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December 6, 2004 5:07:07 PM

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I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97 sound
integrated on the mb.

I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work (W2k
machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was using
(they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!

I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.

I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to be.
(Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)

I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers relating
to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)

I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every update
available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)

I rebooted more than a enough times.

I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control and I
do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.

I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently the
BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less than
helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)

I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no sound.

I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no sound. I
like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.

Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to work?

I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
Anonymous
December 7, 2004 12:04:08 AM

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Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
and make sure it is set to Automatic.

-----
Nathan McNulty
Swap gmail with name for email :) 

Smitty wrote:
> I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97 sound
> integrated on the mb.
>
> I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work (W2k
> machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was using
> (they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
>
> I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
>
> I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to be.
> (Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
>
> I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers relating
> to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>
> I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every update
> available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>
> I rebooted more than a enough times.
>
> I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control and I
> do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
>
> I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently the
> BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less than
> helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
>
> I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no sound.
>
> I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no sound. I
> like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
>
> Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to work?
>
> I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
December 7, 2004 8:55:02 PM

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I tried your suggestion and still no sound. Thanks for the help.

"Nathan McNulty" wrote:

> Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
> down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
> Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
> and make sure it is set to Automatic.
>
> -----
> Nathan McNulty
> Swap gmail with name for email :) 
>
> Smitty wrote:
> > I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97 sound
> > integrated on the mb.
> >
> > I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work (W2k
> > machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was using
> > (they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
> >
> > I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
> >
> > I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to be.
> > (Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
> >
> > I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers relating
> > to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
> >
> > I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every update
> > available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
> >
> > I rebooted more than a enough times.
> >
> > I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control and I
> > do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
> >
> > I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently the
> > BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less than
> > helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
> >
> > I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no sound.
> >
> > I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no sound. I
> > like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
> >
> > Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to work?
> >
> > I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
>
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Anonymous
December 8, 2004 3:07:33 AM

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Do your old "cheapo" speakers work still?

If this was a pci soundcard I would recommend pulling out and reinserting
the audio card but you said it was an onboard soundcard. So that's not
applicable. However, did you remove the old speakers and plug in the new
speakers when the PC was running or powered down? If you did it while the
machine was not powered down you may have damaged the onboard sound. My
Altec Lansing 2.1 has a power supply connected to the subwoofer - do you?
Thought I'd ask the obvious - sorry.

r.



"smitty" <smitty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2A2F1AB9-05D9-4251-B1DD-69A5BE5640CA@microsoft.com...
>I tried your suggestion and still no sound. Thanks for the help.
>
> "Nathan McNulty" wrote:
>
>> Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
>> down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
>> Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
>> and make sure it is set to Automatic.
>>
>> -----
>> Nathan McNulty
>> Swap gmail with name for email :) 
>>
>> Smitty wrote:
>> > I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97
>> > sound
>> > integrated on the mb.
>> >
>> > I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work
>> > (W2k
>> > machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was
>> > using
>> > (they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
>> >
>> > I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
>> >
>> > I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to
>> > be.
>> > (Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
>> >
>> > I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers
>> > relating
>> > to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>> >
>> > I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every
>> > update
>> > available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>> >
>> > I rebooted more than a enough times.
>> >
>> > I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control
>> > and I
>> > do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
>> >
>> > I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently
>> > the
>> > BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less
>> > than
>> > helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
>> >
>> > I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no
>> > sound.
>> >
>> > I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no
>> > sound. I
>> > like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
>> >
>> > Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to
>> > work?
>> >
>> > I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
>>
December 8, 2004 8:41:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

The old cheapo's still work. I powered the machine down, unplugged the
speakers, plugged in the new ones and refired the machine. There is a ps
attached to the subwoofer. I took the speakers back to my machine at work
and they work just fine. Apparently they just don't like my onboard sound.
Guess I have to get a new set of speakers if i can't get this resolved, I
don't really want to reattach the cheapos because everything sounds like it's
inside a tin can.

"namniar" wrote:

