I have quick-scanned this article which is why I now don't know if the system will work on my PC.
It says "Minimum System Requirements: Six-channel output - DVD Player with a built-in Dolby digital and/or DTS decoder; separate Dolby digital and/or DTS decoder; or 5.1-channel soundcard running 6-channel software DVD with inbuilt decoding. Stereo output - PC with sound card, or any audio source with line-level output"
I only have 3 jack sockets in the back of the PC - 1 x pale blue; 1 x green; 1 x orange.
There is another plate which says "Comp out" (3.5mm jack) and "Video Out" (din-type)
With the 5.1 system, I have the 5 speakers each with cable and 3.5mm jack, I main unit, and 3 cables, each with a 3. 5mm jack at one end and a double ended (male) socket typical of audio equipment.
So, I don't know what I plug into PC as it seems I have only in/out/line in options
I have checked in Control Panel, Sounds/Audio and have a option where I can select 5.1 system (sound card being NVDIDA(R) nForce (TM) Audio
I've just taken a look at your link. Like I said, I have only 3 sockets, pale blue x 1; green x 1; orange x 1.
Going by the picture as per your link, could I use a 'splitter cable' (ie one socket into PC socket but two for the two R & L speakers into the Green socket, and do the same for the centre speaker and subwoofer into the Orange socket on PC
Alternatively, looks like I might need a new sound card to take 5.1 system.
Thanks, Keep the suggestions coming ... Very grateful to you all Julie
Hi, it would appear to me that you only have on-board sound, i.e. built-in to the motherboard. You need a dedicated Soundcard to be able to make proper use of your speaker system. Detailed instructions normally accompany most Soundcards.