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Old December 18, 2011, 05:44 AM
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Default Stupid 5.1 audio hook up question

OK it really shouldn't be this complicated but it is for me.

I got a GA-Z68XP-UD3 motherboard and it has 6 holes on it for audio. Center (orange); rear (black); Side (gray); line in (blue); line out (green); and mic in (pink)

I got a Logitech Z506 5.1 set of speakers and it has 5 holes in the back (3 x 3.5 mm holes and 2 RCA jack holes) The send you 2 cables - an audio-in cable which is green and a sound card cable which is like yellow and black, both of which have 3.5 mm jacks.

Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist (or shouldn't) to figure this out but there are 6 holes in 1 and 5 holes in another and 2 of the holes in the Z506 are RCA jacks that don't even come with the packaging.

So my question is where do I plug the cables in and do I have to go find some special cable or WTF is going on.

Hopefully someone can clearly state where to plug in my cables while you are laughing in your Sunday morning coffee
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Old December 18, 2011, 05:52 AM
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well i have never set up using it that way i use spdif but from what u i see your computer can do more then 5.1 so i would just drop the color that doesn't match which i think its the blue one on the back of your board
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Old December 18, 2011, 06:32 AM
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green black orange using 3 x 1/8 stereo to 1/8 stereo. then go into windows sound and set speaker types

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Old December 18, 2011, 06:57 AM
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Yea that would work if I had a sound card with 3 holes but since I don't I am using the motherboard which has 6 holes. I figured it out by trial and error.

The Z506 green connects to the motherboard green, line out hole
The Z506 yellow/orange connects to the motherboard center / subwoofer, orange hole
The Z506 black connects to the motherboard grey, side speaker hole.

I originally had the black connected to the black hole of the motherboard which was labeled rear but that didn't work.

The instructions for the Z506 were lacking in clarity and completeness. The motherboard manual was a little better.

anyways it works now. Thanks for helping me. Sometimes it is the little things that are the most frustrating.
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Old December 18, 2011, 07:04 AM
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Yea that would work if I had a sound card with 3 holes but since I don't I am using the motherboard which has 6 holes. I figured it out by trial and error.

The Z506 green connects to the motherboard green, line out hole
The Z506 yellow/orange connects to the motherboard center / subwoofer, orange hole
The Z506 black connects to the motherboard grey, side speaker hole.

I originally had the black connected to the black hole of the motherboard which was labeled rear but that didn't work.

The instructions for the Z506 were lacking in clarity and completeness. The motherboard manual was a little better.

anyways it works now. Thanks for helping me. Sometimes it is the little things that are the most frustrating.
You're not the only one.... I had the same issue trying to hook up my first 5.1 setup.... IMO, the "back" speakers of a 5.1 should be labeled "rear" rather than "Side".... that said, if you run into the same issue again, most onboard sound will allow you to designate what each individual port does.
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This is my 5th computer build in 2 years and every time I do it I learn something new. It's fun and it changes each time with new stuff. Almost wish I could do this for a living but not really saavy enough for it.
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