Not a sound…

The other day, I was watching a Youtube video, enjoying myself, when suddenly there was no sound. Oh dear, I thought! My antique speakers have finally called it a day.

I first started using them in 2011 when the set that came with my desktop computer conked out. They actually came with the first computer we had – my missus bought it in the 90’s when my girl was little for her to play games. I loved the sound reproduction with the sensurround stereo effect, something that the newer set did not have.

I quickly called my computer guy and he came over to my house to check. It did not take him very long – he was able to detect the fault in an instant. The built-in sound card was spoilt so he went to the shop at the nearby mall to get a spare. Unfortunately, it was out of stock and during this COVID-19 time, they did not know when there would be new stock coming in. He asked for the USB audio adapter but that too was not available.

In the end, he came back to my house empty-handed. That afternoon, he called to tell me that a friend had a second-hand sound card so he could come to fix it for me. Unfortunately, after hours working on trying to install a compatible driver, he gave up and decided to return the sound card to whoever he got it from. In the meantime, another friend called back (he had phoned him earlier) and he said he had the USB audio adapter…and even though his shop was closed that day, he was going there to get something and if my computer guy could meet him there, he would be able to sell him one.

Off he went and finally, he came back with this (RM50.00)…

USB sound adapter

…which he plugged into my CPU… …and he plugged the audio jack of the loudspeakers into it and the USB (of the loudspeakers) into the CPU as well…

Plugged in

…and lo and behold! There was sound!!!

I wanted to try and use my old loudspeakers but he advised against it as they might be faulty and had caused the sound card to be damaged. In the end, I asked him to get me a new pair of speakers (RM55.00)…

New set of loudspeakers

…which worked very well though the sound reproduction was not as nice as that of the old set. This one was USB-powered, unlike the old one which had a plug and I had to plug that into a power socket and switch on the electricity for it to work.

Perhaps if I had gone for a better (and more expensive) set, it would be better but never mind! As long as there is sound…

My new loudspeakers

…and as long as I do not have to watch “silent movies”, I’m fine with it.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

9 thoughts on “Not a sound…”

  1. Wow! Your ears must be super sharp to be able to detect the difference between the speakers. I couldn’t so as long as there is sound I am ok though sometimes I prefer to watch silent movies and just read the captions. Your computer guy is so dedicated. How much is his service fees?

    He worked the whole morning but failed to get it fixed (and my girl’s printer too) and he said no need to pay him but I insisted on giving him RM50 to go for lunch for the time invested. When he managed to get the things, RM105, he said no need to pay him anymore but I give him RM150 and told him to keep the change. When service is so good. I do not mind giving more. After all, it’s only money – sure beats having to go to the shops yourself…especially when you have to carry everything yourself!

    1. Very good that you are generous and pay him for his good service. Yes, good service is difficult to get so must appreciate and reward good service. * Thumbs up *

      Yes, I do not need to leave the house even everytime I encounter a problem. He will come to check and go around to buy anything needed and make sure all is done to my satisfaction. Very reliable, peace of mind assured.

  2. Not bad that it could last for around 9 years.

    Perhaps like you have said, it would be better to invest in better speakers? 😀
    Still as long as there is sound, then it is ok.

    Will wait till this COVID-19 thing is completely over, will go to the shops and browse around for a nicer set.
    The old set lasted more than 9 years – it came with our first PC, early 90’s. They sure made things to last in the old days, better quality too!

  3. The speakers having serving you for 9 long years I won’t be surprised if they have finally called it a day. The new pair of speakers looks cute.

    Yes, very small, not very loud but good enough for private use.

  4. The speakers are so cute 🙂 Glad you had the problem fixed. My old speakers are still serving me well.

    Yes, and they’re not bad…not as nice as my old ones but pretty good. Yunno lah, they don’t make things like they used to in the past – old things sure better, yours truly included. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  5. The speakers on my computer are playing up too.

    Oh dear! I’m quite happy with these and actually, I’ve upgraded my whole computer system. So very nice, so fast now!

  6. Couldn’t agree more that products in the past can last longer. Last nowadays those LCD tv can only last 3 to 5 years whereas our good old tv can last more than 10 years!

    Wow now you can continue to watch movies and listen to songs in the comfort of your home. So you are using a desktop. Now i am using atablet, i still prefer to use desktop, bigger and better.

    Yes, PC is better. When I use a laptop, after a while, I can feel the strain on my eyes. Everything’s so small!!! A tablet is even worse!

  7. Kids nowadays are more IT savy. They bought a wireless speaker which operates on Bluetooth, small but powerful. Hubby uses it when he listens to the music while doing carpentry work.

    Yes, I heard of that but I don’t think my PC has bluetooth, can use with laptops and smartphones.

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