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Anonymous
September 25, 2004 3:58:45 PM

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I'm looking for the audio jack or I guess it would be line out on a Dell
Dimension 8100 to listen to music with head phones. It's not on the front
of the tower as in later versions. Does anyone know where it would be
located? It's hard to get to the back and I don't see it on diagrams from
the Dell site.

Tia,

Chad Harris
Anonymous
September 25, 2004 3:58:46 PM

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Chad Harris wrote:
> I'm looking for the audio jack or I guess it would be line out on a
> Dell Dimension 8100 to listen to music with head phones. It's not on
> the front of the tower as in later versions. Does anyone know where
> it would be located? It's hard to get to the back and I don't see it
> on diagrams from the Dell site.

It's the light green port in the back (8mm).

Same place you would plug in your speakers. Good speakers now come with
headphone jacks in tem because they know it is difficult (usually) to get to
the back of ones PC. If you do not have this option, you will be getting to
the back of your PC somehow.

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Anonymous
September 25, 2004 4:41:30 PM

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Shenan--

Thanks much for the speedy reply. One question (which I wouldn't be asking
if a book case weren't in the way of me getting comfortably to the back): I
have my Altec Lansings plugged into the tower--*so this port is next to/and
in addition to them I suppose with room to keep the speakers plugged in and
then plug the headphones in?

Would there be anything on the speaker sub woofer at all?

This does have to connect to the sound card somehow doesn't it, so anything
on newer speakers would find ways to do that wouldn't the?

Unfortunately they are 3 years old and didn't have a jack on them. I
understand the newer dimensions and other OEM PC's have a port on the front
as well.

Thanks for answering such a basic question.

Chad
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Chad Harris wrote:
> I'm looking for the audio jack or I guess it would be line out on a
> Dell Dimension 8100 to listen to music with head phones. It's not on
> the front of the tower as in later versions. Does anyone know where
> it would be located? It's hard to get to the back and I don't see it
> on diagrams from the Dell site.

It's the light green port in the back (8mm).

Same place you would plug in your speakers. Good speakers now come with
headphone jacks in tem because they know it is difficult (usually) to get to
the back of ones PC. If you do not have this option, you will be getting to
the back of your PC somehow.

--
<- Shenan ->
--
The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
getting into before you jump in with both feet.
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Anonymous
September 25, 2004 4:41:31 PM

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Answers inline.

Chad Harris wrote:
> Shenan--
>
> Thanks much for the speedy reply. One question (which I wouldn't be
> asking if a book case weren't in the way of me getting comfortably to
> the back): I have my Altec Lansings plugged into the tower--*so this
> port is next to/and in addition to them I suppose with room to keep
> the speakers plugged in and then plug the headphones in?

No - same port. They do not - in the case of Dell's built in sound -
provide an additional "headphone" port.

> Would there be anything on the speaker sub woofer at all?

If your speakers do not have an obvious headphone port on them (on the
smaller satellite speakers), then there will be nothing else.

> This does have to connect to the sound card somehow doesn't it, so
> anything on newer speakers would find ways to do that wouldn't the?

Yes - they connect just as they always have. They get sound from the single
sound output port, then when you plug in headphones, the speaker output is
muted (in most) and the sound is redirected from the speakers to the
headphone jack in the speakers.

> Unfortunately they are 3 years old and didn't have a jack on them. I
> understand the newer dimensions and other OEM PC's have a port on the
> front as well.

This is correct for most newer computers - for reasons you have now
discovered. An alternative for you would be to purchase a simple splitter
or 8mm extension cable from some place like Wal~Mart or Radio Shack and plug
it in instead of your speakers (into the back of the computer that is) so
that you could easily reach this port in the future.

> Thanks for answering such a basic question.


No problem - hope it helps!

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September 25, 2004 10:21:02 PM

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Chad

Instead of asking the world to lead you blind: use your eyes and brain.

You are in the best position to 'see' if there is a socket or other
connector into which these devices can be connected.

To confirm what you see, open up the user manuals and if you don't have them
get online and download them: check what the manufacturer has built into the
sound card, system case, speaker units and recommends for connection with
other items sucha s sub woofer.

God helps those who help themselves.

"Chad Harris" wrote:

> Shenan--
>
> Thanks much for the speedy reply. One question (which I wouldn't be asking
> if a book case weren't in the way of me getting comfortably to the back): I
> have my Altec Lansings plugged into the tower--*so this port is next to/and
> in addition to them I suppose with room to keep the speakers plugged in and
> then plug the headphones in?
>
> Would there be anything on the speaker sub woofer at all?
>
> This does have to connect to the sound card somehow doesn't it, so anything
> on newer speakers would find ways to do that wouldn't the?
>
> Unfortunately they are 3 years old and didn't have a jack on them. I
> understand the newer dimensions and other OEM PC's have a port on the front
> as well.
>
> Thanks for answering such a basic question.
>
> Chad
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> "Shenan Stanley" <news_helper@hushmail.com> wrote in message
> news:o 4qZlsxoEHA.648@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Chad Harris wrote:
> > I'm looking for the audio jack or I guess it would be line out on a
> > Dell Dimension 8100 to listen to music with head phones. It's not on
> > the front of the tower as in later versions. Does anyone know where
> > it would be located? It's hard to get to the back and I don't see it
> > on diagrams from the Dell site.
>
> It's the light green port in the back (8mm).
>
> Same place you would plug in your speakers. Good speakers now come with
> headphone jacks in tem because they know it is difficult (usually) to get to
> the back of ones PC. If you do not have this option, you will be getting to
> the back of your PC somehow.
>
> --
> <- Shenan ->
> --
> The information is provided "as is", it is suggested you research for
> yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
> responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
> getting into before you jump in with both feet.
>
>
>
!