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I just purchased my first Dell PC. I am in the process of checking all of the functionality. I am not a pc expert. I am confused about how to use the mic and line-in jacks in the rear (pink and blue). I thought that I could output audio from one pc to the line-in on the 660S rear and hear the audio from headphones connected to the front headphone jack in the 660S. Where can a novice find how - to or user manuals for this kind of stuff. I downloaded the 660S me and my dell and user manuals but those have no how - to info. Tried searching these forums but folks here seem well beyond the novice stage. Any recommended sites? Thanks. 

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  • Hello Nick1213,

    Following go green policies, Dell has stopped shipping the user manual with the systems. Here are the following links to the manuals. 

    Please write back if you have any further queries. 

    Thanks & Regards
    Allan D
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USIndia. For Dell support videos click Here.

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  • Allan, thanks for responding. I have seen the docs. What I need is info on how to use the mic and line-in jacks in the back of the 660S tower. Are these inputs used for recording to optical drive? Should audio fed into line-in be heard from headphones jack in front or speaker output? Should mic input on back be heard from front headphones or speaker output? Is there a way to get schematics of the audio jacks on back of 660S showing signal paths (where these inputs go)? I just purchased the 660S and want to confirm that the hardware works. Thanks.

  • Hello Nick1213,

    I apologize for the delay in response!

    There are three ports at the rear end of the computer:

    • Red: Microphone connector — Connects to a microphone for voice or to an audio cable for audio input.
    • Green: Speaker connector — Connects to the speakers.
    • Blue: Line-in connector — Connects to recording or playback devices such as a microphone, cassette player, CD player, or VCR.

    There are only Green and Red port in the front panel. The function of these front audio ports are same as the rear audio ports. 

    Please write back if you have any further queries. 

    Thanks & Regards
    Allan D
    #iworkfordell
    To know more about Dell Product Support, Drivers & Downloads, Order & Dispatch status -> choose your region USIndia. For Dell support videos click Here.

    If a post answers your question, please click "Yes".

  • Is the green a two connector RCA jack?

  • Connect the green output on the source PC to the blue (line-in) input on the destination PC; you need to set the audio input on the destination PC in the Sound applet. (Run control mmsys.cpl from a command prompt to bring it up.)

    To use RCA-type connectors with the minijacks, you will need adapters. EBay and Amazon are good sources for those.