Can't get my eternal speakers hooked up correctly

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jeanne
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Can't get my eternal speakers hooked up correctly

Post by jeanne » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:42 am

I have a mac mini with new external bose speakers. I've got them connected to the power (I can hear background noise), I have them connected to each other correctly but I can't figure out how to make them work. There are too many options in System Preferences and I don't know if I have them corrected to the back of the MaC Mini properly. Can someone help me with this?
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Re: Can't get my eternal speakers hooked up correctly

Post by Jay Cline » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:16 am

You don't say what year your Mac Mini is but this what the back of a new Mini looks like. Your speakers plug into the small round port on the right side shown with the headphone icon above it. You shouldn't have to make any changes in your system preferences. There is a volume control on your keyboard and likely in your menu bar.

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Re: Can't get my eternal speakers hooked up correctly

Post by jeanne » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:37 pm

Yeah Thanks for the answer - I mistakenly had them connected to Audio In rather than Audio Out - they should make those icons larger.

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Re: Can't get my eternal speakers hooked up correctly

Post by Stephen Hart » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:18 am

jeanne wrote:Yeah Thanks for the answer - I mistakenly had them connected to Audio In rather than Audio Out - they should make those icons larger.
I agree. All recent Macs I've had have those two ports adjacent. And, unlike all other ports on Macs, they're identical (because they use the same plugs), and the icons are just too small.
On the other hand, once you realize that the headphone jack is always the last one in line, there's less of a problem.
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