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    Speaker connection

    I have just been helping Jezzarette 2 connect an old PC running Win 98 and "my" Win XP together with a KVM switch so that she can play her old games and muck about on the older PC and save space on the desk. All is well and I was impressed by her fine cable management!!!

    One thing that did pop up in discussion was the use of the speakers. At present they are connected to the Win XP PC but she wants to have sound for her games from the Win 98. The KVM is the older serial port type and does not have a socket for the speakers. Is there a gizmo out there that can "splice" the wire so there is a double jack on the end of it so the speakers can remain plugged in at all times and run from either PC. She sensibly mentioned that she did not like going around the back of the PC's in case she damages or disconnect the wires.

    I was thinking that I could do a DIY job by splicing!!!! Any ideas?
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    Re: Speaker connection

    Jerry,
    If there is a chance that both computers could be outputting to the speakers at the same time, my advice would be <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15>. Or at least let her do it, so you can claim <img src=/S/notmyfault.gif border=0 alt=notmyfault width=15 height=15>... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>. There are little headphone jacks that will split the output to go to two sets of speakers, but to have input from two machines may require a small fuse (as opposed to fuze, in which case stay away) in the line. If you were to go to an automotive electronics store you could probably even find a small enough breaker (like those used in the ridiculously powerful car audio systems). A DIY isn't a bad idea if you've got a set of spare headphones. I would test the wires to make sure the output (left speaker to left speaker on both machines, right to right) is equal.... I wouldn't doubt there is a small gizmo out there, but it would be a waste of $.

    One idea, and it may not be applicable depending on how loud your speakers are/voltage running through the wires is instead of a breaker, you could grab one of those annoying lines of christmas lights (the ones where if one light goes out they all do), cut a segment out and use that as a MacGyver~esque fuse. I've found these lights burn out around 4.5v (from being an inventive young'n)...so if both 'puters are trying to output and it gets to be too much, the light will burn out, saving your speakers <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Speaker connection

    You may have hit an even simpler solution there Jeremy, plug headphones in the back of the old one and then she can play to her hearts content without irritating the hell out of me <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>, brilliant, simple but effective.

    The idea that you brought about both PC's outputting to the speakers is a valid one as I was playing a CD in the XP while configuring the Win 98... we're popping into the shops tomorrow so will also look for the double jack...cheers big ears
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    Re: Speaker connection

    Jezza

    You can get a set of (admittedly pretty naff) speakers for less than ten quid...

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    Re: Speaker connection

    Jerry, there may be a switch "gizmo", i've seen them for A/V applications. i would just google audio switch or something along the lines of that, maybe you'll get a few hits. then again the device would most likely cost more than an extra set of speakers <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: Speaker connection

    Thanks John(s)

    The Jezzarettes have joined forces and seem to feel the headphones ideas is really 'cool'...their words not mine. I find that fine as I don't have to spend any money <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    I am kicking my heels at the moment and was toying with the idea of building a little switch of my own as an experiment. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Speaker connection

    Sorry Jeremy but

    "make sure the output (left speaker to left speaker on both machines, right to right) is equal"

    Reminds me ( true story ) of a person who came to me and asked if I could fix her Stereo headphones. Said that the channels were reversed. Right audio was coming out the left earphone and vice versa. yet sometimes it would be fine. Right to right, left to left.

    The expression on her face was priceless when I told her to just reverse the headphones on her head when the sound was reversed.

    I should have sent a bill for services rendered. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Speaker connection

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> absolutely brilliant.

    I remember there was a Lounger who posted telling us that he found the salt and pepper had been put in the wrong pots so went on to empty the salt in one bowl and the pepper into another so that he could put the right condiment into the correct pot.......

    until his wife said " Why don't you just swap over the lids".. I wish I could remember who it was but I can tell you it wasn't me
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    Re: Speaker connection

    Just needed a liddle common sense... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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