speakers
- computer
- music file
Step 1
Make sure you wear dry slipper or shoes and your hands are dry before starting. If not, you might experience grounding or electrocution.
Step 2
Unplug all chords connected to the CPU or the computer. Ensure that these chords are disconnected from the electric outlet.
Step 3
Unpack the speakers. The box will usually contain two speakers, a woofer, and their connecting chords.
Step 4
Place the speakers on where you intend them to be. It is better to separate these speakers from one another so they can produce more pleasing sounds. Just place the main speaker with the power control within your easy reach.
Step 5
Connect the speaker chords. This usually consists of chords connecting the sub-speakers to the main speaker, the main speaker to the power source, and the main speaker to the computer.
Step 6
The chords intended to connect the speaker to the computer are usually color coded. Just plug in the chord to the port with the same color. For example, purple chord to the purple port and green chord to the green port.
Step 7
If the connecting chord to the CPU or computer has a different color, just plug it in the port with a green color. This is the universal color of ports connecting to the sound card. Meanwhile, red or pink indicates the universal color of port for microphones. The port for the speaker may also have a speaker icon for easy recognition.
Step 8
Check if the main speaker is switched off before connecting its power cable to an outlet.
Step 9
Connect the necessary cables to the computer before turning it on. You will do this to test if the speaker works fine.
Step 10
Turn on the computer and then turn on the speaker.
Step 11
Try to play a music file from your computer’s hard drive. If not, try to insert a music CD and play it. You can also connect an MP3 player to play its contents in your computer.
Step 12
If you hear a buzz-like sound, the speaker’s cable might have some connection problems. Repair this by turning off the computer and firmly connecting the speaker cables to the computer.
Step 13
Some special speakers might also require you to install their device drivers. However usually, they are easily and automatically recognized by most computers. You can also check the Control Panel and modify the settings of the speaker. You can find hundreds of speaker types from there.