> Do your old "cheapo" speakers work still?
>
> If this was a pci soundcard I would recommend pulling out and reinserting
> the audio card but you said it was an onboard soundcard. So that's not
> applicable. However, did you remove the old speakers and plug in the new
> speakers when the PC was running or powered down? If you did it while the
> machine was not powered down you may have damaged the onboard sound. My
> Altec Lansing 2.1 has a power supply connected to the subwoofer - do you?
> Thought I'd ask the obvious - sorry.
>
> r.
>
>
>
> "smitty" <smitty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:2A2F1AB9-05D9-4251-B1DD-69A5BE5640CA@microsoft.com...
> >I tried your suggestion and still no sound. Thanks for the help.
> >
> > "Nathan McNulty" wrote:
> >
> >> Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
> >> down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
> >> Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
> >> and make sure it is set to Automatic.
> >>
> >> -----
> >> Nathan McNulty
> >> Swap gmail with name for email :) 
> >>
> >> Smitty wrote:
> >> > I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97
> >> > sound
> >> > integrated on the mb.
> >> >
> >> > I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work
> >> > (W2k
> >> > machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was
> >> > using
> >> > (they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
> >> >
> >> > I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
> >> >
> >> > I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to
> >> > be.
> >> > (Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
> >> >
> >> > I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers
> >> > relating
> >> > to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
> >> >
> >> > I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every
> >> > update
> >> > available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
> >> >
> >> > I rebooted more than a enough times.
> >> >
> >> > I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control
> >> > and I
> >> > do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
> >> >
> >> > I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently
> >> > the
> >> > BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less
> >> > than
> >> > helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
> >> >
> >> > I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no
> >> > sound.
> >> >
> >> > I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no
> >> > sound. I
> >> > like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
> >> >
> >> > Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to
> >> > work?
> >> >
> >> > I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
> >>
>
>
>
Anonymous
December 8, 2004 11:52:56 AM

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That's odd.

Yeah, try a new set and see if they work.

Good luck, r.

"smitty" <smitty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8B17D77F-E219-4A19-AB17-B832226A694E@microsoft.com...
> The old cheapo's still work. I powered the machine down, unplugged the
> speakers, plugged in the new ones and refired the machine. There is a ps
> attached to the subwoofer. I took the speakers back to my machine at work
> and they work just fine. Apparently they just don't like my onboard sound.
> Guess I have to get a new set of speakers if i can't get this resolved, I
> don't really want to reattach the cheapos because everything sounds like
> it's
> inside a tin can.
>
> "namniar" wrote:
>
>> Do your old "cheapo" speakers work still?
>>
>> If this was a pci soundcard I would recommend pulling out and reinserting
>> the audio card but you said it was an onboard soundcard. So that's not
>> applicable. However, did you remove the old speakers and plug in the new
>> speakers when the PC was running or powered down? If you did it while
>> the
>> machine was not powered down you may have damaged the onboard sound. My
>> Altec Lansing 2.1 has a power supply connected to the subwoofer - do you?
>> Thought I'd ask the obvious - sorry.
>>
>> r.
>>
>>
>>
>> "smitty" <smitty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:2A2F1AB9-05D9-4251-B1DD-69A5BE5640CA@microsoft.com...
>> >I tried your suggestion and still no sound. Thanks for the help.
>> >
>> > "Nathan McNulty" wrote:
>> >
>> >> Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
>> >> down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
>> >> Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
>> >> and make sure it is set to Automatic.
>> >>
>> >> -----
>> >> Nathan McNulty
>> >> Swap gmail with name for email :) 
>> >>
>> >> Smitty wrote:
>> >> > I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97
>> >> > sound
>> >> > integrated on the mb.
>> >> >
>> >> > I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work
>> >> > (W2k
>> >> > machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I
>> >> > was
>> >> > using
>> >> > (they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
>> >> >
>> >> > I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
>> >> >
>> >> > I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed
>> >> > to
>> >> > be.
>> >> > (Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
>> >> >
>> >> > I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers
>> >> > relating
>> >> > to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while
>> >> > there)
>> >> >
>> >> > I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every
>> >> > update
>> >> > available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>> >> >
>> >> > I rebooted more than a enough times.
>> >> >
>> >> > I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne
>> >> > Control
>> >> > and I
>> >> > do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
>> >> >
>> >> > I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because
>> >> > apparently
>> >> > the
>> >> > BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less
>> >> > than
>> >> > helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
>> >> >
>> >> > I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still
>> >> > no
>> >> > sound.
>> >> >
>> >> > I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no
>> >> > sound. I
>> >> > like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
>> >> >
>> >> > Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers
>> >> > to
>> >> > work?
>> >> >
>> >> > I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
>> >>
>>
>>
>>
Anonymous
December 8, 2004 3:36:13 PM

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Since the BA735's are digital it seems you would need a digital output
capable sound source. So perhaps a real sound card would fix the problem?

smitty wrote:

