How do I configure a USB to audio jack adapter?

Dr.Sunil V June 21, 2013

How do I configure USB to audio jack adapter on Presario CQ42 laptop for enabling audio on external speaker?

The description and picture of the device can be seen at

  1. Justin Pot
    June 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I can't find a product number in the description. Is there one? Might help us if we're searching for drivers.

    Looking at the product, though, I'm skeptical how well it will work...

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      It may not be having model no.

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 28, 2013 at 11:50 am


      Pl web-link reference to downloads/tools for updating sound drivers in Win 7

  2. Emmanuel Asuncion
    June 24, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Why not just buy an adapter to convert the speaker jack to the laptop's headphone jack. Something like the link below,

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      Ii was told by hardware engineer that because the usb adapter in question acts as an extension which is why the audio output is minimized compared to when it's was directly connected to desktop socket

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm


      Pl check : The link which you mentioned - that device does not fit in either laptop nor for speaker pins

  3. Leland Whitlock
    June 23, 2013 at 2:53 am

    The ebay site says it is plug and play but the site says it comes with a driver disk for Windows 98SE through XP. I suspect Microsoft may have released a driver for newer versions of Windows but I am not sure. So if you plug it in and it shows up as an unknown device use the disk to install the driver assuming you are using a compatible version of Windows. Otherwise you can search for drivers using Windows Update (Vista and newer). Good luck getting this working.

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks for double-check

      There was no driver or software. I configured it through Sounds menu in Win 7 Control panel.

      But the audio output is low as compared to audio output to same speaker when it was connected to another pc ( desktop ) directly to speaker pin

    • Leland Whitlock
      June 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Have you tried adjusting the settings in the Win7 control panel? See Have you tried using amplified speakers? If you are using passive speakers chances are the USB audio card can't provide much sound output. The following articles might also provide some additional info you might find useful.

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 28, 2013 at 11:49 am


      The external speakers when connected to desktop socket for speakers output audio stronger in pitch than when same speaker connected to laptop via usb sound adapter in question

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm


      While configuring sound settings for usb adapter ( connecting to external speakers ) in win 7 there is a option mentioning like for... woofer speakers and similar to what you said ( amplified speakers )

      The external speakers ( two ) are also included with woofer speaker with it's own volume regulator.

      For such a speaker setting can you pl mention what setting to choose while configuring the usb adapter in control panel of win 7?

  4. ha14
    June 22, 2013 at 8:36 am
    • ha14
      June 22, 2013 at 8:38 am
    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm


      Sort of plug and play.
      I configured it through sounds menu of control panel

      It played but volume low inspite of keeping max in sound mixer.
      It has woofer. So dunno if confguration to be modified for increasing audio volume

    • ha14
      June 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      How to set up USB Audio in Windows Vista and Windows 7

      it can be that the device is faulty?

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      Device is new and branded

    • ha14
      June 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      well you can run this microsoft fix it if you would like to do it

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      have installed the microsoft fix software

      Shall run it

      Appending a sub-question : How to simultaneously output audio both to internal and external speaker?

    • ha14
      June 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      i think windows system support only one output device at a time also drivers don't support multiple use of speakers. but if pc recognizes the external speaker and internal speaker as separate devices then on your volume icon once expanded there should be two playback devices

      you can try virtual audio cable??if it works

      on your volume icon go to playback devices and highlight your speaker then click on configure check the Audio Channels to select speaker set up the most appropriate for you.

      sure you can try microsoft fix it (i used it myself), if any doubts then first make a restore point.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm


      The fixit did not fix the audio

      It was noticed that on moving the pin in and out of usb socket the current friction produced sound as loud as when the speakers were used on desktop directly with pin.
      On putting fully in the sound again became low.
      Can this help resolve low sound through usb adapter?

    • Hovsep A
      July 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      perhaps there is hardware problem with the device, if its the case then the seller should send you a new one or guide how to solve the matter properly.
      perhaps to use vinyl insulating tape the kind used for 110v-240v electric installation???

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm


      Though I do not disagree with hardware

      It is brand new and there does not seem any wrong in it's hardware configuration
      Can you pl suggest any rectification that a user can try on the software configuration and wire connections before trying to troubleshoot hardware?

    • Hovsep A
      July 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      you can try on another laptop to see if problem repeat itself?

      go to control panel-Hardware and Sound-click on Sound-Under Playback click on your speakers-In Speaker properties go to Advanced the change Default Format from drop down menu to better one.

      under Hardware and Sound there is Add a Device perhaos you can use that to add the USB audio correctly?

      once you plug the usb unit do you see any extra entries in device manager, if yes right click on it and choose uninstal.

      if it is hardware problem the either comes from the usb unit or audio cables? now the USB unit you cant do much unless you master physics.

  5. Jim Chambers
    June 22, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Why not just use the stereo headphone out port for external powered speakers?

    • Dr.Sunil V
      June 23, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for alternative suggestion

      But the pin of external speaker does not fit into the headphone port of laptop ( CQ Presario 42 )

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