For a while now I had my computer hooked up to some cheap speakers which only play sound out of one speaker most of the time, but would randomly start playing in the other for a second if i turned the volume up. I attributed this to them being cheap and me dropping them a lot, but I moved my computer yesterday and hooked it up to the stereo in my room and am having the same problem. I also think the volume itself is not very high. I was watching a movie on it last night and not only was it coming out of only 1 of my 5 speakers (1 of the 2 large ones) but with my stereo and computer volume turned all the way up, i had trouble hearing some of the quiet scenes.
When I ordered my dell (this is only a year old) the sound card was listed as - Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio.
Thanks for any help you can give me!