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Dimension 8400 w/ Dell A5650 5.1 Surround sound Speakers

  • I bought an (I thought) integrated Dell system through Costco.  Their Item # 835606.
    Here is part of the squib on the site:
    Dell 8400 P4 3.2GHz
    1GB 250GB 19"LCD
    DVD, DVD+RW/+R
    XP Home/Works
    $200 Off128MB PCI Express™ x16 ATI Radeon™ X300 SE
    3 Year Warranty
    As you will see by going to the Costco site, the system comes with Dell A5650 5.1 Surround sound Speakers (which include the center unit that attaches to the 19" monitor--so far, nice).  But the center speaker contains an orange 9-pin male connector; the documentation shows it should connect to a port labeled "center" on the back of the CPU.  There is no such port, nor any connection that would take the cable from the center speakers.  As those speakers have the volume control, it appears the whole sound system is useless.  Any solutions?  I can't reach Costco.
    Thanks in advance.
  • After a night's sleep, I have figured this out.  It is easy:  the port I'm looking for is on the back of the woofer, not the back of the computer!  Sorry!
  • hi..i just bought the same pc with same speakers...just wondering if yours are working good..i have to use the line adaptor to get all of them to work..but it's not true 5.1 surround...pluging all three lines into the sound card only lets u get sound through the front speakers and is sending me a new set...just wondering if u had any sound
  • I have a Dimension 4600 with an Audigy 2 and Dell 5650 5.1 surround speakers. The satelite speakers work great, but the Subwoofer has problems. When I'm watching DVD movies and there is big explosions, instead of the chair rumbling you'd expect, you get a rattling sound if its too loud.  I don't know if its a hardware fault though. The bass redirect might be clipping the signal. because other times I get some great deep sounds out of it, no rattling at all. but certain songs or sound effects in movies cause it to rattle. Dunno why