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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #1
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sound problems.

ok, so I brought home my x530 logitech speakers for my powerbok, after the salesman assured me that they would work right out of the box.

so they dont, I gues si A) need to return them, or b) get an external sound card for my laptop (for my dorm room use). if anyone could direct me in the way of a decent sound card (usb) that would provide the speakers the nessasary power, it would be fantastic. otherwise I have to return them
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 08:42 PM   #2
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I take it the Logitech X-530s have 3 audio color-coded cables to hook up, right? I think you need something like the M-Audio Sonica Theatre - http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...ater-main.html

If there aren't 3 color-coded audio cables, what speaker cables do you have to connect to the Powerbook?
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 09:15 PM   #3
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its the three colour coded cables. for now i just pulled ut two splitters from the basement until the sound card comes
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 10:10 PM   #4
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My Logitech Z-640's came with a little box, you connect the black and the green into the box and then you can hook it up to an RCA style patch line. Which goes into the headphone jack of the laptop. It isn't surround, but it's stereo coming from all 5 speakers, including the center channel.

The soundcard is your best option, however, if you have the little box, this should do till then.
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #5
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I have a Sonica Theater connected to a Logitech z-5300 system, works great for me
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 11:25 PM   #6
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not sure, but does the soundblaster PCMCIA surround sound card work for macs? haven't really checked, but its worth looking at. other wise the m-audio box will work fine. unless you want surround sound, why not just plug your speakers into your headphone port on your powerbook?
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Old Aug 19th, 2005, 03:15 AM   #7
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because there are three plugs, while only one input to put the plugs in
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Old Aug 19th, 2005, 07:04 PM   #8
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not sure, but does the soundblaster PCMCIA surround sound card work for macs? haven't really checked, but its worth looking at. other wise the m-audio box will work fine. unless you want surround sound, why not just plug your speakers into your headphone port on your powerbook?
Oh god... the soundblaster... no it doesn't work on Macs with MacOS X. Creative never really supported Macs.. they tried with the soundblaster PCI card, but I think they gave up.
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Old Aug 19th, 2005, 08:24 PM   #9
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I'm using a Creative Soundblaster 24bit external USB sound card. Works great with my mac, it was automatically detected and everything, even though its not officially stated to work with OS X. I might be missing some advanced features, but at least it gives me 5.1 surround. It has optical out, SPDIF (RCA sort of I think) out, three jacks for centre, front and back (for your surround sound), mic in, headphone jack, and line in. Works great for me and is not horribly expensive (about 70$) all over USB 2.0.
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Old Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:07 PM   #10
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I just got the X530 and was wondering what's the cheapest way to get surround sound on my mac? I would prefer an pci card but am open to suggestions. Thanks
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