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Sound only comes out of 1 speaker.

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My sound only plays out of 1 speaker on my PC.

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Stereo:
Stereo works properly (stereo line and and both speakers)  but when pluged into my PC's out/speaker - sound only come out of 1 speaker,  this is true w/ stereo headphones too.  


Then I thought it was an offset Balance or/ Mute setting in my Windows or Apps.  
Volume control checked out OK everything good in center and nothing muted.
Checked all applications that might effect sound, Winamp, RA, WMP, Vinyl Audio (audio driver) 97 props,  everything OK.
I still though some strange hidden setting in was causing it to play w/ 1 speaker but this is not the case because...

I did a clean reformat of my harddrive and reinstalled Windows.   The sound stilll only comes out of 1 speaker so..

Now I definately assume it is a problem with my soundcard/jack.

Since this is the hardware section, and I know nothing about soundcards, please help.

Do I need a new soundcard? (The Audio input/outputs are on my main card w/ printer ports, PS/2's, etc.)

How could I try to repair this soundcard I have (i.e. turn off PC, reset jumpers?! dust it, get a sodering gun?, replace little chips or parts in it???.etc this is fun. )    

P.S.  If I press the headphone jack like halfway into the audio out/speaker - then sound finally appears in both headphones/speakers, but it goes on and off quickly.

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octavsand earned 500 total points
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Your problem seems to be the output on your sound card, since you mentioned pressing down on the headphone jack makes them work.

Considering you are using a very poor quality sound card (an integrated AC'97 chipset on your mainboard), why don't you look into purchasing a sound card? I recommend Creative SoundBlaster Audigy (or Audigy 2), it seems to offer the best value for its price.
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Maybe, it also happened after I shocked the PC using a wire connected to the sound card there was a huge spark, smoke... and everything shutdown and would not turn for about 5 hours.

I reset all the jumpers on the motherboard, and waited a while, then plugged it in, IT booted up!  Everything worked fine! except I notice this jack problem around this time!.

And finally....

Where could  I get a cheap SB Audigy 2 (standard)?
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Thanks Callandor
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