> The old cheapo's still work. I powered the machine down, unplugged the
> speakers, plugged in the new ones and refired the machine. There is a ps
> attached to the subwoofer. I took the speakers back to my machine at work
> and they work just fine. Apparently they just don't like my onboard sound.
> Guess I have to get a new set of speakers if i can't get this resolved, I
> don't really want to reattach the cheapos because everything sounds like it's
> inside a tin can.
>
> "namniar" wrote:
>
>
>>Do your old "cheapo" speakers work still?
>>
>>If this was a pci soundcard I would recommend pulling out and reinserting
>>the audio card but you said it was an onboard soundcard. So that's not
>>applicable. However, did you remove the old speakers and plug in the new
>>speakers when the PC was running or powered down? If you did it while the
>>machine was not powered down you may have damaged the onboard sound. My
>>Altec Lansing 2.1 has a power supply connected to the subwoofer - do you?
>>Thought I'd ask the obvious - sorry.
>>
>>r.
>>
>>
>>
>>"smitty" <smitty@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>>news:2A2F1AB9-05D9-4251-B1DD-69A5BE5640CA@microsoft.com...
>>
>>>I tried your suggestion and still no sound. Thanks for the help.
>>>
>>>"Nathan McNulty" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Try this. Click Start-Run-Type services.msc and click OK. Now scroll
>>>>down to where Windows Audio should be. Right click on it and click
>>>>Start (or Restart) if possible. You may need to check the properties
>>>>and make sure it is set to Automatic.
>>>>
>>>>-----
>>>>Nathan McNulty
>>>>Swap gmail with name for email :) 
>>>>
>>>>Smitty wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97
>>>>>sound
>>>>>integrated on the mb.
>>>>>
>>>>>I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work
>>>>>(W2k
>>>>>machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was
>>>>>using
>>>>>(they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!
>>>>>
>>>>>I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.
>>>>>
>>>>>I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to
>>>>>be.
>>>>>(Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)
>>>>>
>>>>>I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers
>>>>>relating
>>>>>to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>>>>>
>>>>>I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every
>>>>>update
>>>>>available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)
>>>>>
>>>>>I rebooted more than a enough times.
>>>>>
>>>>>I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control
>>>>>and I
>>>>>do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.
>>>>>
>>>>>I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently
>>>>>the
>>>>>BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less
>>>>>than
>>>>>helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)
>>>>>
>>>>>I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no
>>>>>sound.
>>>>>
>>>>>I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no
>>>>>sound. I
>>>>>like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.
>>>>>
>>>>>Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to
>>>>>work?
>>>>>
>>>>>I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.
>>>>>
>>
>>
December 8, 2004 5:01:37 PM

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I ran into exactly the same problem, and my mobo also has onboard sound. As
you may know, the Boston BA735 is a digital, not analog, speaker system. It
requires a digital sound card. I purchased the Creative Labs Sound Blaster
Live 5.1 sound card (a PCI card), installed it, and now I have beautiful
digital sound. Cost for the card is in the $20 to $30 range. It is
compatible with Windows XP.

Just plug your BA735 cable (the one with the green connector) into the
orange port of this sound card (the "digital out" port which is furthest
from the game port), run the Sound Blaster CD install program, and you are
in business.
March 6, 2009 8:33:01 PM

I use one set of BA735 with two computers. Computer A sends digital out and Computer B sends analog. BA735 plays both. I listen to music using digital while the analog from the other computer alerts me to the incoming messages in Pidgin.

I did have to change bios settings on one computer to use the on-board audio.

To enable digital output in XP, click on the speaker icon > Advanced > Select Enable SPDIF. You can leave the PC Spk Mute unchecked if you want the analog output as well. That's all.

I hope you are able to enjoy the rich sound of BA735. It's beautiful. My ears thank a lot for replacing those desktop speakers. BA735 hardly takes up any space . Two small speakers are perched on the hutch and the bass module is somewhere behind the desk, completely invisible.
December 12, 2011 12:27:33 AM

Smitty said:
Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

I have a Compaq Presario at home running XP Home with Realtek AC'97 sound
integrated on the mb.

I recently brought my Boston BA735 (3pc set) speakers home from work (W2k
machine & they worked fine). Replaced the cheapo set of speakers I was using
(they worked fine too) and voila' no sound!

I checked to make sure I hadn't clicked "mute" on anything.

I checked to make sure I plugged everything up where it was supposed to be.
(Even pulled the diagram off of the internet...just to make sure)

I went to the Compaq site, downloaded and updated all the drivers relating
to the mb, sound card, etc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)

I went to the Microsoft site and downloaded and updated almost every update
available for my pc. (Searched the knowledge base while there)

I rebooted more than a enough times.

I went to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volumne Control and I
do NOT have "Advanced Properties" it is grayed out.

I went to the Gateway site and downloaded more stuff because apparently the
BA735's were "a Gateway thing" and the Boston Acoustic site was less than
helpful. (Searched the knowledge base while there.)

I even went to work, copied the W2k drivers and tried them.....still no sound.

I've updated everything on the face of my pc's planet and still no sound. I
like my Boston's, it's a nice footrest/foot massager.

Any idea what I might have overlooked or how I can get my speakers to work?

I would greatly appreciate any assistance and thank you in advance.


I did everything you did also. Then I took my BA 735 speakers and threw them in the garbage. This was an excellent solution, because I (probably like you) have spent hours checking forums, following advice, changing settings, using different cables and nothing works. I could have used it for a footrest but I went the other way. Hope this helps. Seriously though, I don't believe there is a solution to this without soldering or replacing a sound card, which I'm not doing.
!