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I bought the Acer Aspire 7740g back in June. I have used it quite heavily four days each week while I'm at work. I watch movies, listen to music and game on it. While watching a movie last night, towards the end of the movie, I noticed distortion coming from one of the speakers. Sure enough, when I play games it was there as well. I tried uninstalling the current sound drivers, and letting it reinstall them, but the issue is still there.

I lost my net connection at work last night, so I wasn't able to try RealTek's latest drivers. I am planning on trying them tonight.

What I want to know is is it worth it to get it serviced for the speaker, or should I just buy some laptop speakers? The jacks work fine, so that's why I'm pretty sure that a speaker is starting to go. Also, if I were to remove the panel that covers the speakers(it's pretty easy by the looks of it, just 3 screws), and take a look, that would void my warranty, right?

This bums me out as the laptop is only 8 months old and while I probably could survive a week without it at work, I don't think I could survive any longer, which I'm sure the whole sending it to them, having them repair it, and then send it back to me would take.

Thoughts? Opinions? Thanks! thumb.gif
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Just buy used Internal Laptop speakers.

(Im not sure if these are it but ypu get the vib)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Acer-Aspire-9300-7000-9410Z-Internal-Speakers-TESTED-/180542023098?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0924a5ba#ht_500wt_922
Edited by StuffStuff1 - 2/6/11 at 5:02pm
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1;12288670 
Just buy used Internal Laptop speakers.

(Im not sure if these are it but ypu get the vib)

http://cgi.ebay.com/Acer-Aspire-9300-7000-9410Z-Internal-Speakers-TESTED-/180542023098?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a0924a5ba#ht_500wt_922

Good call, but I can't seem to find the speakers for the 7740 on the bay. I'll probably pop it open tonight, gently, and see what they look like.
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Originally Posted by Demented;12288795 
Good call, but I can't seem to find the speakers for the 7740 on the bay. I'll probably pop it open tonight, gently, and see what they look like.

yea dotn be scared to open up your laptop.

My advice is make sure you download the acer service manual for your laptop. ITs very detailed so you dont unscrew something that you dont need to.

it also tells you where you can find possible conflicts.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by StuffStuff1;12288995 
yea dotn be scared to open up your laptop.

My advice is make sure you download the acer service manual for your laptop. ITs very detailed so you dont unscrew something that you dont need to.

it also tells you where you can find possible conflicts.

Yup, got the service manual today, gonna take a real good look at it at work tonight. The top panel above the speakers just requires 3 screws that are in the battery compartment. Should be a snap.
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make sure you get the right tools to to prevent you from breaking the tab holders that snap your laptop case together.
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Well, it turns out I can't really get to the part where the right speaker is connected without totally disassembling my laptop, which I am not about to do since it's less than a year old. I have installed some other drivers, and am waiting for another download to finish at the moment to see if that helps any. I don't think it will.

So, I only have to work tonight and tomorrow night, so I'll suffer or use headphones when it gets later. I think I'm going to order this from the egg, and hopefully it would be here before I go back to work on Friday.

The egg has pretty much all good reviews of it, and I like the simple design and connection. No two speaker setup with connecting wires, and the reviews say the sound quality and volume is pretty good.

What do you think?

EDIT: Well, knock on wood, but it seems like the driver fixed it. I still might go ahead and order that speaker bar, but for now all seems well again.

EDIT 2: Well it wound up just being that the right speaker wasn't working at all. Odd, because it still sounded ok, but when I messed with the balance, I could turn the right speaker all the way down and nothing would change.

So I ordered the Logitech Z305 laptop speaker bar. Shipping from Jersey it should be here Tuesday or Wednesday. I just figured the cost to ship the laptop, as well as being without it for the time of repair, that it was just better to get external speakers.
Edited by Demented - 2/6/11 at 11:34pm
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