Your computer has a variety of audio features that allow you to:
Play music using your computer speakers and/or connected external speakers.
Record sound using the internal microphone or an optional external headset microphone.
Download music from the Internet.
Create multimedia presentations using audio and images.
Transmit sound and images with instant messaging programs.
Connecting external audio devices
WARNING! To reduce the risk of personal injury, adjust the volume before putting on headphones,
earbuds, or a headset. For additional safety information, refer to the Regulatory, Safety and
To connect external devices such as external speakers, headphones, or a headset microphone, refer
to the information provided with the device. For best results, remember the following tips:
Be sure that the device cable has a 4-conductor connector that supports both audio-out
(headphone) and audio-in (microphone).
Be sure that the external device cable is securely connected to the jack on your computer.
Be sure to install any drivers required by the external device.
NOTE: A driver is a required program that acts like a translator between the device and the
programs that use the device.
Checking your audio functions
To check the system sound on your computer, follow these steps:
1. Select Start > Control Panel.
2. Click Hardware and Sound.
3. Click Sound.
4. When the Sound window opens, click the Sounds tab. Under Program Events, select any sound
event, such as a beep or alarm, and click the Test button.
You should hear sound through the speakers or through connected headphones.
To check the record functions of the computer, follow these steps:
1. Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Sound Recorder.
2. Click Start Recording and speak into the microphone. Save the file to your desktop.
3. Open Windows Media Player or TouchSmart and play back the sound.
NOTE: For best results when recording, speak directly into the microphone and record sound in a
setting free of background noise.