How do I setup my sound card?

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Question

How do I setup my sound card?

Answer

Have you used your Quick Setup Guide to help you through this process? If more help is needed, please follow the steps below:

 

To Install Your Sound Card:

  1.  Turn off your computer, then unplug the power cord from your power supply.
  2. Open your computer case. Find an open PCI slot. PCI slots are usually white.
  3. Remove the slot cover for that slot from the back of your computer. If you have an existing sound card, remove it from your computer.
  4. Insert the sound card into the PCI slot and secure with the screw you removed from the slot cover.
  5. Close your computer case and connect the AC power cord to the power supply.

To Connect Your Speakers: The connectors and associated components on your sound card may be different from that of your speaker system. Refer to the Users Guide that came with your speaker system to identify similar connectors. Your sound card does not come with any cables.

 

2.1 Channel Analog Speakers: You will need a 2-channel audio cable. A 2-channel audio cable has green connectors.

 

  1. Plug one end of the audio cable into the Line Out 1 jack on your sound card.
  2. Plug the other end of the audio cable into the Speaker System Audio Input jack.

4.1 Channel Analog Speakers: You will need 4-channel audio cable. A 4-channel audio cable has two cables with green and black connectors.

 

  1. Plug the cable with the green connector into the Line Out 1 jack on your sound card.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable with the green connector into the Speaker System Audio Front Input jack.
  3. Plug the cable with the black connector into the Line Out 2 jack on your sound card.
  4. Plug the other end of the cable with the black connector into the Speaker System Audio Rear Input jack.

5.1 Channel Analog Speakers: You will need a 5-channel audio cable. A 5-channel audio cable will have three individual cables with green, black, and orange connectors.

 

  1. Plug the cable with the green connector into the Line Out 1 jack on your sound card.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable with the green connector into the Speaker System Audio Front Input jack.
  3. Plug the cable with the black connector into the Line Out 2 jack on your sound card.
  4. Plug the other end of the cable with the black connector into the Speaker System Audio Rear Input jack.
  5. Plug the cable with the orange connector into the Line Out 3 jack on your sound card.
  6. Plug the other end of the cable with the orange connector into the Speaker System Audio Center/Subwoofer Input jack.

7.1 Channel Analog Speakers (7.1 Sound Card ONLY, RF-71SDCD): You will need a 7-channel audio cable. A 5-channel audio cable will have three cables on one end with green, black, and orange connectors. The other end will have four cables with green, black, orange, and grey connectors.

 

  1. Plug the cable with the green connector into the Line Out 1 jack on your sound card.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable with the green connector into the Speaker System Audio Front Input jack.
  3. Plug the cable with the black connector into the Line Out 2 jack on your sound card.
  4. Plug the other end of the cable with the black connector into the Speaker System Audio Rear Input jack.
  5. Plug the cable with the orange connector into the Line Out 3 jack on your sound card.
  6. Plug the other end of the cable with the orange connector into the Speaker System Audio Center/Subwoofer Input jack.
  7. Plug the cable with the grey connector into the Speaker System Audio Side Input jack.

Digital Speakers: You will need an optical S/PDIF cable. An optical S/PDIF cable has a slightly square shaped connector.

 

  1. Plug one end of the audio cable into the OPTICAL OUT jack on your sound card.
  2. Plug the other end of the audio cable into the Speaker System Optical Audio Input jack.

To Install Your Windows Drivers: 

  1. Turn on your computer. Windows will automatically detect your sound card and search for device drivers.
  2. When Windows opens the Found New Hardware Wizard, click Cancel on the Wizard screen.
  3. Insert your Installation CD into your disc drive and continue with installation on the CD.

Windows XP & Windows Vista Users: 

  1. Double-click the Computer or My Computer icon. Alternately, click Start, then click Computer.

Windows 7 Users:

  1. Click the Windows Explorer icon on the taskbar, then click Computer.
  2. Right-click the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive icon, and then click Open AutoPlay or Autoplay.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
  4. When prompted, restart your computer.
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