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So I hooked my wife's laptop to the 65" in the living room for general surfing and whatnot.

I've tried the 3.5mm from headphone into TV: nogo

I'm wondering what I'm missing, I never tried anything like this before so I'm ignorant to the possibilities.

I really hate having to mute the stereo and turn up the tv to hear anything on the computer, and I'm thinking I shouldn't have to.

Am I missing a piece of equipment in between the laptop and the Stereo?

Not sure if it's even worth it, but if it's a fairly easy and inexpensive fix I might entertain it.

Thanks for any and all help.
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Well the simpliest way to get sound is to use something like this BJC MSA-1 Audio Cable One end to the soundcard the other to your receiver.

Does the laptop have HDMI? What kind of receiver are you using?
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sounds like he is just going straight to the tv then u would need a 3.5mm(male) to RCA cable(male). pretty easy to find and inexpensive.
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Thanks Franz, I'll look at that link.

It does have HDMI but the receiver is a Kenwood from about 10 years ago and still pounds, so replacing that is a nogo. I can look when I get home and get the exact model number of the receiver if that would help.

I'm using the HDMI into the TV.

I believe I tried the RCA path but all I got was feedback.

I don't understand why it's confusing me so much. It can't be that hard right?
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Originally Posted by corpse fan;11898099 
sounds like he is just going straight to the tv then u would need a 3.5mm(male) to RCA cable(male). pretty easy to find and inexpensive.

I want to say I tried that, but that didn't give me sound through the speakers. Hell, I might have done something wrong...

CRAP, sorry for the double post
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/AudioQue...1267837&st=3.5 to rca&cp=1&lp=3

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-12-...Cable/15413260

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Jensen-3.5...ndingMethod=rr

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Monster-Ca...ndingMethod=rr

I just saw that ur using hdmi go to ur playback devices and set it to hdmi output if u havent already and try that.
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post #7 of 14
if you are using a hdmi from the laptop to the tv, you should have your playback devices set to hdmi output in the sound page on the pc. u shouldnt need 3.5mm jack.
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Thanks Franz, I'll look at that link.

It does have HDMI but the receiver is a Kenwood from about 10 years ago and still pounds, so replacing that is a nogo. I can look when I get home and get the exact model number of the receiver if that would help.

I'm using the HDMI into the TV.

I believe I tried the RCA path but all I got was feedback.

I don't understand why it's confusing me so much. It can't be that hard right?
If you were using the HDMI and the Headphone jack at the same time it could be just a software issue. You might have to find a way to disable the audio over the HDMI and force it through the headphone out jack. Check the settings under sound in the control panel and make sure the headphone out jack is the primary sound device.

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if you are using a hdmi from the laptop to the tv, you should have your playback devices set to hdmi output in the sound page on the pc. u shouldnt need 3.5mm jack.
I am guessing he wants the sound through the receiver and not the TV.
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Thanks bud, will definitely check these out. thumb.gif
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if you are using a hdmi from the laptop to the tv, you should have your playback devices set to hdmi output in the sound page on the pc. u shouldnt need 3.5mm jack.

I'm pretty sure it's set to that, I get image and sound from the TV, just not through the stereo.

When I switch to the Computer the regular TV volume and sound still comes out of the stereo.

This is so frustrating, I'm sorry if this seems amateur to you guys...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wannabe_OC View Post
I'm pretty sure it's set to that, I get image and sound from the TV, just not through the stereo.

When I switch to the Computer the regular TV volume and sound still comes out of the stereo.

This is so frustrating, I'm sorry if this seems amateur to you guys...
that to me sound like the format that the pc is putting out is not supported by the reciever, ie 48.0 khz/44.1 khz.
Also the pc could be sending out sound in a dts format and you reciever only supports dolby digital.
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